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CAD ADMINS, here’s a SolidWorks 2011 improvement you’ll really like!

For CAD admins out there, SolidWorks 2011 has made a nice enhancement you'll really benefit from - no longer do you need to download the 64-bit installation fileset using a...
DraftSight Free DWG Editor

With Draftsight you can edit DWG files from any version of AutoCAD!

Looking for a free DWG Editor? Unable to open your AutoCAD files? We might be able to help you with DraftSight... https://youtu.be/Et8xp8y1IwU One of the common frustrations that SOLIDWORKS users have...
Quickview

Increasing Performance with Quick View

Quick View can substantially increase performance by only loading the components that you require for your current session or a specific operation. Quick View only opens and loads into the...
SOLIDWORKS Simulation Webinars

Some SOLIDWORKS Simulation Usage Tips

Here are a few SOLIDWORKS Simulation usage tips we provide in training classes: SOLIDWORKS Simulation How to successfully mesh? Mesh failure is common if only global size is used, because...
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How to apply Layer Mapping when exporting DWG/DXF from SOLIDWORKS

DWG/DXF files are still widely used by designers and engineers. Layers are very useful in 2D drawings to distinguish different types of entities. In SOLIDWORKS drawings, there is a layer tool in the Line...
Unghost Tool

How to unghost actors in 3DVIA Composer

In Composer we can temporarily ghost an actor by placing the cursor over the actor and pressing the "TAB" key, and the actor can then be kept ghosted by pressing the...

Latest Vlogs

The Defeature Preview Window rotates and zooms with the SOLIDWORKS viewport, making it easy keep tabs on the simplification process

Why you should use the SOLIDWORKS Defeature Tool

Creating a digital twin of your real-life assembly can provide a lot of benefits; including accurate bills of materials, machining instructions, true-to-life simulation results, or stunning renders out of SOLIDWORKS...
3D Printed Texture

How to apply Textures to 3D Printed Parts with SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS users often need to create complex or repeating features, but these features can be time-consuming to generate, especially on complex models. Some designs, such as a textured surface or...
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...