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SOLIDWORKS PCB 2018 IPC Footprint Wizard

The SOLIDWORKS PCB IPC Footprint Wizard is probably one of the most anticipated features for SOLIDWORKS PCB 2018; we expect this to reduce creation time, increase accuracy and create the...

Configuring the Layer Stack Manager in SOLIDWORKS PCB

The PCB stackup plays a crucial role in achieving optimal product performance. A well-designed PCB stackup can ensure adequate signal quality, reduce electromagnetic emissions, minimize production costs and improve board...
SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2018 User Experience

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2018 User Experience Enhancements

SOLIDWORKS 2018 focused on delivering better user experience to the electrical design community. Below are some of our favorite SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2018 User Experience enhancements: Symbol Editor The Edit Symbol...
SOLIDWORKS Tab and Slot feature works in parts, multi-body parts and assemblies.

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Tab and Slot Feature

A costly part of manufacturing is creating the fixtures that are used to hold the parts in position during fabrication. That is why many designers are now turning to self-fixturing...
SOLIDWORKS Add Relation Breadcrumb

Where did the Add Relation Breadcrumb Go? Can I bring it back?

In newer versions of SOLIDWORKS, sketch relation options are added to the breadcrumb. You can multi-select two or more sketch entities by holding the Ctrl key and upon releasing the...
Make Smart Component by Selecting the Clamp, Bolts, and Hole Wizard

SOLIDWORKS Smart Components are a Big Time Saver for Repetitive Assemblies

If you have to assemble many clamps to your base plate, or if you have some custom parts to be bolted or riveted into place in your SOLIDWORKS assembly, then...

File Import in SOLIDWORKS PCB

Migrating CAD data to a new design software can be a difficult task. Whether transporting legacy data or simply accessing designs developed in a different design environment, SOLIDWORKS PCB makes...
Drag the Crank Shaft Model into Assembly to Snap in Place

SOLIDWORKS Mate References are a Huge Time Saver when building an assembly

Imagine you are creating an assembly with many components in it. Each component you insert into the assembly requires three mates. It will be a tedious job making these kinds...
Forming Tools for Sheet Metal Models

Why can’t I Insert Forming Tools into my SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal model?

SOLIDWORKS Forming Tools are found in the Design Library and are used to form sheet metal parts. In the following image, you can see how a forming tool is dragged...