Articles by: Scott Durksen, CSWE

Scott is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and is based in our Dartmouth, Nova Scotia office.

SOLIDWORKS Compare and DrawCompare Tools

SOLIDWORKS Compare gives you the ability to find slight differences between two models.  Perhaps you receive an updated model back and are not sure of all the changes made.  The Compare tool can find slight differences in: Document Properties Features Geometry, or Bill of Materials…

Read More...

SOLIDWORKS Animation Control using Mates

SOLIDWORKS Animation Control

SOLIDWORKS Animations have an option called Autokey.  This can be useful for simple animations where you enable the option, click somewhere along the timebar and then drag components.  It will add keys for all components that moved for its final position at that time step. …

Read More...

SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Bend Lines mapped to DXF Layers

When exporting a SOLIDWORKS sheet metal part to DXF/DWG, you have the option to save different entities to separate layers.  The layers can also be set to different colours and linetypes.  This is accomplished with a Mapping file setup in the Export options. The first…

Read More...

SOLIDWORKS License Buyers Guide

SOLIDWORKS license buyers guide

Need a SOLIDWORKS License? There are many varieties of SOLIDWORKS license available and they can be tailored to fit your needs.  This article discusses the different license types and will assist you in finding the best solution.  Contact our knowledgeable Technical Sales Team for more…

Read More...

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Nonlinear Result Options to Save Disk Space

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Nonlinear studies include Result Options that can be defined before running the study to minimize the filesize of the results (.CWR file).  You can choose how often to save results of Stresses and Strains over the time steps.  Displacement values will always be…

Read More...

SOLIDWORKS Weldment Trim Order

On creating multiple groups in a single SOLIDWORKS Weldment Structural Member feature, you can adjust the Trim Order to indicate which group comes first (isn’t trimmed) then how subsequent groups are trimmed.  In this example we’ll look at corner location with 3 members coming together….

Read More...

How to Troubleshoot ‘Model is Unstable’ Errors in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Model is unstable

When working in Simulation, there’s a good chance you’ll see one of the following errors at some point. This indicates there is instability in the setup which will not allow the Simulation solvers to complete the calculations.  Here are some techniques to help you troubleshoot…

Read More...

SOLIDWORKS 2019 Large Design Review now has Editing Capabilities

The SOLIDWORKS Large Design Review mode is essential when working with large assemblies.  Models can be opened in a fraction of time for quick review and then load only the components you need to work on.  Use tools like snapshots or walk-through to make the…

Read More...

SOLIDWORKS 2019 Linked Custom Properties in Mirrored Assembly

SOLIDWORKS 2019 can now link custom properties of an opposite-hand mirrored assembly.  Mirrored part files already had the ability to transfer the custom properties.  Now custom (or configuration-specific) properties can be transferred to the new assembly file. The Transfer options did show the option for…

Read More...