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Customizing SOLIDWORKS: Making it Work for You Customizing SOLIDWORKS: Making it Work for You
By Cody Pendzich, GSC SOLIDWORKS offers a number of ways to customize the software to make it faster to access the tools you use most. GCS has the steps here.
Lessons Learned with SOLIDWORKS CAM and CNC Lessons Learned with SOLIDWORKS CAM and CNC
By Adam Hughes Adam Hughes shares his experience as a newbie with a Tormac CNC cutter and SOLIDWORKS CAM 2018.
Things to Consider When Upgrading SOLIDWORKS  Things to Consider When Upgrading SOLIDWORKS
By Nate Fredrich Nate Fredrich of GSC shares frequently asked questions and different approaches to installing SOLIDWORKS, including hardware recommendations.
The Power and Value of the SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard The Power and Value of the SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard
By James Reeher, Fisher Unitech The SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard provides a myriad of hole options from threaded and clearance holes to pipe threads, dowel holes and slots.
4 Steps to Installing the Workgroup PDM Admin Tool 4 Steps to Installing the Workgroup PDM Admin Tool
By Simran Rekhi, TriMech Trimech's Simran Rekhi provides the steps needed to install the updated 2016 WPDM Admin Tool whether it's a client SOLIDWORKS machine or a Server machine.
How to Customize 3D PDF Templates Using SOLIDWORKS MBD How to Customize 3D PDF Templates Using SOLIDWORKS MBD
By Oboe Wu, DS SOLIDWORKS SOLIDWORKS MBD 2017 added significant 3D PDF Template Editor enhancements. Oboe Wu of DS SOLIDWORKS highlights his favorites here.
Using SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect with Sheet Metal Parts Using SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect with Sheet Metal Parts
By Jeff Setzer, GSC The new 3D Interconnect functionality introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2017 is useful when working with a variety of native non-SOLIDWORKS files.
Exporting SOLIDWORKS Data into SOLIDWORKS Visualize Exporting SOLIDWORKS Data into SOLIDWORKS Visualize
By Michael Souders, Trimech New to SOLIDWORKS 2017 is the ability to directly export CAD data to SOLIDWORKS Visualize with one click. There are two options for doing so.
Why Does My Machine Crash So Often? Why Does My Machine Crash So Often?
By Benjamin Modic, GoEngineer GoEngineer's Benjamin Modic talks about computer crashes, why expensive graphic cards can run poorly and the best hardware options for SOLIDWORKS.
Managing SOLIDWORKS Plastics Results Managing SOLIDWORKS Plastics Results
By Andrew Jaskey, CAPINC CAPINC's Andrew Jaskey covers two possible ways plastics can be saved in SOLIDWORKS 2016 and older. See the tip and webinar in this tutorial.
Viewing SOLIDWORKS in 3D PDFs Viewing SOLIDWORKS in 3D PDFs
By Jamie Lee, Dassault Systemes Take advantage of Adobe Readers 3D PDF functions, such as sharing models with non-CAD users, viewing section cuts, and adding SOLIDWORKS files.
Advanced Data Cards in SOLIDWORKS EPDM: Part 1 Advanced Data Cards in SOLIDWORKS EPDM: Part 1
By Michael Craffey, Razorleaf There are multiple inputs or fields on a data card that may be valid, but certain fields are not valid and should not be allowed to be editable.
SOLIDWORKS 2016 Keyboard Shortcuts Guide SOLIDWORKS 2016 Keyboard Shortcuts Guide
By Nic Rady, GoEngineer While working on a part, pressing the D key will bring the breadcrumbs down to your mouse. See the full guide from GoEngineer.
Why You Need To Know About Variable Pattern Why You Need To Know About Variable Pattern
By Jay Pinheiro, Fisher Unitech Variable Pattern was added in SOLIDWORKS 2015. You can pattern planes and sketches, not just features, faces, and bodies. Here's an example.
Will Your Product Meet the Demands of the Real World?
By SolidProfesor SolidProfessor discusses the six step design validation process for SOLIDWORKS Simulation in this video.
Renaming an Assembly in SOLIDWORKS Electrical Renaming an Assembly in SOLIDWORKS Electrical
By Cheri Guntzviller, DASI Solutions DASI Solutions provides a handy guide for changing assembly names in SOLIDWORKS Electrical in this tech tip.
Take Advantage of Pre-Defined Electrical Content Take Advantage of Pre-Defined Electrical Content
By CAPINC SOLIDWORKS Electrical libraries gives users access to parts information, 2D representations and 3D models for millions of parts.
Show All Edges When Selecting Features in SOLIDWORKS Show All Edges When Selecting Features in SOLIDWORKS
By John Setzer, Graphics Systems See the advantages to using the FeatureManager design tree in SOLIDWORKS, and learn how to select from the graphic area as well.
Use the Material Portal, Create Custom Materials and Fluids Use the Material Portal, Create Custom Materials and Fluids
By Corey Bower, GoEngineer Learn how to use the SOLIDWORKS material portal, create custom materials and create custom fluids in SOLIDWORKS Simulation.
Installation Manager Cannot Find Required Source Files Installation Manager Cannot Find Required Source Files
By Mason Benzinger, Graphic Systems Corp. Graphic Systems shares the fix for when the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager fails to locate the source files during an installation or update.
Return the Color to Your SOLIDWORKS 2016 Icons Return the Color to Your SOLIDWORKS 2016 Icons
By Shuvom Ghose, CAPINC Thanks to user requests you can now return the interface icons back to their classic look. CAPINC explains how.
Master the Model View Mode with this Video
By SolidProfessor The Model View mode in SOLIDWORKS allows users to arrange their models in multiple configurations including Front, Right Top and Isometric.
Customize CommandManager Buttons Customize CommandManager Buttons
By John Setzer, Graphic Systems Corp. You can customize the look of the SOLIDWORKS CommandManager by adding a tool button, moving the text, or hiding a tab.
5 Things to Check When Your Simulation Results are Wrong 5 Things to Check When Your Simulation Results are Wrong
By Jason Pancoast, CAPINC While working in SOLIDWORKS Simulation check if you are displaying the desired result type, and your hand calculations, says CAPINC.
Easy Data Migration Using SOLIDWORKS PDM Set Revision Easy Data Migration Using SOLIDWORKS PDM Set Revision
By Derek Donahue, CAPINC In SOLIDWORKS PDM 2016, there is new Set Revision functionality that allows legacy files to be brought into Vault more easily.
Plotting out Pegboards for Electrical Harnessing Part 1
By Jeff Jordan, GoEngineer Watch this video to see how SOLIDWORKS Electrical is ideal for plotting out wiring and pegboards for automotive harnessing.
Inserting Dimensions with SOLIDWORKS Composer Inserting Dimensions with SOLIDWORKS Composer
By Al Zullo, CAPINC SOLIDWORKS Composer may not be a drafting program, but it still allows you too insert dimensions into projects that need to show their size or position.
Load Simulations Faster Load Simulations Faster
By David Roccaforte, Fisher/Unitech In all SOLIDWORKS Simulation simulations including, dynamic, non linear and drop you can speed up the process about by only loading some of the data.
Properties Text File Problem in SOLIDWORKS Properties Text File Problem in SOLIDWORKS
By David Melvin, PE, TEDCF Publishing TEDCF talks editing the properties of a document file, and how to use Notepad to troubleshoot when it will not update.
Utilize the Plastics Manager Tree in SOLIDWORKS
By SolidProfessor Learn to use the five groupings that are responsible for communicating between SOLIDWORKS 2015 and the Plastics software.
Decluttering Engineer Permissions for Your PDM Vault Decluttering Engineer Permissions for Your PDM Vault
By Jenn Pouliot, CAPINC Help your company's engineers by making sure their folder permission settings are accurate and nothing has been overlooked in SOLIDWORKS EPDM.
Optimizing your CAD for FDM 3D Printing Optimizing your CAD for FDM 3D Printing
By Rob Stipek, Fisher/Unitech Here are some tips to consider for your next design, to get the best possible 3D print, while reducing material waste.
Bypass the Local File State in the EPDM Vault Bypass the Local File State in the EPDM Vault
By Kevin Ning, GoEngineer A grey folder indicates a local copy of that folder or file where EPDM does not treat a file move as a save. GoEngineer shows how to fix this.
How To Fix a Wrong-Facing Tangent Relation How To Fix a Wrong-Facing Tangent Relation
By David Melvin, PE, TEDCF Publishing Learn how to flip the tangent relation if it becomes tangent in the wrong direction in SOLIDWORKS.
Recover the Missing Feature Manager and Command Manager Recover the Missing Feature Manager and Command Manager
Karl Okeson, CADD Edge Have you ever been working with SOLIDWORKS and then all of a sudden you can't find your Command Manager or your Feature Manager is all messed up?
Learn to Use the Viewport for SOLIDWORKS 2015 Composer Learn to Use the Viewport for SOLIDWORKS 2015 Composer
By SolidProfessor This video from SolidProfessor teaches the ins and outs of the Viewport for SOLIDWORKS Composer.
Understand the Different Cosmetic Thread Settings Understand the Different Cosmetic Thread Settings
By Art Woodbury, CAPINC Cosmetic threads have been in SOLIDWORKS for a long time but they are not widely understood, Art Woodbury, CAPINC offers his help on the issue.
Add Metadata to Your SOLIDWORKS Models
By Luke Luff, FISHER/UNITECH Luke Luff of FISHER/UNITECH discusses how to use the metadata connection in SOLIDWORKS to embed metadata into your parts.
Locating Report Templates in SOLIDWORKS Locating Report Templates in SOLIDWORKS
By Charn Jivaphaiboonskdi, GoEngineer Learn where to locate SOLIDWORKS Inspection report templates in the Standalone Version in this video by GoEngineer.
Create in a Planar Surface in SOLIDWORKS Create in a Planar Surface in SOLIDWORKS
By SolidProfessor SolidProfessor explains how Planar Surface tool in SOLIDWORKS gives users a number of ways to create their surfaces.
Reducing Mouse Clicks in SOLIDWORKS Reducing Mouse Clicks in SOLIDWORKS
By John Hall, CADD Edge Improve efficiency by creating a Design Library, shortcut toolbars, custom properties and drawing templates in this tip from CADD Edge.
Breadcrumbs: The Best New Trick for SOLIDWORKS Super Users Breadcrumbs: The Best New Trick for SOLIDWORKS Super Users
By Laura Weismantel, CAPINC See why CAPINC thinks the addition of Breadcrumbs is arguably biggest enhancement to the user interface that we've seen in a few years.
Learn How To Save Custom Features to the Design Library Learn How To Save Custom Features to the Design Library
By SolidProfessor This video from SolidProfessor teaches how to save custom features for future use in SOLIDWORKS, saving time and effort.
Equidistant Refinement in SOLIDWORKS Equidistant Refinement in SOLIDWORKS
By Chris Olson, Graphic Systems Corp. A simple check box in SOLIDWORKS 2016 makes even turbulent fluid mechanics easy to deal with in this update.
SOLIDWORKS Intersection Curve SOLIDWORKS Intersection Curve
by David Melvin, PE, TEDCF Publishing The Intersect Curve command is a powerful tool that can create complex sweep paths.
Understand Your Assembly Components Understand Your Assembly Components
By Jaimie Kalb, GoEngineer In this video Jamie Kalb of GoEngineer explains how the Assembly Visualization tool helps SOLIDWORKS users understand their assemblies.
Use a Part File as Stock in CAMWorks 2015
By Tyler Reid, GoEngineer In previous versions of CAMWorks users could only use a part file as stock in Assembly mode now in CAMWorks 2015 it can used in Part Mode.
Shortcuts for Mate Types in SOLIDWORKS
By Jaime Kalb, GoEngineer Jaime Kalb of GoEngineer explains basic and advanced mates and best practices for using them in SOLIDWORKS.
How to Configure Your SOLIDWORKS Workstation How to Configure Your SOLIDWORKS Workstation
By Joe Pizzini, BOXX Technologies Get the most out your cutting-edge SOLIDWORKS workstation with a few simple techniques and settings from the engineering team at BOXX Technologies.
Intelligent Part Numbering in SOLIDWORKS EPDM Intelligent Part Numbering in SOLIDWORKS EPDM
By John Hall, CADD Edge With SOLIDWORKS EPDM you can address the issues that are associated with intelligent part numbering, and transition to serial part numbering.
Wave Washers Using Equation Driven Curves Wave Washers Using Equation Driven Curves
By Jay Pinheiro, Fisher Unitech If you've ever tried to model a Spring Washer in SOLIDWORKS and thought, "there has to be an easier way," here is a technique you might like.
From Surfacing to Simulation in SOLIDWORKS From Surfacing to Simulation in SOLIDWORKS
By SolidProfessor This demo by SolidProfessor covers advanced parts, 3D sketching, surfacing using reference images and simulation meshing tips.
Don't Overlook the Copy Command Don't Overlook the Copy Command
By David Melvin, PE, TEDCF Publishing One helpful command in SOLDIWORKS that can easily be overlooked, but is extremely useful, is the copy command.
Transferring Flow Loads to Shell Elements Transferring Flow Loads to Shell Elements
By Corey Gulley, FISHER/UNITECH In SOLIDWORKS you can take advantage of an integrated interface with multiple simulation tools including Flow Simulation and Simulation (FEA).
Understanding the Stages of Meshing in CFD Understanding the Stages of Meshing in CFD
By Brandon Donnelly, Simulation Applications Engineer, GoEngineer In this tutorial GoEngineer covers the stages of meshing in CFD: basic mesh, initial mesh and solution-adaptive mesh in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation.
Tip Named in CAPINC's Top Ten Most Useful Tips Tip Named in CAPINC's Top Ten Most Useful Tips
By CAPINC Blog This tutorial covers how to apply rotational restraints to a face of a solid and simulate body-to-body contacts in SOLIDWORKS Simulation.
Design in SOLIDWORKS, Simulate in Abaqus
By Nicolas Tillet, Dassault Systemes In this demo Nicolas Tillet of Dassault Systemes covers how to create a plastic buckle and clip using SIMULIA Abaqus and SOLIDWORKS.
Clean Up Routes with the Routing Through Clip Feature
By John Lieber, GoEngineer The Routing Through Clip feature in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D helps users arrange and plot their routes through difficult component heavy environments.
Automate Assembly Creation with Smart Components
By SolidProfessor Smart Components are parts that contain information about features that should be automatically included when a part is used in an assembly.
How To Get Batch Numbers from Enterprise PDM by Email How To Get Batch Numbers from Enterprise PDM by Email
By Guy Edkins, CAPINC Getting a series of batch numbers from EPDM for offline work is simple with an automated email system using Outlook, VBA and a little SQL.
Make Sure You Are Actually in a Sketch to Avoid Confusion
By Tim Roberts, GoEngineer A common source of errors in SOLIDWORKS is for designers to think they are working on a sketch when they are not.
Turning Cones Into Sheet Metal in SOLIDWORKS
By SolidProfessor You can turn a cone into a flat metal sheet by inserting Sheet Metal Bends, but you may get an error. Watch this tip to bypass the error.
Applying Decals to Parts in SolidWorks Applying Decals to Parts in SolidWorks
By David Melvin, PE, TEDCF Publishing Youve created a custom decal, and now you want to apply it to your assembly.
Viewing Partial Simulation Results in Nonlinear Analysis Viewing Partial Simulation Results in Nonlinear Analysis
By David Roccaforte, FISHER/UNITECH Now when debugging a study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015, you can watch the solution as it progresses and make changes.
Clean Up Your Thread Display in SOLIDWORKS Clean Up Your Thread Display in SOLIDWORKS
By Jeff Setzer, Graphics Systems An often-overlooked enhancement in SOLIDWORKS is that you can now turn off the display of regular Cosmetic Threads in your model, in 2013+ versions.
Ensure Bonding Situations with SOLIDWORKS Simulation Ensure Bonding Situations with SOLIDWORKS Simulation
By Keith Pedersen, CAPINC SOLIDWORKS Simulation has the ability to detect if shell elements will bond to each other, and to the faces of solids. Here are a couple of cases.
Download GoEngineer's SOLIDWORKS Shortcuts Guide Download GoEngineer's SOLIDWORKS Shortcuts Guide
By Nic Rady, GoEngineer The list includes keyboard shortcuts like R for browsing recent documents, S for accessing the Shortcut bar, mouse gestures, window commands and more.
Creating a Wave Spring from Scratch in SOLIDWORKS
By SolidProfessor The trick to this complex sweep is using a 3D equation-driven curve as the path sketch for the sweep.
Automatically Add Dimension Styles in SOLIDWORKS Automatically Add Dimension Styles in SOLIDWORKS
By David Melvin, PE, TEDCF Publishing You might have mastered the creation of Dimension Styles, but would like all your styles to load automatically. Here's how.
How to Create a Bounding Box for Any Part in SOLIDWORKS How to Create a Bounding Box for Any Part in SOLIDWORKS
By: John Setzer, Graphic Systems The option is found in the Weldment tools of SOLIDWORKS and can be used for packaging purposes, stock estimates, etc.
Manage Your Favorite Materials in SOLIDWORKS
By Charn Jivaphaiboonskdi, GoEngineer This video tip by GoEngineer covers the materials library, advice on the best material selection and how to manage your materials.
Creating an Off-center Toroid from Scratch
By SolidProfessor Watch this video tutorial to learn how to use the Sweep command to create an off-center toroid from scratch in SOLIDWORKS.
Watch this Video on SOLIDWORKS and ENOVIA V6 Integration Watch this Video on SOLIDWORKS and ENOVIA V6 Integration
By ATR Soft This 15+ minute video will demonstrate how to link SOLIDWORKS to ENOVIA by using the Custom Tools in SOLIDWORKS and Enterprise PDM.
An Easy Way to Set Row Heights for A BOM in SOLIDWORKS An Easy Way to Set Row Heights for A BOM in SOLIDWORKS
By John Setzer, Training Coordinator, Grahpic Systems If you change the font on a Bill of Materials in SOLIDWORKS, how can you get the row heights to all adjust at once? It's easy, here's how.
How to Make a Hole that's Not in the Hole Wizard How to Make a Hole that's Not in the Hole Wizard
By Crystal Yazvac, CAPINC There are several workarounds like making the hole with an Extruded Cut or using a Hole Wizard hole with the Custom Size option.
3D Printing for A Conversation Piece or Functionality 3D Printing for A Conversation Piece or Functionality
By Paul Nishihira, Go Engineer Though Paul Nishihira of Go Engineer has a love for machining he is quite impressed with the functional parts he has made with 3D printing.
Did You Know It Matters Which Face You Select in SW? Did You Know It Matters Which Face You Select in SW?
By John Setzer, Training Coordinator, Grapic Systems Many SOLIDWORKS users are not aware but it matters which face you select when importing model dimensions to a drawing.
Copying Features to Components in SOLIDWORKS Copying Features to Components in SOLIDWORKS
By David Melvin, PE, TEDCF Publishing Most companies end up duplicating many of their part designs. Wouldn't it be nice if you could copy features from one part to another?
Creating a Design Based on an Image in SOLIDWORKS
By SolidProfessor Watch this video on how the Sketch Picture tool allows you to insert pictures onto sketch planes to use as underlay for creating sketches.
Define, Organize and Publish 3D PMI with SOLIDWORKS MBD
By Tandy Banks, GoEngineer This 30-minute tutorial by GoEngineer covers how to work with 3D Product Manufacturing Information (PMI), reduce errors, comply with standards & more.

Perspective Types in SOLIDWORKS
By Greg Dawes, FISHER/UNITECH There are a multitude of different types of perspective, but for SOLIDWORKS and product design in general users usually only need three.
Exit Sketch Button Missing in SOLIDWORKS Exit Sketch Button Missing in SOLIDWORKS
By David Melvin, PE, TEDCF Publishing You are working on a sketch, and when you go to exit the button is missing. What do you do?
Which SOLIDWORKS Products Do I Have Installed? Which SOLIDWORKS Products Do I Have Installed?
By Jeff Setzer, Graphics Systems There are almost 24 items in the SOLIDWORKS 2015 product line. Use the "My Products" feature to see which ones you have installed.
Flag Updated Drawing Dimensions in SOLIDWORKS Flag Updated Drawing Dimensions in SOLIDWORKS
By David Melvin, PE, TEDCF Publishing Wouldn’t it be nice if you could open a drawing and easily see all the dimensions that were changed since it was last saved? You can!
The Flexibility of Working with SOLIDWORKS Plastics
By David Roccaforte, FISHER/UNITECH You can choose if you want to link your simulations to your SOLIDWORKS CAD configurations and manage multiple Plastics analyses with one CAD file.
Automatic SketchXpert in SOLIDWORKS Automatic SketchXpert in SOLIDWORKS
By David Melvin, PE, TEDCF Publishing The SOLIDWORKS SketchXpert tool can be configured to automatically find the errors in over defined sketches.
Design a Yacht Propeller in SOLIDWORKS Design a Yacht Propeller in SOLIDWORKS
By Jan-Willem Zuyderduyn, YachtTutorials.com This in depth tutorial by By Jan-Willem Zuyderduyn covers how to design a yacht propeller in SOLIDWORKS.
Wicked Fast Study Variations in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Wicked Fast Study Variations in SOLIDWORKS Simulation
By Keith Pedersen, CAPINC CAPINC's Keith Pedersen shares two tips about running studies that require many load-case permutations.
Modeling Techniques in SOLIDWORKS Modeling Techniques in SOLIDWORKS
By John Setzer, Graphics Systems John Setzer of Graphics Systems demonstrates how to make a snowflake in ten easy steps.
Using SketchXpert in SOLIDWORKS Using SketchXpert in SOLIDWORKS
By David Melvin, PE, TEDCF Publishing You are working on a sketch and all of a sudden some of the geometry turns yellow, other geometry turns red, and some relations are red.
How to Use an Options File for EPDM in 2015 How to Use an Options File for EPDM in 2015
By Lindsay Early, FISHER/UNITECH With all the changes that have come about in the license structure for EPDM 2015, you now have all the capabilities with options files...
Save Your SOLIDWORKS Data as a PNG File Save Your SOLIDWORKS Data as a PNG File
By Matt Herald, FISHER/UNITECH There are settings within SOLIDWORKS to help with the clarity and image quality of the files you save regardless of what file type you choose.
Enhanced Data Checking In Flow Simulation Enhanced Data Checking In Flow Simulation
By Robert Warren, 3D Vision Technologies SOLIDWORKS 2015 Flow Simulation allows users to catch errors by comparing every single data point against each other.
Using SOLIDWROKS EPDM to Share Data Using SOLIDWROKS EPDM to Share Data
By Laura Weismantel, CAPINC Whether you're an engineering student or certified engineer, many teams use SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM to facilitate data sharing.
Using Path Length in SOLIDWORKS Using Path Length in SOLIDWORKS
By David Melvin, PE, TEDCF Publishing If you need to define the perimeter of a profile or the length of arcs and lines, this tip will show you how it’s done.
Adding a Path Length Dimension to Your Drawing Adding a Path Length Dimension to Your Drawing
By David Melvin, PE, TEDCF Publishing Say you've designed a feature based on its perimeter and you want to add path length dimensions to your drawing in SOLIDWORKS.
Hide and Show Edges in Drawings in SOLIDWORKS Hide and Show Edges in Drawings in SOLIDWORKS
By Rachel Diane York, FISHER/UNITECH The Hide/Show features allows SOLIDWORKS users to draw attention to a specific part of a drawing while removing distracting clutter.
Tangent Arc Dimensions in SOLIDWORKS Tangent Arc Dimensions in SOLIDWORKS
by David Melvin, PE, TEDCF Publishing You've mastered the Smart Dimension command, but now you need to add a dimension that's tangent to an arc. This tip will show you how it's done.
Locking and Unlocking Dimension Type in SOLIDWORKS Locking and Unlocking Dimension Type in SOLIDWORKS
By David Melvin, PE, TEDCF Publishing This tip will show you how to lock the dimension type so that you can easily place the text.

SolidWorks Advanced Tech Tip: Smart Mates
By Crystal Yazvac, CAPINC Application engineer Crystal Yazvac shows some tricks covered in the SOLIDWORKS Essentials and SOLIDWORKS Advanced Assembly classes.
Part 2 in Creating Meshes in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Part 2 in Creating Meshes in SOLIDWORKS Simulation
By Ken LaVictor, FISHER/UNITECH Here's a list of things you can do, things you can use, and things you can look for in creating a good mesh.
View Temporary Axes in SolidWorks View Temporary Axes in SolidWorks
By David Melvin, PE, TEDCF Publishing If you're trying to figure out how to find the axis of a conical or cylindrical shape, you’re in luck. This tip shows you how it's done.
Making Realistic Renderings in SOLIDWORKS Making Realistic Renderings in SOLIDWORKS
By Andrew Jaskey, CAPINC It's important to provide clients with clear, photo realistic images of a design concept. Here are some considerations for doing renderings.
What Makes a Good Mesh? What Makes a Good Mesh?
By Ken LaVictor, FISHER/UNITECH This is part 1 in a series on how to make a better mesh, discussing spotty results and a number of elements using SOLIDWORKS Simulation.
The Magnifying Glass in SOLIDWORKS The Magnifying Glass in SOLIDWORKS
By David Melvin, PE, TEDCF Publishing You might find that zooming in and out to select entities is a little tedious, so I thought I’d show you how to use SolidWorks’ Magnifying Glass.
Material Screening in FEA Software Material Screening in FEA Software
By Shuvom Ghose, CAPINC Shuvom Ghose of CAPINC, covers what you should do first with your new FEA software.
Five Things You Should Know About SOLIDWORKS Composer Five Things You Should Know About SOLIDWORKS Composer
By Crystal Yazvac, CAPINC Crystal Yazvac of CAPINC shares five things she wishes she would have known from the start when using SOLIDWORKS Composer.
Import SOLIDWORKS Model Dimensions to a Drawing Import SOLIDWORKS Model Dimensions to a Drawing
By David Melvin, PE, TEDCF Publishing Importing model dimensions to a drawing view can be a fast way of dimensioning a view.
Add Dynamic Dropdown Lists to Your Data Cards Add Dynamic Dropdown Lists to Your Data Cards
By Lindsay Early, FISHER/UNITECH SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM has the ability to create dropdown menus that will dynamically fill in fields for your data cards.
Handle Large Numbers of Cables in SOLIDWORKS Electrical Handle Large Numbers of Cables in SOLIDWORKS Electrical
By Andy Beaupre, CAPINC Cable assemblies can be represented and documented using several methods.
Import Export Dimension Styles in SOLIDWORKS Import Export Dimension Styles in SOLIDWORKS
By David Melvin, PE, TEDCF Publishing One of the fastest ways of adding tolerances and callouts on your drawing dimensions is to use styles.

Snap Your Mates Right into Place in SOLIDWORKS
By 3D Vision Technologies SOLIDWORKS' Smart Components function lets users ensure their mate references always snap to right where they belong.
Create Corners with the Three Member Miter Create Corners with the Three Member Miter
By Nady Osmat, FISHER/UNITECH Creating corners in SOLIDWORKS gets a whole lot easier with the help of the three member miter.
Shortcucts for SOLIDWorks EPDM Vault Subfolders Shortcucts for SOLIDWorks EPDM Vault Subfolders
By Jenn Pouliot, CAPINC When browsing in the Enterprise PDM vault is part of your daily routine, often some of the locations you want to go to are also routine.
Check Sketch for Feature Command in SOLIDWORKS Check Sketch for Feature Command in SOLIDWORKS
By David Melvin, PE, TEDCF Publishing You've created a profile and you're ready to use it but for some reason you can’t select the profile. This tip shows you how to solve the problem.
Auto-rotate View on Sketch Creation in SOLIDWORKS Auto-rotate View on Sketch Creation in SOLIDWORKS
by David Melvin, PE, TEDCF Publishing Typically you create a sketch and then set the view normal to it. This tip will show you how to setup SOLIDWORKS so that you can do this in one step.
Saving Assemblies as Parts in SOLIDWORKS Saving Assemblies as Parts in SOLIDWORKS
By Nady Osmat, FISHER/UNITECH Did you know that in SOLIDWORKS you can save an assembly file as a part? You may be wondering why you would want to, but doing this has many benefits!
A Fast and Easy Way to Create Matching Parts
By CAPINC The Mirror tool makes it easy to create left and right hand versions of your SOLIDWORKS parts.
Mirroring Parts in SOLIDWORKS Composer Mirroring Parts in SOLIDWORKS Composer
By Matt Herald, FISHER/UNITECH One of FISHER/UNITECH's customers was struggling with creating an opposite-hand version of a part and wanted to know if it was even possible.
Stress Strain Curve Helps with Big Data Simulations Stress Strain Curve Helps with Big Data Simulations
By Bill Reuss, 3D Vision Technologies Normal SOLIDWORKS Simulations are limited to 1000 points of data but a stress strain curve can handle much more than that.
The FilletXpert in SolidWorks The FilletXpert in SolidWorks
By David Melvin, PE, TEDCF Publishing Most people stick with just using the manual method of adding fillets, but the FilletXpert can simplify and speed your model construction.
Sketch Dimension Tricks in SolidWorks Sketch Dimension Tricks in SolidWorks
By David Melvin, PE, TEDCF Publishing Here is a tip that shows how to quickly and automatically add dimensions while you draw sketches.
Emphasize Design Intent with Sketch Relations Emphasize Design Intent with Sketch Relations
By Art Woodbury, CAPINC Sketch relations can help you call out important features of your design intent in SOLIDWORKS.
Multiple Instances on your SolidWorks Inspection Report Multiple Instances on your SolidWorks Inspection Report
By Matt Herald, FISHER/UNITECH Adding multiple instances to your inspection report where one feature is identified or duplicated on a given part is a snap. See how!
Custom Display States in SOLIDWORKS Custom Display States in SOLIDWORKS
By David Melvin, PE, TEDCF Publishing Display States have a wide range of uses, but one of the most common uses is isolating assembly components.
Select All the Aspects of a Part at Once Select All the Aspects of a Part at Once
By Randy Simmons, 3D Vision Technologies Power select lets SOLIDWORKS users select every example of a specific part at once.
Changing Display Modes in SolidWorks Changing Display Modes in SolidWorks
By David Melvin, PE, TEDCF Publishing When you're working with assemblies in SolidWorks you might find the need to hide some parts to make it easier to work on other parts.
Creating a Usable Mold from Imported Geometry
By Matt Herald, FISHER/UNITECH The goal here was to create a usable mold based on imported geometry, which in this case was a tooth. Normally I would use the mold tools...
Theoretical Intersections in SolidWorks Theoretical Intersections in SolidWorks
By David Melvin, PE, TEDCF From time to time you might find that you need to find the location of the theoretical intersection of lines.
Prevent Automatic Relations in SolidWorks Prevent Automatic Relations in SolidWorks
By David Melvin, PE, TEDCF When you draw sketch geometry SolidWorks automatically adds relations, but what do you do if you don’t want to add relations?
Customize SolidWorks Appearances Customize SolidWorks Appearances
By Laura Weismantel, CAPINC A drab gray default for part templates may not be what you want to show your customers so enhance the appearance with these options.
The Line Tool in SolidWorks Sketching Environment The Line Tool in SolidWorks Sketching Environment
By Laura Weismantel, CAPINC An overview of what many users don't know about the most basic of SolidWorks sketching tools.
Wireframe Assembly Components in SolidWorks Wireframe Assembly Components in SolidWorks
by David Melvin, PE, TEDCF Publishing Lets say you would like to have an assembly show some parts in a wireframe.
Weldments and Bill of Materials for Structural Frames Weldments and Bill of Materials for Structural Frames
By Josh Spencer, 3D Vision Technologies What if you are using Enterprise PDM? Can you see the cut list in EPDM? Of course you can. It is under the Bill of Materials tab.
Change the Default View Orientation Change the Default View Orientation
By Matt Herald, FISHER/UNITECH SolidWorks makes it possible to change your default view and gives users the ability to customize how the look at their parts.
How to Use Shell Meshing for Thermal Studies How to Use Shell Meshing for Thermal Studies
By Jason Pancoast, CAPINC SolidWorks Simulation gives you the ability to assign thermal loads and boundary conditions to your models and predict resultant temperatures.
Clear Plastic Appearance in SolidWorks
By David Melvin, PE, TEDCF Publishing You've selected a clear plastic appearance, but the part is not transparent. This tip will show you how to make it transparent.
Get Instant Quotes with SolidWorks Electrical Get Instant Quotes with SolidWorks Electrical
By Paesol Veerakitti, 3D Vision Technologies One of many useful tools in SolidWorks Electrical is the Enterprise Resource Planning, or ERP, database connection.
Trimming Entities in SolidWorks Trimming Entities in SolidWorks
By David Melvin, PE, TEDCF Publishing The Trim command in the Sketch Command Manager is a fast way of trimming entities to other entities, but what do you do if you trim too much?
Visualize Applied Contacts within Your Assembly Analysis Visualize Applied Contacts within Your Assembly Analysis
By Ken LaVictor, FISHER/UNITECH By using the new Contact Visualization Plot tool in SolidWorks Simulation 2014 users can find conflict points before running their simulations.
Find the Flexibility of Non-linear Fixtures Find the Flexibility of Non-linear Fixtures
By David Roccaforte, FISHER/UNITECH Hidden within SolidWorks Simulation Premium is a feature that will make it easier for users to determine the flexibility of their non-linear features.
Loop Selection Trick in SolidWorks Loop Selection Trick in SolidWorks
By David Melvin, PE, TEDCF Publishing This tip shows you how to use the loop selection to speed up the process of converting edges to sketch geometry.
Using DriveWorks to Automate SolidWorks Using DriveWorks to Automate SolidWorks
By Jason Pancoast, CAPINC SolidWorks users can take advantage of DriveWorks to automate the process of creating custom inputs for your customers.
Quickly Add Notes to Files in SolidWorks Quickly Add Notes to Files in SolidWorks
By John Koop, TEDCF Publishing Add a note box to any SolidWorks file with these instructions.
Design a Hovercraft in SolidWorks Simulation Design a Hovercraft in SolidWorks Simulation
By Robert Warren, 3D Vision Technologies Utilize SolidWorks Simulation to develop and optimize the hovercraft design and get ready to 3D print your prototype.
Inserting Pictures into a Sketch in SolidWorks Inserting Pictures into a Sketch in SolidWorks
By John Koop, TEDCF Publishing Let's say you are designing a Bearing Housing and you want to be able to refer to the picture the client provided.
Create Award-winning Cinematography with SolidWorks Composer Create Award-winning Cinematography with SolidWorks Composer
By Matt Herald, FISHER/UNITECH SolidWorks Composer makes this process simple by allowing a user to create views that tell a story in a storyboard format.
Dragging Fully Defined Sketch Entities in SolidWorks Dragging Fully Defined Sketch Entities in SolidWorks
By John Koop, TEDCF Publishing This quick tip will show you how you can drag sketch entities that are already fully defined.
How to Avoid Manufacturing Defects in Plastic Parts How to Avoid Manufacturing Defects in Plastic Parts
By Michael LaFleche, CAPINC SolidWorks Plastics can help users eliminate some of the most frustrating defects in their plastic part designs.
Changing Sketch Planes in SolidWorks Changing Sketch Planes in SolidWorks
By John Koop, TEDCF Publishing This quick tip will show you how you can switch the planes that your sketches are drawn on.
Pretty Form Validation in DriveWorks Pretty Form Validation in DriveWorks
By Jeff Sweeney, 3DVision Technologies Take advantage of a fast and easy way to fill out forms in DriveWorks.
Converting SolidWorks Part Files to an STL File Converting SolidWorks Part Files to an STL File
By Jon Lawrence, CAPINC Prepare your SolidWords files for a 3D printer by mastering the steps to convert them to the .STL format.

Get Animations in a Snap with SolidWorks Composer
By Matt Herald, FISHER/UNITECH Blog Create simple SolidWorks animations in just minutes using SolidWorks Composer.
Save Time and Money with SolidWorks Shortcuts Save Time and Money with SolidWorks Shortcuts
By John Koop, TEDCF Publishing This example has to do with using the Arc command while in the sketch environment.
Using Alternate Unit Types in SolidWorks Using Alternate Unit Types in SolidWorks
By John Koop, TEDCF Publishing This quick time saving tip will show you how you can use alternate unit types in SolidWorks.
Mesh Improvements in SolidWorks Flow Simulation Mesh Improvements in SolidWorks Flow Simulation
By Robert Warren, 3DVision Technologies There are two main changes including Mesh Parallelization and Local Initial Mesh Regions are now Adaptive.
How to Edit History in SolidWorks 2014 How to Edit History in SolidWorks 2014
By David Melvin, PE, TEDCF Publishing This tip shows you how to use and customize the new SolidWorks feature that tracks changes to your part and assembly files.
Never Go Over Budget with SolidWorks Costing Never Go Over Budget with SolidWorks Costing
By Josh Spencer, 3DVision Technologies When you create a new design, you need to know how much it costs. This tip examines a few questions that may arise.
Automatically Open Copied Files in SolidWorks Automatically Open Copied Files in SolidWorks
By David Melvin, PE, TEDCF Publishing One of the benefits of SolidWorks is you can copy files to create new ones, so it’s good practice to know your options for copying files.
SolidWorks Tools for Design Process Documentation SolidWorks Tools for Design Process Documentation
By Art Woodbury, CAPINC This tip looks at tools provided in SolidWorks for team members to document how and why a design evolves as it does.
Using Multiple Views in SolidWorks 2013 Using Multiple Views in SolidWorks 2013
By John Koop, TEDCF Publishing This is a quick tip on how to use multiple view angles to view parts and assemblies in SolidWorks.
How to Handle a Full Archive Server How to Handle a Full Archive Server
By Lindsay Early, FISHER/UNITECH Blog So you've been working in SolidWorks Enterprise PDM for a while now and have just realized your vault has gone from 50GB to 500GB.
Don't Lose Your Settings When You Upgrade SolidWorks Don't Lose Your Settings When You Upgrade SolidWorks
By Josh Spencer, 3DVision Technologies Tired of having to re-customize SolidWorks each time you upgrade? This tip will let you save your settings when you move to a new version.
Quickly Change Views in SolidWorks 2013 Quickly Change Views in SolidWorks 2013
By John Koop, TEDCF Publishing This is a quick tip on how to quickly change views in SolidWorks 2013.
Create Perfect Cams Everytime with the SolidWorks Toolbox Create Perfect Cams Everytime with the SolidWorks Toolbox
By Art Woodbury, CAPINC The Toolbox feature in SolidWorks helps users create circular and linear cams to speed and improve their product design process.
Mouse Gestures in SolidWorks Mouse Gestures in SolidWorks
By Paul Kutolowski, FISHER/UNITECH Mouse Gestures can be accessed by holding down the right mouse button and dragging your mouse in any direction.
Hide or Show Items in SolidWorks 2013 Hide or Show Items in SolidWorks 2013
By John Koop, TEDCF Publishing This is a quick tip that will show you how you can hide or show items like axes, grid lines, origins, and more.
Connect with Coworkers Using SolidWorks EPDM Connect with Coworkers Using SolidWorks EPDM
By Jenn Pouliot, CAPINC Need a fast way of getting in touch with your coworkers within EPDM? Here is a quick and easy way.
Hotkey Model Rotation in SolidWorks 2013 Hotkey Model Rotation in SolidWorks 2013
By John Koop, TEDCF Publishing This is a quick tip on using hotkeys to rotate your models.
Find the True Length of an Arc in SolidWorks 2013 Find the True Length of an Arc in SolidWorks 2013
by John Koop, TEDCF Publishing In just 3 steps you can find the true length of an arc.
Attach a Balloon to an Entire Sub-Assembly Attach a Balloon to an Entire Sub-Assembly
By Tonia Lauer, FISHER/UNITECH Attaching a balloon to an entire sub-assembly in SolidWorks is trickier than it seems. This tip can help.
Simulation Tips for Flip Shell Elements Simulation Tips for Flip Shell Elements
By 3DVision Technologies Have you ever worked on a complicated Simulation study with many thin components meshed with shell elements?
Saving Assemblies as IGES Files in SolidWorks 2013 Saving Assemblies as IGES Files in SolidWorks 2013
By John Koop, TEDCF Publishing This is a quick tip to show how you can save an assembly as one IGES file or as a separate IGES file for each assembly component.
Undo Mistakes in Your Change/Release Processes Undo Mistakes in Your Change/Release Processes
By Jay Thompson, CAPINC Sometimes mistakes slip into even the most diligently tracked change/release systems. This tip can help SolidWorks PDM users correct those mistakes.
Finding the Center of Mass Finding the Center of Mass
By Paul Kutolowski, FISHER/UNITECH Finding the Center of Mass of a part or an assembly is just a mouse click away!
Simplify Models for Simulation Simplify Models for Simulation
By Robert Warren, 3DVision Technologies To prepare a SolidWorks model for simulation it has to be simplified so its extraneous parts and features are removed. This tip will explain how.
Using the Trim Command in SolidWorks 2013 Using the Trim Command in SolidWorks 2013
By John Koop, TEDCF Publishing Let's say we want to delete just the inner halves of both circles. To do this, select the Trim Entities command from the toolbar.
Using Smart Mates in SolidWorks 2013 Using Smart Mates in SolidWorks 2013
By John Koop, TEDCF Publishing This is a quick tip about using Smart Mates and how they can help speed up your work.
Create What If Scenarios to Improve Your Designs Create What If Scenarios to Improve Your Designs
By Bill Reuss, 3DVision Technologies The Design Study feature in SolidWorks Simulation allows users to try multiple design possibilities and see how they will play out in the real world.
Symmetry Fixtures on Shell Elements in SolidWorks Symmetry Fixtures on Shell Elements in SolidWorks
By Ken LaVictor, FISHER/UNITECH The Symmetry fixture can now be used to add symmetry to a surface body or solid body on which shell elements are defined.
SolidWorks Simulation Verification Problems SolidWorks Simulation Verification Problems
By Ken LaVictor, FISHER/UNITECH Have you ever wondered, after running a SolidWorks Simulation study, whether or not your results are correct?
Updating Drawing Dimensions in SolidWorks 2013 Updating Drawing Dimensions in SolidWorks 2013
By John Koop, TEDCF Publishing When you make changes to your parts, wouldn't it be nice if you could see altered dimensions in your drawings? Well you can!
Improving Tech Pubs by Integrating Color Improving Tech Pubs by Integrating Color
By Shuvom Ghose, CAPINC CAPINC has talked to their customers about improving their internal pubs to reduce assembly errors and assembly time by incorporating color.
Multiple Balloon Leaders in SolidWorks 2013 Multiple Balloon Leaders in SolidWorks 2013
By John Koop, TEDCF Publishing A quick tip on adding multiple leaders to a Balloon in SolidWorks 2013.
Add a Draft to a Model with Thousands of Faces
By Jeff Sweeney, 3DVision Technologies If your model has thousands of faces how can you add a draft without going crazy? Watch this tip to find out.
Five SolidWorks Shortcuts You May Have Missed Five SolidWorks Shortcuts You May Have Missed
By Darin Grosser, DASI Solutions Darin Grosser says he'd be surprised if seasoned SolidWorks users have seen all five of these tips and tricks.
How to Find a Particular Node or Element by Number How to Find a Particular Node or Element by Number
By Keith Pedersen, CAPINC Sometimes you get an error message in SolidWorks Simulation that cites a problem at a particular node ID.
Showing Total Quantity in Bill of Materials
By Brian VanderPloeg, FISHER/UNITECH Watch this video to learn how you can efficiently index all of the same types of a part in a bill of materials in SolidWorks.
Use Link to Thickness in any Environment Use Link to Thickness in any Environment
By John Koop, TEDCF Publishing The Link to Thickness tool in SolidWorks 2013 can be used in many environments beyond sheetmetal.
Creating Transparent Resins Creating Transparent Resins
By Proto Labs If you want to use a transparent material in your injection molded part this tutorial can help.
An Easy Way to Simulate Stripping a Finish An Easy Way to Simulate Stripping a Finish
By Al Zullo, CAPINC This video tutorial will show SolidWorks users how they can create the effect of a finish being stripped off of their design.
Tool Shortcuts in SolidWorks 2013 Tool Shortcuts in SolidWorks 2013
By John Koop, TEDCF Publishing This is a quick tip that shows you how to access the Shortcut Bar and how to find tools or commands in the Search Commands window.
The Bounding Box is Not Just for Weldments The Bounding Box is Not Just for Weldments
By Randy Simmons, 3DVision Technologies Create a wide range of parts with the newly expanded Bounding Box tool in SolidWorks 2013.
Master the Magnifying Glass in SolidWorks 2013 Master the Magnifying Glass in SolidWorks 2013
By John Koop, TEDCF Publishing Learn how to get the most out of the magnifying glass tool in SolidWorks 2013.
New Features for FEA in SolidWorks 2013 New Features for FEA in SolidWorks 2013
By Keith Pedersen, CAPINC Open a multi-body part, or an assembly with at least 2 parts in it, and create a Simulation. Learn about three new features here.
A Faster Way to Draw Tangent Arcs A Faster Way to Draw Tangent Arcs
By John Koop, TEDCF Publishing Many SolidWorks users know how to use the command line to draw tangent arcs, but this tip has a faster way you may not know.
A Handy Trick on Geometric Tolerances A Handy Trick on Geometric Tolerances
By Chaz Stipkovic, FISHER/UNITECH This helpful tip will show SolidWorks users how they can create section views and geometric tolerances using the DimXpert.
Mold Finishings with Protomold's Design Aid Protogami Mold Finishings with Protomold's Design Aid Protogami
By Proto Labs Aside form showcasing resins and finishes, Protogami highlights clip design, living hinges and design for ease of assembly.
Finding Parts in Assemblies in SolidWorks 2013 Finding Parts in Assemblies in SolidWorks 2013
By John Koop, TEDCF Publishing One of the many challenges involved with working with large assemblies is finding individual parts.
Coating and Plating Your SolidWorks Assembly Coating and Plating Your SolidWorks Assembly
By Al Zullo, CAPINC In this video tip SolidWorks users learn to use a top-down assembly method to create a nickel plated assembly.
User Favorite: SolidWorks Materials in Design Studies User Favorite: SolidWorks Materials in Design Studies
By Bill Reuss, 3DVision Technologies Bill covers one of his new favorite simulation tools in SolidWorks 2013 in this tutorial.
How to Move the Command Manager in SolidWorks 2013 How to Move the Command Manager in SolidWorks 2013
By John Koop, TEDCF Publishing This tip show SolidWorks 2013 users how they can customize their screen layout by placing the Command Manager in the best location possible.
Drive Dimensions Using Equations in SolidWorks Drive Dimensions Using Equations in SolidWorks
By John Koop, TEDCF Publishing In this tip SolidWorks 2013 users will learn how to avoid a common error that prevents users from driving their dimensions with equations.
Maintain Multiple Vaults with the Enterprise PDM Admin Tool Maintain Multiple Vaults with the Enterprise PDM Admin Tool
By Hugh Kanner, CAPINC Maintaining multiple vaults in SolidWorks Enterprise PDM helps users support their infrastructure with back-ups and training options.
Understanding Uniform Wall Thickness Understanding Uniform Wall Thickness
By Proto Labs Creating excellent injection molding requires uniform wall thickness throughout a part design. Learn how to achieve this goal.
Find Fluid Volumes in SolidWorks Find Fluid Volumes in SolidWorks
By Brian VanderPloeg, FISHER/UNITECH Here is a quick way to find the volume of the fluids you are working with in SolidWorks 2013.
Model Distributed Pressures in SolidWorks Simulation Model Distributed Pressures in SolidWorks Simulation
By Jason Pancoast, CAPINC In this tip users will learn how they can use SolidWorks Simulation to simulate the effects of distributed pressures and forces.
Create Multiple Mate References on a Part Create Multiple Mate References on a Part
By Chris Snider, 3DVision Technologies This tip explains how SolidWorks users can save time by creating multiple mate references on a single part.
Take Advantage of Visual Characteristics with Protomold Take Advantage of Visual Characteristics with Protomold
By Proto Labs In this tip readers will find out how they can add eye-popping visual characteristics to their injection molded parts.
Create Patterns Utilizing Data from Curves and Sketches Create Patterns Utilizing Data from Curves and Sketches
By Laura Weismantel, CAPINC In this tip users learn how they can take the data used in the creation of curves, sketches and tables and use it to create helical patterns.
Import eDrawings Markups Directly into SolidWorks Import eDrawings Markups Directly into SolidWorks
By Tonia Lauer, FISHER/UNITECH Take advantage of a new feature in SolidWorks 2013 that allows users to immediately view their eDdrawings markups in SolidWorks.
Click and Drag Fillet Creation in SolidWorks 2013 Click and Drag Fillet Creation in SolidWorks 2013
By John Koop, TEDCF Publishing This quick tip, shows you an easy way to add Fillets by clicking and dragging them from the Feature Manager.
Using the View Selector in SolidWorks 2013 Using the View Selector in SolidWorks 2013
By John Koop, TEDCF Publishing John Koop covers a new tool called the "View Selector" in this tutorial.
Eliminate Cosmetic Flaws Eliminate Cosmetic Flaws
By Proto Labs Injection molded parts are often the victims of many different kinds of cosmetic flaws. But this tip can help.
Access the SolidWorks Forum the Easy Way Access the SolidWorks Forum the Easy Way
By John Koop, TEDCF Publishing The SolidWorks Forum is an invaluable resource of information for users. SolidWorks 2013 has an easy way to take advantage of it.
Creating Terminal Strips Much Faster with SolidWorks Creating Terminal Strips Much Faster with SolidWorks
By Michael LaFleche, CAPINC Creating terminal strip documentation is an error prone and tedious process. In this tip, we help speed this process up a bit.
Easily Change Units Type in SolidWorks Easily Change Units Type in SolidWorks
By John Koop, TEDCF Publishing There is a quick and easy way to toggle back and forth between Unit Types in SolidWorks. Find out how in this tip.
Enhance Product Visuals in SolidWorks 2013 Enhance Product Visuals in SolidWorks 2013
By Chris Snider, 3DVision Technologies SolidWorks 2013 gives users the ability to render their visuals using native Luxology appearances.
Customizing SolidWorks for Power or Performance Customizing SolidWorks for Power or Performance
By Jenn Pouliot, CAPINC The EPDM Preview Pane gives users the ability to customize their SolidWorks Experience to either focus on maximizing performance or power.
Spice Up Your Prototypes With a Little Color Spice Up Your Prototypes With a Little Color
By Proto Labs Prototypes can come in a wide variety of colors. This tip walks users through the best way to chose the color that suits them best.
Exploring the SolidWorks CAD Admin Dashboard Exploring the SolidWorks CAD Admin Dashboard
By Cami L. Fredock, FISHER/UNITECH The SolidWorks CAD Admin Dashboard gives users the ability to track how SolidWorks performs throughout their operation.
Easy Access to Your DriveWorks License Anytime Easy Access to Your DriveWorks License Anytime
By CAPINC Once you register for DriveWorks you can get quick access to your license information anytime by following these simple steps.
Customize Your Favorite Materials List in SolidWorks Customize Your Favorite Materials List in SolidWorks
By Nady Osmat, FISHER/UNITECH Make sure you can always find your most popular materials by customizing your "Favorite Materials" list.
Gain Insights in Injection Molding Gain Insights in Injection Molding
By Proto Labs This tutorial walks users through the process of preparing a particularly challenging part for injection molding.
Curve Drive Patterns in SolidWorks Curve Drive Patterns in SolidWorks
By Art Woodbury, CAPINC Everyone is (or should be!) familiar with linear and circular patterns. Learn more here!
How to Turn Off Selection Filters in SolidWorks How to Turn Off Selection Filters in SolidWorks
by David Melvin, PE, TEDCF Publishing This tip covers shortcuts for using the Selection Filter Toolbar and how filters are helpful.
Prepare Your SolidWorks File for FDM Printing Prepare Your SolidWorks File for FDM Printing
By Elba-Gloria LaFleche-Erazo, CAPINC Technical Blog These steps will help you avoid tessellation during your 3D printing jobs.
Speed Pak Makes Working with Large Assemblies Easy Speed Pak Makes Working with Large Assemblies Easy
By Darrel Lampley, FISHER/UNITECH The Speed Pak tool gives users the ability to simplify large assemblies to make them easier and faster to work with.
Include Drafts to Reduce Wear and Tear Include Drafts to Reduce Wear and Tear
By Proto Labs By adding drafts to a part designers can reduce the long term effects of wear and tear in injection molding.
Take Advantage of Top-Down Assembly Modeling Take Advantage of Top-Down Assembly Modeling
By CAPINC Learn top down assembly modeling techniques to save a lot of time and effort.
Personalize Your Command Manager in SolidWorks Personalize Your Command Manager in SolidWorks
By Bill Reuss, 3DVision Technologies Give your command manager a personal touch by customizing its icons.
Understand the Differences Between PDM Systems Understand the Differences Between PDM Systems
By Jay Thompson, CAPINC Technical Blog This tip will walk users through the differences between Workgroup PDM and Enterprise PDM and help them choose the best solution.
The Fastest Ways to Exit a Sketch The Fastest Ways to Exit a Sketch
By David Melvin, PE, TEDCF Publishing SolidWorks users can save a lot of time by exiting their sketches using the the tricks found here.
Avoid Resin Damage with these Helpful Tips Avoid Resin Damage with these Helpful Tips
By Proto Labs For designers who want to avoid resin damage while designing parts for rapid injection molding proper living hinges are a must.
Choosing the Best Part Orientation for FDM Machines Choosing the Best Part Orientation for FDM Machines
By CAPINC Here are a few tips and tricks for orienting your part on the build tray in a Stratasys FDM machine
Simulation Advisor for SolidWorks Analysis Simulation Advisor for SolidWorks Analysis
By Ken LaVictor, FISHER/UNITECH SolidWorks Simulation Advisor is a tool that will walk users through the steps of creating their first simulation.
A Little Extra Guidance For SolidWorks Users A Little Extra Guidance For SolidWorks Users
By Randy Simmons, 3DVision Technologies For SolidWorks users who need a little extra guidance in Drawing mode.
Don't Get Tripped Up By Local Caching Don't Get Tripped Up By Local Caching
By Jay Thompson, CAPINC Technical Blog Setting up local caches can be tricky for SolidWorks EPDM users both old and new.
Introduction to SolidWorks Electrical Introduction to SolidWorks Electrical
By Michael LaFleche, CAPINC This tutorial covers how SolidWorks Electrical allows users to integrate their mechanical and electrical processes.
Design Optimization and 2D Simplification Design Optimization and 2D Simplification
By David Roccaforte, FISHER/UNITECH 2D design optimization is one of the most powerful tools in SolidWorks Simulation. Make sure you are getting the most from it!
Handling Gates in Injection Molding Handling Gates in Injection Molding
By Proto Labs Gates are one of the unpleasant realities of injection molding. Learn to deal with them earlier with this tutorial.
Customize Your EPDM Login Customize Your EPDM Login
By Jenn Pouliot, CAPINC Technical Blog Changing your login for SolidWorks EPDM can help save time and frustration by making sure the right data is assigned to the right user.
Simulation Mesh Error Checking Simulation Mesh Error Checking
By Bill Reuss, 3DVision Technologies Solving mesh errors in SolidWorks Simulation can be challenging and time consuming but this tip can help make the process easier.
The Fast Way to Switch from a  Sketch Line to a Tangent Arc The Fast Way to Switch from a Sketch Line to a Tangent Arc
By Crystal Yazvac, CAPINC The Tangent Arc tool makes it easy for SolidWorks users to switch from a sketch line to a tangent arc.
Customize Your Property Information Interface Customize Your Property Information Interface
By Darrel Lampley, FISHER/UNITECH The Property Tab Builder gives SolidWorks users the ability to create an interface to help them enter properties into SolidWorks files.
Choose Your Resin Early When Prototyping Choose Your Resin Early When Prototyping
By Proto Labs There are many good reasons to choose the material you will use for your prototypes as early as possible. This tip explains how and why.
Using SolidWorks Enterprise PDM Without Server Access Using SolidWorks Enterprise PDM Without Server Access
By Hugh Kanner, CAPINC When users lose their connection to their server they can still take advantage of SolidWorks Enterprise PDM.
Short Tube Header Flow Simulation Short Tube Header Flow Simulation
By Robert Warren, 3DVision Technologies For designers who need to know how to make the best decisions about the costs of their products, flow simulation can help.
Using Faces Instead of Edges in SolidWorks Using Faces Instead of Edges in SolidWorks
By Jason Pancoast, CAPINC Selecting a face instead of an edge makes working in SolidWorks easier and leads to better models.
Get a Grip on Part Creation with the Part Reviewer Get a Grip on Part Creation with the Part Reviewer
By Brian VanderPloeg, FISHER/UNITECH The Part Reviewer gives users an easy way to understand how parts were created in SolidWorks.
Bring Out the Color in Your Prototypes Bring Out the Color in Your Prototypes
By Dave Tupper, CAPINC SolidWorks users can leverage a wide range of colors in their printed parts. Make sure your are taking full advantage of this capability.
Ventilation Creation Made Easy Ventilation Creation Made Easy
By Josh Spencer, 3DVision Technologies The Fill Pattern feature is an often overlooked tool that makes it easy to reduce weights and create ventilation systems.
Add Translucent Effects to Your Models Add Translucent Effects to Your Models
By FISHER/UNITECH Make sure you have the right settings to create translucent renderings of models in SolidWorks Photoview 360.
An Introduction to SimulationXpress An Introduction to SimulationXpress
By Paul Hagenow,CAPINC Many SolidWorks users do not take advantage of the features in SimulationXpress. Find out how it could be helping you verify your designs and models.
Creating DXF Files in SolidWorks Creating DXF Files in SolidWorks
By Art Woodbury, CAPINC DXF files allow users to prepare their SolidWorks designs to be manufactured as a flat sheet.
Squashing Bugs in the Library Feature Squashing Bugs in the Library Feature
By Brian VanderPloeg, FISHER/UNITECH This workaround will help users take advantage of the library feature without having to worry about troublesome bugs.
Fully Define Sketches Fully Define Sketches
By Elba-Gloria LaFleche-Erazo, CAPINC Fully defining a sketch is an important skill for SolidWorks users this tip explains why.
Quickly Create and Modify Geometry Quickly Create and Modify Geometry
By Josh Spencer, 3DVision Technologies The Instant3D feature in SolidWorks gives users the ability to quickly create and modify geometry.
Use Pickouts to Form Difficult Features Use Pickouts to Form Difficult Features
By Proto Labs By using pickouts designers can solve problems relating to the creation of undercuts.
Automate Hole Insertion Automate Hole Insertion
By Tonia Lauer, FISHER/UNITECH Drag and drop holes directly into your assemblies.
Easily Capture Inspection Data from SolidWorks Easily Capture Inspection Data from SolidWorks
By CAPINC Don't waste time creating bubbled prints and inspection reports use InspectionXpert for SolidWorks to automate the process.
Use Matched Mates to Lower Manufacturing Costs Use Matched Mates to Lower Manufacturing Costs
By Proto Labs By using two identical parts for mates users can reduce the amount of time and money they spend in the manufacturing phase.
Simulating Bolt Characteristics Simulating Bolt Characteristics
By Keith Pedersen, CAPINC Bolt Connectors are a very efficient way of representing the bolt stiffness, and compression due to pre-load, on the bolted components.
Fix Drawings in a Flash Fix Drawings in a Flash
By Chris Snider, 3DVision Technologies The auto arrange drawings tool gives users the ability to quickly and easily alter their sketches.
Powerful Tool for Working with Assemblies
By FISHER/UNITECH The SolidWorks Selection Tools give users an unprecedented level of control when working with their parts and designs.
Enforce Your Design Aesthetic Enforce Your Design Aesthetic
By Keith Pedersen, CAPINC There are many ways to ensure the look of your design is handled properly. Using sketches that enforce proportions is one of the most robust solutions.
Run Multiple Simulations Together Run Multiple Simulations Together
By Al Zullo, CAPINC SolidWorks Simulation allows users to save time by running multiple simulations simultaneously.
Exclude Faces From Flattening Exclude Faces From Flattening
By Randy Simmons, 3DVision Technologies For years users have been demanding the ability to exclude certain faces when flattening. But with the release of SolidWorks 2012 now they can!
Recoverig Files in SolidWorks EPDM Recoverig Files in SolidWorks EPDM
By Jenn Pouliot, CAPINC Technical Blog Losing data can be catastrophic. Recover files even if they have not been checked into the SolidWorks Enterprise PDM vault.
Get the Most from the Label Function Get the Most from the Label Function
By the SolidWorks Blog Enterprise PDM's Label Function is often undervalued. Find out what you are missing out on.
Positioning Pins to Minimize Effect on Your Parts Positioning Pins to Minimize Effect on Your Parts
By Proto Labs Protomold determines pin placement, customers get to sign off on pin locations before an order is finalized.
Create a Custom Gauge Table in SolidWorks 2012 Create a Custom Gauge Table in SolidWorks 2012
By Brian VanderPloeg, FISHER/UNITECH Tip #2 in FISHER/UNITECH's ongoing tip series covers a not so well documented or very self discoverable task.
Adding Bills of Materials Makes Documenting Designs Easy Adding Bills of Materials Makes Documenting Designs Easy
By the SolidWorks Blog Bills of materials give users an easy way to document each aspect of their assemblies.
Copy and Paste While Preserving A Tree Structure Copy and Paste While Preserving A Tree Structure
By Jeff Sweeney, 3DVision Technologies The Copy Tree functionality gives users the ability to copy and paste while preserving critical data.
Add Textures to Your Parts Add Textures to Your Parts
By Proto Labs Adding surfaces to a part can increase its versatility by improving grip, or hiding fingerprints or facilitating paint adhesion and more.
Get the Best Version of 3DVIA Composer Get the Best Version of 3DVIA Composer
By Chaz Stipkovic, FISHER/UNITECH There are several versions of 3DVIA Composer available. Choose the right one for your SolidWorks implementation.
Create a Linear Pattern Without a Good Edge Create a Linear Pattern Without a Good Edge
By Josh Spencer, 3DVision Technologies Having trouble creating a linear pattern because you do not have any good edges? Use a dimension that is going the way you need it to!
Use Bumps to Prevent Part Wear and Tear Use Bumps to Prevent Part Wear and Tear
By Proto Labs Bumps are a handy design feature that allows part makers to reduce any excess wear and tear that might occur during the creation process.
Share Parts and Assemblies Without Features Share Parts and Assemblies Without Features
By FISHER/UNITECH By removing features from parts and assemblies SolidWorks users can share their designs without risking valuable intellectual property.
Treat Toolbox Parts as Normal Parts Treat Toolbox Parts as Normal Parts
By Bill Reuss, 3DVision Technologies Make your life easier by configuring SolidWorks to treat toolbox parts as regular parts.
Solve a Common SolidWorks Error Solve a Common SolidWorks Error
By Michael Nolte, Digital Dimensions A common cause for SolidWorks to behave strangely is a corrupted user profile, but it can solved with a few easy steps.
Recover Lost Views Recover Lost Views
By FISHER/UNITECH Lost a view? Find out the how you can get it back!
Exclude Unnecessary Features in SolidWorks Exclude Unnecessary Features in SolidWorks
By James Lewontin, Bitwright Software SolidWorks users often want to save an Assembly model in a way that excludes internal features.
Organizing Your SolidWorks Template Files Organizing Your SolidWorks Template Files
By Jordan Tadic, 3DVision Technologies SolidWorks does not organize your files when it saves them. Make sure they are organized properly so you do not lose any data.
12 SolidWorks Tips in 2012 #1 - Design Studies in a Bottle 12 SolidWorks Tips in 2012 #1 - Design Studies in a Bottle
By Brian VanderPloeg , FISHER/UNITECH How do I measure the volume of a container and what is the best way to monitor the volume while making changes?
Make Sure Your Drawings Have All the Necessary Information Make Sure Your Drawings Have All the Necessary Information
By Jeff Sweeney, 3DVision Technologies Releasing parts without all the necessary information can cause problems, use this tip to make sure all the data is in the right place.
Find New Uses for Frequency Analysis Find New Uses for Frequency Analysis
By David Roccaforte, FISHER/UNITECH Simulation Product Manager Frequency analysis has many uses beyond just detecting vibrations.
Make Sure Parts are Placed Correctly Make Sure Parts are Placed Correctly
By Bill Reuss, 3DVision Technologies The Dynamic Clearance tool gives users the ability to make sure that their parts are placed correctly.
Understanding What Weldment Groups Are Understanding What Weldment Groups Are
By Darrel Lampley, FISHER/UNITECH Learn about the various types of weldment groups in SolidWorks.
Simplify Models for Better Simulation Results Simplify Models for Better Simulation Results
By Bill Reuss, 3DVision Technologies One of the best ways to improve simulation results is to use as simple of a model as possible.
Customize Your Units Customize Your Units
By Tonia Lauer, FISHER/UNITECH In this tip users are given the chance to choose the measurement units that serve them best.
An Easy Way to Access Mesh Controls An Easy Way to Access Mesh Controls
By Bill Reuss, 3DVision Technologies Components failing to mesh is a common problem that can be solved.
Add Additional Detail to Your Dimensions Add Additional Detail to Your Dimensions
By Chaz Stipkovic, FISHER/UNITECH For users who need to expand the dimension information contained in their designs, this tip can help.
Rotate a Part Inside an Assembly Rotate a Part Inside an Assembly
By Jeff Sweeney, 3DVision Technologies In this tip SolidWorks users find out the answer to a question that stumped a Cincinnati User Group.
List Assemblies Under a Single BOM Number List Assemblies Under a Single BOM Number
By Matthew Herald, FISHER/UNITECH Users can reduce the number of assemblies listed in the bill of material by organizing them under a single number.
A Shortcut for Accessing the Vault A Shortcut for Accessing the Vault
By Jeff Sweeney, 3DVision Technologies SolidWorks Enterprise PDM users can save themselves some time by accessing the Vault from the Windows 7 favorites list.
Sharpen Renderings in 3DVIA Sharpen Renderings in 3DVIA
By Steve Fick, FISHER/UNITECH Add a clear depth of field to your already high-end 3D renderings with this tip.
Understanding Material Properties Understanding Material Properties
By Bill Reuss, 3DVision Technologies An explanation showing how changes to a design's material properties can affect an entire simulation.
Catch Common Problems in Your SolidWorks Designs Catch Common Problems in Your SolidWorks Designs
By Darrel Lampley, FISHER/UNITECH Use the DFMXpress tool to ensure that the most common problems don't show up in your designs.
Master the New Mouse Gestures in SolidWorks 2012 Master the New Mouse Gestures in SolidWorks 2012
By Jordan Tadic, 3DVision Technologies SolidWorks 2012 expands on the mouse gesture functionality by adding "OK" and "Cancel" commands.
Re-arrange a Models View Orientation with a Few Clicks Re-arrange a Models View Orientation with a Few Clicks
By Paul Kutolowski, FISHER/UNITECH Users can quickly change a model's view with just a few clicks.
Forget to Add Properties to a BOM? No Problem! Forget to Add Properties to a BOM? No Problem!
By Josh Spencer, 3DVision Technologies This tip shows SolidWorks users the easy way to update properties from a bill of materials.
Add More Information to Your Cut List Add More Information to Your Cut List
By Paul Kutolowski, FISHER/UNITECH In this tip users learn how to add additional information to their weldment's cut list.
Quickly Modify Geometry with Instant3D Quickly Modify Geometry with Instant3D
By Josh Spencer, 3DVision Technologies In this tip SolidWorks users learn how they can quickly create and modify geometry using the Instant3D tool.
Speed Up Cylinder Creation by Linking its Equations Speed Up Cylinder Creation by Linking its Equations
From the SolidProfessor Blog In this tip users learn how they can link a shells thickness value to its diameter for a cylinder.
Create a Flat View of a Rolled Sheet Create a Flat View of a Rolled Sheet
By Paul Kutolowski, FISHER/UNITECH In this tip SolidWorks users learn how to create a flat view of a a rolled sheet metal tube.
Save Time by Copying Your System Settings for Simulation Save Time by Copying Your System Settings for Simulation
Robert Warren, 3DVision Technologies In this tip users learn how they can copy over their system setting for simulation.
Reference Geometry Pointers by SolidProfessor Reference Geometry Pointers by SolidProfessor
This video tutorial covers two situations where users might have a hard time creating reference geometry in SolidWorks.
A Quick Trick for Generating Animated Arrows A Quick Trick for Generating Animated Arrows
By Chris Snider, 3DVision Technologies In this video tip SolidWorks users learn an easy way to add animated arrows to their designs.
A Trick for Assigning Materials to Multiple Configurations A Trick for Assigning Materials to Multiple Configurations
By Scott Slovik, FISHER/UNITECH In this tip users learn how to assign their materials to more than one configuration.
Utilizing Multi-body Modeling Techniques Utilizing Multi-body Modeling Techniques
By Jordan Tadic, 3DVision Technologies In this video tutorial users learn an easy method to design an iPhone case in SolidWorks 2011.
Expand the Materials Manager Expand the Materials Manager
By Paul Kutolowski, FISHER/UNITECH In this tip users learn the best ways to add new materials to the SolidWorks Materials Manager.
The Easy Way to Unsuppressed  a Big Assembly The Easy Way to Unsuppressed a Big Assembly
By Josh Spencer, 3DVision Technologies In this tip SolidWorks users learn how to unsupress all the files in a large assembly as quickly as possible.
Solve a Common Translation Error in SolidWorks Solve a Common Translation Error in SolidWorks
Paul Kutolowski, FISHER/UNITECH Learn how to easily repair files that are imported with failed faces.
Techniques for Better Finite Element Analysis Techniques for Better Finite Element Analysis
By Robert Warren, 3DVision Technologies In this tutorial users learn how to get the most from their SolidWorks Simulation projects.
Techniques for Better Finite Element Analysis Techniques for Better Finite Element Analysis
By Robert Warren, 3DVision Technologies In this tutorial users learn how to get the most from their SolidWorks Simulation projects.
View Manipulation Tricks
By Matthew West, SolidWorks Blog In this video tutorial users learn how take advantage of the many view manipulations commands they may not know about.
Learn to Prepare Models for Automation Learn to Prepare Models for Automation
Darrel Lampley, FISHER/UNITECH In this tip users learn how to take models and prepare them automation.
Getting Familiar with the Total Uninstall Feature Getting Familiar with the Total Uninstall Feature
By Chris Snider, 3DVision Technologies In SolidWorks 2011, a Total Uninstall option has been added to remove all user settings during the uninstall process.
Prevent SolidWorks Crashes Prevent SolidWorks Crashes
By Jonathan Grable, FISHER/UNITECH If SolidWorks keeps crashing this tip might have the answer.
Get the Most from the Slot Tool Get the Most from the Slot Tool
By Reuben Felsheim, 3DVision Technologies Learn to work around the Slot Tool's limitations in this tip.
Use IGS to Import Compress Models Use IGS to Import Compress Models
By Paul Kutolowski, FISHER/UNITECH In this tip users learn a handy shortcut for converting models from Compress to SolidWorks.
Using the BOM to Edit Part # & Description of Parts Using the BOM to Edit Part # & Description of Parts
By Drew Lindsey, Equipment Innovators This handy tip outlines how to keep the names and descriptions consistent using DriveWorks Xpress 2011 and SolidWorks 2011.
Show Off Your SolidWorks Models Wherever You Go Show Off Your SolidWorks Models Wherever You Go
By Matthew West, SolidWorks Blog In this tip users learn how to present their SolidWorks models using their iPhone.
Clean Up Your PDM Vault Clean Up Your PDM Vault
By Dan Wiggins, FISHER/UNITECH This tip will help users remove some of the more stubborn aspects of old PDM Vault data.
Maximizing Productivity in SolidWorks with View Commands Maximizing Productivity in SolidWorks with View Commands
By Jonathan Cubero, SolidWorks Specialist, TEDCF Publishing This tip will show you advanced view commands and hot keys that you may not have known were there.
Streamline Your Access to SolidWorks Files Streamline Your Access to SolidWorks Files
By Jordan Tadic, 3DVision Technologies In this tip users learn how to organize their SolidWorks install files.
Effectively Reuse Designs Effectively Reuse Designs
By Matthew West, SolidWorks Blog Make the most from existing designs by using the Design Library.
Make Global Changes Quickly Make Global Changes Quickly
By Josh Spencer, 3DVision Technologies In this tip from 3DVision Technologies users learn how to make changes throughout a design by using the Replace Components tool.
An Easier Way to Customize Parts An Easier Way to Customize Parts
By Kevin Van Liere, SolidWorksTemplates.com In this tip users learn how to take advantage of the Configuration Publisher, a tool that helps create appealing interfaces.
Tricks for Using Design Tables Tricks for Using Design Tables
By Paul Kutolowski, FISHER/UNITECH Learn how design tables can be a great tool to for re-using geometry and creating design variations y by modifying dimensions in an Excel file format.
Dont Miss Out on the Property Tab Dont Miss Out on the Property Tab
By Kevin Van Liere, SolidWorksTemplates.com In this tip users learn how to use the Property Tab to quickly enter document properties using a custom form for versions 2009-2011.
Customizing the SolidWorks Shortcut Bar Customizing the SolidWorks Shortcut Bar
By John Cubero, SolidWorks Specialist, TEDCF Publishing In this tip users learn to customize the SolidWorks Shortcut Bar to meet their needs.
Sychronize Files the Easy Way Sychronize Files the Easy Way
By Kevin Van Liere, SolidWorksTemplates.com Learn how to take advantage of Drop Box a tool to help users easily synchronize files.
Mirror SolidWorks Geometry More Accurately Mirror SolidWorks Geometry More Accurately
By TEDCF See why mirroring half of a SolidWorks sketch is a faster and more accurate way of creating symmetrical geometry.
Keep Your Graphics Area Clear Keep Your Graphics Area Clear
By Josh Spencer, 3DVision Technologies In this tip SolidWorks users learn how to maintain visibility in their graphical area without turning off Shaded with Edges.
A Breakdown of SolidWorks Document Types A Breakdown of SolidWorks Document Types
By Kevin Van Liere, SolidWorksTemplates.com In this tip Kevin Van Liere explains how templates can be used for each of the three kinds of SolidWorks documents.
Get the Most from Display States and Configuration States Get the Most from Display States and Configuration States
By Lisa Van Giesen, FISHER/UNITECH In this tip users learn the best ways to use both configuration states and display states.
Dont Let Inference Lines Damage Your Design Dont Let Inference Lines Damage Your Design
By Chris Snider, 3DVision Technologies SolidWorks 2010 can create problems by automatically aligning notes or dimensions, in this tip users learn how to deactivate the automatic alignments.
Should I Link to the Model or Drawing? Should I Link to the Model or Drawing?
By Kevin Van Liere, SolidWorksTemplates.com Should elements be linked to the drawing file properties or the model file properties in SolidWorks? Find out!
Dont Waste Time on Weldments Dont Waste Time on Weldments
By Rod Harper, FISHER/UNITECH A series of quick tips showing users how to streamline their weldments experience in SolidWorks.
Take the Headache out of Command Navigation Take the Headache out of Command Navigation
By Matthew West, SolidWorks Blog In this video tip users learn how to simplify their use of the SolidWorks' Command Navigation feature.
Slow Down Rapid Dimensioning Slow Down Rapid Dimensioning
Chris Snider, 3DVision Technologies Learn how to remove the rapid dimensioning feature in this tip from 3DVision Technologies.
Synchronizing Properties between Model & Drawing Documents Synchronizing Properties between Model & Drawing Documents
By Kevin Van Liere, SolidWorksTemplates.com Try running this simple macro that copies the custom properties from the model to the drawing in SolidWorks.
Make the Design Library Work for You Make the Design Library Work for You
By Matthew West, SolidWorks Blog The Design Library is one of the many features in SolidWorks that can save users precious time, learn how in this video tip.
Handy Method for Creating Multi-sectioned Line Views Handy Method for Creating Multi-sectioned Line Views
By Mark Mason, CAD Tutorials SolidWorks doesnt have a tool for creating multi-sectioned line views, so users can take advantage of this tutorial to learn how.
Ease the Pain of Border Creation in SolidWorks Ease the Pain of Border Creation in SolidWorks
By Kevin Van Liere, SolidWorksTemplates.com Learn how to save yourself from the boredom of making borders for drawing templates.
An Easier Way to Make 3D Sketches in SolidWorks An Easier Way to Make 3D Sketches in SolidWorks
By Randy Simmons, 3DVision Technologies Struggling to create Weldment frames? This tip shows how easy it can be.
Save Time in SolidWorks with View Manipulation Feature Save Time in SolidWorks with View Manipulation Feature
By Matthew West, SolidWorks Blog Save time and improve efficiency by using the View Manipulation feature in SolidWorks. Watch the video now.
Fascinating Fastener Features in SolidWorks Fascinating Fastener Features in SolidWorks
By Mark Mason, CAD Tutorials A tutorial explaining how to use the Lip & Groove feature in SolidWorks.
Want to Be More Flexible? Want to Be More Flexible?
By Josh Spencer, 3DVision Technologies Learn how to take advantage of sub-assemblies in this tip from 3DVision Technologies.
Why You Might Want to Put Anchors in Drawing Templates Why You Might Want to Put Anchors in Drawing Templates
By Kevin Van Liere, SolidWorksTemplates.com This month Kevin discusses why setting your table anchors in your templates may not be as critical anymore in SolidWorks versions 2008 and up.
SolidWorks Time Saving Tips: Assembly Techniques SolidWorks Time Saving Tips: Assembly Techniques
By Matthew West, SolidWorks Blog In this tip SolidWorks users learn how to streamline the creation of assemblies.
Keep your Drawing Views Rolling Keep your Drawing Views Rolling
By Josh Spencer, Application Engineer 3DVision Technologies Learn to rotate design views in SolidWorks in this tip from 3DVision Technologies.
CATIA V5 to Fuselage Bending CATIA V5 to Fuselage Bending
By Mark Mason, CAD Tutorials This tip shows how to bend the fuselage of airplane in CATIA and SolidWorks.
3DU Instructor Tip #1  Sheet Metal 3DU Instructor Tip #1 Sheet Metal
By FISHER/UNITECH Use this tip to help discern the best way to insert a flat pattern into a drawing.
How to Quickly Create Different Size Drawing Templates How to Quickly Create Different Size Drawing Templates
By Kevin Van Liere, SolidWorksTemplates.com In this tip readers find out how to save time while creating a title block.
SolidWorks Shortcuts to Help Save Time SolidWorks Shortcuts to Help Save Time
Two quick tips from the SolidWorks Blog designed to help you save time.
Finding Parts in an Assembly Finding Parts in an Assembly
By Kevin Van Liere, SolidWorksTemplates.com Learn how one setting can save you time every day.
Sheetmetal Design Stages in SolidWorks Sheetmetal Design Stages in SolidWorks
By Mark Mason This is a teaser video of a sheetmetal Jeep made completely out of a single piece.
Changing Template Border Colors in SolidWorks Changing Template Border Colors in SolidWorks
By Kevin Van Liere, SolidWorksTemplates.com Find out how to change grey lines in the border and title block templates in this helpful SolidWorks tip.
What's New in SolidWorks Simulation 2010? What's New in SolidWorks Simulation 2010?
By Seth Bischoff, 3DVision Technologies Seth Bischoff of 3DVision Technologies walks users through some features in 2010 Simulation that they may not know about.
The HIDDEN Relations in SolidWorks The HIDDEN Relations in SolidWorks
By Randy Simmons, Application Engineer for 3DVision Technologies 3DVisions Randy Simmons explains how SolidWorks users can use a shortcut to create a 3D Sketched entity.
Second Page Variable Solution for SolidWorks Second Page Variable Solution for SolidWorks
By Kevin Van Liere, SolidWorksTemplates.com One of the most common issues users have with drawings occurs when they add a second page to a drawing. Learn how to set the Second Page Variable.
SolidWorks Context Toolbars SolidWorks Context Toolbars
By Jim Wilkinson, DS SolidWorks A new SolidWorks tip explaining how users can take advantage of SolidWorks Context Toolbars.
Creating Isometric Section Views in SolidWorks Creating Isometric Section Views in SolidWorks
By Albert Whatmough, Inspirtech Learn how to create a section view and isometric section view in this new "quick tip."
Proper FILE NAMES Within CAD Environments Proper FILE NAMES Within CAD Environments
By MechWorks Find out how with PDM applications like DBWorks there is no reason to force the FILE NAME to contain descriptions and/or revision data.
SolidWorks Tutorial: Hole Wizards SolidWorks Tutorial: Hole Wizards
By Albert Whatmough, Inspirtech Watch this demo and learn how to equally space entities using a sketch pattern in SolidWorks.
Unleashing SolidWorks Weldment Profiles Unleashing SolidWorks Weldment Profiles
By Albert Whatmough, Inspirtech Learn how to take advantage of the 1000s of profiles that ship with SolidWorks, including weldment and routing profiles.
Creating Compound Holes in SolidWorks Creating Compound Holes in SolidWorks
By Albert Whatmough, Inspirtech Here's a few tricks for creating compound holes using an extruded surface as a sketch plane.
Set Up Auto Numbering for Your SolidWorks Files Set Up Auto Numbering for Your SolidWorks Files
By Jeff Cope, Extensible CAD Technologies In this new column Jeff Cope, founder of Extensible CAD offers a tip on how to set up auto numbering for SolidWorks files. Check back monthly for more from Jeff!
Flattening Imported Sheet Metal Part Files Flattening Imported Sheet Metal Part Files
By Daniel Graham, Applications Engineer 3DVision Technologies Daniel Graham of 3D Vision reveals how to automate the process of flattening sheet metal part files.
Advantages of Implementing PDMWorks Enterprise Advantages of Implementing PDMWorks Enterprise
Submitted by SolidWorks A tip on how to best implement the SolidWorks PDM experience.
Top 10 Common Mistakes in Rapid Prototyping Top 10 Common Mistakes in Rapid Prototyping
By Quickparts Get solutions to common rapid prototyping design mistakes.
Tips for SolidWorks Sheet Metal Design Tips for SolidWorks Sheet Metal Design
Courtesy of sheetmetaldesign.com Tips on how to best take advantage of SolidWorks' sheet metal design tools.
Debuging Your SolidWorks Addin Debuging Your SolidWorks Addin
By Jeff Cope Jeff Cope contributes another helpful tip. In this entry he explains how to avoid irritating problems with your SolidWorks addin.
Split a Non-Planar Face Split a Non-Planar Face
By FISHER/UNITECH Have you ever been designing a mold parting line or parting surface and found you wanted it to pass through a non-planar face?
Take the Guesswork Out of Machine Design Take the Guesswork Out of Machine Design
By David Roccaforte, FISHER/UNITECH Watch this video showing how Simulation Professional can take the guesswork out of machine and equipment design.