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).

Beer Glove Modeling Challenge Part 1: using SOLIDWORKS

I recently had the honour of attending SOLIDWORKS WORLD (2016) in Dallas, Texas. I’d like to share with you three memories involving a modeling challenge that I had when I was there. SOLIDWORKS Designed Bra The first one I’d like to share is during one of…

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How to Export from SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer to SOLIDWORKS

I recently experienced SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer (SWID) at SOLIDWORKS World 2016 and needless to say I was excited. When I returned to the Javelin office afterwards, I knew I had to get my hands on this product. Sure enough, I did and as exciting as…

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SOLIDWORKS Quick Trick: Show Feature Dimensions for the entire part

In SOLIDWORKS, it has always been very easy to show the dimensions for a feature: just double-click on the feature and presto: all the dimensions for that feature are shown. This makes it fantastically easy to edit dimensions without having to edit the sketch or…

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SOLIDWORKS Dynamic MIRROR | ЯOЯЯIM

Dynamic Mirror Sketch

See what I did there? I used Character Map to get a backwards R, then used symmetric letters to make the word MIRROR appear to be mirrored! What a complex process for such a simple trick. Thankfully, in SOLIDWORKS, the process can be delightfully simple….

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SOLIDWORKS Quick Trick: Propagate Feature to Assembly Parts

Many times in SOLIDWORKS, it makes sense to create features at the assembly level. Sometimes this can be due to a Top-Down approach to assembly modeling, sometimes you’ve taken a bottom-up approach and you want to make an exception for a single feature. Let’s say…

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SOLIDWORKS Multiple Mate Mode

Often times, in SOLIDWORKS, we will need to apply multiple mates of a similar type in an assembly. There is an option called SOLIDWORKS Multiple Mate Mode that can accomplish this. This process works with all kinds of mates, but it’s easily demonstrated here with…

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How to Increase System Performance using SOLIDWORKS Decals

SOLIDWORKS Decals

If you are designing something in SOLIDWORKS that has moving components, electrical or heat sources, or any other type of hazard, it’s a pretty good idea to apply a warning label to your design to warn users of the dangers they may face (lest you…

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What Happens When You Repair SOLIDWORKS?

Repair SOLIDWORKS

You are likely familiar with the process to repair an installation of SOLIDWORKS, but it is not immediately clear what is happening in the background during this repair. So I’m going to answer the question: “What happens when you repair SOLIDWORKS?” Repair SOLIDWORKS command Well,…

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SOLIDWORKS Derived Part Template Units

If you’ve ever created a derived part in SOLIDWORKS before, then you may have come across this dialog window: Not an error message It seems like an error message, but in fact, there is nothing wrong. SOLIDWORKS is just letting you know that your default template (specified…

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