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Shorcut Toolbar

Using and Customizing the Shortcut Toolbar

Shorcut Toolbar

Beginning with SolidWorks 2008, SolidWorks introduced the Shortcut Toolbar – a context sensitive toolbar that can be very useful...
System Information

Optimizing the Virtual Memory on a System

The virtual memory on your computer should be adjusted to provide optimum performance, and minimum fragmentation.  While this guide is written for Windows XP, the...
Helical Sweep

Creating a Helical Sweep in SOLIDWORKS

It is possible to create a helical solid in SOLIDWORKS which, rather than extending linearly, actually follows a helical (or other) path.  This is actually done using...
SolidWorks FeatureManager System Options

Always Show the Solid Bodies Folder

Accidentally hiding solid bodies within a part file is a common source of confusion, leading to the inevitable question regarding why the user is unable...
Toolbox Bolt

Adding Custom Toolbox Component Sizes

If there is a specific fastener you need but can’t find the size in the default Toolbox, you can modify and add custom sizes.  Open...
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...

SOLIDWORKS 2021 Posts

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Mesher Types

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 Enhanced Blended Curvature-Based Mesher

SOLIDWORKS Simulation provides three different types of meshers.  The Standard and Curvature-Based meshers have been available for a long time.  The Blended Curvature-Based mesher was introduced in Simulation 2016 with...
SOLIDWORKS Accelerated Zoom

SOLIDWORKS 2021 now includes Accelerated Zoom!

I was tired of how much zooming I had to do with the mouse wheel in SOLIDWORKS... Several scrolls of the wheel just to zoom in or out as far...
SOLIDWORKS MBD Datum Targets

Datum Targets now available in SOLIDWORKS MBD 2021

In SOLIDWORKS MBD 2021, Datum Targets are now available. Previously only Datums were available,  but now in MBD 2021, Datum Targets can be added to a Datum. The Datum Target...