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How to Create Virtual Sharps in SOLIDWORKS
Boost your SOLIDWORKS sketching speed with this helpful tip!
4 Ways to Add Custom Properties in SOLIDWORKS
Learn how to add custom properties in SOLIDWORKS.
Who Uses SOLIDWORKS in Scotland?
Discover the companies who are designing with SOLIDWORKS across Scotland.
A Simple Approach to Modelling Fluid-Filled Struct
Determine static loading of closed containers with MSC Marc.
10 Reasons to Use SOLIDWORKS PDM Pro
Discover why SOLIDWORKS PDM Pro is the right data management package for you with 10 of the best features in SOLIDWORKS PDM Pro.
How to Start Subdivision Modelling with 3D Sculpto
Discover how to get started with subdivision modelling by building images into your workflow in xShape and the 3D Sculptor role.
How is SOLIDWORKS used in the Medical Industry?
Discover 5 companies who are using SOLIDWORKS to create life-saving products.
10 NEW Updates to SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2024
Discover the latest enhancements to SOLIDWORKS Simulation and SOLIDWORKS Plastics for 2024.
10 NEW Updates to SOLIDWORKS Assemblies
Discover the latest enhancements to assembly modelling with SOLIDWORKS 2024!
Christmas Opening Hours
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at Solid Solutions! Over the Christmas break we will be answering emails requesting support. See more about our opening and closing hours below.
Simulation Tips: How to Customise MSC Apex
Learn how to create custom toolbars in MSC Apex
What are DSPBR Appearances?
Discover the brand new appearances coming to SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2024...
How to Start Subdivision Modelling with 3D Sculpto
Learn how to create new components, add primitives, and manipulate basic forms with 3D Sculptor.
How to Install SOLIDWORKS 2024
The following guide takes you through the process of cleanly installing SOLIDWORKS 2024.
Who Uses SOLIDWORKS Simulation? | December Custome
Discover who uses SOLIDWORKS Simulation for CFD and FEA analysis.
Upgrading to SOLIDWORKS 2024? Read these FAQs firs
Upgrading to SOLIDWORKS 2024? Read these FAQs first!
5 NEW Updates to SOLIDWORKS Drawings for 2024!
Discover what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2024 for 2D technical drawings.
MSC Software: Virtual Durability with MSC One
Discover how the MSC.One porfolio can help calculate the durability of products and assess fatigue.
5 NEW Time-Saving Sheet Metal & Fabrication Tools
Discover the great new tools in SOLIDWORKS 2024 to empower fabricators and sheet metal designers.
9 NEW Updates to Parts & Features: What's New in S
Discover all the latest updates to SOLIDWORKS part modelling with SOLIDWORKS 2024.
Teach SOLIDWORKS: Discover What’s Included in a SO
What exactly is included in a SOLIDWORKS Educational Subscription? Let’s break it down.
Who Uses SOLIDWORKS Visualize? | November Customer
Discover who uses SOLIDWORKS Visualize below, as we feature some of the companies that are harnessing the evolution in CAD rendering technology with SOLIDWORKS Visualize to stand out in crowded markets.
Surface Modelling Tips: How to Repair & Edit Impor
Learn what imported geometry is and how to repair it in SOLIDWORKS.
Manufacturing Showcase 2023 Wrapped
From concept to creation and beyond! Here's what you missed at the Manufacturing Showcase event in September 2023.
FEA Simulation: What is Element Deactivation?
Element deactivation is the removal of elements during an analysis. Learn what it's used for in this blog.
Top 10 Driveworks Tips for New Users
Whether you're new to DriveWorks or looking to enhance your skills, these tips will help you work more efficiently and effectively.
How to Convert Solids to Surfaces in SOLIDWORKS
The quickest way to convert a solid body to a surface is to use the Delete Face command.
Data Management: How to Customise Notification Tem
SOLIDWORKS PDM now provides administrators the option to customise the templates used for automatic notifications.
Does SOLIDWORKS use Multiple Cores?
How does SOLIDWORKS use CPU cores and how many do we recommend?
How to Add Decals to Spheres in SOLIDWORKS
Learn how to add decals in SOLIDWORKS quickly with this step-by-step tutorial.
Rendering with SOLIDWORKS: Why Choose Solid Soluti
Our Visualisation services can be summed up in three core offerings. If you are working against the inevitable deadline, or simply don’t have the capabilities in-house – we can assist you in creating visuals that help bring your designs to life.
What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2024: Top 10 New Features
SOLIDWORKS 2024 has arrived, which means there’s a whole load of new and exciting features for us to unpack. Here are the top 10 features in SOLIDWORKS 2024.
Saying Goodbye to PhotoView 360
Upon first activating PhotoView 360 in SOLIDWORKS 2023, you will be greeted with information that PhotoView360 will no longer be included as of SOLIDWORKS 2024.
Rendering with SOLIDWORKS VR: How to Create Immers
Discover how you can create engaging product visualisations through interactive and immersive content!
Who Uses SOLIDWORKS? | October Customer Spotlight
Across every industry, whatever their size, we are continually impressed and proud to support these innovators. Check out October's selection!
Ryder Cup 2023: How to Model a Golf Ball in SOLIDW
Learn how to create a golf ball in SOLIDWORKS to celebrate the return of the Ryder Cup!
Why You Should Join the Solid Solutions Student Co
The 3DEXPERIENCE platform is widely used in the engineering and design industry, particularly in sectors such as aerospace, automotive, and manufacturing.
Rendering with SOLIDWORKS: 5 Tips for a Better Ren
Regardless of how you work under pressure, make sure you reduce render times and maximise your productivity to meet your deadlines with SOLIDWORKS Visualize.
MSC Nastran: Automating Post-Processing to Save Ti
Are you a lazy engineer? This hack will save time with post-processing data…
Data Management: 10 Tips to Mastering SOLIDWORKS
We’ve asked our expert data management consultants what tips they’d recommend to those users who want to unlock the secrets of SOLIDWORKS PDM.
Rendering with SOLIDWORKS: Illuminate Your Designs
Here are 5 ways to create realistic lighting in SOLIDWORKS Visualize.
CFD Simulation: Validating SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulat
How reliable is SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation for Thermal Analysis? The results will surprise you!
What is a Registry Reset? How to Reset SOLIDWORKS
A registry reset will affect your menus, toolbars, custom shortcuts, and file locations, and set them back to the default SOLIDWORKS settings.
Bringing Designs to Life: The Power of Product Ani
Traditional static images can only take you so far in showcasing the functionality and intricacies of your products…
ANTOBOT: Empowering Sustainable Agriculture with A
Antobot’s colony of robot ants are on a mission to reshape the future of agriculture through the innovative combination of AI & practical technology.
How to Export Bodies from Parts to Assemblies
Bodies in multibody parts can be converted into individual part files easily with the Save Bodies command in SOLIDWORKS.
What is SOLIDWORKS Visualize?
SOLIDWORKS Visualize is a powerful rendering and visualisation software for professional Designers and Engineers. Learn more…
September Spotlight
Across every industry, whatever their size, we are continually impressed and proud to support these innovators. Check out September’s selection below.
FEA Simulation: Validating SOLIDWORKS Static Simul
How reliable is SOLIDWORKS Simulation for FEA? The results will surprise you!
SOLIDWORKS for Fabrication: What is a K-Factor?
Let’s explore what bend allowances and K-Factors are, and show you how they apply in fabricating sheet metal with SOLIDWORKS.
How to Convert Surfaces to Solid Bodies
Knowing how to convert surfaces to solid bodies is essential when designing in SOLIDWORKS, so let's show you how.
CFD Simulation: Calculating Ventilation Efficiency
SOLIDWORKS Simulation can be used to calculate a wide range of studies using real-world physics in a virtual environment.
How to Search for Commands in SOLIDWORKS
Knowing where the common commands are is a huge way of increasing your efficiency and productivity with SOLIDWORKS and as such is worth the time investment up front.
FEA Simulation: Co-simulation with MSC Adams
MSC CoSim allows us to couple simulation solvers to solve multi-physics problems. We couple FEA with CFD to explore how this can be achieved.
How to Customise SOLIDWORKS Toolbars
SOLIDWORKS toolbars are easily customisable and can be adjusted to suit your needs and workflows.
Fuelling Efficiency: How Extronics Empowers Design
In the ever-evolving landscape of technological advancements, Extronics found themselves at crossroads of innovation and efficiency. Find out how DriveWorks design automation helps them navigate modern challenges.
Validation Case – Computer chip heat flow test rig
Comparing SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation against physical test data is an excellent way to validate and have confidence with the software as it proves that it can replicate what happens in a real world scenario.
The Best Settings for SOLIDWORKS Animations
SOLIDWORKS animations are a convenient and fast way to produce presentable video content. Here are the recommended settings you should use.
Can SOLIDWORKS Run on a Mac in 2023?
While we recommend using a Windows operating system, there are ways you can install and use SOLIDWORKS on MacOS.
Reduce Simulation Time of Automotive Wheel Models
Assembled condition Pre-assembled condition 2D cross section As you can see, the foam rubber tyre in its unfitted state has a huge interference on the rim. Modelling the assembly of this in 3D would be very tricky and take an extreme....
How to Create Part Templates in SOLIDWORKS
Creating SOLIDWORKS templates is straightforward, but the key to a good template is how much time it saves.
August Customer Spotlight
Across every industry, whatever size, we are continually impressed and proud to support our customers. Check out how they are transforming their industries through innovation...
Learning SOLIDWORKS: How to Get Help with SOLIDWOR
Our Technical Support hotline is only open for our commercial customers with a valid SOLIDWORKS subscription, however, we do offer Technical Support to educational institutions.
SOLIDWORKS Tips: How to Create Planes in SOLIDWORK
As a designer, it is essential that you know how to create planes in SOLIDWORKS to enable you to model more complex geometry. Adding planes in SOLIDWORKS is achieved using the Plane wizard.
SOLIDWORKS Tips: How to Download 3D Models for SOL
Many major suppliers and manufacturers host their CAD models on 3D Content Central as free downloads that you can use in your SOLIDWORKS models and designs.
SOLIDWORKS Visualize: How Many Passes Should I Do?
Here’s everything you need to know about render passes to help you create the best looking renders without having to wait an eternity for them to complete.
How to Change Units in SOLIDWORKS
Changing units in SOLIDWORKS is easy! Let’s show you how it’s done.
Modelling Elastomeric Materials
The stress/strain curve below is for a synthetic rubber in uniaxial tension/compression.It's very clear from this plot that the behaviour in tension and compression are very different and the response is not linear. Representing this with a linear el....
SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Magnus Effect
SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can be used to analyse lift force induced by the observable fluid flow phenomenon known as the Magnus effect.
Manufacturing: How to Create Templates in SolidCAM
Using SolidCAM templates reduces repetitive tasks and boosts your productivity. Read on to find out how to create them.
SOLIDWORKS Visualize: Rendering with Gravity
SOLIDWORKS Visualize allows you to recreate the imperfections of photography by creating random, organic arrangements of components with gravity.
SOLIDWORKS Tips: How to Make a Tennis Ball in SOLI
This tutorial guides you through modelling a tennis ball in SOLIDWORKS including some advanced modelling techniques.
How do I Implement Design Automation in my Busines
By automating the design process, businesses can streamline workflows, boost productivity, and ensure consistency in product development.
SOLIDWORKS Tips: How to Create a Sphere in SOLIDWO
Creating a sphere in SOLIDWORKS can be achieved using a single sketch and a single feature in less than 10 seconds.
How to Create a Revolve in SOLIDWORKS
Revolves are axis-symmetrical or turned forms, like straight pipes, spheres and basic water bottles. Here’s how you make a revolve in SOLIDWORKS.
Prize Winners - 2023 Customer Development Events
Who were the lucky winners at our customer events?
July Customer Spotlight
Across every industry, whatever size, we are continually impressed and proud to support our customers. Check out how they are transforming their industries through innovation...
Simulating 3D Printing Metal  - Improve outcomes a
Choosing the right orientation and build parameters can reduce wastage in 3DPrinting, but doing so through trial and error by printing physical parts can be costly.
Everything you Need to Know About SOLIDWORKS Cloud
Find out how the latest changes to SOLIDWORKS Subscriptions will affect you and your business. Here’s everything you need to know about the changes.
How To Animate Rotations in SOLIDWORKS Visualize
Pivot points hold the key to unlocking awesome animations in SOLIDWORKS Visualize. Check out this walkthrough to learn how to create them easily!
How to Create Custom Materials in SOLIDWORKS
Every seat of SOLIDWORKS comes with a customisable material library. The Material Library contains the mechanical properties and default appearance of materials.
Fatigue Simulation
Simulation is a vital and complex engineering need. Fortunately, SOLIDWORKS makes it easy to test, correct mistakes and obtain accurate results.
How to Create Threads in SOLIDWORKS
Learn the best ways to create threads, considering whether you need the physical geometry or if you need only a visual representation.
Is this the Best Data Management Software?
As a Designer or Engineer, it is vital that you have a secure data management system to store and manage your documents and CAD files.
How to Change Your SOLIDWORKS Background Colour
It’s easy to change the background colour in SOLIDWORKS. Follow this short tutorial to change your SOLIDWORKS background colour to white.
What Happened to the SOLIDWORKS Forums?
The SOLIDWORKS Forum looks a little different these days. Find out what’s changed and what that means for you and your business.
June Customer Spotlight
Across every industry, whatever size, we are continually impressed and proud to support our customers. Check out how they are transforming their industries through innovation...
Efficient modelling of machinery components
MSC Adams Gear ModelGear ModellingBefore Adams Machinery, we had a few options for simulating gear meshing within a system. We could specify a couplerbetween two rotating shafts that coupled their motion with a specified gear ratio. It's quick and di....
How to Create Realistic Lighting in SOLIDWORKS
SOLIDWORKS Visualize is equipped with some simple tools to help you get realistic lighting for your product renders.
Solid Solutions Acquires GRM Consulting and 3DPRIN
Solid Solutions, a UK-based technology and business solutions partner for design engineers and manufacturers, has acquired GRM Consulting and 3DPRINTUK.
Top 5 Enhancements to the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform
The latest release of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform brings with it many enhancements designed to ease the day-day life of SOLIDWORKS users.
How to Make Better Drawings in SOLIDWORKS
This simple trick will save you time and hassle. Let's show you how to make your SOLIDWORKS drawings even better.
Solid Solutions Signs Catalyst Platinum Partnershi
The partnership will be pivotal in providing 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) training to members of all backgrounds in the Catalyst ecosystem, from students and younger people up to experienced entrepreneurs.
A systematic approach to complex analysis models
An example from my own career while I was working in the US for US-Canadian client with a vague approach to unitsconsistency (the Americans used inches, slugs etc and the Canadians mm, N and so on) I managed to build an FE modelwith the overall dimen....
Zoom Modelling
Zoom modelling is a classic technique uses two (or more) models to achieve a detailed stress field for a small feature or features in a large model, when done correctly this can help save your a huge amount of computing time, read on to find out how!
Why Cloud Data Management?
The 3DEXPERIENCE platform contains applications and solutions for every aspect of your company, so you can manage everything from one place. Here are 6 reasons to use it.
May Customer Spotlight
Across every industry, whatever size, we are continually impressed and proud to support our customers. Check out how they are transforming their industries through innovation...
My Job's Too Slow! Can parallel processing help?
Can parallel processing help speed up your simulation? Generally increasing the number of cores used in a simulation will reduce the time but the results of our testing show that things aren't as simple as you might think. Read on for our results and...
What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2023?
Each year, SOLIDWORKS takes your requests and works to bring the extra capabilities you need to the software.
How to Connect ERP Databases to SOLIDWORKS Electri
In SOLIDWORKS you can connect an external database, such as equipment stock, management database, to manufacturer catalogues. This lets you retrieve data from your database and associate it with the electrical project components.
Superelements in FEA
A Superelement is a method of representing an entire structure with a single entity within our FEA model, using them correctly could help you to speed up solution time or design iterations, improve motion dynamics models or preserve IP.
What is 3DSWYM? 3DEXPERIENCE Platform Tutorial
3DSwym is the application at the heart of the 3DEXPERIENCE, allowing users to connect and collaborate across the platform.
Modelling Curing of Composite Structures
Learn how to accurately predict curing times for composite structures with MSC Marc.
How to Install and Use SWOOD Editor
Customisable SWOOD reports provide a comprehensive set of documentation for production including cutting lists, hardware lists, labels, and material summaries.
SOLIDWORKS Auto-recovery and Back up
SOLIDWORKS has two different methods to help you recover from an unexpected crash or loss of data in the form of auto-recovery and back-up settings.
Instability and Crashes Explained
It’s one of the great mysteries of life – why is SOLIDWORKS crashing? Let’s explore how SOLIDWORKS crashes and how we can improve performance in SOLIDWORKS.
April Customer Spotlight
Across every industry, whatever size, we are continually impressed and proud to support our customers. Check out how they are transforming their industries through innovation...
How to Use the Draw Tab in SOLIDWORKS Electrical
The SOLIDWORKS Electrical Draw tab contains vital tools for an Electrical Designer. Find out how to use the Draw Tab tools in this quick blog.
SWOOD Licensing
In SWOOD there are two main types of licence, the serial number for both types is 24 characters, for online licenses the serial starts with 3010 and for network licences it starts with 3020.
uk budget 2023
This month Jeremy Hunt unveiled the UK's Spring Budget 2023. Here we have highlighted areas of the budget prevalent to businesses in the manufacturing, Engineering, Product Development and Research sectors.
Why are SOLIDWORKS Dimensions Yellow?
Dimensions in SOLIDWORKS sketches will usually turn a shade of yellow when they are missing at least one reference. We show you how to fix them.
How to Find SOLIDWORKS Xpress Product Codes
How to find SOLIDWORKS Xpress product codes in 5 simple steps. Xpress tools come with every seat of SOLIDWORKS and can be unlocked using a product code.
Top 3 Enhancements to 3DEXPERIENCE Platform 2023x
The latest release of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform brings with it many enhancements designed to ease the day-day life of SOLIDWORKS users.
March Customer Spotlight
Across every industry, whatever size, we are continually impressed and proud to support our customers. Check out how they are transforming their industries through innovation...
How to Calculate Wire Lengths SOLIDWORKS Electrica
A bill of materials can show a different value for wire length than the length of the wire. Learn why SOLIDWORKS does this by considering real world scenarios.
How to Calculate Costs with SOLIDWORKS Costing
SOLIDWORKS Costing enables manufacturers to estimate costs of producing a product and provides a breakdown to allow easy identification of where any cost savings can be made.
How to Fix Mod-Diam Display Error
Sometimes after performing an upgrade of SOLIDWORKS, diameter symbols no longer display properly and give a message instead. Here’s how to fix it.
How to Create a Pack & Go in SOLIDWORKS
Pack & Go should be used when sending SOLIDWORKS files to another person. Use this simple guide to help you safely send entire SOLIDWORKS projects.
Speeding up Simulations with Global Adaptive Meshi
In this blog we'll share one of the best kept secrets of simulation, if you have problems with your trickier non-linear problems, like degrading the fidelity of the solution or compromising on aspects you really want to model but that cause convergen...
February Customer Spotlight
Across every industry, whatever size, we are continually impressed and proud to support our customers. Check out how they are transforming their industries through innovation...

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