Alin’s SW2013 Pick of the Day: SuperFast TurboDimension Mode while Sketching

My SolidWorks 2013 pick of the day is the new quick dimensioning mode in the sketch environment. Now you can dimension sketch entities as you draw them, while still being able to add inferred relations. Mastering this technique could generate huge time savings for most SolidWorks ... Read More

Jim’s SW2013 Pick of the Day: SolidWorks Rx Tool More Accessible!

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A useful utility that SolidWorks came out with long ago is the Rx Utility. If you are experiencing a frequent crash, you can record the crash and send the recording, logs, and all the files necessary to your VAR for diagnosis. If you’re experiencing poor system performance, t ... Read More

Warning: Where are the Sheet Metal Flat Pattern Controls in SolidWorks 2013 SP0, SP1 and SP2?

My SolidWorks 2013 Pick of the Day is the cleaner feature manager structure in the Sheet Metal environment introduced by SolidWorks 2013. While the new folder structure is an important benefit for users, it introduces a major danger for people who are not familiar with the new ... Read More

Irfan’s SW 2013 Flow Simulation Pick of the Day: Flow Leakage Browser [VIDEO]

My SolidWorks Flow Simulation 2013 pick of the day is the new leakage browser functionality. Hidden within the lids creation tool is the leakage tracking functionality. It helps you quickly locate holes or displacement gaps within the flow models. The tool works by s ... Read More

Alin’s SW2013 Pick of the Day: Shadow Consistency in all Display Modes

My SolidWorks 2013 pick of the day is the new behavior for the shadow orientation in SolidWorks 2013 OpenGL mode. I really like the fact that shadows are now being controlled by the Scene dialog box in all display modes: OpenGL, RealView and PhotoView 360. No more ... Read More

Alin’s SW2013 Pick of the Day: Rotate About the Scene Floor

The middle mouse button is your best friend when manipulating the SolidWorks viewport in order to orient the model. Just press and drag, what can be simpler? SolidWorks 2013 adds more functionality to this little button, providing even more control to the user. That is why my ... Read More

Alin’s SW2013 Pick of the Day: Searching for Settings – Instant Results

Since I started the "What's Really New in SolidWorks 2013" series of tech tips, I kept repeating that the newest version of SolidWorks is all about saving time. My pick of the day is another time saver - the ability to fine tune SolidWorks systems extremely fast using the new s ... Read More

Alin’s SW2013 Pick of the Day: Reduce File Sizes with Multiple Exploded Views

For some users reducing the file size is a must, especially for large assemblies. Before the release of SolidWorks 2013, having multiple exploded views in one assembly implied creating multiple configurations (one for each exploded view) and, since each configuration saves all ... Read More

Alin’s SW2013 Pick of the Day: Create Selection Groups with Appearances

Creating realistic looking 3D parts it's only one of the reasons for applying different appearances on your models. Equally important is using appearances for creating selection groups which will increase speed and streamline the modeling process. Since SolidWorks 2011 ... Read More

Alin’s SW2013 Pick of the Day: Mirror With All Mates

The Mirror Component(s) tool in the Assembly environment was completely redesigned in the 2010 version of SolidWorks. At that time, the improvements were considered spectacular and the benefits huge in comparison to how the mirror command worked in the previous ... Read More