The Possible Project and SolidWorks Modeling for Total Beginners

The Possible Project and SolidWorks Modeling for Total Beginners

For the last couple months I’ve been volunteering my time at a wonderful organization called The Possible Project. This group teaches public high school students business and manufacturing skills, enabling them to start and run their own businesses. They also develop partnerships with local businesses, to expose the students to real-world industry. I’ve been involved in … Continue reading »

What’s New in SolidWorks 2015 – Chapter 11: SolidWorks Electrical

What’s New in SolidWorks 2015 – Chapter 11: SolidWorks Electrical

The 2015 version of SolidWorks Electrical includes only a few enhancements, in addition to the powerful electrical design and routing tools that were introduced just a couple years ago.   Honorable Mentions Connector Wizard The Insert Connector command provides a quick and easy way to incorporate multiple connector types in the scheme design. A new … Continue reading »

What’s New in SolidWorks 2015 – Chapter 10: eDrawings

What’s New in SolidWorks 2015 – Chapter 10: eDrawings

Congratulations! You’ve made it to double-digits! eDrawings is SolidWorks’ solution for sharing 3D data in a 2D world. Every standard communication tool we use today is made for 2D files. Emailing images, PDFs, and even videos only tells part of the story. The eDrawings Free viewer lets designers communicate with their clients, who don’t have … Continue reading »

What’s New in SolidWorks 2015 – Chapter 7: Composer

What’s New in SolidWorks 2015 – Chapter 7: Composer

Hello readers, this week we’re branching off into yet another product offering, completely separate from SolidWorks. SolidWorks Composer (formerly 3DVia Composer), is a tool used for creating publication-quality materials from SolidWorks (and other) 3D CAD data. Composer outputs can be used to create user guides, marketing materials, high-quality illustrations, assembly instructions, and repair manuals.   … Continue reading »

What’s New in SolidWorks 2015 – Chapter 6: CircuitWorks

What’s New in SolidWorks 2015 – Chapter 6: CircuitWorks

CircuitWorks is the messenger between the warring armies of mechanical and electrical engineers. It allows 3D SolidWorks files of PCB assemblies to become 2D board layouts and wiring diagrams, readable by a wide variety of electrical software. CircuitWorks itself is not a tool for creating much of anything, but it is a simple translator and … Continue reading »

What’s New in SolidWorks 2015 – Chapter 5: Assemblies, Part II: Assembly Features

What’s New in SolidWorks 2015 – Chapter 5: Assemblies, Part II: Assembly Features

Last week we covered all the great Mate and Pattern improvements in SolidWorks 2015. This week we’ll review the second half of the Assemblies chapter, which covers all the “other stuff,” from Exploded Views to Interference Detection to the newly-resurrected Treehouse app! Honorable Mentions Radial Explode You can explode components aligned radially/cylindrically about an axis … Continue reading »