Articles by: Alin Vargatu, CSWE

Alin is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and an avid contributor to the SOLIDWORKS Community. Alin has presented multiple times at SOLIDWORKS World, Technical Summits, and User Group Meetings, while being very active on the SOLIDWORKS Forum.

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Beta is Available for Testing

Good news! Starting right now, if you have an active SolidWorks Subscription, you can download, install and test SolidWorks 2015 Beta 1. I have just finished reading the What’s New document for the first time and I can tell you that there are lots of…

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The Past, Present, and Future of SOLIDWORKS – an Interview with Ken Clayton, VP of SOLIDWORKS Sales

Ken Clayton, the VP of SOLIDWORKS Worldwide Sales recently attended three Ontario SOLIDWORKS User Group Network meetings to present ‘The Past, Present, and Future of SOLIDWORKS’ and answer questions from SOLIDWORKS users. For users who were unable to attend a UGN meeting we were able to conduct an interview with Ken and ask him some…

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Three SWUGN Meetings in Ontario this month = Free SolidWorks Training, Dinner, and Prizes!

Some people attend the SOLIDWORKS User Group Network 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 drawing the…

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An Interview with Richard Doyle about the SWUGN (SOLIDWORKS User Group Network)

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 SolidWorks…

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Direct Editing, a SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer 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 Direct Modeling) process…

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SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer Tutorial: Instinctive Dimensioning [VIDEO]

You do not need to be an expert in order to dimension entities in SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual. Like most everything in this app, dimensioning is an instinctive process. Watch this video and see for yourself how elegant and natural it feels to dimension and constraint…

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SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer Tutorial: Direct Edit for Filling Cavities [VIDEO]

The Direct Edit functionality of SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual is outstanding. It can be used even for tooling creation or reverse engineering! In this video you will see how easy it is to create a solid body to fit in an existing cavity. … and… how…

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SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer 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 the BIGGEST ENTITY you…

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SolidWorks Tutorial – Filling a Specific Assembly Cavity (one out of many)

Last week I showed you how easy it is to fill a cavity at the assembly level using the new tools in SolidWorks. That demonstration generated  two questions: What do you do if you have multiple cavities in the assembly, but need the volume of only…

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