Sketching with Industrial Designer [VIDEO Series 2 of 4]

Freeform cylinder manipulated into the shape of a shark by referencing the sketch behind it

Welcome back everyone! In part 1, we became familiar with  SOLIDWORKS Industrial Design, and learned how to navigate around it. For those that participated in the contest and would like to compare results with me, please click the show contest button. SWID Sketching Tips One ... Read More

How to Troubleshoot “Model is Unstable” Errors in SOLIDWORKS Simulation [VIDEO]

Model is unstable

If you are a new user to Simulation or you just have a complicated assembly, you will probably see the error message "Model is unstable. Check that you have applied adequate fixtures to stabilize the model" at some point.  This just indicates that there is a component(s) that is ... Read More

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Getting started with SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer software [VIDEO Series 1 of 4]

Example Model created with SWID

When I first started using SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer (SWID) I was thrilled to test out all of the exciting new functionality that I had heard about. Eager to begin, I started up the software on the Dassault Systèmes 3DExperience Platform and was greeted by a visually ... Read More

Setting up the Microsoft SQL Maintenance Plan [VIDEO]


The first rule of Data management is to make sure everything is being backed up.  When it comes to backing up the SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM database, the Microsoft SQL Maintenance Plan can help you automate the process of creating essential back ups.  Here is how you can start ... Read More