Modeling

SolidWorks Video Tip: 2009 Missing Reference Ghosting

SolidWorks Video Tip: 2009 Missing Reference Ghosting
October 20, 2008 6 Comments »

When working with any parametric modeling package references are something a user constantly has to be aware of.  Often times when you make modifications to a model, child features based off of entities changed can fail to regenerate properly due ... Read More »

SolidWorks Video Tip: 2009 Convert to Sheet Metal

SolidWorks Video Tip:  2009 Convert to Sheet Metal
September 29, 2008 15 Comments »

The Convert to Sheet Metal feature is a new tool available in SolidWorks 2009 that allows you to quickly create Sheet Metal parts from an existing solid model.  Click on the link below to see this new tool in action. ... Read More »

SolidWorks Video Tip: Flippin Tangencies

SolidWorks Video Tip: Flippin Tangencies
September 10, 2008 12 Comments »

This SolidWorks Video Tip shows off an option that is easy to miss when applying Tangent Relations between Splines and Lines.  If you right click on a Tangent Relation between a line and a spline, you have the option to ... Read More »

SolidWorks Video Tip: 2009 Numeric Sketch Input

SolidWorks Video Tip:  2009 Numeric Sketch Input
September 8, 2008 18 Comments »

Here’s a great little video tip showing off the Numeric Sketch Input function that is brand new inside SolidWorks 2009.  By changing a couple of settings, some sketch entities can automatically create dimensions as you sketch and you have the ... Read More »

SolidWorks Video Tip: 2009 Materials Database

SolidWorks Video Tip: 2009 Materials Database
August 27, 2008 7 Comments »

As I mentioned in my SolidWorks 2009 Enhancement Highlights, the Materials Database has been overhauled.  Today we are going to take a closer look at the enhancements to the Database AND Interface along with some other tidbits.  Let’s get started! ... Read More »

SolidWorks Video Tip: 2009 Sketch Slot

SolidWorks Video Tip:  2009 Sketch Slot
August 18, 2008 9 Comments »

New in SolidWorks 2009 is the Sketch Slot feature.  This sketch entity allows you to quickly create both Straight Slots and Arc Slots in a variety of creation methods.  When you use this type of sketch entity and an Extrude ... Read More »

SolidWorks 2009: Weldments

SolidWorks 2009: Weldments
August 11, 2008 13 Comments »

The Weldment functionality received some significant upgrades in SolidWorks 2009.  The general result of these enhancements will be less time spent by the user generating Structural Members and less time needed to trim/extend components. The first change we will take ... Read More »

SolidWorks 2009: Split Feature

SolidWorks 2009: Split Feature
August 8, 2008 12 Comments »

If you have used various commands to split parts in previous versions of SolidWorks you will especially appreciate the enhancements to the Split Feature in SolidWorks 2009.  When you split a solid body into multiple solid bodies using the split ... Read More »

SolidWorks 2009: Instant3D

SolidWorks 2009:  Instant3D
August 7, 2008 19 Comments »

Instant3D was introduced to the SolidWorks community in SolidWorks 2008.  Naturally in the first revision since then there are a few new enhancements which are sure to come in handy.  Instant3D can now be utilized in Assemblies!  Using Instant3D you ... Read More »

SolidWorks 2009: CommandManager & PropertyManager

SolidWorks 2009:  CommandManager & PropertyManager
August 6, 2008 4 Comments »

Some welcome options have been added to SolidWorks 2009 in the areas of the CommandManager & PropertyManager.  First lets start off with the CommandManager.  SolidWorks has added the capability to dock the CommandManger on the left and right sides of ... Read More »

SolidWorks 2009: Goodbye Colors. Hello Appearances!

SolidWorks 2009: Goodbye Colors. Hello Appearances!
August 5, 2008 29 Comments »

One of the WELCOME changes in SolidWorks 2009 is the “consolidation” of Colors and Appearances.  Colors/Optics have actually been removed from the software with Appearances left behind to manage it all.  As I pointed out a few weeks ago, in ... Read More »

SolidWorks Video Tip: Generic PCB Component

SolidWorks Video Tip: Generic PCB Component
July 23, 2008 7 Comments »

In the coming weeks you will see some changes to Ricky Jordan’s Blog.  The first of these changes comes with this post:  The SolidWorks Video Tip.  Just like the name suggests, all the content is in the video.  Click on ... Read More »

SolidWorks 2008: Colors and Appearances

SolidWorks 2008: Colors and Appearances
June 29, 2008 12 Comments »

If you frequent any of the SolidWorks forums around the web you have probably seen discussions relating the differences and nuances of Colors and Appearances in SolidWorks 2008.  This is a subject that does have a few users up in ... Read More »

SolidWorks Tip: Combine Isolate and Show Hidden Components

SolidWorks Tip:  Combine Isolate and Show Hidden Components
May 19, 2008 8 Comments »

Here is a quick little video tip for you.  You can combine the Isolate command with the Show Hidden Components command.  This powerful combination gives you more ability to select components for view directly in the graphics window without having ... Read More »