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SolidWorks Electrical Routing – Part 1

SolidWorks Electrical Routing – Part 1
July 7, 2009 19 Comments »

After talking about it for quite some time here on the site, today marks the first installment on a series of posts on SolidWorks Electrical Routing.  In this first example I guide you halfway through the creation of an Electrical ... Read More »

SolidWorks Video Tip: Roll View

SolidWorks Video Tip: Roll View
June 29, 2009 16 Comments »

I’m sure all of us have had this happen before.  You stroll around through the UI of your favorite software package and find a button that somehow you have missed seeing before.  I have never claimed to know everything there ... Read More »

SolidWorks Tip: Heli-Coil Tap Drills

SolidWorks Tip: Heli-Coil Tap Drills
March 30, 2009 28 Comments »

Here’s a GREAT SolidWorks Tip that was brought to my attention on the latest project I am working on.  When you work in the commercial design world, you don’t often run across the need for the use of Heli-Coil inserts.  ... Read More »

SolidWorks Video Tip: Working with ProE files

SolidWorks Video Tip: Working with ProE files
March 19, 2009 25 Comments »

Yes…you read the title correctly.  For those of you who just fell out of your chair after seeing me mention another CAD system on this site, welcome back!  I work on a wide variety of projects and interface with a ... Read More »

BIG NEWS on Renaming Configurations!

BIG NEWS on Renaming Configurations!
February 28, 2009 10 Comments »

Well, it looks like SolidWorks slipped a little “enhancement” in on us.  While I’m not completely sure when this new feature was added, all indications point to SolidWorks 2009 Service Pack 2.0.  So what is this enhancement and WHY is ... Read More »

SolidWorks World 2009 Presentation: Custom PCB Design with SolidWorks

SolidWorks World 2009 Presentation: Custom PCB Design with SolidWorks
February 15, 2009 5 Comments »

This year at SolidWorks World I gave a presentation on Custom PCB Design with SolidWorks.  It covers not only useful features in SolidWorks that can help make the Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design process faster, but also recommendations on the ... Read More »

SolidWorks Video Tip: Using Mates for Animation

SolidWorks Video Tip: Using Mates for Animation
January 28, 2009 20 Comments »

Recently I have had a few questions about ways to create animations with assembly motion.  These questions brought to mind this great tip on using Mates to generate assembly motion.  Using Mates to create motion in Assemblies is often overlooked ... Read More »

The SolidWorks Secret Weapon: The Wrap Tool

The SolidWorks Secret Weapon: The Wrap Tool
January 2, 2009 43 Comments »

Have you ever wanted to place a logo on a SolidWorks model?  There are of course a number of ways to do this.  If you want the logo to be embossed or cut you probably would first think of the ... Read More »

Unique Model Download

Unique Model Download
December 17, 2008 7 Comments »

Late last week I was asked to verify a mounting pattern for a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) connector that was being placed on a custom PCB that we are developing.  This project was a bit unique in that I hadn’t ... Read More »

The S Key Experiment – Part 2

The S Key Experiment – Part 2
December 11, 2008 15 Comments »

It has been a little over a week since I turned off ALL my Toolbars AND the CommandManager and so far I can say with certainty I have not DECREASED my efficiency by just using the S Key command.  It ... Read More »

The “S” Key Experiment Part 1

The “S” Key Experiment Part 1
December 5, 2008 24 Comments »

Ever since the “S” key shortcut command was added in SolidWorks 2008, I’ve heard some users comment that they use it quite often.  This lead me to question whether or not you could function inside of SolidWorks in an efficient ... Read More »

SolidWorks Video Tip: Layout Sketches and Planes

SolidWorks Video Tip: Layout Sketches and Planes
December 1, 2008 21 Comments »

This SolidWorks Video Tip shows off a few tricks in the utilization of layout sketches in parts and how to create planes that can change with the sketch.  As I talk to different users from across the world, one of ... Read More »

SolidWorks Video Tip: Surface Extraction with ScanTo3D

SolidWorks Video Tip: Surface Extraction with ScanTo3D
November 12, 2008 10 Comments »

Today’s SolidWorks Video Tip shows an example of how you can use ScanTo3D to extract surface data from mesh files.  This example was inspired by a file I recently helped fellow Blogger Mike Puckett with.  ScanTo3D is part of SolidWorks ... Read More »

SolidWorks Video Tip: Using Multiple Split Features

SolidWorks Video Tip: Using Multiple Split Features
November 3, 2008 6 Comments »

This SolidWorks Video Tip shows the use of multiple trim tool features in the Split command.  The example shows the creation of a simplified polyurethane tool using the Combine and Split commands found inside the SolidWorks Part environment. I have ... Read More »