SOLIDWORKS Visualize Review

SOLIDWORKS Visualize Review

   Greetings readers! After SolidWorks World 2016, I partnered with Develop3D to publish an in-depth review of SolidWorks Visualize, which launched that week. If you subscribe to the print version of Develop3D Magazine, you may have already seen the review. However, starting today, you can read my article (as well as dozens of other CAD … Continue reading

SolidWars: Episode 2017 – The Phantom Edges (What’s Coming in SolidWorks 2017)

SolidWars: Episode 2017 – The Phantom Edges (What’s Coming in SolidWorks 2017)

There’s nothing hotter right now than Star Wars. That is, unless you’re a SolidWorks user attending Day 3 of SolidWorks World 2016, where you’ve just learned about some of the new enhancements you can look forward to in SolidWorks 2017. The clever skit, which somehow made it past the Dassault legal department, featured such cringe-inducing … Continue reading

SolidWorks World 2016 Model Mania Solution

SolidWorks World 2016 Model Mania Solution

See the fastest way to model the part from the SolidWorks World 2016 Model Mania competition, and improve your modeling skills in under 5 minutes. Mark Schneider presents his solution at SolidWorks World 2016 in Dallas. Can you do better than the winner’s best time of 12:29?

Solidworks World 2016 Top Ten List

Solidworks World 2016 Top Ten List

#10 – Revert to eDrawings 2013 Engine and Interface for Desktops #9 – Automatic Fastener BOM for Large Assemblies #8 – Ability to Use End Points of Sketch Lines for Hole Wizard Holes #7 – Automate Explode Line Creation #6 – Enhance Fillet, Chamfer, and Other Functions for Multi-Body Parts #5 – Bounding Box Values … Continue reading

Testing the eDrawings Virtual Reality Prototype with Google Cardboard

Testing the eDrawings Virtual Reality Prototype with Google Cardboard

In the Partner Pavilion at SolidWorks World 2016, the mobile products team demonstrated a prototype of the eDrawings mobile app, with support for Virtual Reality via Google Cardboard. Cardboard is an inexpensive, open source virtual reality viewer, meant to be used with apps on your phone. An alternative to expensive VR rigs like the Occulus, … Continue reading

What’s New in SolidWorks 2016: Chapter 8 – Composer

What’s New in SolidWorks 2016: Chapter 8 – Composer

Even though Composer is a completely standalone product with its own subscription fees and an entire development team behind it, once again there are almost no interesting enhancements to speak of in this document. In fact, the functionality of this product has been reduced thanks to new restriction on file importing. Loser Importing Third-Part File … Continue reading

What’s New in SolidWorks 2016: Chapter 7 – DimXpert

What’s New in SolidWorks 2016: Chapter 7 – DimXpert

DimXpert is a more powerful tool than most people realize, and with the ever-increasing adoption of Model-Based Definition (MBD), more and more SolidWorks users will soon before familiar with it. Honorable Mentions Improved Selection Options DimXpert used to be very “selective” (pun intended) about what entities could be used to define a DimXpert annotation. In … Continue reading

SolidWorks World 2016 Top Ten List: Now Open For Idea Submission

SolidWorks World 2016 Top Ten List: Now Open For Idea Submission

Attention all SolidWorks users! The SolidWorks World Top Ten List is now open for idea submission and discussion. For those of you that are new to the SolidWorks World Top Ten List, it is an opportunity to submit your ideas for enhancements to SolidWorks. Once ideas are submitted you will be given the opportunity to vote for your … Continue reading

What’s New in SolidWorks 2016: Chapter 6 – CircuitWorks

What’s New in SolidWorks 2016: Chapter 6 – CircuitWorks

CircuitWorks: For when your circuits have to work. Honorable Mentions Locating CircuitWorks Components It’s now easier to locate specific CircuitWorks components, both in the CircuitWorks feature tree and in the CircuitWorks Component Library. There are two ways to search for CircuitWorks components. Type into the Search field, located at the top of the feature tree … Continue reading

What’s New in SolidWorks 2016: Chapter 5 – Assemblies

What’s New in SolidWorks 2016: Chapter 5 – Assemblies

This year’s assembly enhancements include innovative new ways to add, edit and control mates, as well as a fantastic new file management time-saver. Honorable Mentions Copying Multiple Components You can now copy several components at once, while preserving all mates between them. Simply select several components while holding Shift or Ctrl, and Ctrl+drag the group … Continue reading