Articles by: John Lee, CSWE

John Lee is inherently lazy in that he prefers to work smarter - not harder. A CSWE with fifteen years of experience using SOLIDWORKS and a background in mechanical design, John has used SOLIDWORKS in various industries requiring design for injection molding, sheet metal, weldments and structural steel.

Searching the Help in SOLIDWORKS Composer

Greetings, users of SOLIDWORKS Composer! In our previous article we explained how to access the Help for SOLIDWORKS Composer. In this article, we explain how to get the keyword search function working in the Help.  The difference it makes in our productivity is like night…

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SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2021 New Tutorial

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Tutorial

Do you design injection molds with SOLIDWORKS?  Did you know that SOLIDWORKS Plastics offers a comprehensive set of tutorials? New in the SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2021 release is a tutorial entitled Validating Injection Molding Simulation, where we learn how to simulate the injection molding process, and…

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Component Pattern Synchronize Options

New in SOLIDWORKS 2021 are Synchronize options for the configuration of a component pattern, for instance if we need components to be all the same configuration. When patterning components in a SOLIDWORKS assembly, there have for many years been options to vary the configuration of…

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Context Toolbars and Menus in Drawings

When working in drawings, SOLIDWORKS 2021 offers more context toolbars than before, making it easier to work with sketches, markups, and centerlines.  Select any one of these, and look for the context toolbar to appear next to the pointer.  This saves valuable time and mouse…

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Structural Member Trims for End Miter Joints

New in SOLIDWORKS 2021 is greater automatic control over how the Miter works in the Trim/Extend command. This command is often used when dissimilar sizes of structural member are joined.  The new functionality allows choice of how the members fit together at the joint.  The…

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Change Mate Alignments on Edit

SOLIDWORKS Change Mate Alignments

SOLIDWORKS 2021 introduces greater automatic control over what happens when flipping a mate alignments would result in errors. Prior to 2021, there is a checkbox for either prompting for confirmation or not. In SOLIDWORKS 2021, the Change Mate Alignments on Edit control is replaced by…

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Graphical Manipulator in Structure System

New in SOLIDWORKS 2021 is the ability to drag and rotate a structure system structural member using graphical manipulators.  This can make it easier to make quick offsets or rotations without using the selected Pierce Point.  Here’s how: Expand the Structure System folder in the…

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SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021 – Sharing (Default) Document Properties

SOLIDWORKS Composer Document Properties

New in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021 is the ability to share Default Document Properties across different computer systems!  This allows us to create a company standard for the default document properties.  With this powerful enhancement, we find two new buttons in Default Document Properties: Loading and…

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 – Performance Improvements in Sheet Metal

If you work with SOLIDWORKS on sheet metal parts with many bends, then you will find that performance is faster in SOLIDWORKS 2021. The time to flatten complex sheet metal bodies containing many bends has been dramatically reduced in SOLDIWORKS 2021.  After creating this single-body…

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