June 23, 2017

Teachers and Students: Get Your Free SOLIDWORKS Summer Edition!

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By John Setzer

Teachers and students can get a 60-day license of SOLIDWORKS in a "summer edition" meant to allow them to keep their skills sharp and continue learning in the summer months when they may be away from their school resources.

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June 12, 2017

SOLIDWORKS 2017: Visualize Boost and Powerboost

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By Cody Pendzich

SOLIDWORKS Visualize introduced some great new capabilities in the 2017 release including Visualize Boost and Powerboost.

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June 09, 2017

What is the Best Computer Hardware for SOLIDWORKS?

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By Jeff Setzer

The answer to this question varies somewhat on the type of things you design, but mostly the variability comes from time -- as in, its passage.

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June 07, 2017

Who Needs Mesh Controls Anyway??

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By Chris Olson

Optimize the quality of your mesh with the global mesh settings

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May 31, 2017

Using SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect With Sheet Metal Parts

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By Jeff Setzer

The new 3D Interconnect functionality introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2017 is useful when working with a variety of native non-SOLIDWORKS files, including parts that are ultimately sheet metal in nature.

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May 10, 2017

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2017: Super Parts

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By Evan Stanek

Fly through your next design with the power of SUPER PARTS!

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April 03, 2017

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2017: Data Files Shortcut

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By Evan Stanek

When using data file shortcuts in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2017, all of your reference documentation can now be a live link that stays up to date.

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March 29, 2017

Create Cutting Threads in SOLIDWORKS

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By Jeff Setzer

Using the Thread feature, a custom profile library, and a little sweep-modeling insight, you can create your own cutting threads in SOLIDWORKS.

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March 17, 2017

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2017: Propagate Data to Connected Objects

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By Evan Stanek

A powerful numbering scheme in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2017

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March 15, 2017

SOLIDWORKS Composer: Making Transparent Detail Views

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By Jeff Setzer

Watch this video tutorial to see how easy it is to make a "knockout" detail view in SOLIDWORKS Composer.

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March 13, 2017

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2017: Connection Dots

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By Evan Stanek

No need to lament any further over missed connections, thanks to these SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2017 new features.

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March 10, 2017

SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Getting Started

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By Brandon Donnelly

Those new to SOLIDWORKS Simulation tend to look for the “easy” button. While the software can be easy to use, if it knew exactly what we wanted and how to do it we’d likely be out of jobs.

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March 01, 2017

SOLIDWORKS 2017: Wrap Feature

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By Nate Fredrich

Watch and learn how to use the new and improved wrap feature in SOLIDWORKS 2017.

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February 27, 2017

SOLIDWORKS 2017: Magnetic Mates

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By Matt Luedke

SOLIDWORKS 2017 introduces magnetic mates, a real game-changer when working with large assemblies.

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January 06, 2017

The General Process of Fatigue Analysis

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By Brandon Donnelly

Running a fatigue analysis is becoming a growing trend in mechanical parts and assemblies.

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December 22, 2016

Create Amazing Christmas Ornaments in SOLIDWORKS

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By John Setzer

Follow along as I create a new ornament for the GSC Christmas tree using the new SOLIDWORKS 2017 Wrap Method: Spline Surface.

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November 11, 2016

SOLIDWORKS Shortcut Bar Quick Tip: Adding Feature Tools to Your Sketch Shortcut Bar

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By John Setzer

Here's a quick tip to help you customize your SOLIDWORKS Sketch Shortcut Bar with tools outside of the normal grouping.

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November 02, 2016

Sol and Sal Save Selection Sets In SOLIDWORKS

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By Sam Hochberg

'Save Selection' will save you time and headaches when making multiple changes to your design by saving the design elements you have already selected.

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October 26, 2016

Make Your iPad Pro A Drawing Tablet For 3DExperience!

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By Jeff Setzer

For a while now, I've been using an app called Duet Display with my 12.9" iPad Pro, allowing it to act as a second screen for my Macbook Pro at home. It was a "look, but don't touch" scenario, but that all changed overnight.

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October 26, 2016

Using Fatigue Analysis to Predict Quality

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By Brandon Donnelly

Understanding the reasons why predicting the EXACT lifespan of a part isn't possible is important because it helps us bound the level of accuracy of our predictions. They're the same common culprits of uncertainty that exist within nearly all engineering analyses.

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September 23, 2016

Understanding Rotating Regions in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

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By Chris Olson

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation offers some great tools for analyzing rotating region problems. There are a lot of capabilities within the tool but, often times, there isn’t a lot of information about these capabilities.

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September 14, 2016

Removing Interfering Material In A SOLIDWORKS Assembly

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By Sam Hochberg

From my product designer’s perspective, one of the most useful functions in a 3D solid modeler such as SOLIDWORKS is the ability to check for potential interferences in their still-virtual assembly.

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September 08, 2016

Use SOLIDWORKS Align Sketch Tool to Move Underdefined Sketch Elements to the Origin

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By John Setzer

While production models should generally have fully defined sketches, sometimes you just want to make all the elements in an underdefined sketch move to the origin, such as when working with imported or copied geometry. There is an easy way to do this in SOLIDWORKS, you just have to know where to look.

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August 17, 2016

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Time Savers

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By Evan Stanek

These SOLIDWORKS Electrical tips will save you time over the long haul.

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August 10, 2016

How to Export Using a Custom Coordinate System in SOLIDWORKS

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By John Setzer

CAD systems like SOLIDWORKS and CAM systems use different directions for defining coordinate systems. The result is, when a model is exported from SOLIDWORKS and imported to a CAM system, the model comes up in the CAM system in the "wrong" orientation. The good news is there's a simple fix!

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July 22, 2016

SOLIDWORKS Composer Shadowing and Shininess Secrets

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By Sam Hochberg

Ground your images in SOLIDWORKS Composer with just a few simple steps.

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July 13, 2016

SOLIDWORKS 2016 Makes Selecting Identical Components in an Assembly a Snap!

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By John Setzer

Enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2016 make picking similar components in an assembly a snap! Just use the new "Select Identical Components" command found in the Selection tool fly out.

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July 08, 2016

Why can’t I move or delete my sketch dimensions in SOLIDWORKS 2016?!

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By Marty Bucholz

In SOLIDWORKS 2016, there's a new feature called instant 2D that allows for immediate direct editing of sketch dimensions without having to rebuild the geometry. More importantly, it changes how you interact with dimension values.

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June 29, 2016

How Using SOLIDWORKS PDM for Automation Makes Data Entry Less Painful

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By Cody Pendzich

For many of us, SOLIDWORKS PDM proves to be a lifesaver in automation time and again.

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June 22, 2016

SOLIDWORKS Electrical: The Ins & Outs of Connection Labels

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By Evan Stanek

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Connection Labels may just make you feel a little more like MacGyver. That is, if he had access to a Swiss Army knife instead of a wad of gum and a paper clip.

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June 15, 2016

How to Get Shady in SOLIDWORKS Composer

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By Sam Hochberg

SOLIDWORKS Composer makes it easy to create different appearances on different parts.

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June 08, 2016

SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Hanging with Equations!

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By Chris Olson

Automatically determine where to hang a beam to achieve a specified angle when it's picked up with a crane using SOLIDWORKS Simulation.

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June 01, 2016

Safely Save Your SOLIDWORKS Settings

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By Sam Hochberg

Prevent your SOLIDWORKS upgrade from overwriting your settings with useful advice from Sol and Sal.

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May 25, 2016

Flow Freezing in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

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By Chris Olson

Flow Freezing is a handy little feature in SOLIDWORKS Flow that can save you time when running a large thermal flow simulation study.

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May 18, 2016

SOLIDWORKS Sheetmetal Sketching Secrets

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By Sam Hochberg

Break out of the rectangular edge flange box with these SOLIDWORKS Sheetmetal sketching secrets.

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May 10, 2016

SOLIDWORKS: Show All Edges When Selecting Features

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By John Setzer

The Feature Manager design tree makes highlighting all of the faces of a specific feature easier. However, sometimes it's easier to select what you want from the graphics area directly.

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May 03, 2016

SOLIDWORKS: Installation Manager Cannot Find Required Source Files

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By Mason Benzinger

A common hurdle to a repair or update of the SOLIDWORKS application is a failure of the Installation manager to locate the source files that were used to install the application.

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April 27, 2016

Electrical Currents: Building Up Your 2D Layout Library in SOLIDWORKS Electrical - Part 2

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By Evan Stanek

You’ve begun working with the 2D cabinet layout feature in SOLIDWORKS Electrical. Now you wonder, "Where do I get the part graphics to place in my 2D layout?”

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April 21, 2016

Electrical Currents: Understanding 2D Cabinet Layouts in SOLIDWORKS Electrical - Part 1

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By Evan Stanek

As an engineer, you are on a never ending quest to efficiently produce meaningful designs to generate amazing and profitable results. SOLIDWORKS Electrical has the tools to help you!

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April 15, 2016

How to Use Meshing in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation - Part 4

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By Brandon Donnelly

Let's talk about how to use adaptive mesh in Part 4 of our SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation series.

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March 30, 2016

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Goal Plot Settings

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By Chris Olson

Goal Plot Settings in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can help you get a better understanding of goal convergence and more.

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March 24, 2016

Is It Real or Is It SOLIDWORKS Visualize?

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By GSC SOLIDWORKS Expert

SOLIDWORKS Visualize is a new product that enables you to create high quality renderings quickly and easily. With images that are exceptionally detailed, your customers won't know if it's real or SOLIDWORKS Visualize!

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March 18, 2016

The SOLIDWORKS Equinox, Revisited

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By Jeff Setzer

Do you ever wonder why we have seasons? Contrary to popular belief, it has nothing at all to do with our planet's distance from the Sun (which does vary slightly throughout our orbit).

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March 09, 2016

Behold the Power of SOLIDWORKS Weldments

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By Sam Hochberg

SOLIDWORKS Weldments saves you time by automatically calculating your cut lists, weld bead length and mass.

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February 25, 2016

Customizing SOLIDWORKS: Changing the Look of CommandManager Buttons

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By John Setzer

Have you ever wanted to customize your SOLIDWORKS CommandManager tab to add a tool button group? Make the text for a button move to the side instead of below the button, or just not show text at all? Wonder no more!

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February 12, 2016

SOLIDWORKS: Happy Valentine's Day!

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By Sam Hochberg

There are many different ways to use SOLIDWORKS to design a model, but what's the right way?

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February 05, 2016

Winning It All With SOLIDWORKS: The Super Bowl Trophy

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By Cody Pendzich

GSC used SOLIDWORKS to design and 3D print our own full-size replica of the Lombardi Trophy. Here's the steps to create your own!

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January 29, 2016

What Does SOLIDWORKS Save When I Have a Configured File?

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By John Setzer

How does SOLIDWORKS store configuration data? Does a part with ten configurations store ten “copies” of the model? Here's how to find out.

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January 22, 2016

Moving Your SOLIDWORKS Network License Manager to a New Server

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By Marty Bucholz

A common support topic that comes up this time of year is "How do I move my SOLIDWORKS License manager to a new server?" and "How can we keep user downtime to a minimum?"

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January 14, 2016

SOLIDWORKS 2016: Making Your Life Easier

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By Sam Hochberg

New to SOLIDWORKS 2016, you can now correct your object selection without restarting the dimension command.

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January 07, 2016

Repeat Last Command In SOLIDWORKS

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By Jeff Setzer

Save yourself time with the SOLIDWORKS "Repeat Last Command" feature. It works great for placing different hold types and fillets in a part model.

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December 29, 2015

Post Processing FDM 3D Printed Parts

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By GSC 3D Printing Expert

For certain applications, it is not an issue to have a part with stepping visible, but sometimes it is important to have a print look physically appealing with smooth features throughout. Outside of sanding the part until smooth, there are other options available.

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December 10, 2015

Recent Commands in SOLIDWORKS

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By John Setzer

I get asked all the time about SOLIDWORKS shortcuts and time savers. Truth is, there are so many of them that no one can remember them all, not even an old guy like me! We get used to doing things the same way and sometimes it takes a bit before a new or better way “sticks”, even when we’ve been exposed to it from a seminar, update class, user group meeting, etc.

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December 04, 2015

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2016: Breadcrumbs

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By GSC Support Team

You may think that breadcrumbs have two purposes: breading for fried meat and causing ducks to dance with joy. SOLIDWORKS, however, is adding a third reason to get excited about breadcrumbs.

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November 19, 2015

SOLIDWORKS: A Winter Project

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By Marty Bucholz

Summer may be over but it is never too early to get ready for next year. Here is a quick folding chair project to build over the winter, so you can be ready for the good weather to be back again!

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November 17, 2015

How to Use Meshing in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation - Part 3

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By Brandon Donnelly

Let's talk about how to use initial mesh in Part 3 of our SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation series.

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November 12, 2015

SOLIDWORKS 2016: New Intersect Options (and Bonus PhotoView 360 Tricks!)

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By John Setzer

One of my favorite enhancements to SOLIDWORKS 2016 is the new Intersect tool. In 2015, we always saw both included and excluded regions in the preview. Now, we can switch previews to show just included regions.

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October 29, 2015

What's New in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation 2016: Equidistant Refinement

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By Chris Olson

In keeping with the theme of new features in 2016 SOLIDWORKS, I wanted to highlight one of my favorites within Flow Simulation; it's called Equidistant Refinement.

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October 22, 2015

SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2016 Favorite Features

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By Cody Pendzich

With the change of seasons comes the release of SOLIDWORKS 2016. This was a great year for SOLIDWORKS Inspection, and today I'm going to talk about my picks for the top new features.

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October 15, 2015

How It's Made: Coming Out of Your Shell with SOLIDWORKS

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By Sam Hochberg

Our experts take another approach to designing a cell phone case.

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October 08, 2015

Adding Wire Styles in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

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By Clare Schaeffer

It's the local SparkEE here back again to discuss how to create a wire scheme in SOLIDWORKS Electrical that suits your application.

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October 06, 2015

What's New In 2016: SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard

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By GSC Data Management Team

Find out "What's New" in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard 2016.

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October 01, 2015

SOLIDWORKS Simulation What's New 2016: Mesh Sectioning

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By Chris Olson

The simulation team here at GSC is excited to share some of the new enhancements in Simulation.

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September 24, 2015

How It's Made in SOLIDWORKS: Ruler

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By Cody Pendzich

In a previous post, we learned how to model a cell phone case in SOLIDWORKS. Today, let's take a look at how to design a ruler.

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September 22, 2015

How It's Made in SOLIDWORKS: Cell Phone Case

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By Cody Pendzich

As we count down the days until the SOLIDWORKS 2016 Premiere, let's take a look at a series of objects made in SOLIDWORKS.

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September 10, 2015

What's New In 2016: SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional

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By GSC Data Management Team

Today's preview: What's New in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2016.

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September 09, 2015

SOLIDWORKS 2016 – You’re going to love this! – Threads

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By Sam Hochberg

Checking out the new Thread enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2016.

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September 03, 2015

SOLIDWORKS Modeling for 3D Printing

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By GSC 3D Printing Team

As more companies adopt 3D printing technology, the importance of understanding 3D part design using SOLIDWORKS for 3D printing increases.

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August 27, 2015

How to Use Meshing in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation - Part 2

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By Brandon Donnelly

Let's talk about how to use basic mesh in Part 2 of our SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulations series.

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August 13, 2015

Where To Find It - 3D Content Central Update

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By Sam Hochberg

Become more productive with this handy website. Share 3D content, download content from others, or upload your product lines.

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August 05, 2015

SOLIDWORKS and Windows 10

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By Jeff Setzer

I go on vacation for a week and what happens? Windows 10 is released. But is it compatible with SOLIDWORKS?

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July 28, 2015

EPDM Empowered: Finding Duplicate Files in Enterprise PDM

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By Cody Pendzich

There's a better way to resolve duplicate issues.

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July 21, 2015

How to Use Meshing in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation - Part 1

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By Brandon Donnelly

Welcome to Part 1 of our four-part SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation series! In Part 1, we'll take a closer look at the basics and stages of Flow Simulation. 

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July 09, 2015

Clean Up Your Thread Display in SOLIDWORKS

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By Jeff Setzer

An often-overlooked enhancement in SOLIDWORKS 2013 can help you easily clean up your Thread Display.

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July 07, 2015

How to Activate DraftSight

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By Marty Bucholz

Activate DraftSight quickly with this step-by-step guide.

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July 01, 2015

Two Hidden Settings in SOLIDWORKS for Spline Display

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By John Setzer

Change up how splines are displayed in SOLIDWORKS with these hidden settings.

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June 16, 2015

Missing Thumbnails in SOLIDWORKS - Part 2

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By Sam Hochberg

Taking our fix for missing thumbnails in SOLIDWORKS a step further...

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June 11, 2015

Simply Searching: Right-Click Searching in EPDM - Part 2

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By Cody Pendzich

What if we could add that shortcut to our right-click menu in Windows for easy access?

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June 02, 2015

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation: Templates

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By Chris Olson

There's a little known feature in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation that gives you the ability to create templates for projects that have similar setup.

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May 29, 2015

How to Create a Bounding Box for Any Part in SOLIDWORKS

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By John Setzer

A question that I have been asked several times recently is, “How do I get a volume/measurement of the extents of a part space?” The answer is found in the Weldment tools of SOLIDWORKS.

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May 19, 2015

How to Use Enterprise PDM's Smart Hyperlinks in Other Applications

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By GSC Data Management Team

Use SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM Smart Hyperlinks to share data card file across your entire enterprise.

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May 14, 2015

Missing Thumbnails in SOLIDWORKS? - Part 1

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By Sam Hochberg

Do you ever find your SOLIDWORKS thumbnails looking less like the part preview and more like the part icon?

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May 12, 2015

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Library Features

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By Chris Olson

A lot of you may be familiar with library features from the SOLIDWORKS perspective where we have the ability to save out features that can be used over again. Recently however, I stumbled upon the ability for us as simulation users to take advantage of this functionality as well!

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April 30, 2015

Simply Searching: Skip with Shortcuts in the EPDM Search Tool

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By Cody Pendzich

Within the EPDM search tool there are a lot of little "tricks" and functions that may not be commonly known. For instance, did you know you can create a desktop shortcut to instantly launch a specific search favorite or search form?

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April 28, 2015

SOLIDWORKS Simulation: The Fastest Way is To Start Simple

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By Brandon Donnelly

Many people new to Simulation are looking for the easy button. The software can be easy to use, but if it knew exactly what we wanted and how to do it, we probably wouldn’t have jobs.

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April 23, 2015

An Easy Way to Set Row Heights for A BOM in SOLIDWORKS

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By John Setzer

If you change the font on a Bill of Materials in SOLIDWORKS, how can you get the row heights to all adjust at once? We'll show you how.

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April 21, 2015

Making SVG Files Autoscale in SOLIDWORKS

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By Jeff Setzer

There's an easier way to save SVG files that automatically scale to fit the viewing window.

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April 02, 2015

Administration Made Easy with the CAD Admin Dashboard

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By Cody Pendzich

When it comes to managing your licenses and hardware, the CAD Admin Dashboard makes it simple and it's available to anyone with a customer portal account and an active subscription. 

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March 31, 2015

SOLIDWORKS Simulation: What is Stress and Strain?

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By Brandon Donnelly

Stress and Strain are the two building blocks of structural analysis that share a close relationship. So close that sometimes their definitions both contain each other making it difficult to understand them individually.

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March 26, 2015

Lofting Tip in SOLIDWORKS: Show All Connectors

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By John Setzer

When creating a loft, SOLIDWORKS creates a set of connectors that represent how the loft profiles line up to each other to determine the shape of the loft feature.

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March 10, 2015

What is FDM Technology? FAQ

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By Joe Korbel

3D printers that run on Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology build parts layer-by-layer from the bottom up by heating and extruding thermoplastic filament.

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March 03, 2015

Frequency & Buckling: What's in Common?

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By Chris Olson

If you've been in the engineering world for any length of time, you've heard the terms "buckling" and "resonant frequency;" you also may very well know what each of these terms mean, but have you ever thought of them being linked together??

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February 26, 2015

On Subscription? Take a free CSWP exam

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By Matt Luedke

As a SOLIDWORKS Subscription customer, you get one exam for each license you own (CSWP or CSWA exam plus one 1 free advanced exam per seat on subscription).

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February 05, 2015

Practical Pointers: Managing Changes in SOLIDWORKS Inspection

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By Cody Pendzich

The process of manual inspection is far from enjoyable, especially when a simple task can require a complete redo of all of your hard work. However, with SOLIDWORKS Inspection, that's no longer the case.

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January 27, 2015

SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Failure Analysis vs. Stress Analysis

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By Brandon Donnelly

I see a lot of misunderstandings between SOLIDWORKS Simulation results and empirical stress analysis methods. Most are usually are caused by a misunderstanding of the software calculations.

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January 19, 2015

Fatigue Curves in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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By Brandon Donnelly

An S-N Curve is a chart that shows the relationship between an alternating stress value and the number of cycles a given material will last before breaking. It is created by taking a number of different load amounts, loading and unloading them, and measuring the cycle count before the material sample breaks.

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January 15, 2015

SOLIDWORKS Material Madness: Provide Libraries for Customers and Suppliers

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By Cody Pendzich

Do you still need a New Years' resolution? Here is an idea to improve efficiency at home and away at work!

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January 13, 2015

How to Make A Snowflake in SOLIDWORKS in Ten Easy Steps

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By John Setzer

Let it snow! I wanted to highlight some modeling techniques and thought a festive snowflake might be a good vehicle to do that for January. Let’s get underway!

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January 08, 2015

Which SOLIDWORKS Products Do I Have Installed?

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By Jeff Setzer

Sometimes you just want to know what exactly you have installed on a given computer. SOLIDWORKS 2015 includes new a little gem of a tool called "My Products" that simply lists all of the possibilities, and shows you what is installed.

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September 16, 2014

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Keyboard Shortcuts

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By Clare Schaeffer

Learn how to customize your keyboard shortcuts in SOLIDWORKS Electrical.

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September 11, 2014

SOLIDWORKS Inspection: Filters are Your Friends

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By Cody Pendzich

Most of the SOLIDWORKS Inspection questions I have been receiving lately are in regards to controlling the data I export to my excel Inspection Reports. And to that I say, "Have no fear, for filters are here!"

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July 29, 2014

SOLIDWORKS: What Makes a Golf Ball?

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By Chris Olson

Have you ever thought of the unique engineering that goes into creating a golf ball? There's a lot of design elements inside and out to think about!

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March 06, 2014

Customize Wire Numbers with SOLIDWORKS Electrical

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By Clare Schaeffer

One of the many benefits of SOLIDWORKS Electrical is the ability to customize a vast number of elements to fit your particular electrical schematic design needs.

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February 27, 2014

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic: Converting Existing Geometry into a Symbol

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By Clare Schaeffer

Welcome to another shocking installment of Tips and Tricks within SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic. In this installment, we look at the process to import your custom created symbols into the SOLIDWORKS Electrical Parts Library.

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February 13, 2014

SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Behind the Software with Vibration Analysis

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By Chris Olson

Vibration is one of the key factors in engineering design that is so important to consider when designing components that see that type of loading.

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December 03, 2013

A SOLIDWORKS Forgotten Feature: Mate References

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By Chris Olson

SOLIDWORKS has so many different features to improve productivity that some of those features get forgotten during the day-to-day rigor of design. Mate references is one of those features.

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November 19, 2013

What's the Difference Between Bend Tables & Gauge Tables in SOLIDWORKS?

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By Chris Olson

One of the questions that always baffles me is, what is the difference between sheet metal bend tables and gauge tables? Here's the answer.

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June 27, 2013

How can I get angle of displacement in SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

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By Chris Olson

A common question we often get regarding post processing of a SOLIDWORKS Simulation study is: Does it have a way of showing displacement plots as angles of displacement in the case of a torsional load?

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June 05, 2013

How to Make a Sheet Metal Edge Flange Perpendicular to a Face in SOLIDWORKS

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By GSC Support Team

When creating an edge flange, sometimes you might want the new flange to be perpendicular or parallel to a specific face or plane. This is very beneficial if you have created lofted bends as your sheet metal part.

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April 25, 2013

SOLIDWORKS Tutorial: How to Get Colored Crosshatch in Section View

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By GSC Support Team

There have been times when I wanted to show a section view in SOLIDWORKS with the crosshatch in a different color than the default black. Here's how to change the crosshatch to a different color.

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March 19, 2013

How to Change Company Logo on SOLIDWORKS Drawings

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By GSC Support Team

How do you easily update a logo that appears in all your drawing title blocks? There's a couple of options.

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February 21, 2013

Drawing Template vs. Sheet Format Files in SOLIDWORKS

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By Chris Olson

Ever create a drawing template and end up confused on the difference between a sheet format file and a template file? Luckily, SOLIDWORKS now includes everything you need for a drawing template in the template file.

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February 19, 2013

How to Change the Color of a Specific Component in a Drawing View

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By GSC Support Team

Use this simple steps to change the color of a specific component in SOLIDWORKS.

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October 09, 2012

Linking a Bill of Materials to a View in SOLIDWORKS

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By GSC Support Team

Easily link a Bill of Materials to a View in SOLIDWORKS with just a few steps.

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March 06, 2012

Set Default SOLIDWORKS Version for Opening a File

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By GSC Support Team

If you're like me, you have more than one version of SOLIDWORKS loaded on your computer. But what if I just want to double-click on a file and have it open in a specific version? Here's how.

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April 25, 2011

Changing the Fixed Face for a Sheet Metal Flat Pattern

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By John Setzer

I get questions from time to time regarding sheet metal flat patterns, specifically, "How do I change the 'up' side of a flat pattern?"

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