SolidWorks Tips

SolidWorks Tip: Holes in a Formed Cylinder

SolidWorks Tip:  Holes in a Formed Cylinder
February 6, 2008 18 Comments »

Here’s a SolidWorks Tip geared a little more towards the less experienced SolidWorks users out there.  I based this tip on a question I received from a student in the UK.  The question asked was if it was possible to ... 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 2008 Upgrade

SolidWorks 2008 Upgrade
December 17, 2007 No Comments »

Well, one of the reasons you haven’t heard much from me the past week was due to my preparations for our upgrade to SolidWorks 2008 at Dynetics.  Every year I try to pick a time where we are wrapping up ... 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 »

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 »

COSMOS Companion

COSMOS Companion
June 4, 2007 4 Comments »

I’ve got my hands in MANY different areas of SolidWorks on a daily basis.  One of the areas that I have been trying to gain more knowledge in over the past couple of years is COSMOSWorks.  Every so often I ... 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: Converting Drawing Views

SolidWorks Tip:  Converting Drawing Views
January 8, 2007 7 Comments »

When working in SolidWorks sometimes it is necessary to convert Model Views in a Drawing to Vector entities (lines and arcs) so that the view is NOT tied to the geometry of the solid model. An example of this would ... Read More »

New Boundary Surface Video

New Boundary Surface Video
January 3, 2007 12 Comments »

Mark Biasotti has posted a really nice Boundary Surface Video Tutorial.  If you use surfacing at all, I highly recommend you check it out.  With Mark’s permission, I have made the model available for download here. In the tutorial, Mark ... Read More »

SolidWorks Tip: Move Face

SolidWorks Tip:  Move Face
December 15, 2006 9 Comments »

Over the past year, the Move Face tool has become one of my favorite tools in SolidWorks. It was originally introduced as a tool that helps users make modifications to imported bodies (parts with NO feature tree). The feature works ... Read More »

SolidWorks Tip: Time to upgrade!

SolidWorks Tip:  Time to upgrade!
October 23, 2006 7 Comments »

It’s upgrade time this week for SolidWorks where I work.  I thought this would be a good time to discuss a few things to do in preparation of a major version upgrade in SolidWorks.  Not everyone’s upgrade preparation is the ... Read More »

SolidWorks Tip: 3D Sketcher Triad

SolidWorks Tip:  3D Sketcher Triad
September 6, 2006 3 Comments »

Have you ever been frustrated when trying to manipulate splines in 3DSketches? I think most of us who have used them have felt that way from time to time. Most of that frustration can stem from the view orientation of ... Read More »