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).

The Impact of SOLIDWORKS Image Quality on File Size

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One of the many interesting things I’ve learned at Javelin is the effect that the SOLIDWORKS Image Quality setting has on file size. I had always assumed that it would have an impact on overall performance; but I never would have thought it would have such…

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The SOLIDWORKS Shortcut Bar Part II: Old Habits Die Hard

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Recently I wrote an article about how to use the Shortcut Bar in SOLIDWORKS to reduce the distance your mouse has to travel. Basically, you can press the <S key> at any time in SOLIDWORKS and get a context-specific menu appear right beside your mouse…

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The SOLIDWORKS Shortcut Bar (S-Key) will help to keep your commands close

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In your office, do you keep things nearby where they are to be used, or far away? Do you keep the coffee mugs in the meeting room and the coffee machine in the break room? Do you store your frequently used things in a place…

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Changing SOLIDWORKS Dimensions to reflect changing design intent

Okay, so you’ve spent some time designing a part and then you go to make a change and realize that your Design Intent has changed. Changing design intent involves changing SOLIDWORKS dimensions. Let me give you an example: So in the above example, I thought…

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SOLIDWORKS Design Challenge: Build a Cupcake Stand

Recently I got married, during the planning stages my fiancee and I were looking for ways (often subtle) to incorporate elements of our lives into the details of our wedding. As such, I tried to find a way to integrate SOLIDWORKS into our wedding. I could…

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How to Copy and Paste SOLIDWORKS Features

Let’s say you’ve created a feature in SOLIDWORKS that you really like. If you really like something, you want more of it, so rather than re-creating it, we are going to copy and paste it. Copying SOLIDWORKS features is as easy as copying text in…

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Importing SOLIDWORKS files into SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer

As a follow-up to my recent blog article about how to export from SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer to SOLIDWORKS, I’m now going to show you how to take the process the other way (i.e: importing a file from SOLIDWORKS into Industrial Designer). As great as Industrial…

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How to Open a File in SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer

Welcome to another very basic tutorial of how to use SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer. Today, I’m going to be discussing how to open a file. It might seem pretty obvious until you start looking for the Open icon only to discover that there isn’t one! That’s…

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Beer Glove Modeling Challenge Part 2: using SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer

In part 1 of my [epic] modeling challenge I modeled a hand using SOLIDWORKS in 90 minutes so that I could design a beer glove. It… could have gone better had I allowed myself more time. However, I was excited to use SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer to…

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