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 Weldment Interference Detection

If you’ve ever made a weldment in SOLIDWORKS , then you know how easy it is to create a multibody part without really having to think about it all too much. I mean, SOLIDWORKS automatically recognizes the cut lengths for structural members and makes a cut list…

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How to Change the Part[s] a SOLIDWORKS Drawing (or Assembly) is Referencing

We’ve all been there at some point or another. We’ve all modified a part and maybe changed the name of it, and our references got all screwed up. Typically, we get a message to the effect of “SOLIDWORKS cannot find file Old Part.SLDPRT. Would you like…

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What you may not know about SOLIDWORKS Shaded With Edges

For nearly a decade, I’ve enjoyed using “Shaded with Edges” to display my models in SOLIDWORKS. It clearly shows me where my edges are, since Shaded can sometimes make these edges difficult to see after 10 hours of staring at my computer screen. I started…

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SOLIDWORKS Projected vs True Dimensions [VIDEO]

Occasionally I get questions about the difference between SOLIDWORKS Projected vs True Dimensions. To demonstrate the difference, I’ve created a drawing of an awkward plate, which was modeled up at a 20° angle. I mostly did this to demonstrate the concept in an orthographic view…

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SOLIDWORKS Sketch Pattern vs Feature Pattern [VIDEO]

As a former designer of automated machinery, I prefer to stay a stranger to danger by using machine guarding. It keeps the operators safe from my machine and it keeps me safe from litigation. However, since I always want my design to closely approximate what the…

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SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practice #5: Don’t Mate Longer Than Necessary

SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practice

Okay, so we’ve reached the end of our week of SOLIDWORKS Best Mating Practices. I’ve saved the best for last. There’s lots of content in this one, so get ready. With all the tips this week, you should have learned something new – or at least…

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SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practice #4: Don’t Mate Too Much (even if it’s a good idea!)

SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practice

All of us who use assemblies in SOLIDWORKS know that mating can be fun (in SOLIDWORKS, of course). As a result, one can have a natural tendency to get carried away,which I’ll show you in SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practice #4: Don’t Mate Too Much. When…

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SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practice #3: Don’t fight with your Mates

SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practice

Welcome back, fellow SOLIDWORKS users for another installment of our SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practice series. In the classic Star Trek episode “Amok Time,” Kirk and Spock fight to the death over a mate. Luckily, in SOLIDWORKS, you don’t have to. In fact, you outright shouldn’t….

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SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practice #2: Don’t Mate Your Relations

SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practice

Welcome back, fellow SOLIDWORKS users for another installment of our SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practice series. Last time, we looked at Rule #1: Mate before you relate. After the video, I suggested such a terrifying possibility: That a hole in a plate with a sketch relation…

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