Articles by: Jim Peltier, CSWE

Jim has been using SolidWorks since 2001, and has spent most of that time working in the design of industrial automated manufacturing equipment. He has been working as an Applications Expert at Javelin Technologies in Oakville, Ontario since July 2012 and is a Certified SolidWorks Expert (CSWE).

SOLIDWORKS 2018 3D Sketch Mirror

For a long time, I’ve liked 3D Sketching, but I’ve always missed one important function: Mirror. I love using Mirror in a 2D Sketch, and the function is as old as SOLIDWORKS in a 2D Sketch. But how about a 3D Sketch Mirror? My friends, the long wait is over! SOLIDWORKS 2018 finally has 3D…

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Reinstalling DriveWorks

The process for reinstalling SOLIDWORKS properly can be quite involved, requiring the removal of prerequisite components, registry keys, folder locations, etc. The procedure for reinstalling DriveWorks is comparatively simple, but requires more planning than does SOLIDWORKS. Let’s take a closer look at what is involved. Be sure to read through the whole procedure before beginning…

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Setting up a SOLIDWORKS Variable Pattern

SOLIDWORKS Variable Pattern

There are a lot of great demos out there of what the SOLIDWORKS Variable Pattern (introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2015) can do, but not very many that show how to do it. In this video, I will show you how to create a Variable Pattern with a simple part. Let’s say I have a plate with…

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DriveWorks vs Pack and Go for copying and renaming SOLIDWORKS files

As a longtime user of SOLIDWORKS, I’m a big fan of Pack and Go. It allows me to easily reuse designs, easily rename new files, change folder locations, update references, and even create zip files to quickly collect all the referenced documents of an assembly. But today, I’m not gushing about it. My colleague, Scott,…

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Quickly and Easily Changing the SOLIDWORKS Drawing Scale

SOLIDWORKS Drawing Scale

I often feel that the best tricks and functionality in SOLIDWORKS, or any software package for that matter, are the subtle ones. The subtle tricks that aren’t covered in user guides or tutorials. Of course, if you watch how your colleagues use SOLIDWORKS or attend a User Group meeting or take a SOLIDWORKS Training course,…

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SOLIDWORKS Skeleton Part [VIDEO]

Do your sub-assemblies need to know where the other sub-assemblies are? Do they need to know where they fit in to the greater plan? Well, there is a process by which you can know these things without the need to open your top-level assembly every time. This process involves the use of A SOLIDWORKS Skeleton…

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The SOLIDWORKS Vent Feature is not just for Sheet Metal

An interesting feature in the Sheet Metal tab is the SOLIDWORKS Vent feature. Using the Vent feature, you can create a cutout, along with ribs, spars, and a filled-in boundary with just a very simple sketch. To accomplish the same thing using a Cut-Extrude would require a complex series of offsets and the process wouldn’t lend…

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Dimensioning in Style (with SOLIDWORKS Dimension Styles)

Often times, SOLIDWORKS Dimension Styles are passed without notice because it is quite easy to get the job done without using them. However, they can be used for dimensions that have very common notes attached to them. For instance, when I used to design automated machinery, often times, we would add text to a dimension…

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