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How to create Manual Configurations and Design Tables in SOLIDWORKS

by: Madison Bryce Thursday, June 21, 2018
Have you ever needed to create a series of parts that were similar but slightly different in a few features, dimensions, colors, etc? In SOLIDWORKS, you can easily create a part then configure it to the exact specifications necessary for the other parts without the tedious recreation process. In this blog, we will use ...
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The Difference Between SOLIDWORKS CAM Software: CAM Standard Versus CAM Professional

by: Amanda Osbun Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Ever since the release of the new integrated CAM solution for SOLIDWORKS, people often ask, “what is the difference between the SOLIDWORKS CAM software packages: SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard and SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional?” In this blog, I’m going to entirely run through both packages to help you determine which SOL...
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How to Get Free SOLIDWORKS Certification Exams for Subscription Customers

by: Angelle Erickson Monday, June 18, 2018
Completing a SOLIDWORKS Certification Exam and obtaining a Professional SOLIDWORKS Certification is a great achievement. Not only does it shine proudly on your resume, but it also shows employers, decision makers, and fellow team members your level of skill and knowledge of the software. Companies often have certain st...
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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Tutorial: Fluid Flow Problems

by: Drew Buchanan Friday, June 15, 2018
Testing fluid flow problems used to be a fairly complicated and difficult process to execute. With the advent of technology, you can now run fluid flow problems virtually. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) has been around for the past 30 years, and it has become even more user-friendly and powerful than it was 30 year...
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3 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Switching CAD Tools

by: Madison Bryce Thursday, June 14, 2018
Switching to a different CAD software may seem like a daunting task. Not only is it essential to evaluate your company and its personal needs to decide if switching is right for you, but here are three questions that you should ask yourself before switching to SOLIDWORKS: Does switching to SOLIDWORKS make good business...
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Medical Device Makers use 3D Printing to Save Time, Money, and Relationships

by: Bruce White Wednesday, June 13, 2018
“I feel the need for speed.” - Maverick (Tom Cruise) in the film “Top Gun”. This cool line from a slick movie about fighter pilots in the 1980’s could well be the battle cry of medical device makers both large and small today. For Syqe, an Israeli startup, 3D Printing’s rapid prototyping capability was ...
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How Much Does SOLIDWORKS Cost? Everything You Need to Know About SOLIDWORKS Pricing

by: Christa Prokos Monday, June 11, 2018
Are you interested in SOLIDWORKS software but don’t know where to get started? You’re not alone. There are many factors to consider when making a new software purchase, including pricing, functionality, and overall fit. We’ve broken down the different SOLIDWORKS products available for purchase and the differe...
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Improve Your Archery Game with SOLIDWORKS PDM Tasks

by: Peer Larson Friday, June 8, 2018
If you’re like me, then you like archery. There’s a lot to like about it - the serenity of nature, the simplicity of a bow and arrow, and the cool morning breeze as you line up your shot. While there are many of you out there that are far better at it than I am, we can all agree that practice is the key item that m...
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SOLIDWORKS Online Training: Here’s What to Expect

by: Madison Bryce Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Before enrolling as an engineering student at the University of Michigan, I had used CAD software for several years. During that time I’ve experienced formal classroom settings, informal settings, as well as learning the software by simply clicking around until I found a solution. Even though I eventually accomplishe...
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SOLIDWORKS Tips for Large Assemblies That Are Slow to Work With

by: Toby Schnaars Friday, June 1, 2018
In my SOLIDWORKS Large Assemblies blog series, I’ve talked about how large assemblies can be slow to open, slow to work with, and slow to save. Earlier in the series, we opened the assembly with a bunch of older version files and I was opening it from a network and it took seven minutes and thirty seconds to open. I ...
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Antero 800NA: The High-Performance Thermoplastic

by: Lisa Hannon Wednesday, May 30, 2018
With the rapid adoption of 3D printing across industries, companies are continuously looking for new ways to incorporate additive manufacturing into their workflows and create more efficient processes. While in the past chemicals and other harsh environments would make 3D printing impossible, today companies like Strat...
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How to Leverage Animation Data from SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD Within SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional

by: Matt Haywood Friday, May 25, 2018
SOLIDWORKS Visualize, introduced to the SOLIDWORKS product suite in 2016, currently offers the option to export animation files from SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD to the SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional package. If you are running SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard, it will NOT be possible for you to render animation files. SOLIDWORKS...
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