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SOLIDWORKS Tips: Distance Sensors

By Matt Perez | 1/18/2019

In today's SOLIDWORKS tip, learn how to use distance sensors to keep tabs on different features in a part as they change with modifications made to your part.

What is EpiGrid?

By Tanner Knight | 1/10/2019

Have you heard people talk about the Cloud? Do you still struggle to get a firm grasp on what people are talking about when they refer to this technology?

SOLIDWORKS Tips: Measuring Internal Volume

By Matt Perez | 1/02/2019

In today's SOLIDWORKS tip, learn how to measure the internal volume of a complex shape within a SOLIDWORKS model (like a bottle). Once you have this in place, the measurements will update automatically with changes made to your model such as height, width, and wall thickness.

SOLIDWORKS Fundamentals: Part 8

By Matt Perez | 12/07/2018

Today we bring you the final installment in our Parametric Modeling Video Series. If you haven't seen the others yet, go check out Part 1 as each episode builds on the last. This one is all about DriveWorksXpress. This is a free tool that comes standard with every license of SOLIDWORKS and is ideal for everyday repetitive design tasks.

SOLIDWORKS Fundamentals: Part 7

By Matt Perez | 11/30/2018

Today we bring you the seventh (and possibly penultimate) installment in our Parametric Modeling Video Series. If you haven't seen the others yet, go check out Part 1 as each episode builds on the last. This one is all about design tables. Using our handy dandy holes-in-a-plate model, you will learn how you can harness the power of Microsoft Excel directly within the SOLIDWORKS environment to organize and modify variants of a part.

SOLIDWORKS Fundamentals: Part 6

By Matt Perez | 11/23/2018

Today we bring you the sixth installment in our Parametric Modeling Video Series. If you haven't seen the others yet, go check out Part 1 as each episode builds on the last. This one is all about configurations. Using our handy dandy holes-in-a-plate model, you will learn how to make multiple variants of a design within a single part file.

SOLIDWORKS Fundamentals: Part 5

By Matt Perez | 11/16/2018

We originally planned to make this a four-part series, but we have extended it to at least another four videos. You learned about global variables in Part 1, then Matt taught you how to make a curve-driven pattern in Part 2. In Part 3, Matt demonstrated how you can use equations to make the same hole pattern. Part 4 was all about If Statements. This week, Matt is going to show you how you can turn a pattern into a library feature for future use.

SOLIDWORKS Fundamentals: Part 4

By Matt Perez | 11/09/2018

If you like the previous entries in our Parametric Modeling Video Series, then you're going to love this one. Today's topic is If Statements. You learned about global variables in Part 1, then Matt taught you how to make a curve-driven pattern in Part 2. In Part 3, Matt demonstrated how you can use equations to make the same hole pattern. This time you'll be using if statements to control your hole pattern in a way that's more intelligent and more efficient. This relies on a part file that you would have made if you followed along with Part 3, so you may want to watch that installment first. If want to get straight to the if statements, then you can follow along using this SOLIDWORKS 2018 part file.

SOLIDWORKS Fundamentals: Part 3

By Matt Perez | 11/02/2018

You learned about global variables in part 1, then Matt taught you how to make a curve-driven pattern in part 2. Today Matt is going to show you that there's more than one way to skin a cat. Instead of using a curve-driven pattern, this time you'll be using an equation-driven pattern to make holes in a plate. This relies on a part file that you would have made if you followed along with part 2, so you may want to watch that installment first. If you're sick of curve-driven patterns and want to get straight to the equations, then you can follow along using this SOLIDWORKS 2018 part file.

SOLIDWORKS Fundamentals: Part 2

By Matt Perez | 10/26/2018

Matt Perez is back at it again with part two of our parametric modeling video series. Whether you're new to SOLIDWORKS and want to learn from the best, or you're an old dog that's not averse to learning new tricks, you're going to want to follow along. In our first installment, Matt introduced the very important concept of equations and global variables. In this installment, Matt shows how you can use global variables when creating a curve driven pattern. We'll be releasing one video each week, so stay tuned and bookmark our blog to watch each new video.

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