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Candy Cane: SOLIDWORKS Tutorial
So it is the final countdown to Christmas, we thought there wasn't a better way to celebrate Christmas, other than to share some of our favourite Christmas themed tutorials - a festive way to pick up some hints and tips. We hope you enjoy the next 12...
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3D Print Filament Material
3D Print Filament MaterialCONGRATULATIONS! You have joined the world of FDM 3DPrinting and you are all excited to get printing.  Well just hold on there a second.  We need to have a little chat about FDMFilament.  By now you’ve p....
Contractors
We recently held a SOLIDWORKS contractors meet up inBristol. The aim of the meeting was to introduce the world of contracting tothose thinking about setting up on their own. We were very fortunate in thatone of our long standing customers and contrac....
Halloween Cookie Cutter
Taking advantage of the food safe properties of PLA, we created a spooky bat shaped cookie cutter. I've come to realize that Halloween, like most seasonal holidays, is really an elaborate excuse to eat too much food. Rather than going trick and treat...
New Fareham Office | Strand House
New SOLIDWORKS Training Office at Strand House within the Cams Estate, Fareham. We now have two dedicated training rooms, a quiet working area and all staff back in one office, providing us with a wonderful working environment and space to grow.
SOLIDWORKS Certification Day - All you need to kno
The SOLIDWORKS certification program is a great way to test competency and efficiency in the software. It's the only industry recognised SOLIDWORKS accreditation and a great addition to your CV.
Gift Wrapped with Visualize
How to use multi-layer appearances to add bling to renders in SOLIDWORKS Visualize
An Engineers Christmas Wish List. 2017
Christmas is fast approaching and with only one week left until the big day you may be wondering what to get that certain engineer in your life. Draw inspiration from our Engineers 2017 wishlist…
SOLIDWORKS Upgrade Advice - Post Installation Chec
After SOLIDWORKS has been installed, these tips are useful to ensure it all runs smoothly.
SOLIDWORKS 2018 Install/Upgrade - Our Top tips
SOLIDWORKS 2018 has now been released, check out this blog for some of our top tips for the best possible start with the upgrade & installation.
Customer Certification Day Success
Solid Solutions held a successful SOLIDWORKS certification day last week resulting in 66 of our customers passing across the Solid Solutions group in either the CSWA, CSWP or CSWE certified SOLIDWORKS exams.
Cutaway with Composer
How to make an assembly cutaway in SOLIDWORKS then present and interact with it using SOLIDWORKS Composer.
Meanwhile in the North Pole
With all the joys and excitement, we often forget the hard work and long hours that go into the delivery of our Christmas gifts. With the help of SOLIDWORKS motion analysis, (available with SOLIDWORKS Premium) we can simulate the production line of S...
Tech Support Blog: Controlling Layers for Specific
Many SOLIDWORKS users still maintain layers in 2D drawings and there are a number of settings to allow you to control which type of annotations can take on layer properties such as line colour and font styles. Much of this can be setup at a template ....
Sign Writing and Logos - DXF's and Blocks
Importing DXF's - particularly ones of stylized images can be a pain - how can this be handled?
Creating the very best future engineers
Some of Northern Ireland’s most promising future engineers gathered in Newry this week to take part in a specially-arranged training session to learn about 3D computer-aided design (CAD) using the state-of-the art SOLIDWORKS software package.
SOLIDWORKS 2016 Training Schedules
Our 2016 training schedules are now online. Read on for more information on notable changes for the 2016 release.
Lotto Machine Optimisation with Flow Simulation
Here is a fun example of how SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can help you make good design decisions - and possibly improve your chances of winning at Lotto!
SWUGN North West Meeting at Canon, Birchwood
Adam Green, leader of the SOLIDWORKS User Group Network, North West, take his next meeting to Canon's offices in Birchwood. Adam has been gaining a lot of momentum with his User Group Network and has attracted some great guest presenters as well as p....
National Women in Engineering Day
Today is National Women in Engineering Day and to celebrate, Solid Solutions would like to share the stories of some of their team members.
Notes Library
In SOLIDWORKS we have a toolbox library, materials library and appearances library, one library we don't have is a annotations library. This can easily be rectified allowing you to create an extensive catalogue of frequently used annotations, notes, ...
Colour Drawing HLR HLV View
In an assembly, it can be quite useful to have different parts shown in different colours. Whether that be to differentiate between parts, to display final colour or to indicate whether a part has been purchased or not.This is easy in an assembly, bu...
Advanced Angle Dimensions
When sketching, on occasion you may want to add an angle dimension and use a horizontal or vertical sketch line to reference from, but what do you do if none are nearby? In SOLIDWORKS 2015 you now have the ability to dimension between a line and an i...
Foreshortened Dimensions On Section Views
Adding foreshortened dimensions are nice and easy, but what about adding foreshortened diameter dimensions to a Detail View of a section? Not so easy, or is it?
SOLIDShots - Super fast tips and tricks for your c
SOLIDShots are free SOLIDWORKS Quick Tip Videos from our Elite Application Engineers here at Solid Solutions
Move Sketch
Moving sketches while in edit sketch mode is not always the easiest of things to do, particularly if your sketch is under defined.You can use the move entities command, but this doesn't always snap to your desired location.However there is another me...
Copy Surface
Copying a surface can be very useful when you want to build in context relationships between parts. Particularly when you are dealing with difficult imported geometry, such as STEP or IGES files with thousands of surfaces.But how do we do it if there...
Southern Training Centre Update
It was about time that we got some shiny new things for all our customers to improve the facilities in our Fareham training centre. See how we have improved our office using SOLIDWORKS and Keyshot to visualise alternative room layouts.
Simulate the Solar Eclipse with SOLIDWORKS!
Last week there was a cosmic conjunction in my thinking! The partial solar eclipse in the UK coincided with my son needing help with his "Gravitational Field Theory". Could SOLIDWORKS help me understand both?
End Point References
In SOLIDWORKS 2014 to make a line and an arc tangential, you had to select both sketch entities. Now in 2015 you can simply select the common vertex and the same sketch relations are presented. This is true of any sketch geometry that shares a common...
Dragging Dimensions
When creating smart dimensions in drawing views, we occasionally want to reposition certain dimensions. Rather than deleting a dimension and creating a new one on another view we can simply hold "Shift" and drag the desired dimension to the desired v...
Dimension Names
One query we get a lot on the support line is what are these bracketed names appearing after my dimensions in a drawing file?Dimension names are automatically created for every dimension you have produced, but whether you have them displayed is up to...
Relationship Popup
When you select more than one sketch entity using the "Ctrl" key a relationship menu appears. However after you select one relationship the popup disappears. Hit "Ctrl" to get it to reappear.
Automatic Sketch Relations
Hold "Ctrl" to turn off automatic sketch relations.
Sweeps with Guide Curves - when they don't work...
How you set up the Profile sketch is often the cause of problems with Swept Boss features or Swept Cut features.
Hole in the Ball!!
Well the World Cup is over, so as we are probably all trying to fill the 6 week gap until the start of the new domestic season- here's a blog with football at heart. In this post we look at finding where we have openings in surface models- and the re....
SOLIDWORKS 2014 SP4 - Available for Download
On Monday 23rd June 2014 SOLIDWORKS released the fourth service pack in the 2014 cycle. In this post we advise how you can download this latest update for the 2014 release.
The Magic of Spline on Surface
Want to create a free form cut out in a 3D surface? The little known 'Spline on Surface' is a great tool for this. Here is how to create an egg with the top chopped off - ready for the soldiers!
Looking inside - a SOLIDWORKS Composer tip
Discover a little known tip to help you clearly show internal components of an assembly through the outer level components using SOLIDWORKS Composer...
Combining Helixes, Surfaces and Sweeps.
In this week’s blog I’m going to show how to use acombination of simple commands to create this seemingly complex component. The part will start with a simple sphere, a groove will be thencut using a path that was created using a helix an....
Replacing Components in Assemblies
Covered on the Assembly Modelling course, the ReplaceComponent tool allows components with different file names to be swapped in andout without causing mate errors or the need to re-make areas of an assembly.Mates are re attached automatically, or if....
Communicating Designs Quickly and Effectively
eDrawingsThere are a number of tools within SOLIDWORKS to speed up theprocess of communicating designs quickly and effectively to your customers. Oneof the most popular ways is through a free program called eDrawings. One of the major benefits w....
Replacing Inserted Parts for Master Modelling
Master modelling is the technique employed by many designers that work with external customer data. It allows the user to import a part into another part document. With an inserted part, new geometry can then be referenced to the inserted part ensuri....
Materials Boot Camp for Simulation Users
This blog has 6 very useful links to You Tube videos for anyone wanting to know the basics of material science and, in particular, any SOLIDWORKS users who want a refresher before attending a Simulation training course.
The Secret to Putting at the Masters at Augusta!
Putt too slow and you will leave the ball short - putt too fast and it will skip the hole. What are the max and min values for a successful putt? Is there an optimum speed for the ball to easily fall into the centre of the hole? This blog shows how S...
Creating multiple angular planes as reference geom
How can you easily create 36 planes at 10 degrees around a central axis?
Ordering Holes in a Hole Table
Can you control the order of the holes in a hole table and the 'tags' that label them? This blog describes a neat method of achieving the hole order you want and gives you control over the tag names too.
A Linear Pattern Design Library Feature – Unistrut
SOLIDWORKS offers integratedWeldment Structure design tools at all levels of the product. Through the‘SOLIDWORKS Content’ section of the design library, profiles for most types of structuralmember can be downloaded. The ‘Unistrut&rs....
The Sketch Driven Pattern Feature
Read on to see how the Sketch Driven pattern can be used for irregular pattern arrays. An often forgotten feature within SOLIDWORKS, sketch driven pattern is extremely useful if a repeated feature is patterned on a planar face without a singular dire...
Animations - A few recommendations when saving as
Animations:        Save As .avi recommended settingsI've had a number of calls on the support desk asking for help when saving their animations out as .avi files.  The comments range from the animation appe....
Assembly Configurations - Two Vitally Important Ch
Being on the support desk exposes you to many ways of applying different techniques in SOLIDWORKS. While making changes between configurations, a customer was finding that mates were sometimes over defining the assembly, or that too many parts w....
Technical Alert- Kapersky AntiVirus and SOLIDWORKS
SOLIDWORKS users running Kapersky Anti Virus may be affected by a virus definition update released by Kapersky yesterday. The symptoms are error messages loading SOLIDWORKS, or using Toolbox/ Hole Wizard. The bug is essentially down to a utlilty call....
Exporting Multi-body Parts to an Assembly
The multibody part environment is a huge strength of SOLIDWORKS- the diverse range of features we provide in the part mode, means that you can gain fully detailed designs without having to even explore the assembly mode- there may be examples where y....
Visit SolidSolutions and SolidCAM at MACH 10-11 Ap
This week SolidCAM UK have been demonstrating the power of iMachining technology on Stand 5242 at the NEC, Birmingham for the MACH2014 Exhibition. They have been overwhelmed by the response they have received from delegates visiting them. On Thu....
SolidCAM Training and Support
SolidCAM is a Gold Partner Product which is fully integrated into SOLIDWORKS. This integration means you work within SOLIDWORKS, using familiar areas such as the command manager and manager pane. All machining operations can be defined, calculat....
Derivative Design using Save As
Training at SolidSolutions also offers the attendees a chance to ask the instructor other questions about the software not related to actual course, we call this the SolidSolutions Surgery…Pre or Post course time is allocated to all kinds of q...
A New Way to Communicate Concept Designs
SOLIDWORKS PhotoView 360 2014 adds some new non photorealistic options for your output. The first thing that springs to mind for me is to communicate concept designs. Rather than dusting off the marker pens you  can create a quick concept image ....
SOLIDWORKS Certifications- All You Need to Know
The SOLIDWORKS certification program is a great way to test competency and efficiency in the software- it is the only industry recognised SOLIDWORKS accreditation and a great addition to your CV.Below is an overview of the main examinations, and we a....
Flat Pattern Not Working in Drawing
Whilst on support the other day I came across a question which I come across at least once a week, Why is the flat pattern not coming through to the drawing even though the view is set to flat pattern ? Usually the reason for the flat pattern no....
Where is that Command again....?
If you're new to SOLIDWORKS, or even if you are not, you are always learning about new features and functions that hopefully make your life easier and products even better. The more commands you use, the tougher it is to keep track of them, and the b....
Surface Model a Rubber Duck!!
During one of my recent training courses, one of the delegates asked about surface modelling. I thought it could be easily digestable by relating it to an everyday common item, so I thought- why not a Rubber Duck! Initially this type of shape ca....
Training Tip - Zoom to Selection
Zoom to Selection Time for little tip I showed in an Advanced Assembly training course last week that attendee’s seem to like; the little know ‘Zoom to Selection’ toolIt’s a great way to target your view in the graphical ....
The Curve Driven Pattern is a powerful feature in parts, and now in SOLIDWORKS 2014, assemblies. It allows you to repeat and array features, bodies or parts along a 2D or 3D curve direction, maintaining equal spacing as you go. It is in fact a great ....
The weldments feature set in SOLIDWORKS is a powerful way of generating geometry off the back of standard profiles- whether this be tube, box section or channels. We have always had to rely on creating each profile variant as a separate profile sketc....
Last week I wanted to go through my settings and customise them. I hadn’t done this in a while and didn’t feel like my current set up was working for me. You can get to the customise menu  by right clicking the command manager, going....
A simple yet powerful feature introduced on the SOLIDWORKS Essentials Course is the shell feature. This allows you to remove faces of a part and apply a uniform wall thickness within it, particularly useful for injection moulded product. By....
We’re well into January now and if you haven’t decided on a new year’s resolution why not get SOLIDWORKS certified. Certifications are a great way to show off your skills whilst also helping you explore parts of the software you don....
Even after the hype of launch events has died down, we’re still spotting little nuggets of improvement that SOLIDWORKS have put into their latest release. When using simulation to create a 2D shell mesh, it is now possible to “previe....
Guy Martin and the 112 mph Push BikeOur blog of 6th Jan (Can a Push Bike Be Ridden at 112Mph?) has caused a good deal of interest in a slightly crazy English guy (literally a 'Guy') who has broken the UK land speed record for a push bike. Thi....
There has been an issue with the SOLIDWORKS database which may have affected your personal student copies of SOLIDWORKS.Attempting to run the software after 1st January 2014 may have given you the following error:   The solution to thi....
Can you ride a motorbike on water? You can with So
For the second time this series Channel 4’s “Speed with Guy Martin” focused on a Solid Solutions customer, episode two saw Plymouth based, Sealander Marine International and SOLIDWORKS play an integral role in Guy Martin’s que....
What may have started off as a small family venture is turning into something quite phenomenal, Elite Balustrade Systems, a balcony and balustrade sales and fabrication company (and Solid Solutions customer), have grown from a local business in the s....
Christmas is getting close and the pressure to produce the turkey and stuffing whilst getting those little pigs in blankets on the table before the Queen’s speech is mounting and for those with lots of family coming over it’s a certainty ....
With the Christmas season well and truly upon us a seasonal SOLIDWORKS blog seems to be the only possible topic for today’s entry. As the social media pages get the festive touch from our graphics department we have been particularly impressed ....
HOWZAT!!! Our nation will soon be in mourning when the Australian cricket team claw back those coveted ashes. How can our acclaimed 11 be blown away with such ease by the Aussie bowlers? It is tempting to be critical when you see the ultra-slow-mo of....
SOLIDWORKS Plastics is able to calculate and illustrate the phenomenon of ‘Jetting’ within injection moulded parts. ‘Jetting’ occurs when there is a large amount of empty space in the mould cavity at, or close to, the injectio....
You may have seen warnings during the last couple of SOLIDWORKS versions about the support for Windows XP and Windows Vista ceasing, so it may come as a shock when attempting to install on a Windows 7 computer that you are hit with the following erro....
In recent years most browsers have added native support for Scaleable Vector Graphics (SVG) files. As the name implies these scale images up and down without losing quality, however did you know they can also be made interactive using SOLIDWORKS Comp....
As the new year approaches, I wanted to make you aware of some of the great resources Solid Solutions offer for new users and experienced users a like. Webcast WednesdayThis initiative has been going for around 4 years and we have had huge succe....
Using the swept cut feature, we have the ability to use a second body to represent the tool generating the cut. For this to work our tool-body has to be a revolved feature using analytical geometry (i.e. lines and arcs), make sure the merge resu....
Using Delete Face as a cutting tool
Using Delete Face as a cutting toolToday’s little tip is the use of the “Delete Face” as a cutting tool, to save you the time and effort sketching and creating features to remove the model geometryLet me explain below:As you can see....
In my opinion, it is always best practice to model about the model origin and to make use of symmetry whenever possible.   Dynamic Mirror Entities: The easiest and fastest way to create symmetric elements in a sketch is to use the Dynamic Mir....
At Solid Solutions we love hearing about interesting and unusual uses for SOLIDWORKS and this could potentially be our favourite yet. Warning: this is utterly adorable.  When we heard about Dudley the Duck in the office yesterday afternoon ....
Rapid Sketch- you may have seen it, but perhaps haven't clicked it. It is one of the last icons on the Sketch toolbar when part modelling, and has been there for a couple of years. Without having any exposure on our training courses, it is one of....
Hi I have just fixed a long-standing problem for a customer using the Knowledge Base. The customer was not aware that he could have fixed the problem himself - if he just searched it via his Customer Portal. The Knowledge Base is a fabulous....
Essentials TipsDuring training this week’s SOLIDWORKS essentials, I was reminded of a little tip that has been removed from the course itself over the years but one that I always like to show….SOLIDWORKS gives the user the ability to use....
Opening Files from your 2D Drawing
During training this week I came across something that a number of my students were unaware of…it’s often these little things that can speed up your day to day work within SOLIDWORKS SOLIDWORKS gives the user the ability to open par....
Sometimes we would like items to be listed as an assembly on a BOM rather than listing all the parts needed to build a certain Assembly. This can be achieved in SOLIDWORKS Composer in a couple of ways. 1. Activate Assembly Selection Mode.  ....
“I think most users will find something in [SOLIDWORKS 2014] that either makes their daily working practices more efficient or allows them to be more productive.” SOLIDWORKS 2014 has been recently reviewed by Digital 3D, an independe....
The standard line font used in SOLIDWORKS drawings is black lines with constant line weight- this can sometimes mean that being able to differentiate between parts within an assembly drawing can be a little tricky. There are ways around this.   ....
Trim/Extend Feature and Weldment Cut Lists A reminder of one of the main features of the Weldments area of SOLIDWORKS; the Trim/Extent tool.   Having started off with a part containing two weldment tubes and a horizontal Boss-Extr....
Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome .... and now the SSM 'Tour de Majorca' dream team! Pictured below is the team attending our first 'Cycling Boot Camp' at Alcudia in Majorca. This picture was before the 100 km ride round the island including a 9 km h....
Now is as appropriate a time as any to mention how you, the SOLIDWORKS customer base can voice your opinions in how you favourite software evolves over the coming years.   SOLIDWORKS 2014, the 22nd edition, it nearing its full commerical release....
The Property Tab Builder, introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2009 makes the input of custom properties easier than ever. Properties are used to add data to SOLIDWORKS files to populate drawing borders and Bills of Materials tables, but can also be used as a se....
This is a really useful gem that is hardly noticed or used - but can come in very handy, especially for anyone doing an animation or Motion study.   Suppose you want to illustrate a movement of an assy - some sort of mechanism. Obviously you wil....
SOLIDWORKS have always been a leader when it comes to multibody modelling- since its introduction in SOLIDWORKS 2003 developers have continued to strive and improve the way that we can work with them- so much so that multibody modelling rivals assemb....
Implementing a new CAD system not only requires the financial commitment to buy the software, but also a time and resource allocation to get the system off the ground. You want to be using the new software productively as soon as possible, but there ....
As the next Bank Holiday on our calendars is Christmas (am I allowed to say that yet!!) I thought I would just mention about up and coming training courses that we have for the rest of the year. I plan to put together the 2014 schedules in the coming....
Found a nifty tool within SOLIDWORKS, buried in the background... The Live Section plane tool is accessed within a part document under Insert> Feature> Reference Geometry> Live Section Planes, this tools lets you dynamically sectio....
Switch to Exploded View A short and basic tip to save time setting up exploded views multiple times: Exploded views are stored within the configurations tab, double-click the highlighted tab as shown below to activate the exploded view and ....
In context or Top Down modelling is a very powerful technique for bespoke/ one off assemblies that may change due to customer demands, The main principle is that parts are designed or edited in the assembly environment to benefit from the surrounding....
If using SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematics; in order to safeguard against losing any data we recommend to regularly produce a backup of all of your projects within the program. This has the additional benefit of saving any configured title b....
www.SOLIDWORKS.com/sww SOLIDWORKS World 2014 will be held January 26-29, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California Are You Attending?
As well as all of the great stuff we are doing at Solid Solutions with our online blog posts and the interactive Solid Solutions TV website, SOLIDWORKS themselves have created a brand new online portal giving customers access to all the SOLIDWORKS Re....
A fantastic day out for our Application Engineers, yesterday sixteen Solid Solutions staff attended the SOLIDWORKS 2014 Technical Launch, we had the chance to have a look at the new features and tools from the new 2014 SOLIDWORKS Product Range O....
SOLIDWORKS 2014 Beta testing is well underway, it would be great to start blogging about the new features and enhancements but unfortunately we're currently bound by a Non Disclosure Agreement, along with all the other Beta testers....
Brompton Bikes a long time customer of Solid Solutions and SOLIDWORKS have featured on the BBC website.Will Butler-Adams, Bromton Bikes Managing Director explains how being considered stupid as a student helped drive his determination to be susseful ....
Is the SOLIDWORKS Rx tool not opening?   I came across an interesting issue that seems to crop up now and again whilst working on the Support line, which is the problem with the SOLIDWORKS Rx tool not opening, not doing anything, ....
Anyone who has attempted a SOLIDWORKS certification will know that they don't make it easy. Each exam is a significant test of knowledge and skill. For resellers like Solid Solutions, they set the bar even higher with many more exams than just th....
  Get Certified in SOLIDWORKS   SOLIDWORKS Certifications are an excellent way to test your competence and depth of knowledge of SOLIDWORKS. With a range of certifications aimed at beginners through to advanced user, there’s an ....
A great resource when our support desk is offline.   Did you know that embedded into our own website are links and recent posts to the SOLIDWORKS Forum and SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base.   Our own staff use these resources as our first port of ....
SOLIDWORKS 2013 has a new option to allow intelligent dimensioning of sketches automatically. It basically allows you to sketch as normal, but if you know the size of the sketch entity you are adding, you can type in what size it should be. If you do....
For those of you that have ever registered online for one of our training courses, you may have come across the term "Training Passports". This doesn't mean we require photo ID for you to attend but instead the Passport gives a SOLIDWORKS u....
As the SOLIDWORKS 2013 commercial launch is just weeks away, plans are in place to roll out our new training schedule. From January 1st 2013 we will be using the 2013 training manuals and software, and so i am pleased to annouce we have began to uplo....
I have found this useful on several occasions when I have wanted to make the file size of a SOLIDWORKS part smaller - especially if I want to email it and I am tight to a limit.The method is dead simple - simply create a feature that encloses al....
Our SOLIDWORKS 2013 Launch event guest speaker, Sir Ranulph Fiennes plans to set another world record. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19609293 Sir Ranulph will be giving an inspirational presentation at our main launch event which will be held at the H....
One of our customers DeGross Design & Innovation have produced this inspiring video to show how they use SOLIDWORKS to create their bespoke and innovative lighting products:UTREM-LUX from DeGross Design & Innovation on Vimeo.
SOLIDWORKS have always had a strong community of users across the world sharing ideas, tips and tricks. You may have seen within SOLIDWORKS, on the right side of the screen, that you can access Community resources such as the Forums and User Groups.D....
Graham Harris from Blatchford Products explains how SOLIDWORKS Simulation helped them design a state of the art carbon fibre leg for Stuart Hughes, a torch bearer for the London Olympics.What does an Oscar Pistorius-style blade feel like?www.bla....
“SOLIDWORKS 2012 is the last release that will run on Windows XP.” “SOLIDWORKS 2013 will NOT INSTALL on computers using Windows XP.” SOLIDWORKS 2013 is not supporting the Windows XP Operating System and therefore an upgrade is....
You know the one about waiting for a bus - then 2 come along? Well after posting a blog earlier this week that we had 2 more Elite Application Engineers at SSM, I can now report that another 2 have come along!!!Congratulations to John Bean and Richar....
Congratulations to Craig Hudson and Dave Ashford, two of our technical team who have just been awarded the exclusive 'Elite Application Engineer' status by SOLIDWORKS.This is achieved by proving a high level of technical expertise across the full ran....
Dassault Systems today announced the launch of the long awaited and much anticipated eDrawings App! This new App is only available for the iPad and costs £1.49. View, share, and collaborate from anywhere with this easy-to-use, email-enabled sof....
We are always looking to give our customer base more access to our SOLIDWORKS training faciities and with this in mind we are pleased to announce a new training venue in Bristol. Just a short walk from the floating harbour we have based oursleves in ....
SOLIDWORKS has always had a fantastic certification program, designed to test the most proficient of users' skills. In recent years SOLIDWORKS has revamped its Certification Program to allow users to specialise in key areas of the software.The most p....
“Motivation is what you need to keep going to achieve short term goals. Inspiration changes your perception about what you want out of life. Work towards a goal simply because you believe it is the right thing to do.”Craig HudsonApplicati....
Each release SOLIDWORKS adds hundreds of new enhancements. Most of these (over 85%) are those requested by the customer base. In preparation for the SOLIDWORKS World event next month in San Diego, ideas have been proposed to the SOLIDWORKS developers....
We now have the SOLIDWORKS 2012 training schedules online and available for bookings. We start teaching from the 2012 release straight after the Christmas break so book now to ensure you have your place during January which is a busy time for the tra....
I was teaching the SOLIDWORKS Motion course recently and was surprised by a comment made by a trainee. He said he had not appreciated beforehand how sophisticated Motion was as a tool for solving engineering problems. Other trainees agreed. It seems ....
If you missed our launch events across the country, this Wednesday there will be a live Webcast going through the highlights of the 20th release of SOLIDWORKS. To register for this webcast, go to http://www.solidsolutions.co.uk/solidworks-Training/We....
Have you reserved your seat to see SOLIDWORKS 2012?The two midlands events at the Heritage Motor Museum, were attended by over 250 of Solid Solutions' customers# As well as seeing all of the new features in SOLIDWORKS 2012, many e....
SOLIDWORKS 2012 is now available to download from the SOLIDWORKS Customer portal (http://customerportal.SOLIDWORKS.com)Want to see what's new? Register for a Solid Solutions Launch Event by clicking the banner above or if you can't wait unt....
The Solid Solutions SOLIDWORKS 2012 launch events are just over a month away, but I'm sure that is too long to wait for many keen SolidWorkers out there! So, if you want to take a look at some of the new functionality why not take a look at the Solid....
Unlike our usual customer only Webcasts, this one is open to anyone. So feel free to register through this link and join us next Wednesday.Look forward to presenting it to you,Oliver Duncan - Presales ManagerSolid Solutions Management
Registration for the SOLIDWORKS 2012 Launch events are now open!Here at Solid Solutions, we are proud to announce registration for the SOLIDWORKS 2012 Launch events is now open. This year we are pulling out all the stops to make the events for the 20....
As more and more SOLIDWORKS products are developed to meet the design world's needs, have you ever thought, can't someone just give me an overview of what it's all about, in, say, 10 minutes?We thought so, so I did just that:Enjoy,Oliver Duncan - Eli....
I've just uploaded a more detailed version of our head office in Leamington Spa. Click on the link below to take a virtual walk around. If someone else clicks the link on their computer, they will be in the office with you! Try it out!http://www.soli....
Did you know that you can advertise your job vacancies for free on our website? Simply select the "Products" page and then "Advertise Yor Vacancy" on the left hand side, which will allow you to enter your details!
It's Friday, have a new background on us.Download hereThis was modeled in SOLIDWORKS by Daniel Herzberg. You can download the model for free from GrabCAD.com. It's worth taking a look at the design tree to see how it was put together (or rapid protot....
We are always looking at ways to share our experiences with using SOLIDWORKS. Our Webcast Wednesday initiative has been a massive success with nearly 150 sessions hosted and over 3500 attendees. We have just launched our new sched....
The Launch of SOLIDWORKS 2012 is fast approaching, and we are already planning our best ever launch events around the country. However, we need your help. We would not be able to put on these enjoyable and informative results if it wasn't for you, so....
Dassault Systèmes is proud to present the Made in 3D Challenge, a 3D print ready design contest opened to the global designer community!Announced today at the Cumulus Conference “Crossing Talents” in France, the Made in 3D Challeng....
Since the video content on the Solid Solutions Website was looking a little tired and messy, I decided to have a spring clean and tidy up the demonstration videos. I have broken down the videos into 3 separate sections, demos for people who have not ....
Solid Solutions Management Ltd has outgrown the offices at the Innovation Centre on Warwick Technology Park and has now moved, less than a mile down the road, to Olympus House in Leamington Spa.The new offices have given us 3 new training rooms and a....
Here at Solid Solutions, we pride ourselves on giving you, our customers, the best value for your subscription of any reseller, of any CAD vendor as possible. Our Launch days for new major releases of SOLIDWORKS have become one of the largest events ....
Angelic Bulldog is the unlikely name for a world record breaking project. The aim, to break the outright motorcycle land speed record. The team is made up of volunteers and sponsors, one of which being SOLIDWORKS.Recently, part of the team attended S....
Elite Reseller Status: What does it mean?SOLIDWORKS Corporation sets standards of excellence to ensure technical competencies within their support, sales and training functions. These standards measure the competencies through formal and rigorous exa....
The Solid Solutions SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks page has been updated!It has been redesigned to load faster to get you to the tips and tricks you want to see as quickly as possible. There are currently 4 pages full of useful hints, tips, tricks and te....
New Solution Helps Designers Calculate and Reduce the Environmental Impact of Their Materials and Production MethodsA top design industry publication has named SOLIDWORKS® Sustainability software as one of the most innovative products of 2010. Th....
SOLIDWORKS has been driven predominantly by user enhancement requests for many years. This is not set to change and in addition to what is being included in SOLIDWORKS® there are a number of other products and services SOLIDWORKS® are looking....
Beginning with SOLIDWORKS 2010 SP3, the 2D editor formerly known as DWGeditor will be re-named to SOLIDWORKS 2D Editor. In addition to the re-naming, this product will no longer ship as part of the standard SOLIDWORKS installation. SOLIDWORKS 2D Edit....
All of the Solid Solutions Demonstrations, What's New and Tips and Tricks videos are hosted by YouTube. New videos are added regularly onto www.solidsolutions.co.uk and many can be found on the Demo Videos page (see the link at the top of the page). ....
Technical Support from Solid Solutions has been recognised by SOLIDWORKS as being a very proactive, comprehensive service. By calling the support line (01926 333777), you are straight through to one of the dedicated Technical Support engineers. By us....
SOLIDWORKS CAD software, with over 1.2millions licenses sold to date, is without a doubt the most used 3D CAD software in the world. You only need to search on job websites, Google Trends or even YouTube to see how much it is being used. However, ove....
2010 CAD COMPETITIONFebruary saw the launch of a CAD modelling competition to find the best Student SOLIDWORKS modeller. The competition is split into 4 categories; • Automotive and Transportation• Consumer Products• Electronics• ....
Following the Solid Solutions’ SOLIDWORKS 2010 Launch days, there has been huge interest in 3DVIA Composer. This is the tool which allows you to create graphical content for all of your Technical and Marketing Documentation directly from your 3....
It's the busiest time of the year at Solid Solutions right now, so not a lot of time for blog updates! After some very successful SOLIDWORKS 2010 launch days around the country, there has been a real spike in interest in 3DVIA Composer. As a result, ....
This week is has been announced that SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD design and engineering package was extensively used to help develop the squeezy bottles now used for Marmite and Colman's Mustard. Key to the designer’s choice to use SOLIDWORKS for th....
You may have seen the video on the news of the Maldives Government holding a meeting six metres under water. The reason they did this was to show what would happen to the Maldives should sea levels continue to rise. We all need to be doing whatever w....
SOLIDWORKS 2010, the 18th version of the MCAD software was released today. It is a slight change of focus from what has been seen in the past. Previous versions of SOLIDWORKS have seen unprecedented levels of new tools and features which have grown i....
Over the last few years, SOLIDWORKS has become a very powerful Industrial Design tool capable of creating some very complex geometry. A few years ago, if someone had asked you to design a car in SOLIDWORKS, you may have struggled with the few surfaci....
It's very nearly that time of year again already. It seems to get faster every year! The next version of SOLIDWORKS is almost upon us. For the first time, have a sneak preview of some of the new features and enhancements directly on the Solid Solutio....
CAD files can get to quite a size. Sending them to other people can be a nightmare. There are a number of ways they can be sent to view and review but sometimes you just need to send the actual native files. There are a number of options. You could u....
The End of PhotoWorksSOLIDWORKS 2010 will be the last release to include PhotoWorks. PhotoView 360 will be its replacement and the photorealistic solution for SOLIDWORKS software. There are many more features to PhotoView360 in 2010 and by 2011 I exp....
Being able to transfer your activation of SOLIDWORKS to your home computer is a really useful way of getting that last bit of work done or honing those CAD skills in some more comfortable surroundings. However, I was reading an article on another CAD....
Here at Solid Solutions we're starting to get a lot of interest from our customers to find out what the new features are going to consist of. We could have written a review ourselves, but you might think it was a little biased. Enhancement requests, ....
With more and more SOLIDWORKS users everyday, you want to be able to stand out from the crowd. There is no better way to do this than with the CSWP exam. "SOLIDWORKS certifications can be used as a benchmark to measure your knowledge and compete....
One of the questions I get asked most on Technical Support is "Do I have to download GotoMeeting again??!!" and the answer is usually yes. However, it is possible to have it installed fully so that you do not need to even open a web browser....
One of the most innovative new features to be included in SOLIDWORKS 2010 is the ability to conduct Product Life Cycle Analysis. This basically tells you how "green" your design is before you have produced a single drop of Carbon Dioxide (a....
Following the launch of our new FREE* Training program in April, we are pleased to announce the addition of 2 new courses "Use SOLIDWORKS to help Generate New Sales” and “Improve your Document Management Process”. So if you&rsq....
Solid Solutions has just completed a major upgrade of its website http://www.solidsolutions.co.uk/. Our new website is a much improved resource for all of our valued customers and will be a backbone of many more improvements in the months to come.
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