SolidWorks Archive

Exploded View in SolidWorks: Tutorial

Exploded views in SolidWorks are highly used in design/ideas presentation in 3D modeling/assemblies. An exploded view shows an assembly's components spread out, but positioned to show how they fit together when assembled. This will allow presenting an assembly in a brief and quick manner, showing all components

Solidworks CSWA Certificate Exam Preperation: Modelling Exercise #1

This article will be of interest for those who want to obtain the first certification from SolidWorks which will involve 3D modeling, drawing comprehension and assemblies. This is the first certification you must obtain in order to proceed with any further SolidWorks official certification that are listed

5 Things Anyone can Produce With SolidWorks in 2017

SolidWorks is well-known in the CAD realm for its advanced 3D modelling and rendering capabilities and industry-friendliness. It’s not a secret that it caters to quite an extensive user base and well enough because the community is just as responsive with extensive feedback and custom solutions. Comprising

Auto Dimensioning in SolidWorks

Dimensioning is a general task for any drawing or drafting engineer. Every 3D model needs a 2D drawing to accompany it for manufacturing, hence the dimensioning needs to be annotated precisely. For larger or complex designs, this task can be very time consuming as well as redundant

How to use Rigid and Flexible Assemblies in SolidWorks

In terms of assemblies, and this methodology of design, multiple sub-assemblies can exist in a main assembly, hence advocating a parent child relationship among the assemblies. In sub-assemblies, we have a combination of elements that make up the sub-assembly, some parts restricted or locked in place, others

How Much Does Solidworks Cost?

SolidWorks is high end, industrial-grade 2D and 3D CAD design and illustration tool with simulation and industry-specific modules developed and built-in. Its user interface has won the hearts of many, and allows a much shorter learning curve as compared to the mammoth AutoCAD by Autodesk. Also, some

Solidworks Composer Review

Once again, SolidWorks has outdone its self (atleast in my opinion), with the introduction of their technical communication package, the SolidWorks Composer. From SolidWorks’ die hard enthusiasts to newbie and non-technical users, the market is spread wide, and SolidWorks has aimed for that entire lot with this

Best CAD Workstation Reviews of 2017

CAD is no longer a software category. It’s no longer committed to mini computers the size of a car. CAD is now an entire discipline. It encompasses masses of hobbyists, engineers, construction professionals, architects and builders of all sorts. This discipline in turn requires a separate category

Best Laptop for Solidworks in 2017

Here we will discuss the ingredients needed for a laptop for Solidworks. We will focus on the best laptop for SolidWorks, because of the much needed mobility for everyone from freelancers to professional CAD designer, illustrators etc. SolidWorks due to its industry-wide reputation & fundamental design has become the unofficial

How to use Hole Wizard in SolidWorks

In this demonstration, you will learn how to create customized holes in a solid object. SolidWorks software comes with a great tool which can be used to introduce different types of holes, such as counterbores, countersinks, drilled holes, straight taps, tapered taps and legacy holes. Hole Wizard

How to Make a Nut in SolidWorks

In this tutorial, we’re going to take a look at creating a basic piece of hardware in Solidworks – the hex nut. This simple piece of hardware can be extremely useful when modeling assemblies which are bolted together. As you’ll see, creating an accurate model for a

PhotoView 360 Rendering Tutorial

In this tutorial, I will teach you how to render your SolidWorks parts and assemblies with the use of PhotoView 360. Designers are often asked to provide virtual images of their models before the products are even manufactured. PhotoView 360 is a SolidWorks add-in that can produce

Basic Weldment Profiles in SolidWorks

In this tutorial, we’ll be taking a look at creating a basic weldment profile in SolidWorks. Weldment profiles allow you to easily create welded structures such as metal frames, and define the cross-sectional area for the members used to create such structures. SolidWorks has a pre-defined library of

Use eDrawings to view SolidWorks and AutoCAD DWG Files

The SolidWorks eDrawings viewer is a very useful free tool for viewing SolidWorks files on your computer – even if you don’t own SolidWorks yourself! Find the latest version of SolidWorks eDrawings Viewer on the eDrawings website at You can use the tool to view SolidWorks,

5 SolidWorks Tips and Tricks You Should Know

Do you ever feel like your design ideas flow quicker in your mind than you can physical design in SolidWorks? Do you often find that it takes you longer than you’d originally thought to create a model in SolidWorks? We’ve all been in situations like this before.

SolidWorks Configuration Tutorial – Part 2 of 2

In Part 1 of the SolidWorks Configuration Tutorial, we covered how to create multiple configurations for a part file. In this tutorial, we’ll look at how to use that configured part to create a configured Assembly file. There are inevitably times when you’re using SolidWorks and have

SolidWorks Configuration Tutorial – Part 1 of 2

In Part 1 of this 2-part SolidWorks configuration tutorial, we will cover how to create multiple configurations for a part file. We’ll create two designs on the top rail component of a wooden chair model for use later on in an assembly file in Part 2 of

How to Add a Decal to a Part in SolidWorks – Tutorial

This SolidWorks decal tutorial will show you a way to add realistic visual detail to a component. A decal can be used to illustrate a feature such as a sticker or printed-on feature, and may be useful for marketing or presentation techniques. In this example, we will

How to Create a Spur Gear in SolidWorks

In this tutorial, we’ll create a basic spur gear using SolidWorks. The main tools we’ll be using here to create the gear are Extrude Boss, Circular Pattern, Extrude Cut, and Fillet. When we’re done, we’ll have a spur gear that you can easily modify and work with.

Best CAD Monitors for Various Budgets

When it comes to selecting hardware for your CAD system, the first thoughts that come to mind are often related to “horsepower” – lots of RAM, a high-end graphics card, a large and fast hard drive.  While having a high-end system is one of the most important