SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Creating Left and Right Hand Version of Components

Assemblies often have duplicate components used throughout the design. However some of these duplicates need to be oriented as a left or right hand version of the original. SOLIDWORKS enables you to mirror components and simultaneously create left and right hand versions of individual components, which remain linked in the design and update together. Check […]


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SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Creating Fill Patterns

While there are many pattern features that can be used to replicate geometry, the Fill Pattern command allows you to fill a specified area with that pattern. This patterning command is unique in that the number of patterns and layout is automatically determined based on the defined area. This area can be adjusted by setting […]


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SOLIDWORKS support Monthly News – February 2017

Welcome to this new edition of the SOLIDWORKS Support Monthly News, coauthored by members of the SOLIDWORKS Technical Support teams worldwide. Live from SOLIDWORKS World 2017 in Los Angeles At the time I am writing this, the conference is still rocking in Los Angeles, California. We are 6000 passionate participants eager to learn, network, and […]



SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Sheet Format vs Drawing Sheet

Drawings contain extremely important information about a design, such as model dimensions, a bill of materials, or tolerance standards. All of the information in the drawing is stored either at the Drawing Sheet level, or within the Sheet Format. To distinguish them, you can think of the Sheet Format as a base layer that contains reference […]


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SOLIDWORKS support Monthly News – November 2016

Welcome to this new edition of the SOLIDWORKS Support Monthly News, coauthored by members of the SOLIDWORKS Technical Support teams worldwide. Shape the future of SOLIDWORKS with the SOLIDWORKS Top Ten List The SOLIDWORKS World Top Ten List is now open for submitting ideas in preparation for SOLIDWORKS World 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention […]



SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Design Tables

Design Tables in SOLIDWORKS are used when there are multiple versions of a part and there are only slight variations from one to the next. This is done by the user specifying the model dimensions and features, and then allowing those dimensions to be edited or changed. This technique will help you speed up the design […]


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Download the latest DriveWorks Service Pack – 14 SP 2

This release is a Service Pack that focuses on bug fixes and compatibility with SOLIDWORKS 2017. Make sure you head to the DriveWorks Community and download 14 SP 2 now. As ever we have tested the updates rigorously across SOLIDWORKS and Windows Operating Systems (x32 and x64) to maintain reliability. All DriveWorks Solo and Pro […]



SOLIDWORKS 2016 SP3 is now available to download

This service pack for SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS PDM, is now available to Subscription Service customers. To download, click here. Alternatively log into the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal at and click Download Software and Updates to access the update. View Fixed SPRs by version and service pack. SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP5 and SOLIDWORKS 2016 now support Microsoft […]


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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: Rotate Component on Insert

How do you rotate components during insert? Did you know there is an awesome checkbox in the Insert Component PropertyManager to help? 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 PropertyManager top to […]


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