SOLIDWORKS Modeling Challenge – Measuring Imported Fillets

* This is one of a series of modeling challenges you can use to test your SOLIDWORKS skills.  First, read the challenge and try to figure out a solution on your own.  Then, compare your solution with my good, better, and best recommendations.  As always, feel free to share even more tips and tricks in […]


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Understanding Sheet Metal and Transformed Sketches and How They Behave

Sheet metal parts can have sketches in the Folded and the Flat Pattern states (Fig. 1) Sketches created in the folded state can have an equivalent “transformed” sketch in the Flat Pattern state. All sheet metal parts have a fixed face. The fixed face is the one that remains in the same position when unsuppressing the […]


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SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Utilizing Curve Driven Patterns

While some of the common patterning commands like Linear Pattern and Circular Pattern can accomplish your modeling needs, sometimes a feature needs to be patterned along a face that has a custom curvature. The Curve Driven Pattern command allows you to pattern along a curve, which is extremely helpful when the pattern needs to be […]


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Can’t Find a Model You Need? Request it on 3D ContentCentral

You’ve scoured 3D ContentCentral’s millions of models, you’ve completed all search fields, but you still haven’t found what you’re looking for. Well at least it probably didn’t take very long with the site’s advanced search tools, but I digress. Yes, even with a design library featuring millions of models and parts from more than 1,000 […]


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SOLIDWORKS Modeling Challenge – Drafting Curved Surfaces

Just like previous modeling challenges, give this one a shot on your own before scrolling down and reading some of the possible solutions.  As always, feel free to share even more tips and tricks in the comments below.  Today’s challenge is to add 10 degrees of draft to the end of this 2016 cylindrical SOLIDWORKS […]


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SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Offset Entities

How do you offset entities? Did you know there are a whopping seven options in the PropertyManager to help get you to your desired results? Here’s my challenge to you – I want you to pick a command you use regularly, let’s say Extruded Cut for example. The next time you use your chosen command, […]


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Excluding library parts when using SOLIDWORKS Pack and Go

SOLIDWORKS Pack and Go gathers all related files for a model design (parts, assemblies, drawings, references, design tables, Design Binder content, decals, appearances, and scenes, and SOLIDWORKS Simulation results) into a folder or zip file. There may however be times when you want to exclude items from your Pack and Go, such as files that […]


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SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Move Components

How do you move components? Did you know there there are a few more options beyond click and drag to get your desired results? Here’s my challenge to you – I want you to pick a command you use regularly, and the next time you use your chosen command, I want you to experiment. Work the […]


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May the CAD be with you: it always is on 3D ContentCentral!

Whether you need some power converters or assemblies to take down an Imperial space station, 3D ContentCentral has the parts you’re looking for. With its powerful search, featuring more than 800 suppliers, it will take you no time to find the industrial components on 3D ContentCentral. If you do not know the power of the […]


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What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2016 (and 2015, 2014 and 2013): Leader attachment and alignment

Over the years, SOLIDWORKS has made substantial quality improvements to annotations in drawings.  One of the areas of improvement focuses on leader attachment to callouts and notes. In SOLIDWORKS 2013, bent leader attachment of radius, diameter, chamfer and hole callouts were updated to line up to callout text, rather than set positions. Also introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2013 is […]


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