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 Library Feature Warning

Some time ago, I wrote a blog article about how to create a library feature. In it, you will notice that when I create a new part, before I do anything else, I save it as a Library Feature Part. At the time (SolidWorks 2013,…

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SOLIDWORKS Quick Trick: Sketching Lines using Ctrl and Shift

Okay, sketching lines may not seem like a particularly advanced trick, but there are a few subtle things you can do while sketching a line that can change the behaviour. You are probably already aware that you can create a single line using the click…

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Suppressing SOLIDWORKS Sketch Relations

Greetings, fellow SOLIDWORKS user! A neat trick that not many users are aware of is the ability to suppress a sketch relation. While this may not seem like the type of thing that needs to be done very often, it’s very useful when it is…

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How to Copy & Paste SOLIDWORKS Custom Properties between documents

Greetings fellow SOLIDWORKS users! Perhaps you work for a company that makes use of SOLIDWORKS custom properties. Of course you use them; they’re terrific for populating your BOM automatically and can be used for a whole host of other purposes. However, the custom properties that…

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Solving SOLIDWORKS surfacing challenges when designing a Golf Club head [VIDEO]

Since I’m pretty terrible at golfing, I’ve decided that designing a golf club head with SOLIDWORKS will make it easier for me to hit the ball. This is the shape of the club’s head: Creating the Golf Club Head in SOLIDWORKS So having a concept for…

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Creating a Cutout in a Sheet Metal Part for a Pipe Intersecting at an Angle [VIDEO]

If you’ve ever dealt with a panel that has a pipe intersecting it at an angle, you’ve probably been faced with the awkward situation of having to create a cutout for it. It’s not going to be a circular cutout (unless the angle is 90°)….

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DriveWorks Responsive Design with DWFormContainerWidth [VIDEO]

Responsive Design

This year, I had the pleasure of experiencing DriveWorks World (in Chicago). It’s an exciting event held annually in mid-March with DriveWorks users from around the world. The first few days of the event gave me a chance to re-learn some things about the DriveWorks SOLIDWORKS add-in,…

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eDrawings 2015 vs. eDrawings 2014

When I first used eDrawings for the iPad a couple years ago, I found myself in a completely different environment than I was used to seeing from eDrawings. This was largely due to the fact that a tablet and a PC have different ways of…

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Why are my SOLIDWORKS Bend Lines not being displayed?

SOLIDWORKS Bend Lines

A common question we receive on the support desk is “where are my SOLIDWORKS bend lines?” or “why are my SOLIDWORKS bend lines not shown?” This can happen for a variety of reasons which I will explain in this video: Displaying SOLIDWORKS Bend Lines The…

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