Modeling

Is it a Toolbox Part?

Is it a Toolbox Part?
March 25, 2008 18 Comments »

If you use PDMWorks Workgroup and SolidWorks Toolbox, you may have run into this issue. If you setup your PDMWorks Vault to NOT check in Toolbox parts, SolidWorks can recognize Toolbox parts in one of two ways. You can identify ... Read More »

SolidWorks Tip: Connectors Anyone??

SolidWorks Tip:  Connectors Anyone??
January 15, 2008 12 Comments »

Here is a quick little video tip on connectors which can be found in Boundary Surfaces, Sweeps, and Lofts.  Most users that utilize these features often are aware of the connector options available which can help you shape the surface ... Read More »

SolidWorks Tip: Context Toolbar in Sketches

SolidWorks Tip:  Context Toolbar in Sketches
January 12, 2008 2 Comments »

SolidWorks 2008 brought about many changes in the user interface.  One of the additions to the UI that has spurred some comments from users (both positive and negative) has been the Context Toolbar.  The Context Toolbar appears when you right ... Read More »

SolidWorks Tip: Adding a Mate in 2008!

SolidWorks Tip:  Adding a Mate in 2008!
November 26, 2007 6 Comments »

Here is a great little tip-off for those of you using SolidWorks 2008.  With previous versions of SolidWorks, you may constantly find yourself venturing from the graphics area towards the Assembly Toolbar or CommandManager everytime you wanted to add a ... Read More »

A GREAT Enhancement Request

November 13, 2007 2 Comments »

It’s not often that I post references to enhancement requests directly, but I have to make an exception with this one. Fellow Blogger Lenny Kikstra has a Blog Post describing what I think would be an excellent enhancement request for ... Read More »

SolidWorks Tip: Normal to Cylinder?

October 8, 2007 21 Comments »

Here is a little gem of a tip that I just discovered.  (Even after 10 years use I still find little things like this from time to time.)  Select a cylindrical surface in a model.  Invoke the “Normal to” command ... Read More »

SolidWorks 2008: FilletXpert

SolidWorks 2008:  FilletXpert
September 10, 2007 9 Comments »

With vacations over with and some due dates met, I’m finally getting some time now to post more reviews of the new features in SolidWorks 2008.  One of the requested subjects from my earlier post looking for feature review ideas ... Read More »

SolidWorks 2008: Configurations

SolidWorks 2008:  Configurations
August 7, 2007 16 Comments »

Enhancements to Configurations don’t often get much press when it comes to new releases, so I thought I would highlight two new features of SolidWorks 2008 in the area of Configuration functionality.  I’ll include a brief description of both, but ... Read More »

SolidWorks 2008: Inserting and Mirroring Parts

SolidWorks 2008:  Inserting and Mirroring Parts
July 28, 2007 23 Comments »

One of the REALLY handy new items in SolidWorks 2008 is the added options to the Insert Part/Insert Mirror Part commands.  Here is the quick synopsis of what has been added: When you use the Insert-> Part command, you now ... Read More »

SolidWorks 2008: The New UI

SolidWorks 2008:  The New UI
June 18, 2007 22 Comments »

Unless you have been living under a rock or haven’t been keeping up with the latest SolidWorks News, you have probably heard that with SolidWorks 2008 comes a new User Interface.  I choose my words carefully here because it is ... Read More »

SolidWorks Tip: Unabsorb Sketches

SolidWorks Tip:  Unabsorb Sketches
May 1, 2007 5 Comments »

Here is a little jewel of a feature inside of SolidWorks……the ability to use the rollback bar to unabsorb sketches from features.  This has been one of those features that I have found is not as well known amongst SolidWorks ... Read More »

SolidWorks Tip: Sketch Slot

SolidWorks Tip:  Sketch Slot
April 2, 2007 12 Comments »

Comments left on Blogs can definitely drive content.  Here is one example.  A comment left by Tyler last week on one of my other Blog postings got me thinking a bit.  Tyler’s question dealt with creating an “oval” or “slot” ... Read More »

SolidWorks Tip: Single Sketch Driving Design

SolidWorks Tip:  Single Sketch Driving Design
March 5, 2007 27 Comments »

Over the past few years I’ve seen questions raised on several internet newsgroups on how to drive designs from a single sketch.  This can be done in several different ways with SolidWorks and today I thought I would share one ... Read More »

Importing and Repairing Models in SolidWorks

Importing and Repairing Models in SolidWorks
February 12, 2007 2 Comments »

My Importing and Repairing Models in SolidWorks presentation from SolidWorks World 2007 is now available for download for anyone interested. If you didn’t get a chance to catch it, it highlights the features in SolidWorks commonly used to repair models ... Read More »