Three Very Exciting SWUG Meetings in Ontario this month = Free Dinner, Prizes and High Quality Training!

WOSWUG - Stump the Chump Session

Some people attend the SOLIDWORKS User Group 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 of d ... 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

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

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

SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual Tutorial: Best Practices for Defining Features [VIDEO]


This video explores the different outcomes between selecting a sketch object, a sketch, one or more edges, or even a face when defining features in SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual. Looks like old best practices hold true for SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual: Always select ... Read More

How to Build a Symbol in SolidWorks Electrical


Using an intelligent tool makes your design process more efficient. With SolidWorks Electrical in a few simple steps, you can build your very own symbol. The article below answers the question of "How do I build a Symbol?" 1) Open the symbol into your symbol editor. Check and ... Read More

EPDM – What’s New 2014 – Extracting Hidden SolidWorks BOMs

dsiplay options

Even if a SolidWorks BOM is hidden in a SolidWorks assembly or drawing, the BOM can still be accessed through SolidWorks Enterprise PDM. This option can be set from the local vault view under, Display > Options, by selecting Extract hidden BOM from SolidWorks on Check In. ... Read More