Hints & Tips

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip – Assembly Visualization

SOLIDWORKS Assembly Visualization can be used for a variety of tasks like interrogation and analysis of your top-level design or model performance.  It’s a powerful tool to paint a color scale on top of your assembly components based on any property or internally computed data (numeric or categorical). It also provides a fast way to […]



SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip – Direct Editing

Whether you are working with imported geometry, feature trees longer than the beards from ZZ tops, or even a simple part mode; that just needs to get done, direct editing features in SOLIDWORKS can get you a long way with little effort.  This tech tip will focus on the ‘Move Face’ command, which is one […]


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Creating and Using Mate References

Applying Mate References to your commonly used parts and assemblies is a great way to automatically mate them together quickly and easily. Mate References allow you to simply drag a part or sub-assembly into an assembly and have it mated automatically. Think of a pulley mated to a shaft automatically with the correct orientation. You […]



SOLIDWORKS 2019 – Sheet Metal Materials

Every new SOLIDWORKS release contains hundreds of enhancements, and with that many enhancements, not all are covered at our Value Added Reseller (VAR) Rollout events. One enhancement that I have been waiting for made it in the 2019 release of SOLIDWORKS. In years past, there was no connection between defining a material for a part […]


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SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Unusual “Up To Next” End Condition

Did you know there is an unusual “Up to Next” end condition that you have probably never used? This example uses a part with two vertical walls that requires one of the sides to be lowered. We could use offset and cut it down lower but the problem is the draft on the outside wall […]



SOLIDWORKS Smart Components

One of the great benefits of SOLIDWORKS is the way you can capture work and re-use it many times over. There’s no better way of capturing work then by creating and using Smart Components. You’re probably asking yourself what’s a Smart Component? Is it something new recently added to SOLIDWORKS? Nope. Smart components have been […]


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Activating SOLIDWORKS SimulationXpress

In this video, Martin Smith, Applications Engineer at SOLID Applications Ltd, will take you through the process of activating SOLIDWORKS SimulationXpress. SOLIDWORKS SimulationXpress offers an easy-to-use first pass stress analysis tool for SOLIDWORKS users. SimulationXpress can help you reduce cost and time-to-market by testing your designs on the computer instead of expensive and time-consuming field […]


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How to install SOLIDWORKS – A new user guide

In this video, Adam Holmes a certified SOLIDWORKS engineer from SOLID Applications Ltd, takes you through the process of installing SOLIDWORKS for the first time. Adam will take you through creating your SOLIDWORKS ID on the SOLIDWORKS website, to give you access the download, downloading SOLIDWORKS the way SOLID Applications recommend and installing SOLIDWORKS for […]


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How to Create a Custom Weldment Profile in SOLIDWORKS

Within SOLIDWORKS you have the ability to create your own custom weldment profiles, which can then be used to create structural members and later a cut list. This video shows how to create the library feature part, where to store it and how to then use it to create your model. Additional weldment profiles are […]


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Understanding Multibody Sheet Metal Thickness, Derived Mirror Part Thickness and the Thickness Global Variable

Before starting with the main issue of the article, let’s review how the sheet metal thickness works when dealing with multi body parts. When you create a sheet metal part, you have one Sheet-Metal feature (Part Thickness) and as many Sheet-Metal# (Body Thickness) features as sheet metal bodies. The “Thickness Global Variable” always reflects the […]



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