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Sketch Dimension Input

Speed up your sketching with “on screen numeric input on entity creation”

Introduced in SolidWorks 2009 is the option to “Enable on screen numeric input on entity creation”.  Though it’s name doesn’t do it justice, this feature can really have a big...
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Circular References

A Circular reference occurs when two or more components, in an assembly, share external references in a way that a rebuild of one component necessitates a rebuild of another component(s)....
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How to insert additional bodies into a 3DVIA Composer file

There is a simple procedure to use with 3DVIA Composer that allows you to insert a new actor (body) into an existing file.  With the receiving document open, simply go...
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The Sketching Dozen

1.     KISS- Keep It Simple. Simple sketches are easier to edit less likely to develop rebuild errors help downstream features such a configurations 2.     Center the first sketch of a...
How to Reserve Licenses on SolidNetWork License Manager for Users or Groups

How to Reserve Licenses on SolidNetWork License Manager for Users or Groups

You are able to reserve specific SOLIDWORKS licenses for selected users or groups of users so the license is always available to them.  Any SOLIDWORKS licenses reserved for a user...
Third Phase in creating a Rolled sheet metal component within SolidWorks.

How to create a SOLIDWORKS rolled component that can be flattened

A recent customer query had us considering a number of different methods to create a roll of material. After a number of attempts using various methods, the following suggestion was to...

Latest Vlogs

SOLIDWORKS xDesign

The basics of SOLIDWORKS xDesign Demonstration Video

Watch and learn how SOLIDWORKS xDesign combines 3D CAD modeling and cloud collaboration using a web browser. In this 90-minute, on-demand video you'll learn how to create parametric models and...
SOLIDWORKS Touch Mode

Utilize Touch Mode in SOLIDWORKS for Touchscreen Computers

More and more, we run into touch screens. Laptops and monitors are starting to come standard with touch capability. I've had a touch screen on my computer, and for a...
Topology Study produces organic geometry that is optimized for its intended application

Design for Additive Manufacturing with SOLIDWORKS Simulation Topology Study

Additive manufacturing is no longer a bleeding edge technology; this powerful method is being used across countless industries, for applications ranging from rapid prototyping to jigs/fixtures and production end-use parts. Widespread...