SOLIDWORKS Structure System and Tab & Slot

Session presented by Vicky Guignard, CSWE, Javelin

When it comes to design, SOLIDWORKS has over 20 years of customer driven functions, to get the results you need, effectively. Having the flexibility to Organize, change and update your designs along with their respective drawings is KEY to your organization’s success.

SOLIDWORKS Structure System

Structure system provides a flexible method to create welded structures with or without the use of complex 3D Sketches to define all members. In one single feature, you can add different members, and select various sizes by selecting a combination of sketch lines, points, and planes as locating references.

The Structure System was first introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2019 and enhanced in 2020. it provides an advanced weldment environment that lets you create and modify structural members of different profiles in a single feature with flexible corner management and trimming.

Tab and Slot Tool

A costly part of the manufacturing process is creating fixtures, so many designers are now turning to self-fixturing, design techniques to reduce assembly and set-up costs in the manufacturing process. ​ The Tab and Slot Tool can automate this design step. Tab and slot can be created on parts in an assembly, a single part, or a multibody part. You start by choosing an edge to define the tab, and a face to define where the slot where will terminate.


Vicky Guignard, CSWE, Javelin

Vicky has been working in the CAD industry since 2010 and has a background in machine design and steel structure design. Vicky works closely with the Javelin sales team, helping to solve complex customer challenges utilizing the SOLIDWORKS product line. She is also an instructor for Javelin and delivers private, and public training in Western Canada, as well as online through Javelin's JOLT training. Vicky has been an Application Engineer with Javelin since 2014.

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