## SolidWorks Drawing Tip: Convert View to Sketch

I’ve been asked a couple of times if there was an easy way to tweak, change, or ‘fudge’ a drawing view. Some people want to change a line style, some may want to change a thickness, and some may just

... Continued

## SolidWorks Modeling Methodology: Part 3

In my previous articles we started with the different items we need to consider before we start building our model such as the Manufacturing, Features, Assemblies and Drawings. For the second article we explored the first few features of our

... Continued

## SolidWorks Modeling Methodology – Part 2

In my previous article we talked about all of the items we need to consider; Manufacturing, Features, Assemblies and Drawings. For our part that we are going to design we had some knowledge of the Manufacturing and Features of the

... Continued

## SolidWorks Tech Tip: Symmetry Fixtures on Shell Elements

If you have ever used symmetry on a surface body or solid body on which shell elements are defined, you would have had to use a special technique using an advanced fixture. The Symmetry Fixture would not work, as it

... Continued

## 5 Steps to Create a SolidWorks Rx Capture

Ever have a problem that you wish you could show someone step-by-step occurrences but found it too cumbersome to document? You can record and capture your problem by using SolidWorks Rx. SolidWorks Rx analyzes your system, suggests possible solutions, and

... Continued

## SolidWorks Modeling Methodology: Before You Start Your Design

When we were taught SolidWorks it was in one of two ways–we were either self taught or we took a class through a local SolidWorks reseller, or maybe at a local college. In either case, when we learned SolidWorks we

... Continued

SolidWorks 2013 has some very nice enhancements for bend notes. To start, bend notes can now be controlled directly from a selected view’s PropertyManager.   Bend notes can also have more information added beyond direction, angle, and radius. Simply click

... Continued

## The SolidWorks Intersect tool: using intersecting surfaces to make solid bodies

The following is an example of how Intersect can help you to quickly build a part from multiple intersecting surfaces. This is a set of surface bodies that will be used to create the exterior of a new consumer product. The goal is quickly combine these surface bodies into a final solid body shape that…

... Continued

## SolidWorks Simulation Tips: Parameters and Design Studies

In my opinion, one of the most underutilized tools in SolidWorks Simulation is the Design Study. Design studies allow you to easily set up a number of ‘what if’ scenarios and run them all with the click of a button.

... Continued

## 5 SolidWorks Tips You May Have Never Seen Before

Chances are if you’ve been around SolidWorks for any significant amount of time, you may have seen some of these before, but I’ll be surprised if more than a handful of seasoned SolidWorks users have seen all 5 of these

... Continued

## Creating Section Views in SolidWorks 2013

One of the questions we have seen a lot in the Technical Support department today is about some of the new functionality that has been added in SolidWorks 2013. There are generally two questions that users ask and the first

... Continued

## Simplify Your Models Using the Intersect Tool

Has this ever happened to you? Imagine that you get this super complex model with a lot of intricate internal details from your customer or supplier. The file size is huge and the rebuild times are long, considering that you only need it for any

... Continued

## Revision Clouds in SolidWorks 2013

﻿Revision clouds is a new annotation type in SolidWorks. The main purpose for revision clouds is to allow you to call attention areas where a revision was made on a drawing. Though revision clouds are not the same as comment clouds in eDrawings, you may also want…

... Continued

## Using SolidWorks Sub-Weldments

Something that has been confusing to students in my Weldments training classes is the proper way to create Sub-Weldments so that they retain all the work you have done creating properties for the cut-list items. As of SolidWorks 2012 this

... Continued

## Breaking a sheet metal loft so it shows bend lines

Lofted bends are great way to create specialized sheet metal parts where you need a high degree of transition from one profile to another – think square to a circle duct work. The lofted bend requires two open contour profiles

... Continued