New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 – Spline Based Leaders [VIDEO]

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Spline Leader

Sometimes the best path between two points is a curve! Among the many new features of SOLIDWORKS 2015 is the ability to apply spline based leaders. Take a look at the video below to see how you can apply a spline based leader to your annotations in ... Read More

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Accuracy (?)


A common concern I hear when presenting SOLIDWORKS Simulation is whether or not the results are accurate. This is a difficult – if not impossible - thing to prove without empirical data to back up the results. To reassure those concerned, I usually rely upon the ‘Validation ... Read More

New Mates in SOLIDWORKS 2015: Mate to Profile Center [VIDEO]


There are many cases as designers that we are simply looking to get a job done - generally seeking the most efficient way possible. The ability to use the center of a geometric profile to provide a feature against which to mate, definitely falls within the efficiency ... Read More

20 SOLIDWORKS Enhancement Ideas to Vote for! (in case you are too busy to read all 972 submissions)


It must be very easy being a SOLIDWORKS Product Development Manager nowadays. The users are pretty much doing your job. :) It is that time of the year again, when all SOLIDWORKS users are invited to vote for the Top 10 Enhancement Ideas to be revealed next month at the ... Read More

Creating Threads in SolidWorks for 3D Printing [VIDEO]


For years, the ability to create a realistic thread in SolidWorks was something of artistic fantasy; a way to demonstrate your proficiency in SolidWorks. The rebuild times on a small assembly would be long enough to get a warm beverage, and on larger assemblies it would be long ... Read More

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SOLIDWORKS and EPDM 2015 – List of Supported Virtual Environments

virtual enviroments

With the release of SolidWorks 2015 and SolidWorks Enterprise EPDM 2015, some virtual environments are now supported. Below is a list of which virtual environments are supported and which SolidWorks programs are supported in these environments. Notes:   Virtual ... Read More

Why Would SOLIDWORKS Flat Pattern Drawing View Display the Formed Part Instead?


SOLIDWORKS users occasionally come across a sheet metal drawing view that displays formed (bent) part instead of flat pattern. Here is the explanation of a common mistake that causes this problem. SolidWorks creates ... Read More

Flatten Sheet Metal Part That Has Intentional Interference [VIDEO]


I was recently asked how to flatten sheet metal part in SolidWorks that interferes with itself. The short answer is that SolidWorks Sheet Metal is not designed to do this. Of course, as is often the case with SolidWorks, where there's a will there's a way! In this example, I ... Read More