Why is SolidWorks “Crashing”? [VIDEO]

Task Manager 1

What I am showing is not technically a crash, but to users of SolidWorks the result is the same. GDI objects are used to draw window elements that are not in the graphics area in SolidWorks.  For maximum performance the Graphics area takes advantage of OpenGL which gives more ... Read More

SolidWorks Sketch Relations Summary


SolidWorks Online Help provides a summary of all of the sketch relations available in SolidWorks.  It is provided here http://help.solidworks.com/2014/English/solidworks/sldworks/c_Description_of_Sketch_Relations.htm There is something missing from this table, it should show t ... Read More

Add-in Series 5 – Handle Selections [VIDEO]


The mouse events are triggered quite frequently, and many times nothing in SolidWorks has changed.  It is possible to use selection change events instead.  This means your code can assume that it needs to reprocess the selection. In this example I am going to set up my task pane t ... Read More

Add-in Series 3 – Create Task Pane [VIDEO]

Task Pane Host

A Task pane is a panel that resides on the right hand side of the SolidWorks graphics area by default.  It is a great place to provide information to users regardless of their environment (part, assembly, or drawing).  Follow the steps below to create a task pane, later videos in ... Read More

Add-in Series 2 – Create SolidWorks Add-in without the SDK [VIDEO]


Creating an add-in from the SDK is very quick and easy, but it requires the full version of visual studio to utilize. An alternative to that is to download a source project created by the SDK without modifications and then make the changes below. The files can be downloaded ... Read More

Add-in Series 1 – How to install the SolidWorks Software Development Kit (SDK) [VIDEO]

This video demonstrates how to download and install the SolidWorks Software Development Kit. It is part one in the series because the SDK is the easiest method for creating a new add-in. Creating a SolidWorks Add-in using the SDK is very simple, but a lot of people have ... Read More

Manipulating the view in SolidWorks with your Mouse and Keyboard [VIDEO]

Using the mouse to its full potential can be very useful in SolidWorks.  Almost every view command in SolidWorks can be accessed using the mouse and modifier keys.  Fit the current model in the graphics area (zoom to fit) by double clicking the middle mouse button.  I personally d ... Read More