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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

9 Criteria for Choosing a 3D CAD Vendor
In many industries 3D CAD software has become the de facto product design tool, and a new crop of designers are turning to 3D CAD due to the explosion of 3D printing technology. How do first-time buyers or managers, who are new to the CAD selection p...
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.
3D Printing Around the Home - Christmas Edition
Christmas is nearly here and we've decided to put our access to a 3D printer to good use again! This time we've used our artistic talents and created a festive set of decorations for our tree! Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year from Solid Solutions!
Jingle Bell : SOLIDWORKS Tutorial
For our third Christmas blog post this year – we have created a jingle bell. To create this jingle bell, knowledge of surface techniques is desirable, but not necessary as it is simple enough for you to follow along with the video tutorial. Features ...
Crafting Christmas
Channel your festive spirit into SOLIDWORKS with this Christmas themed modelling tutorial. In this webcast we'll cover how to model and render the perfect decoration for the top of your Christmas tree. Additionally we'll show you how to use SOLIDWORK...
SolidSolutions 2018 Highlights and 2019 Preview
This video will cover some of the main new content that's been added to MySolidSolutions in 2018, so if you're not sure what to check out then we hope this will be a great starting point. There will also be a short preview of some content that will b....
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....
Visualize Rendering Competition Results
Recently we hosted a competition to showcase our customer's rendering skills, and after a careful review we are now ready to share the results.
SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2019 - Driving Simulator
Using the new physics options inside SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2019 it is possible to set up a model of a car to drive along a pre-set path, or you can even take control directly using a keyboard or game controller.
Making 3D Textures from Images
Turn images into 3D geometry with brand new SOLIDWORKS 3D Textures Feature
3D Printing Around the Home
Recently it’s becoming more and more evident that 3D printing is a game changer for most industries' design process. Cutting edge technology is making it possible to improve early prototypes, reducing turnaround time and decreasing the reliance on of...
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