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Here you'll find a wealth of information about the latest SOLIDWORKS features, tips and tricks. Keep up to date and increase your SOLIDWORKS knowledge today...

Latest Blog Posts

We feel the need…the need for speed!
 Ben and David are currently studying Product Design at Nottingham Trent BSc University, where they have had their first SOLIDWORKS experience but have since developed new skills after joining Solid Solutions in August 2018. With this project, t....
SOLIDWORKS PCB - Component Creation
Within SOLIDWORKS PCB, you can access components from online sources and obtained libraries, but you can also create your own components for use within designs. This consists of a number of elements, Schematic Symbol(s), Footprint, 3D Model, Simulati...
Customer Story: Simple Design Works
Simple Design Works is a product design consultancy which started as a one-man band in 2014, specialising mainly in mechanical and computer aided design (CAD).From day one their focus was on reputation and success; ensuring they grew their expertise,....
Solid Solutions at Seawork 2019
Solid Solutions will be at Seawork, Stand SB69, June 11th-13th. Seawork is Europe’s largest commercial marine and workboat exhibition, if you're planning to attend then drop by to chat about how SOLIDWORKS could benefit your business.
What is SCS?
What types of problems does it solve?With 3DEXPERIENCE Social Collaboration Services you can:• Manage your business and access design information anywhere, anytime, on any device.• Securely store and share your business data on the 3DEXPERI....
Finding a Good Mesh Fast - Flow Simulation
‘How do I know when to stop my calculation?’ and ‘How do I know my mesh is good enough?’ are questions often asked when running SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation studies.The answer is to ensure the solution reached is both fully converged AND mesh independe...
Printing the Iron Throne
With the final episode of Game of Thrones airing tonight we've had the Iron Throne on our minds a lot lately. So much so that we decided to print our own Iron Throne phone stand! Read on to see how.
Barrier Ex - Customer Story
Part of the Barrier Group of companies and based in Wallsend,Newcastle Upon Tyne the business is based in the North of England. It was formed in June 2016 and began tradingin February 2017, and since then has expanded from two employees to 20 by May ....
Custom Settings - Collated Quick Tips
We’ve collated some of our favourite tips on how you can customise your SOLIDWORKS interface to suit your preferences along with aiding your efficiency…
What is Extended Reality(XR)?
SOLIDWORKS XR (Extended Reality) is a new and exciting development that sits within the existing SOLIDWORKS products, allowing you to interact with your 3D models like never before. We have created a miniseries of videos to introduce the topic.
SOLIDWORKS on a Mac
We are often asked if it is possible to run SOLIDWORKS on a Mac computer – the answer is YES you can! We know quite a few users running SOLIDWORKS successfully on a Mac however it isn’t supported by SOLIDWORKS.
How to manage your design team libraries
One of the biggest announcements at SOLIDWORKS WORLD this year was the inclusion of SOCIAL COLLABORATION SERVICES (or SCS) at no cost with every seat of SOLIDWORKS on subscription.
Top 5 Reasons to Switch to SOLIDWORKS
Your top 5 reasons to switch to SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD tools
Working with Imported Geometry Webcast Series
SOLIDWORKS is able to import and edit a large number of different CAD file formats, this webcast series aims to explain what you need to know to make this process as smooth and efficient as possible.
Creating Interactive Animations with SOLIDWORKS
Interactive Images are a great export option within Visualize Professional, allowing you to view the model in a series of 360 orbital spins within a web browser. However, what happens if I want to use this interactive method to demonstrate a mechanis...
An Introduction to SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal
For the latest entries into our Basics and Tips and Tricks webcast series Graham Stephenson will take you through creating Sheet Metal Parts in SOLIDWORKS.
How to predict product performance before prototyp
SOLIDWORKS Simulation is an affordable 3D design simulation solution with powerful engineering capabilities that help you predict your product performance before you even consider prototyping.
SOLIDWORKS helping the environment: Entocycle
One of our Entrepreneur Scheme’s customers, Entocycle, presented recently at SOLIDWORKS 2019 Launch Event an overview of their use of SOLIWORKS and discussed how both, the software and the customer support they receive from us, enable their business ...
Offers on SOLIDWORKS Upgrades!
In this short 4 minute run down, Jamie will explain the key differences between SOLIDWORKS 2019 Standard, Professional and Premium, helping you determine whether an upgrade is right for your business and which one. For a more in depth look at the dif....
3D Printing - The First Layer
Within 3D printing getting the first few layers correct is very important as it has a knock on effect with the success of your print. In this article, we are going to discuss some of the techniques to improve your model and their various advantages a...
Launch Event Prize Draw: Winner Announcement!
The prize was kindly donated by our event sponsors, DELL and Intel and all our customers had to do was visit their stand during one of our 16 launch events and scan their badge. We are delighted to announce Alex Harris, Product Design and Innovation....
SOLIDWORKS in Industry Special Purpose Machinery
SOLIDWORKS in the Special Purpose Machinery sector is invaluable and as UK and Ireland’s largest reseller we have helped many companies learn and boost their skill set to ensure that SOLIDWORKS is a vital and beneficial tool for these companies.
SOLIDWORKS Dimensions - Collated Quick Tips
We have collated some of our favourite tips on creating, manipulating and controlling dimensions in SOLIDWORKS, both at a sketching and drawing level. Read on to find out more…
Virtual Training Reviews Now Available
To improve the quality of our training and provide increased value to our customers, the Solid Solutions Training team have created a number of Online Training resources. We believe that our classroom courses are the best way to learn SOLIDWORKS and ...
SOLIDWORKS Magnetic Mates
Magnetic makes are used within SOLIDWORKS assemblies to easily configure and position assembly components. Through defining connection points and ground plane(s) – position components through drag and dropping one component within close proximity of ...
SOLIDWORKS PCB Tips - Controlling Route Length
Within SOLIDWORKS PCB, you can define route length rules on nets. This is achieved through the Accordion function. Read more to find out how.
SOLIDWORKS PCB Tips - Polygon Pour Shaping
Learn how to easily define the shape of copper pour polygons.
SOLIDWORKS Safe Mode: Bypass Settings
If you’re having problems with SOLIDWORKS not performing correctly you can runin a default state mode, this opens SOLIDWORKS with all options set to default.
SOLIDWORKS Safe Mode: Software OpenGL
If you’re having problems with SOLIDWORKS not performing correctly especially in terms ofgraphics, you can run in a safe mode. This safe mode removes the graphics card from running inSOLIDWORKS and hence highlights whether or not it is causing a prob...
How to Obtain SOLIDWORKS Xpress Product Codes
Starting in SOLIDWORKS 2015 Xpress Products now require a code which youcan obtain through the My.SOLIDWORKS.com Website.
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