SolidWorks Tips

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 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 »

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 Title Block & Custom Properties

SolidWorks Video Tip: 2009 Title Block & Custom Properties
August 21, 2008 17 Comments »

I’m sure if you have read any of the SolidWorks Blogs in the past couple of weeks, you have probably heard of the new Custom Properties Task Pane window in SolidWorks 2009.  The interface for this window is completely customizable.  ... Read More »

More PhotoView 360 Information

More PhotoView 360 Information
August 19, 2008 4 Comments »

SolidWorks Developer Greg Leuenberger has posted an EXCELLENT video showing off MANY of the details of PhotoView 360.  You can click on the image above to view the streaming version or click HERE to download a zipped version of the ... 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 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 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 »

SolidWorks and Animations

SolidWorks and Animations
April 29, 2008 18 Comments »

Animations are certainly NOT my specialty when it comes to SolidWorks.  I have created a few animations over the years but I have never really been completely satisfied with the quality of the videos I have produced.  Is it because ... Read More »

SolidWorks Rx 2008

SolidWorks Rx 2008
April 15, 2008 5 Comments »

One of the enhancements of SolidWorks 2008 that you might have overlooked is the revamping of SolidWorks Rx.  The UI has now gone to a multiple tab interface that groups different features that can be used to maintain your system. ... Read More »

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 »