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Add feature tree items to a SOLIDWORKS favorites folder for quick access!

SOLIDWORKS Favorites Folder

Want quick access to a feature, sketch or mate without having to scroll or search the SOLIDWORKS feature tree every time? Simply right-click the item from your feature tree and select Add to Favorites. Note: Ensure you have the option to show the favorites folder…

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Leave Rebuild Errors Behind with SOLIDWORKS Feature Tree Organization

Toggle Visualization Arrows for Parent and Child Relationships using the Context Toolbar

One of the greatest assets of parametric 3D modelling is the potential to revise and reuse parts with ease. SOLIDWORKS Feature tree organization is the magic bullet when it comes to maximizing the versatility of your CAD data, and incorporating it into your design methodology…

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Bring simplicity to your SOLIDWORKS Sketch through advanced use of basic features

When we start out with a model we usually have every intention of keeping the SOLIDWORKS Sketch clean, simple and easily understood. With continually compressed timelines, even the most basic sketches can turn into a mess…very, very quickly. Consider the case of a simple sketch involving…

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Rename SOLIDWORKS Files directly from the FeatureManager Design Tree

A favorite feature of ours that has come along in the 2016 release is an option that will allow us to rename SOLIDWORKS files directly from the FeatureManager design tree while SOLIDWORKS has the file open and loaded. Enable the ability to rename Before we are able to…

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 Split the FeatureManager with ease

With the new User Interface in SOLIDWORKS 2016, there have been several subtle changes that makes life a little easier.  One example is a larger divider bar to split the FeatureManager between the Design Tree and Configuration tabs.  While this may seem like a small change, it can…

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New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 – Dynamic Reference Visualization [VIDEO]

Another excellent feature that has been added to this 2015 release of SOLIDWORKS is Dynamic Reference Visualization; this is the ability to dynamically see the parent / child relationships between features within the FeatureManager. To quickly view feature dependencies, simply move the mouse cursor over the…

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Save time when Finding and Opening SOLIDWORKS Sub-assemblies [VIDEO]

Sometimes you just need to change the techniques in your existing workflow in order to reap huge benefits from SOLIDWORKS. As a rule, you are more productive when paying 100% attention to what’s happening in the graphic area and not breaking your concentration by having to select items from the SOLIDWORKS FeatureManager Design Tree. Because of that, my SOLIDWORKS tip deals with the assembly environment which allows the selection, opening, viewing mates, suppressing or unsuppressing, hiding or showing of any subassembly directly from the graphic area. Not only will you save time when building and editing your assemblies, but, more important, you will keep your attention focused on what’s important – your model.

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How to Navigate the SOLIDWORKS Feature Tree Using the Keyboard Arrow Keys [VIDEO]

SOLIDWORKS Feature Tree

Since I wrote the “Shortcuts for Navigating Your SOLIDWORKS Feature Tree ” article, I discovered a few more ways you can save time navigating your SOLIDWORKS feature tree. Watch this video for productivity focused tips in using the SOLIDWORKS Feature Tree effectively:

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Alin’s SW2013 Pick of the Day – The Real History = Flat Tree View

SolidWorks’ User Interface is one of the most intuitive in the CAD world and that is probably the reason why SolidWorks is so easy to learn and understand. Personally I like the God-like powers I have in the SolidWorks Universe, especially the time traveling which allows me to change the design intent on the fly by editing or re-ordering the entities in the Feature Tree. That being said, until now, there has been one area where the workflow was not at all intuitive. That was re-ordering sketches consumed by features. New users were the ones suffering the most, especially those who never took SolidWorks Training with Certified SolidWorks Instructors from Javelin. As you know, SolidWorks listens to its users and the new SolidWorks 2013 release provides an…

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