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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...
Hardware Setup and Support
When you receive a new system there are some things you can do to ensure optimum performance and other things that are good to know in the event of problems. This blog details everything you need to know if you encounter an issue.
Choosing a 3D Printer
The 3D Printer market has exploded in the last 5 years with everything from DIY kits from no name brands in China to £300,000+ machines available. So where should you start when you are investing the best 3D Printer for you or your business?
PDM Video Guides
If you're looking to learn how to use PDM more efficiently then check out this series of short guide videos. A range of useful topics are covered including creating backups, configuring user permissions and exporting to XML.
3D Experience - Dashboard Creation
Without Dashboards your 3DEXPERIENCE platform will be pretty empty so we need to understand what can be done with them on a per user basis and also how they can be shared to the rest of the team. In simple terms the dashboard is the layout of the web...
Are you ready for Industry 4.0?
If you are up to date with industry news then you may have come across the term Industry 4.0 along with many others such as; Internet of things, Additive Manufacturing, Smart Factories, and Platform Engineering but with this event we hope to clear a ...
3D Printing Around the Home - Ipad Stand
Alex Hall, our Technical Manager, is back with another custom solution using SOLIDWORKS and a 3D printer. This time we're looking at how he created a personalized iPad stand. The pattern shown was created using the new 3D texture tool and the design ...
Customer story: 3D Folkes
Now in their 6th office, based out of the city centre ofSheffield in the UK, the company has a focused vision to save companies moneythrough economical prototyping and product development. Highly regarded asbeing a reliable company that you can trust....
3DEXPERIENCE - Overview and Gaining Access
3DEXPERIENCE allows you to bring together colleagues and invited suppliers into a single web based platform allowing ideas to be shared and decisions to be made. The platform is CAD intelligent so will allow storage and viewing of your 3D models, eve...
We feel the need…the need for speed!
 Ben and David are currently studying Product Design at Nottingham Trent BSc University, where they have had their first SOLIDWORKS experience but have since developed new skills after joining Solid Solutions in August 2018. With this project, t....
SOLIDWORKS PCB - Component Creation
Within SOLIDWORKS PCB, you can access components from online sources and obtained libraries, but you can also create your own components for use within designs. This consists of a number of elements, Schematic Symbol(s), Footprint, 3D Model, Simulati...
Dassault Systems Acquires elecworks!
Included in the asset purchase is a library of over half a million electrical symbols and manufacturer data for commonly used electrical components.For continued software updates and support, elecworks customers will need to migrate to SOLIDWORKS Ele....
Customer Story: Simple Design Works
Simple Design Works is a product design consultancy which started as a one-man band in 2014, specialising mainly in mechanical and computer aided design (CAD).From day one their focus was on reputation and success; ensuring they grew their expertise,....
Solid Solutions at Seawork 2019
Solid Solutions will be at Seawork, Stand SB69, June 11th-13th. Seawork is Europe’s largest commercial marine and workboat exhibition, if you're planning to attend then drop by to chat about how SOLIDWORKS could benefit your business.
What is Business Innovation?
What types of problems does it solve?With 3DEXPERIENCE Business Innovation you can:• Manage your business and access design information anywhere, anytime, on any device.• Securely store and share your business data on the 3DEXPERIENCE platf....
Finding a Good Mesh Fast - Flow Simulation
‘How do I know when to stop my calculation?’ and ‘How do I know my mesh is good enough?’ are questions often asked when running SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation studies.The answer is to ensure the solution reached is both fully converged AND mesh independe...
Printing the Iron Throne
With the final episode of Game of Thrones airing tonight we've had the Iron Throne on our minds a lot lately. So much so that we decided to print our own Iron Throne phone stand! Read on to see how.
Barrier Ex - Customer Story
Part of the Barrier Group of companies and based in Wallsend,Newcastle Upon Tyne the business is based in the North of England. It was formed in June 2016 and began tradingin February 2017, and since then has expanded from two employees to 20 by May ....
Custom Settings - Collated Quick Tips
We’ve collated some of our favourite tips on how you can customise your SOLIDWORKS interface to suit your preferences along with aiding your efficiency…
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...
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