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Blog Posts: August 2013

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....
What is it? Most users will be aware that the Toolbox included in SOLIDWORKS Professional allows for user to quickly add bolts and connections to assemblies, with automatic sizing and mating applied, however the Toolbox also includes some additi....
For 2013 SOLIDWORKS did some rebranding to 3DVia Composer bringing it under the SOLIDWORKS Family. In my role as an Applications Engineer at SSM I strive to develop my skillset and knowledge of the whole SOLIDWORKS Portfolio in order to help sup....
  Generally speaking, when you want to model a part with rounded edges, it is best to use the Fillet command on the Features menu - you can then edit/suppress/delete the fillet feature on the design tree. Many people do use the Sketch Fillet co....
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....
Hi, Another SOLIDWORKS Essentials course completed this week, great to meet our new customers and some new faces from existing customers. Everyone progressed extremely well and found the training and extra SSM Surgery support extremely usef....
You may have recieved a .swb file from a supplier catalogue or a download from their website, but how can you then open and use this in SOLIDWORKS? A .swb file extention is actually a Macro so all you need to do once you have downloaded the file....
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?
Hopefully by now you’ve heard from our Training Instructors and Support Team about SOLIDWORKS Certifications. A few years ago SOLIDWORKS created an online directory containing all the certification passes by users in the SOLIDWORKS Community. T....
Dynamic Mirror - A really quick tip for instantly creating symmetry within a sketch in SOLIDWORKS. 1. Draw a centreline, ideally going through the origin  2. Within the active sketch, select Tools > Sketch Tools > Dynamic Mirror&....
Just a quick note that following requests from customers to support Android devices, the eDrawings application for android was released yesterday and its a bit of a bargain in my opinion!  A mere £1.28 will allow you to better collaborate ....
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....
The latest Certifcation news from SOLIDWORKS is that another new examination has been released for Customers to attempt. This exam is the Certified SOLIDWORKS Simulation Associate: (http://www.SOLIDWORKS.com/sw/support/27781_ENU_HTML.htm) As par....
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