13 09, 2017

SolidWorks 2017 3D Offset on Curved Surfaces

By | September 13th, 2017|

There is new functionality in SolidWorks 2017 that allows you to offset 3D curves on a surface. Offsetting 2D geometry is very efficient. It allows you to quickly grab 2D geometry and create a same shape contour with a specified gap distance. However, when working with 3D sketches containing 3D curves, it’s not as simple. [...]

21 07, 2017

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Mate Controller

By | July 21st, 2017|

There is a great new enhancement in SOLIDWORKS 2017 that improves the Mate Controller tool. One of the benefits in creating assembly designs in CAD is the ability to simulate component motion. In CAD, you are able to define 3D motion constraints called Mates so that the part interaction resembles real-world motion – whether you [...]

12 07, 2017

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Advanced Holes

By | July 12th, 2017|

Since as early as SolidWorks 2000, SolidWorks has had the Hole Wizard tool to quickly help you create a hole on your part with a predefined cross-section, based on the standard and sizes that you chose, but now there is a new tool in SolidWorks 2017 called Advanced Holes. This is useful when the hole [...]

24 05, 2017

SolidWorks 2017 Multiple Start Threads

By | May 24th, 2017|

Today we are going to talk about the enhanced functionality to the Thread feature in SolidWorks 2017, mainly using multiple start threads. There are various reasons why someone might use threads with multiple starts. The main one is that it allows the lead distance of a thread to be increased, without changing its pitch. This [...]

7 04, 2017

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Convert Features to Bodies and Surfaces

By | April 7th, 2017|

There is new functionality in SOLIDWORKS 2017called Convert to Bodies, that allows you to remove the feature history in a part, while retaining geometric references in the assembly. This new feature comes in handy if you have a simple assembly and you want it to one of your manufacturers, but don’t want to share the feature [...]

5 04, 2017

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Patterns and Features UI

By | April 5th, 2017|

In today’s blog post we are going to introduce three new enhancements to Parts and Features in SolidWorks 2017. The first one has to do with using Instances to Skip in patterns. When creating a pattern, SolidWorks would already give you the flexibility to remove a pattern instance by clicking on the pink spheres; this [...]

20 02, 2017

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Convert to Bodies

By | February 20th, 2017|

A new in SOLIDWORKS 2017 called Convert to Bodies will allow you to remove the feature history in a part, while retaining geometric references in the assembly.  This new feature comes in handy if you have a simple assembly and you want it to one of your manufacturers, but don’t want to share the feature history [...]

6 01, 2017

SolidWorks 2017 Wrap onto Freeform Surfaces

By | January 6th, 2017|

There is a significant enhancement with the Wrap function in SolidWorks 2017. In the past, SolidWorks has been able to Wrap a 2D sketch onto a CAD model, but it had to be either a cylindrical or cone-shaped face. In addition, you could only Wrap to a single face; multiple faces were not supported, but [...]