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The industry's top engineers, designers, and additive manufacturing experts offer their best advice, research, how-tos, and insights—all in the name of helping you level-up your 3D designs and engineering skills. Your blog for all things: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, HP 3D Printing and Markforged 3D Printing.


20
May
2016

SOLIDWORKS Classic Color Icons

Written by: Jonathan Weisz, Application Engineer

SOLIDWORKS Classic Color Icons

Have you ever made that leap of faith forward only to find yourself remembering just how good things were before the change?  I have. SOLIDWORKS surprised users with the new color scheme and to much avail have brought back color into SOLIDWORKS 2016 Service Pack 3.0.

Here is a video that takes you through how to get your classic icons colors back:

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

19
May
2016

Making a Simple Animation in SOLIDWORKS - Part 2

Written by: Alaina Sobrack, Application Engineer

Making a Simple Animation in SOLIDWORKS - Part 2

Step by step process on how to input appearance changes, rotation around an axis, and utilize an exploded view (explode/collapse) in an animation using SOLIDWORKS.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

22
April
2016

Weldment Profiles in SOLIDWORKS

Written by: Dave Padelford, MCAD Application Engineer

Weldment Profiles in SOLIDWORKS

When you first load SOLIDWORKS you get a small amount of weldment profiles. This can be a problem if you need to use these. In this article, we will discuss how to add more content whether from existing locations or custom profiles.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

20
April
2016

Making a Simple Animation in SOLIDWORKS

Written by: Alaina Sobrack, Application Engineer

Making a Simple Animation in SOLIDWORKS

Let’s go through an easy step by step process on making a simple animation using different views (orientations) and translation/rotation of components.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

24
March
2016

SOLIDWORKS 2016 SP3 Is Available for Early Visibility

Written by: Dave Padelford, MCAD Application Engineer

SOLIDWORKS 2016 SP3 Is Available for Early Visibility

SOLIDWORKS has made the 2016 SP3 EV available for download. The main reason I bring this up is because they said the classic colors for icons could be used.

Now on first look I opened a part amd they did have color for the Feature tool bar. The 2016 SP3 with classic colors is on top and the 2015 is on bottom.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

10
March
2016

Spring Animations Using SOLIDWORKS Animation Motion Tools

Written by: Tim Newton, Senior Elite Application Engineer

Spring Animations Using SOLIDWORKS Animation Motion Tools

Occasionally we need to show animations of our assemblies that contain flexible parts, like springs, cables and hoses. Watch this video to learn about the powerful techniques to create the flexible part motion using in-context relations and the animation/motion tools.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Simulation

03
March
2016

SOLIDWORKS 2016 Service Pack 2.0

Written by: Jonathan Weisz, Application Engineer

SOLIDWORKS 2016 Service Pack 2.0

Many SOLIDWORKS customers purpose to wait for Service Pack 2.0 to ensure a smooth transition to the new year version of SOLIDWORKS. If you have ever purposed to buy something new, you find that often the very first version often has little issues that need to be corrected.  SOLIDWORKS works hard to correct those issues right away and Service Pack 2.0 is the fruit of that labor.  Wisdom is the application of knowledge, in this case the knowledge we have is that thousands of SOLIDWORKS users have submitted feedback to SOLIDWORKS to make these corrections and improvements.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

29
February
2016

Introducing the Mark Two

Written by: Nick Weirens, Marketing Manager

Introducing the Mark Two
Today, we announced the next generation of our industrial strength 3D printer: the Mark Two. Two years ago we released a revolutionary printer that puts strong parts in the hands of every engineer. Since then, we’ve been listening closely to your feedback and used it to define the Mark Two.

Categories: Markforged News, Markforged 3D Printing

18
February
2016

SOLIDWORKS Classic Icon Colors

Written by: Dave Padelford, MCAD Application Engineer

SOLIDWORKS Classic Icon Colors

SOLIDWORKS has heard the cries for bringing back the icon colors like they were before 2016. So, with the 2016 SP3 release, they will be allowing the users to return the look of the icons.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

16
February
2016

How to Use SOLIDWORKS Treehouse

Written by: Alaina Sobrack, Application Engineer

How to Use SOLIDWORKS Treehouse

SOLIDWORKS Treehouse is a useful tool that is unknown and unexplored by many users. It is useful for assembly structure planning and viewing existing assembly structure. After the structure is completed, the structure can be exported to SOLIDWORKS.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

12
February
2016

A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words - What About a Drawing View?

Written by: Charlie Preston, Application Engineer

A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words - What About a Drawing View?

SOLIDWORKS provides a slew of different ways to display your models, both in the modeling contexts of parts and assemblies and when either of those is brought into a drawing view. We use a combination of display styles and appearances to customize how things look, and for assemblies - and their drawings - we can do this for individual components. Some methods for doing so, however, are less obvious than others, but may be just as valuable.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

08
February
2016

SOLIDWORKS World 2016 Recap

Written by: Nick Weirens, Marketing Manager

SOLIDWORKS World 2016 Recap

Another SOLIDWORKS WORLD is behind us and as usual, this whirlwind event held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center in Dallas, Texas, did NOT disappoint. The contagious energy that streamed through the crowd as thunderous sounds of AC/DC rang out from Hall D as five thousand of the world’s best engineers literally sprinted to take claim their seats can only be felt at the biggest show in design technology. As I sit and reflect on what was described at “The BEST edition of SOLIDWORKS World Ever” the theme that resonates in my mind is that SOLIDWORKS IS the next level of innovation. SOLIDWORKS IS the future of technology.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS News, Symmetry Solutions News

04
February
2016

The Renault FT - "The First Modern Tank"

Written by: Neil Lantto, Application Engineer

The Renault FT -

The Renault FT (FT17 or FT-17) is a French light tank that is among one of the most revolutionary and influential tanks in history, starting its service in 1917. The world has pinned the title of "The World's First Modern Tank" to the little FT thanks to the armored warfare historian Steven Zaloga.

Categories: Symmetry Solutions News

02
February
2016

Upgrading the SolidNetwork License Manager

Written by: Dave Padelford, MCAD Application Engineer

Upgrading the SolidNetwork License Manager

It is that time of year to start thinking about your upgrade and if you have network licenses you do need to first upgrade your license manager. The following video steps you thru this process showing some things that can be encountered.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

29
January
2016

Tech Alert: SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Server 2016 Installation Problem

Written by: Dave Padelford, MCAD Application Engineer

Tech Alert: SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Server 2016 Installation Problem

A problem has been identified  with the SOLIDWORKS install for the Workgroup PDM server product for the 2016 release. An item is missed during the install, the 64-bit SOLIDWORKS Document Manager is not installed and is needed. There can be issues that arise because of this missing program in the 2016 Workgroup PDM environment.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

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