SW2016

SOLIDWORKS 2016 Mirror Assembly Features

SOLIDWORKS 2016 now introduces the ability to mirror assembly features.  The mirrored feature will propagate down to the part level only if the parent feature is also propagated down to the part. NOTE: If you receive an error when mirroring a Hole Series feature, try…

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SOLIDWORKS Flex Feature for bending, stretching, tapering, and twisting your parts

Baluster twist with Flex feature

SOLIDWORKS is a very diverse application and there are many different ways of creating more complicated non-standard geometry. I’ve found that users will typically use the Sweep or Loft feature as they are well developed tools that include many different construction options to help you obtain the required…

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New methods of converting Surface into Solid with SOLIDWORKS

When working with surfaces in SOLIDWORKS you would typically be converting Surface into Solid using the Knit Surface or Thicken Surface feature. But with the latest versions of SOLIDWORKS you now have the ability to create a solid using the Boundary Surface or the Trim Surface features, provided…

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Creating Swept Rods & Tubes in SOLIDWORKS 2016

Swept Feature Example

The SOLIDWORKS Sweep Feature has been enhanced for the SOLIDWORKS 2016 release. There is a new Circular Profile option to create a solid rod or hollow tube along a sketch line, edge, or curve directly on a model without having to sketch. This enhancement is available for…

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 Interface Brightness Options

With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2016 we have been introduced to a multitude of new powerful features as well as a refreshing and clean vector based user interface. But what if you don’t fancy the default bright interface? Well as with most things in SOLIDWORKS, there is…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard Getting Started Guide – Everything you need to know!

SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard is a new data management solution for smaller workgroup environments in a single location.  Included in SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium packages, SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard allows you to manage your SOLIDWORKS data more effectively on local and shared network drives. To help you better understand the…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard Server Installation [UPDATED]

The SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard installation consists of three components, SQL Express, PDM Server and the PDM Clients. In this post we will install SQL Express and a SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard Server Installation. To learn about the PDM Client installation read our next post. Installing SQL Express and the PDM…

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Why did they change the SOLIDWORKS User Interface for the 2016 release? [VIDEO]

The recent changes in the SOLIDWORKS User Interface for the 2016 release has created quite a buzz. Users who had just seen the new version expressed shock and dismay, especially in regards to the new colour scheme. Users who had used SOLIDWORKS 2016 for more than two weeks,…

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 Dimensioning Pre-Selected Entities [TUTORIAL]

This is the third article from the “What’s Really New in SOLIDWORKS 2016” series, where we continue to extensively test the new functionality introduced by the latest version of SOLIDWORKS. I always tell my students that the most productive way to use SOLIDWORKS is to…

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