SOLIDWORKS Composer Shadowing and Shiny Techniques
Shadowing & Shininess Secrets in SOLIDWORKS Composer: Sol & Sal Tutorial
Do you know how to add shadows or a shiny finish to your SOLIDWORKS Composer renderings? Learn how.
Close up of sneakers ascending outdoor stairs
In Time of Need Midwest Companies are Stepping Up to Combat COVID-19
Quick-thinking Wisconsin and Illinois manufacturing companies are providing ventilators, face masks, tests, and cleaning supplies when we need them the most.
Build Risk Analysis and heat mapping
Powerful STL Editing Software – Materialise Magics
Materialise Magics is a powerful editing tool that allows users to perform complicated STL operations with ease, such as booleans, lattices, and perforations.
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Using SOLIDWORKS at Home
Learn the available SOLIDWORKS access options when working from home and using standalone or network licensing.
GSC’s Interim Support, Guest & Training Policies
We've updated our visitation policies and moved as much training online as we can for the health and safety of our community.
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Shading in SOLIDWORKS Composer: Sol & Sal Tutorial
Have you thought about having different appearances on different parts in your model? Learn a quick tip on custom rendering.
HP4200 Multi Jet Fusion graphic
What You Save with Leasing an HP 340 Printer
Prototyping quicker than your competitors can help you win projects. HP's 3D Printing Lease service is a low-risk way to win big.
Maddie Frank and John Setzer with Students
Expand Your Skills with SOLIDWORKS Essentials & Additional Training Classes
I learned everything from basic part construction – including chamfers, ribbing, and patterns – to rendering and the Hole Wizard. SOLIDWORKS Essentials helped me create assemblies, bill of materials, and drawings.
Leading at 19: Danielle Boyer’s STEAM Connection
How do you make STEAM education accessible and affordable for all kids? For young innovators such as Danielle Boyer, it means giving every kid a robot. Learn more.
3DEXPERIENCE World 2020: GSC Earns Elite Award for 16th Consecutive Year
We're honored to receive this Elite Club Award from Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS for the 16th year in a row. Read our highlights of the 3DEXPERIENCE Conference, as well!
Delete Face Model Example
SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip on Delete Face: Move a Face From a Surface Body
Learn how to easily delete a face from a solid or surface body when modeling in SOLIDWORKS.
4 Monkey Figurines in the 'Hear No, See No, Speak No Evil' Style
Customization Isn’t Monkey Business: 3D Scanning & HP Printing a Monkey Figurine Gives Insight to Industry Trends
What's so special about a 3D printed monkey? Well, as digital manufacturing makes mass customization a reality, the way we all produce and experience products is about to massively change.

Upcoming Events

Fri 03

SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal

March 31 @ 2:00 pm - April 3 @ 4:00 pm
Mon 06

SOLIDWORKS Weldments

April 6 @ 9:00 am - April 8 @ 11:00 am
Mon 13

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional for Administrators

April 13 @ 8:30 am - April 15 @ 4:30 pm
Mon 13

SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard Essentials

April 13 @ 8:30 am - April 14 @ 4:30 pm
Wed 15

SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional

April 15 @ 8:30 am - April 17 @ 4:30 pm
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SOLIDWORKS Composer Shadowing and Shiny Techniques
Shadowing & Shininess Secrets in SOLIDWORKS Composer: Sol & Sal Tutorial
Do you know how to add shadows or a shiny finish to your SOLIDWORKS Composer renderings? Learn how.
Close up of sneakers ascending outdoor stairs
In Time of Need Midwest Companies are Stepping Up to Combat COVID-19
Quick-thinking Wisconsin and Illinois manufacturing companies are providing ventilators, face masks, tests, and cleaning supplies when we need them the most.
Build Risk Analysis and heat mapping
Powerful STL Editing Software – Materialise Magics
Materialise Magics is a powerful editing tool that allows users to perform complicated STL operations with ease, such as booleans, lattices, and perforations.
Worker studying a project on computer screens
Using SOLIDWORKS at Home
Learn the available SOLIDWORKS access options when working from home and using standalone or network licensing.
GSC’s Interim Support, Guest & Training Policies
We've updated our visitation policies and moved as much training online as we can for the health and safety of our community.
Figure 4 - SOLIDWORKS Composer Example Shaded
Shading in SOLIDWORKS Composer: Sol & Sal Tutorial
Have you thought about having different appearances on different parts in your model? Learn a quick tip on custom rendering.
HP4200 Multi Jet Fusion graphic
What You Save with Leasing an HP 340 Printer
Prototyping quicker than your competitors can help you win projects. HP's 3D Printing Lease service is a low-risk way to win big.
Maddie Frank and John Setzer with Students
Expand Your Skills with SOLIDWORKS Essentials & Additional Training Classes
I learned everything from basic part construction – including chamfers, ribbing, and patterns – to rendering and the Hole Wizard. SOLIDWORKS Essentials helped me create assemblies, bill of materials, and drawings.
Leading at 19: Danielle Boyer’s STEAM Connection
How do you make STEAM education accessible and affordable for all kids? For young innovators such as Danielle Boyer, it means giving every kid a robot. Learn more.
3DEXPERIENCE World 2020: GSC Earns Elite Award for 16th Consecutive Year
We're honored to receive this Elite Club Award from Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS for the 16th year in a row. Read our highlights of the 3DEXPERIENCE Conference, as well!
Delete Face Model Example
SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip on Delete Face: Move a Face From a Surface Body
Learn how to easily delete a face from a solid or surface body when modeling in SOLIDWORKS.
4 Monkey Figurines in the 'Hear No, See No, Speak No Evil' Style
Customization Isn’t Monkey Business: 3D Scanning & HP Printing a Monkey Figurine Gives Insight to Industry Trends
What's so special about a 3D printed monkey? Well, as digital manufacturing makes mass customization a reality, the way we all produce and experience products is about to massively change.
3D Printing Mini Series Event Audience and Jordan photo
Underrated Composites & Slam Dunk Applications: 3D Printing Event Recap
Markforged and HP 3D Printing Mini Series' offer valuable experiences to educate on applications for your production line and on the advantages of different materials.
Artificial Intelligence
CAD User Interfaces & AI
What would it be like for your CAD interface to intuitively adapt to you as you worked?
3D Content Central Library
Transactive Memory & 3D Content Central
How do your teams curate their knowledge? Read this quick dive into transactive memory and some free SOLIDWORKS resources they should be using.
SOLIDWORKS Screenshot
SOLIDWORKS or Autodesk Inventor? 6 Key Reasons To Favor SOLIDWORKS
As a SOLIDWORKS provider with staff experience in Autodesk Inventor, we took a look at comparing the software. There are key benefits to choosing SOLIDWORKS – learn our top 6.
Feature Image - Maddie and Her Cello
3D Printing a Playable Cello: How UWM Student Maddie Frank Sees Additive
We value the connections we make in our local community, and are excited to introduce Maddie Frank as a new collaborator. We'll be exploring everything additive – from inventive, out-of-the-box projects, to testing new technologies. Read on for more.
Arc Tangent from Line Example
SOLIDWORKS How-To: Autotransition & Create Geometry in CAD, Fast
Draw more shapes than you thought possible in CAD simply by using mouse movements and the "A" key where necessary!
SOLIDWORKS Sketching Smart Dimension Tool Arcs and Circles
SOLIDWORKS How-To: Using the Smart Dimension Tool When Sketching Arcs & Circles
When you're sketching in SOLIDWORKS and want to create a dimension, and you don't want the dimension location to be a circle's center, use the circumference!
Feature Photo 2019 Holidays Christmas Tree Model in SOLIDWORKS
10 SOLIDWORKS Modeling Tips for the Holidays
Watch this quick holiday video showing 10 SOLIDWORKS modeling tips!
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GSC Serve Day: An Opportunity to Give Back
Serve Days are a chance for us to serve and invest in our communities. Read 3 of our employees' stories from the last year.
The Finer Points of the New Quick Search in SOLIDWORKS PDM
An exciting new feature in SOLIDWORKS 2020 is the ability for the user to conduct a "Google-like" search in PDM across multiple metadata fields. Learn more.
Cavity Design Components
Drilling Into the SOLIDWORKS Cavity Command
Have you ever had to create a relief on a part in an assembly, based on the shape of a neighboring part?
Using SOLIDWORKS Command Search: Finding Useful or New Commands
Find commands in SOLIDWORKS you may have forgotten, or learn about a particular command you’ve never even used before – all through search.
Stoney Creek Hotel SOLIDWORKS 2020 Rollout - Blog Cover Photo
We’re Headed to Illinois: SOLIDWORKS 2020 Premieres Continue
What do our SOLIDWORKS 2020 Premieres entail? Find out by visiting us next week in Illinois.
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SOLIDWORKS How-To: Copy & Mate by CTRL-Drag & Drop
It's the little things that make a big difference. Learn this quick drag and drop trick to copy a component AND do SmartMates.
John Setzer and attendees at Engineer 3D! Conference
“Ask Me Anything”: Presenting at Engineer 3D!
Find out John's take on presenting sessions for the SOLIDWORKS community at Engineer 3D!
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Celebrating Success: Engineer 3D! 2019
Last week we wrapped up our conference, Engineer 3D! Miss our event, or want to reminisce? We've provided a highlight reel to cap off our biennial event.
Import DWG files (or DWF) files and add to library as new symbols
Building Up Your 2D Layout Library in SOLIDWORKS Electrical – Part 2
Now that you've learned benefits of using 2D Cabinet Layouts, expertly build your library following these recommended practices.
Michelle Bockman and Gian Paolo Bassi at Engineer 3D!
Must-See: SOLIDWORKS & HP Keynote Speakers at Engineer 3D!
Gian Paolo Bassi, CEO of Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS, and Michelle Bockman, Global Head of HP 3D Printing are presenting as keynote speakers at Engineer 3D!
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SOLIDWORKS 2020 – A Few Of My Favorite Things
SOLIDWORKS 2020 is rolling out soon, and there's so much great new stuff, it's hard to pick just 5 favorite new things.
You Keep Using That Phrase 2D Cabinet Layout - I do not think that means what you think it means
Understanding 2D Cabinet Layouts in SOLIDWORKS Electrical – Part 1
Get the most out of the 2D Cabinet Layout feature in SOLIDWORKS Electrical!
HP Jet Fusion 5200 3D printer
3D Printing Training Track at E3D!
Curious about the benefits of design analysis and testing? Take our sessions on SOLIDWORKS Simulation and Simulia at E3D!
Simulation
Design Analysis – Simulation Training Track at E3D!
Curious about the benefits of design analysis and testing? Take our sessions on SOLIDWORKS Simulation and Simulia at E3D!
Announcing SOLIDWORKS 2020 Premiere at Engineer 3D! Conference
Just announced – on the 3rd day of our conference we're premiering SOLIDWORKS 2020! Join us Oct. 4th to learn the newest user-requested features.
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Is Your SOLIDWORKS User Set Up for Success? (A Guide to Assessments)
How well do you understand your employees' abilities in SOLIDWORKS? If they could be working more efficiently, consider using our productivity assessments.
Attendees at the 2017 Engineer 3D! Conference
Top 10 Sessions Not to Miss at Engineer 3D! Conference
We've compiled our Top 10 Sessions you don't want to miss at our upcoming E3D! training conference. Take a look!
Draftsight
DraftSight 2019 – Excellent 2D Drafting & 3D Design
Find new capabilities available such as image vectorization technology (IVT), an integration with 3DEXPERIENCE, cross-functionality with 3D CAD and Simulation, and more.
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Top 10 Questions to Ask When Investigating SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic
Can you answer these 10 questions without hesitating? Find out simple reasons why GSC + SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic checks the box on functionality, training, and ease-of-use.
Announcing Keynote Speakers for E3D Training + Technology Conference
Our keynote speakers for this year's E3D! Conference include innovator Greg Mark and strategist Todd McLees.
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Knowledge Based Engineering: Knowledge Acquisition & The Acquisition Tool
Welcome to the "Knowledge Age," where companies need to learn how to harness their intellectual capital to retain competitiveness in the marketplace. Let's explore what this means.
SOLIDWORKS PDM
SOLIDWORKS PDM – Vault Design for Save As & Copy Tree Optimization
PDM vaults can have the same metadata clearing behavior whether Save As or Copy Tree is used, but ultimately, setup and training are the best ways to ensure vault consistency.
XFlow CFD Simulation Tool — Dassault Systemes
“Simulation Is Too Expensive For My Organization!” – How It’s Not, Based on ROI
Those looking at purchasing Simulation software are often dissuaded by the initial price tag, which misses the benefit. First, calculate your ROI.
SOLIDWORKS Assembly on screen
Testing SOLIDWORKS 2019 Large-Assembly Performance On Real-World Hardware
New technologies in SOLIDWORKS 2019 make working with large assemblies and complex parts faster than ever before.
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8 Reasons You’re Denying Yourself Better ECAD Software
It takes perspective to know when you could be working smarter, not harder. With the right partner, you can strategically transition to a better ECAD system.
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Recap of CAMWorks 2019 Global Partner Summit
Highlights of this year's conference included CAMWorks solutions ShopFloor and Additive; Eureka Virtual Machine Simulation; and of course, Paul Yaffe Motorcycles.
SOLIDWORKS PDM Preview Dropdown
Proper Engineering Practices & Data Management
Having a workflow for engineering documents to travel through in their life cycle is not only efficient, but convenient.
Windows 7 Professional End of Life
SOLIDWORKS & The End Of Windows 7
SOLIDWORKS has long supported Windows 7, but now it's time to upgrade to Windows 10. Here's why.
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Design Automation – What, How & Why?
Free up design engineers from repetitive, monotonous tasks and elevate product quality at the same time. DriveWorks provides this and more.
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I Hired a New Grad! Now What? Find Top 3 Ways to Train & Retain
Your new employee won't stay long without investment from you. Find some of our insights on how to best train, and therefore retain, new grads.
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Complement Your CNC Production With HP Multijet Fusion Tech
Some geometries are difficult, let alone impossible, to manufacture with CNC. Print these complex geometries through HP's lattice structures or topology optimization – and in batches.
GSC Technical Support Staff Aids FIRST Robotics Team to Success
Our Technical Support staff Evan Hicks doubles as the CAD mentor for Pewaukee's Robotics Team 1259. The team recently won the Wisconsin Regional at the end of March, competing against 54 other teams!
Tooling example
Turn Tooling on Its Head With 3D Printing
Advances in high-strength 3D printing have brought impressive solutions to the factory floor. Do you know the top ways to save with this tech?
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SOLIDWORKS Electrical Spring Training Series: Part 6
Let’s see how SOLIDWORKS Electrical lets you pick what players in the game (...or in the project) make it to the finish – in our final reporting.
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3 Reasons to Get New Employees in SOLIDWORKS Training
Technical training in 3D software is a must in the onboarding process of Designers and Mechanical Engineers, no matter the experience level. Here are 3 reasons why.
Batter, Catcher and Umpire
SOLIDWORKS Electrical Spring Training Series: Part 5
The deciding moments of a game are especially strategic. Managers do everything they can to give their team the best chance to win. Similarly, SOLIDWORKS Electrical enables you to make last minute changes on the fly and get your design lineup laid out perfectly through Edit Attributes.
Closeup of player's clasped hands
SOLIDWORKS Electrical Spring Training Series: Part 4
Learn how to make your choice of one-time or permanent symbols through the black box feature. Much like having a skilled veteran player up your sleeve, we can retain these permanent players to your roster for wins, wins, and more wins.
Baseball player running
SOLIDWORKS Electrical Spring Training Series: Part 3
In baseball, every collectible piece of information is tallied and accounted for. The same is true in your SWE project – as a comprehensive database program, master your Component Numbers and make better decisions because of it.
Closeup of baseball on the ground
SOLIDWORKS Electrical Spring Training Series: Part 2
Find more Electrical tips and tricks! Like pitch framing in baseball, we have a little adjustment you can do to the wipeout frames in your library of footprints, giving you the control you need to knock out another design.
Aerial of baseball game and field
SOLIDWORKS Electrical Spring Training Series: Part 1
Welcome to GSC’s SOLIDWORKS Electrical Spring Training! Spring is in the air…not actually in the arctic-tinged air where another groundhog prediction of 2 weeks of spring was woefully inaccurate (a foot of snow covers every inch of ground in Wisconsin) but further to the south, in Arizona, where the Cactus league ramps up as Pitchers and Catchers…
ENGINEER 3D! Training + Technology Conference Oct. 2-3, 2019
Access Insightful Sessions at Engineer 3D! Training + Technology Conference
GSC will hold its biennial Engineer 3D! Training + Technology Conference on October 2-3, 2019, at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino in Milwaukee, WI.
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White Paper: Welcome Electrical Users to SOLIDWORKS Schematics
What makes SOLIDWORKS Electrical technology unique on the market? Learn about its unified, collaborative, and cross-functional capabilities today.
Markforged Complete Metal Solution including printer, wash and sinter
“We Want Metal!” – Markforged’s Metal X Printers
Gain the ability to 3D print your parts, fixtures, tooling, and whatever else you can conceive, in real metal.
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CAMP 3D! Summer Fun for Kids – Dates Released
Our CAMP 3D! planning is underway! Find dates and activities for the middle school and high school programs.
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SOLIDWORKS How-To: Copy a Part Using Virtual Component
When you want to modify a part, but you want to change a copy and not the original, use a virtual part. Learn how.
Embracing Intelligent Schematics for Electrical Design
There are amazing benefits to implementing intelligent schematics for electrical design. Do you know them? What's the cost of not knowing?
Design cycle going from Ask, to Imagine, to Plan, to Create, to Improve
Fuel Your Design Inspiration – Design Quotes Part II
What drives you? Often, we're driven by the desire to create something better, or something entirely new. Here are some favorite design quotes to fuel that fire.
Markforged X7 3D Printer
The Stronger, the Cheaper, the Better: Markforged 3D Printed Parts
What makes Markforged untouchable in the 3D printing industry? Compare surface finishes, heat resistance, and unparalleled part strength through Continuous Fiber Reinforcement at a truly affordable price.
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Online Training: Everything You Need to Know
You might have a few questions about our new online training! Here's everything you need to know before registering for a session.
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Looking Back: GSC’s Top 3 Wins of 2018
Reflect back on the year with us as we take stock of our top accomplishments.
Example of Normal To view and upward facing
SOLIDWORKS How-To: Normal To Orientation Trick
Do you know how to orient a model normal to a face but not have the view orientation use default “Y” orientation?
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Online Training Offerings Now Available
We're excited to announce that we're now offering online training for several of our existing courses.
Markforged Authorized Value Added Reseller
Announcing GSC & Markforged 3D Printing Partnership
We're excited to announce that GSC is now an official distributor of Markforged printers.
Digiscope Adapter For The AWB OneSky
Digiscope Adapter For The AWB OneSky
As part of our SOLIDWORKS 2019 Rollout events, GSC gave away OneSky telescopes from Astronomers Without Borders - and now I've redesigned my digiscope adapter to work with them.
Visual 2 of a virtual sharp created after fillet applied
SOLIDWORKS How-To: Create Virtual Sharps in Sketches
Place a point in a sketch that represents the location of 2 lines intersecting - creating a virtual sharp (not a shared a point).
Move / Body / Copy feature
SOLIDWORKS How-To: Reorient an Imported Part
See how you can easily fix orientations on imported parts through the Move / Copy body function.
Common point selected
SOLIDWORKS How-To: Add Relations with Shared Sketch Endpoints
Less clicks means less time sketching. Learn how sketch relationships can be quickly added by the press of a button.
Preview in BOM
SOLIDWORKS 2019: Bill of Materials (BOM) Enhancements
Get convenient, quick explanations on all things BOM - detailed previews in expanded views, easy exports to Excel, and other enhancements.
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SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler for PDF Creation
Gain helpful tips on how to use SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler to create PDFs from SOLIDWORKS files.
One drawing view with one red part
SOLIDWORKS How-To: Change a Component Color in a Drawing View
Walk through this how-to on changing a component color in a drawing.

Upcoming Events

Fri 03

SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal

March 31 @ 2:00 pm - April 3 @ 4:00 pm
Mon 06

SOLIDWORKS Weldments

April 6 @ 9:00 am - April 8 @ 11:00 am
Mon 13

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional for Administrators

April 13 @ 8:30 am - April 15 @ 4:30 pm
Mon 13

SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard Essentials

April 13 @ 8:30 am - April 14 @ 4:30 pm
Wed 15

SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional

April 15 @ 8:30 am - April 17 @ 4:30 pm