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SOLIDWORKS 2016 Training Schedules
Friday November 6, 2015 at 3:24pm

Our 2016 training schedules are now online. Read on for more information on notable changes for the 2016 release.

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Come along test your skills! SOLIDWORKS CSWA exam
Tuesday September 1, 2015 at 10:32am

In the SOLIDSOLUTIONS Leeds office we are offering a chance to get your SOLIDWORKS Associate certification. This exam will help you stand out from the crowd in today’s competitive job market.

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Thursday July 16, 2015 at 9:50am

A big congratulations to Alexander Rogers for passing the SOLIDWORKS Associate exam after being on a school work placement with us for only one week!

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Southern Training Centre Update
Tuesday May 12, 2015 at 9:05am

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.

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University CSWP Accreditation Training Program
Monday April 20, 2015 at 4:20pm

SOLIDWORKS Certifications are viewed as the benchmark in measuring a users knowledge and competency in being able to use SOLIDWORKS under pressure. Within Education the CSWA (Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate) examination has been viewed as the standard for sometime for that particular sector. However with the University marketplace flourishing with Students each year, the Undergraduates of today need to do all they can to stand out in a competitive and challenging job market. For the Students at A....

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CSWE Exam – Preparation Tips
Wednesday October 15, 2014 at 3:24pm

Learn how to pass the CSWE exam first time would some insightful tips on what is tested during CSWE examination. Also learn about the prerequisites for allowing this exam to be taken.

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CSWP Exam – Preparation Tips
Wednesday October 15, 2014 at 1:07pm

Learn how to pass the CSWP exam first time would some insightful tips on what is tested during the 3 part CSWP examination.

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Solid Solutions in Scotland and Ireland
Friday September 26, 2014 at 2:40pm

We are now pleased to offer training to our customer base in Scotland and Ireland. We have two training venues north of the border in Aberdeen and Glasgow. Over in Ireland we have locations in both Belfast and Dublin. The training schedules for these venues and our others in the UK can be found via this link This now brings our training centres to 14 venues up and down the UK ensuring we have as broad a coverage as possible to offer you local training facilities. The SOLIDWORKS 2015 training sch....

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Creating Inspection Reports
Wednesday July 9, 2014 at 4:12pm

Do you ever need to create Inspection Reports from customer drawings or directly from SOLIDWORKS?

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Looking inside - a SOLIDWORKS Composer tip
Monday June 16, 2014 at 2:12pm

Discover a little known tip to help you clearly show internal components of an assembly through the outer level components using SOLIDWORKS Composer...

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Materials Boot Camp for Simulation Users
Friday May 23, 2014 at 4:02pm

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.

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Calculate Internal Fluid Volume using the SolidWor
Monday May 5, 2014 at 10:46pm

Last week during training I had a question asking how to work out the internal volume of a model, and taking this a bit further, how to calculate the volume of a fluid. To answer the query I showed a recent addition to the SOLIDWORKS feature set, the ’Intersect’ command.

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Animations - A few recommendations when saving as
Tuesday April 22, 2014 at 10:31am

Animations:        Save As .avi recommended settings I'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 appearing ‘rough’ or ‘stuttering’, to the file size being far too big to send to anyone or upload to their website.  As it happens then, there are a few tweaks we can make to the Save As settings that should fix these issue....

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Derivative Design using Save As
Wednesday March 26, 2014 at 4:55pm

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 queries that the instructor is happy to show on the projector to the whole room or individually on the user’s classroom workstation.

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SOLIDWORKS Certifications- All You Need to Know
Saturday March 15, 2014 at 12:38am

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 are also able to provide opportunities for you as subscribed customers to sit the exams for free*   The main SOLIDWORKS certification website is www.SOLIDWORKS.com/cswp, this provides detailed information on all the exams and also samples to ....

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Wednesday February 26, 2014 at 2:00pm

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’ tool It’s a great way to target your view in the graphical window right where you need to be, it works on a number of selectable items so let’s take a look; When selecting something in SOLIDWORKS you often see the context toolbar appear, and on the bottom row of icons you’ll find the magni....

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Monday February 24, 2014 at 9:56am

Congratulations to the latest members of our team to become Elite Application engineers, reaching the pinnacle of SOLIDWORKS certification success.    Over the last year Steven, Simon, Kevin, Jon and Alan  have all acheived SOLIDWORKS Elite status, with over twenty Elite Application Engineers as part of our technical team Solid Solutions now has more Elite Aplication Engineers than any other SOLIDWORKS reseller in the world!    On Friday afternoon Andy Deighton, ....

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Tuesday February 11, 2014 at 5:22pm

Model Mania @ SOLIDWORKS World 2014 – San Diego After a great week at SOLIDWORKS World in San Diego, I’m now reflecting on how the technical content shown can impact positively our customers business, I hope to add a series of short blogs on a number of exciting developments As an introduction I’d like to share with you my experience of winning the Reseller Model Mania Challenge at the conference and explain how I tackled the modelling challenge… ....

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Tuesday January 28, 2014 at 2:41pm

After reviewing the 2014 Training manual content and getting hands on with the new enhancements I thought I'd share a couple of my favorite features. Toggling Between Flexible and Rigid States Configurations  While in 2013 and previous releases we had to go into Component properties to change the way a subassembly was being solved or even select an alternative configuration - in 2014 we now have the ability to do this within the Feature Manager design tree.   We can sel....

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Saturday January 25, 2014 at 5:12pm

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’t often see.   There have been some changes to how certifications are structured in 2014, the main one being standard SOLIDWORKS related exams have been grouped together into “mechanical design”. A brief explanation of these....

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Tuesday January 7, 2014 at 4:05pm

One of the tools in the Sheet Metal Command Manager that is unfortunately overlooked in the official Training Manuals is the 'Vent' command. It is relatively straight forward to use and therefore I have decided to write a short post about it. We can simply by creating a Sketch of our desired vent in conjunction with the command obtain some great features. For this example I have produced a simple sketch offsetting Circles and creating 8 lines spaced 45 degrees apart. In the Vent pr....

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Monday December 9, 2013 at 2:19pm

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 Wednesday This initiative has been going for around 4 years and we have had huge success and great feedback from the customer base. Every Wednesday one of our technical team hosts short webinars on a range of topics to add value back into the customer base. We cover the full product suite and our most popular videos tend to be t....

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Tuesday December 3, 2013 at 5:33pm

Mold design is relatively simple in SOLIDWORKS with the use of Surface Modelling and Mold Tool commands. These are just two advance courses we train customers in using core functionality of the Software but the workflow and extensions beyond this are vast thanks to the suite of SOLIDWORKS products.   We are able to not only design the product in SOLIDWORKS, but run Plastics to Simulate the filling phase, design the mold and then machine it with SolidCAM.   1) Design in SolidWor....

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Monday November 25, 2013 at 1:24pm

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 result tick box is unchecked when you create the revolve feature intially so a second body is created.   In this example using the cut-sweep feature, the silver revolved body takes on the role of the tool and will follow the blue helical curv....

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Wednesday November 20, 2013 at 3:19pm

Using Delete Face as a cutting tool Today’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 geometry Let me explain below: As you can see, due the sequence of creation, the boss has been added after the cut which has meant the boss geometry appears through where the cut should be… …therefore to avoid having to reorder features or create a....

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Tuesday October 22, 2013 at 4:18pm

Essentials Tips During 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 the modify dimension box for more than just entering the value of the dimension Let me explain below: Were you aware you can use the modify box as a Calculator by entering add, subtract, divide and multiply keystrokes, + - / * ....

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Wednesday October 16, 2013 at 2:45pm

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 parts/assemblies/subassemblies from locations within your 2D drawing without the requirement of you using the standard File, Open and having to browse through your local and network locations   Let me explain below:   Were you aware yo....

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Friday September 13, 2013 at 11:51am

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 hill climb. The picture of me after the ride is unpublishable - a quivering mess of sweaty flesh, sunburnt face and wobbly legs. Seriously, this was a fantastic team building event and a great chance to improve our fitness, work together and ....

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Friday August 30, 2013 at 9:54am

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 are some key considerations that need to be addressed before this can happen. For example- how to install the software, configuring templates and drawing layouts, customising the UI, using the additional bolt ons etc. Whilst we could throw all this i....

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Wednesday August 28, 2013 at 12:28pm

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 months, but as we approach the last third of the year you may be looking at those final courses to complete your SOLIDWORKS training passport, or look to use some left over budget to make you more productive in SOLIDWORKS.   Via our website, ....

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Sunday August 25, 2013 at 2:10pm

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 support you in using them. Recently I have started to focus some more time towards SOLIDWORKS Composer and in addition to the Official Training Course manuals I noticed SOLIDWORKS have launched their own SOLIDWORKSComposer YouTube Channel.....

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Friday August 16, 2013 at 10:15am

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 useful.   I just thought I would share with you one of the tips I show during Essentials training to all of my delegates learning SOLIDWORKS...   One of the common difficulties people can have when learning new software is where to ....

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Tuesday August 13, 2013 at 4:18pm

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. The feedback from SOLIDWORKS World back in January this year was that Users would be given the option to incorporate their LinkedIn account to their Virtual Tester Profile. This is a great way to be headhunted by potential employers, offer your own de....

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Friday August 2, 2013 at 8:54am

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 part of your Subscription with SolidSolutions and SOLIDWORKS you are able to take two Exams for free via 'Coupon' codes released each year. If you are interested in taking such exams I would suggest looking on the SolidSolutions.tv website t....

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Friday July 26, 2013 at 4:33pm

On Friday 26th July 2013 Solid Solutions hosted the first in a number of Free Certification days at our Leamington Spa Head Office.   The event was aimed at both Undergraduates and recent University Graduates. Reinforcing our strong links in recent years with Nottingham Trent University we were pleased to see a positive attendance from the University and after a morning of tuition from our two recent Elite AE's (Jon Crookes & Simon Beamish), all were able to leave us having b....

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Friday June 28, 2013 at 8:24am

One of the most common questions I get asked during a training course is “what other things do I do in my role as a SOLIDWORKS Applications Engineer?”  Therefore, I thought it may be nice to share with you one of my recent site visits where one of our customers have added to their SOLIDWORKS portfolio with SOLIDWORKS Composer   The site visit to Ginetta involved the installation of the new SOLIDWORKS Composer license and a short training session with two of the engineers ....

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Thursday June 27, 2013 at 10:45am

Hi   If you follow our blogs you will know that at SSM we are very proud of the fact that we have more 'Elite' Application Engineers than any other reseller - worldwide! In fact, to date, we not only top the worldwide league table, we have twice as many as the next highest reseller (a US reseller). We also have three times as many as the next highest reseller in the UK.   The prestigious 'Elite' AE award is achieved by successfully passing a series of examinations w....

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Tuesday June 4, 2013 at 7:35pm

For those of you that find time outside of work to participate in the SOLIDWORKS Certification program you may have recently noticed that SOLIDWORKS have updated the Certification Center website. Furthermore they have also now released a new version of their Certification Logos and Certificates for you to print off and hang proudly on the walls of your Design office and use on your company Business cards.   SOLIDWORKS have released this PDF giving further explanation in how you can d....

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Tuesday June 4, 2013 at 4:10pm

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 the ones available to the customer community. These cover everything from the ability to run advanced simulation studies correctly to setting up and managing a document management database with Enterprise EPDM as well as all the regular tools in SolidW....

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Tuesday June 4, 2013 at 11:07am

  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 exam to suit all abilities. There are very few certified user within the UK, so you really can stand out from the crowd with a SOLIDWORKS Certification. Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate – Beginner (600 in the UK) Certified SOLIDWORKS Professiona....

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Monday February 18, 2013 at 8:56am

A Certified Enterprise PDM Administrator (CEPA) is an individual who has successfully passed an advanced examination in SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM administration skills and is ready to manage a SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM implementation on behalf of his or her company. http://www.SOLIDWORKS.com/sw/support/27510_ENU_HTML.htm The CEPA exam is already included within the Voucher Scheme for Subscription Customers (see below)... http://www.SOLIDWORKS.com/sw/support/subscription/Certification_Offers.html....

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