SOLIDWORKS Assembly

Tech Tip: Opening Assemblies and Drawings without Referenced Parts

open program with blueprints

A common situation we see is a client or coworker says that they may have an old assembly or drawing that we could reference to create a new part, but as time has passed, things have been moved around, references were lost, and we subsequently…

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Creating Custom Appearances in SOLIDWORKS

Cardboard appearance

Have you ever designed the perfect SOLIDWORKS model and then you go to add finishing touches, like a nice appearance so you can show your model off, but when you go into the appearances task pane, the appearance you are looking for can’t be found?…

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Configure SOLIDWORKS Assemblies: Display States and Configurations in Harmony

solidworks dual display

Many users are aware of the ability to configure SOLIDWORKS assemblies to show different instances of products in a similar product line. Configurations of an assembly allow us to suppress features and mates as well as change values on dimensioned mates, in an instance of…

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TriMech Tips & Tricks for SOLIDWORKS Assemblies

SOLIDWORKS Assemblies

Do you work with assemblies in SOLIDWORKS? If so, then you know that modeling, visualizing, and manipulating complex assemblies can be a chore. Fortunately, SOLIDWORKS has a wide range of tools to speed up and take the hassle out of your assembly work. If you…

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Working with Selection Sets in SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS Selection Sets

SOLIDWORKS is very flexible about letting you execute your designs and perform your work in a manner that suits you. With SOLIDWORKS Selection Sets you are not to locked into a particular workflow, or sequence, of picks and clicks. This is obvious when selecting items…

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How to Copy and Paste in SOLIDWORKS

Copy and Paste in SOLIDWORKS

First off, SOLIDWORKS is made specifically for Windows. When the first release of SOLIDWORKS came out in 1995, it was designed to be fully compliant with Windows. This is beneficial to anyone who is proficient in Windows File Explorer as it means you already have…

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Mastering the Rotating Functions in SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS Rotate Part

Here are a few tricks that every user should know about the rotate functions in SOLIDWORKS. We’ll take a look at steps to take that will help you be as efficient as possible when rotating your part and sketch text. We’ll start by clicking and…

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What Every Engineer Should Know About SOLIDWORKS Virtual Component

SOLIDWORKS Virtual Component

This Video Tech Tip is all about working with a SOLIDWORKS Virtual Component; what they are? Why they’re great, and how to use them. Watch the video below to learn more: What is a SOLIDWORKS Virtual Component? A Virtual Component is used for assembly modeling…

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Are you smarter than a SOLIDWORKS Smart Component?

SOLIDWORKS Smart Component Auto Size Editing

Imagine we have an assembly with multiple, differently sized, pipes and we need to add bushings to the end of all of them. Now imagine this is something we are doing regularly, frustrating right? If this sounds like you, I hope you’ve been taking advantage…

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