Why do my SOLIDWORKS Drawing dimensions move after I placed them? [VIDEO]

Dimension Move

When detailing a drawing, a common complaint for users first starting out with SolidWorks is that dimensions will seemingly arbitrarily jump around after they've been placed.  It isn't that your SolidWorks program is trying to defy your commands, it's actually that the program is ... Read More

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 – Center Lines Sketch Rectangle Tool [VIDEO]


The Center Lines Sketch Rectangle Tool enhancement is one of those changes that is far more profound than one may first think. Given the number of times that one has to adjust a sketch involving a centered rectangular profile, the ability to swap the diagonal center lines for ... Read More

Rotate SOLIDWORKS Drawing View to Align an Edge to Horizontal [VIDEO]


Ideally when you are creating a part in SOLIDWORKS, you want to setup your sketches and features in such a way that the part is oriented as it would be when used in the assembly or how it would be naturally positioned in reality. This has the potential to not work out so well for ... Read More

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 – The Selection Context Menu! [VIDEO]


If you have had the opportunity to attend a class with us here at Javelin, I am certain you have heard all of our instructors speak about the abilities that the selection tools within SOLIDWORKS have to accelerate your workflow.  Well get ready to have those selections accelerate ... Read More

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Adding Non-visible items to your BOM

Paint item in a BOM

Sometimes when working with an assembly, it may be necessary to have something shown on your BOM which is not part of the model (non-visible items). A good example of this is paint, since you may need to purchase it for your assembly but it does not have it's own part in the ... Read More

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 – Set Multiple Dimensions to a Driven Status at Once [VIDEO]


Once again drilling down into the fine details of how SOLIDWORKS 2015 can increase efficiency within your workflow - SOLIDWORKS has given us the ability to set Multiple Dimensions to the "Driven" status at the same time. The following video will show you how to go about ... Read More

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 – Use Non-Parallel Planes for a Sheet Metal Loft! [VIDEO]


Some of my favorite enhancements to come from this latest release of SOLIDWORKS are addressing some limitations that have affected my own workflow in the past. Traditionally, one would require the use of parallel planes in order to loft a sheet metal part with dissimilar ... Read More