8 11, 2017

SolidWorks 2018 UI Enhancements

By | November 8th, 2017|

SolidWorks 2018 is now out to the public so let’s take a look at five new enhancements that will allow you to get better acquainted with the User Interface of this release. Right off the bat, when you start up SolidWorks, you’ll notice that there is a new Welcome Dialog Box. It’s a one-stop shop [...]

11 10, 2017

Using SolidWorks PMI for Final Inspection

By | October 11th, 2017|

Let’s discuss two pieces of software that work really well together in the 3D part inspection world: SolidWorks, and Control X. SolidWorks is one of the leading CAD tools in today’s design and manufacturing world. One of its advantages is that it offers you the opportunity to create a 3D annotated model. This can include [...]

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 [...]