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Start sketching in SOLIDWORKS by selecting an edge

This is one of those interesting sketching in SOLIDWORKS tricks that can be very useful and you may not be aware of. In a SOLIDWORKS Part simply select any Edge of any Solid Body and click Insert > Sketch. A sketch plane is created automatically, normal to…

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New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 Professional – Select By View [VIDEO]

When speaking with folks who are new to the SolidWorks sphere of influence, I will typically mention the ability to make fast and accurate selections as primary skill to focus upon when learning SolidWorks. This latest release of SolidWorks will help everyone accelerate their ability…

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SolidWorks Tutorial – Apply Material to All Parts of an Assembly [VIDEO]

What do you do when you work on a large assembly, with multiple levels of sub-assemblies, and want to apply the most common material to all the parts? Opening each part file on its own and applying the material is extremely time-consuming. Instead of that follow this simple 3 step procedure: Open the main assembly Select all the part components Apply the same material to the whole selection Sounds simple, does it not? The problem is that even though SolidWorks is renowned for being the most intuitive CAD software available today, some workflows are not yet as straightforward as the users would like. Case in hand: Step 2 – creating a selection set of only the components that are “parts”, while filtering out the sub-assemblies. It is doable but it is…

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