Hints & Tips

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip – Adding Realistic Depth of Field

Physical cameras, unlike the cameras in Visualize, can’t focus on every part of the scene at once. This creates a natural effect called “depth of field.” Photographers use this to guide the viewer’s eye to the subject of the image. You can take advantage of this in Visualize as well – available in both Visualize […]


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SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip – Using the S Key

One of the best ways to save time using the SOLIDWORKS software is to leverage the “S” key.  The SOLIDWORKS “S” key is a customizable shortcut menu that displays when a user presses the “S” key on their keyboard. Image 01 – When pressing the “S” key a menu will appear next to your mouse […]


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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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