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Tool and Die – Emboss Punch Design Topic: When Extrude to Surface does not work…

Tool and Die – Emboss Punch Design Topic: When Extrude to Surface does not work…

As a former Tool and Die designer I came to appreciate the power of SolidWorks when designing Embossing Dies. Most of the times, I would use the face of the...
“Fast Rebuilt” Technique for SolidWorks Patterns (when even a bodies pattern is too slow)

“Fast Rebuilt” Technique for SolidWorks Patterns (when even a bodies pattern is too slow)

Sometimes conventional patterning techniques are not the fastest. In this example we tried standard feature and body patterns for stacking 100 pots and found out that the rebuild time was...
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How to check if a SOLIDWORKS Face is Planar / Flat

How can you check for a SOLIDWORKS Planar Face with one mouse click? Just select a face in the graphic area and see if the Insert Sketch icon appears in...
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Using PropertyLinks Professional to filter a Finish or Heat Treat based on the selected SolidWorks Material

In this tech tip you will learn how to use PropertyLinks Professional to filter a Finish or Heat Treat based on the selected SolidWorks Material. Prerequisites SolidWorks 2007 or above...
PDM Workflow

Using Enterprise PDM with SolidWorks can make life a lot easier!

Before working for Javelin I was a Mechanical Designer creating mobile equipment, and assembly machinery using SolidWorks 3D CAD software. I loved working with SolidWorks but did not have the luxury of...
Why Sustainable Design?

Why Sustainable Design?

Worldwide awareness of environmental issues has never been more acute. Consumers are increasingly considering the environmental impact of products they buy. They’re not just looking at recyclability. They want to...

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...