SolidWorks Tutorial: Import Diagnostics (4) – Sheet Metal Conversion [VIDEO]

This is the fourth in a series of articles focused on troubleshooting and healing topological errors from geometry imported in SolidWorks. After we demonstrated the power of the Import Diagnostics tool for healing topological errors in imported geometry, today we will consider a ... Read More

Thoroughly Checking Models with Verification on Rebuild

Performance Options

In general, a standard rebuild with the toolbar button or a complete rebuild by pressing CTRL-Q will update the model with the changes you've made.  But you may want to add an extra step if you're working with complex models or surfaces. By default, rebuilds check every new or ... Read More

How to prepare pictures of real parts or hand drawn sketches as input for SolidWorks 3D models

Remote Control Sketched Elevations

As SolidWorks users, sometimes we have to create a 3D part from a sketch provided by a creative professional, such as an industrial designer. Quickly adjusting the images in Adobe Photoshop can provide more accurate results when the images are used as modelling aids in ... Read More

Save Time Using Simple Surfacing Techniques: Fast Embossing on Non-Planar Faces

This is what was needed

This post originates from a discussion I had with the students in my SolidWorks Essentials class a few months ago. Sometime, in the third day of the course, we decided to take the lunch together so I could to answer all questions in regards to their further training paths. One ... Read More

Who needs surfaces anyway?

Surfacing for the Mold, Tool and Die Industry

Alin Vargatu, a distinguished AE for Javelin, asked me to write a guest blogger article for Javelin’s blog. I’ve seen some of Alin’s very helpful comments to complex users questions in the SolidWorks Forum, and I’ve come to know him as one of the good guys when it comes to reselle ... Read More

Let’s get picky and use the Selection Manager

Dan Johnson asks this question in the SolidWorks Forum: I am trying to create a handle that is part of a scanner body and I made my curves using a 3D sketch. When I try and make either a loft or boundary surface, I try to grab just one curve in my 3DSketch, but it wants to grab ... Read More

Tool and Die – Emboss Punch Design Topic: When Extrude to Surface does not work…

As a former Tool and Die designer I came to appreciate the power of SolidWorks when designing Embossing Dies. Most of the times, I would use the face of the part sent by my customer for either "Extrude to Surface" or "Cut with Surface" commands as a reference in designing my ... Read More