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 [...]

26 08, 2016

SolidWorks 2016 – Replacing Sub-assemblies with Multi-body Parts

By | August 26th, 2016|

Today we will explain how to replace subassemblies with multibody parts, a new function in SolidWorks 2016. Unlike previous versions of SolidWorks, in 2016 you can use a multibody part as a simplified representation of the assembly. When you make changes to the subassembly and save an updated multibody part, this version can replace the [...]

3 08, 2016

Working With SOLIDWORKS 2016 Edge Flanges

By | August 3rd, 2016|

In today's episode of “What’s New in SolidWorks 2016” I’m going to show you an enhancement to sheet metal flanges that will allow you to create edge flanges that are longer than the edge to which they are attached. In previous versions of SolidWorks, an edge flange feature would default to the length of the [...]

18 07, 2016

Creating Rods and Tubes in SolidWorks 2016

By | July 18th, 2016|

SolidWorks 2016 includes an enhancement to sweeping solids, cuts, and surfaces that will allow you to create a solid rod or hollow tub along a sketch line, edge or curve directly on a model without having to create a new sketch. This is possible with the new “circular profile” option in sweeping operations. The example [...]

8 06, 2016

SolidWorks 2016 Bidirectional Sweep

By | June 8th, 2016|

There’s a new enhancement to the sweep function in SolidWorks 2016 that will allow you to create sweeps for a mid-path profile in either direction or bidirectional. In previous versions of SolidWorks, a profile had to sweep the entire length of the path, no matter the location of the profile sketch. This is no longer [...]

11 05, 2016

Curvature Continuous Edge Fillet – SolidWorks 2016

By | May 11th, 2016|

There is a new enhancement in SolidWorks 2016 that will allow you to define the edges of constant and variable fillets as curvature continuous. This option creates a smoother curvature between adjacent surfaces. Here’s an example of how it works . . . The part shown above contains two surfaces that meet at a sharp [...]

18 04, 2016

SOLIDWORKS 2016 Mate Positions

By | April 18th, 2016|

SolidWorks 2016 includes an enhancement for creating and editing mates that will allow you to manipulate specific mates such as: angle, distance, Limit Angle, Limit Distance, Slot, and Width mates all in one convenient table called the Mate Controller. In Mate Controller, you can show and save the positions of assembly components at various mate [...]