Three SWUGN Meetings in Ontario this month = Free SolidWorks Training, Dinner, and Prizes!

WOSWUG - Stump the Chump Session

Some people attend the SOLIDWORKS User Group Network Meetings for the high quality presentations that are delivered absolutely free of charge. Others really enjoy the free delicious dinner served in the company of fellow SOLIDWORKS users. There are even some who like the thrill o ... Read More

An Interview with Richard Doyle about the SWUGN (SOLIDWORKS User Group Network)

Richard Doyle, the User Group Guy

Richard Doyle's official title is Senior User Advocacy & SolidWorks User Groups - but most people just call him "The User Group Guy". Richard has been a SolidWorks user since 1997 and was one of the founding members of the SWUGN Committee. Since starting the Central Texas So ... Read More

Flexible Retrieval of Referenced Files During Check Out – new in SolidWorks EPDM

Reference Dialog

The manner in which referenced files are handled during check-out can now be controlled by an administrator. These options control whether reference files will be automatically selected when performing a get latest. To use these options Auto select reference files to get latest ... Read More

‘Always work with latest version of files’ Option – new in SolidWorks EPDM 2014


An administrator can now allows users, who have the option selected, to always work with latest version of files, and the ability to Get earlier versions of a file. This is done by enabling the option Enable the get version command in SolidWorks Add-in, from within the User Se ... Read More

Why is SolidWorks unable to locate my Assembly Components?

Unable to locate file

I'm sure you've seen this before.  After opening up a SolidWorks assembly file, there is a message that a file cannot be located and you must browse for it yourself or the component will be suppressed.  Or perhaps this message was dismissed so the assembly opens fine but a lot of ... Read More

How to obtain more Materials for SolidWorks Simulation [VIDEO]


One of the most challenging aspects of doing realistic structural simulations is getting reliable material data. SolidWorks Simulation 2014 offers you a wide range of additional materials that can help you with better design simulations. SolidWorks Simulation Professional and ... Read More

SolidWorks Tutorial: Step by Step Guide to Drawing Templates and Sheet Formats [VIDEO]

SolidWorks Sheet Format

Many people get confused when it comes to creating custom Drawing Templates and Sheet Formats in SolidWorks.  It's not as straight forward as Part and Assembly templates due to the fact that each sheet can potentially have different sheet sizes and title blocks.  Because of this e ... Read More

SolidWorks Composer Translate and Rotate Entities at the same time [VIDEO]


Have you ever wanted to translate and rotate entities at the same time, using SolidWorks Composer? When you attempt to impose multiple motions on the same actor, chances are that it is not going to work. A simple trick to make this work is to: Move the actor into an empty ... Read More

Direct Editing, a SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual Tutorial [VIDEO]


I really like the local "Convert to Direct Edit" functionality of SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual. It means that you do not need to lose the whole recipe of the product, but only replace selected feature(s) with direct edit entities. The whole Direct Editing (also called D ... Read More