Schooled in SOLIDWORKS Series: Quick tips from our UK Technical Manager

Level-up your SOLIDWORKS skills as our inside experts reveal features you never knew existed. In this month’s webinar, find out how you can use SOLIDWORKS MBD to improve quoting, CAM, CMM and more.

The best way to learn is to do. The second best? Pluck advice from people who are aces in their field. To help you do just that, SOLIDWORKS is holding a series of webinars hosted by the crème de la crème in our company. It’s your chance to hear from the people who know SOLIDWORKS products like the back of their hand… The next best thing to being in a room with them.

Each month an expert member of our team will share tips on how to get the most from SOLIDWORKS. You will learn to use our product not just as a design tool, but as a means to ease business challenges and ignite rapid progress towards your strategic goals. Sit back and power-up your knowledge of the world’s most advanced 3D design software. Submit your questions at the end.

This month we talk to Alan Coles, Technical Manager for SOLIDWORKS in the UK & Ireland.

Here’s a Q&A to introduce his webinar…

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  1. Please introduce yourself…

I’m Alan Coles, Technical Manager for SOLIDWORKS in the UK and Ireland. My role is to support our excellent network of Value Added Resellers in selling our products. I’ve been in this role for four years, but have been part of the SOLIDWORKS community since 2003. I’m based near the Dassault Systemes Cambridge office.

  1. What is your webinar about, who is it for and why should I attend?

This webinar will highlight how using a model-based approach, instead of 2D drawings, can save significant time and cost during your product development process. If you’re curious to learn about a more efficient way to communicate your manufacturing intent, this webinar is for you.

  1. What’s your best quick tip for anyone using SOLIDWORKS MBD?

My suggestion for any companies considering SOLIDWORKS MBD would be to think beyond just the model. There are a lot of downstream benefits of a model-based approach. These include tolerance analysis, CAM, CMM, quoting, process planning and more – whether your product development process is completed in-house or outsourced. We’ll discuss this in the webinar.

  1. What’s your favourite feature of SOLIDWORKS MBD?

From a user point of view, it’s got to be ‘Tolerance Status’.

  1. What makes Tolerance Status your favourite feature?

It gives immediate visual feedback to confirm if your model is fully defined for manufacture. This is a laborious task in 2D, a major source of error and a common cause for drawing queries.

  1. When does your webinar take place?

9.30am GMT – 10.00am GMT on February 23rd  This webinar will be hosted from the UK. Register here:


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Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. offers complete 3D software tools that let you create, simulate, publish, and manage your data. SolidWorks products are easy to learn and use, and work together to help you design products better, faster, and more cost-effectively. The SolidWorks focus on ease-of-use allows more engineers, designers and other technology professionals than ever before to take advantage of 3D in bringing their designs to life.