Posted by & filed under Quick Tips, Surfacing.

The Helix/Spiral tool in SolidWorks is limited to creating straight helices and spirals, so to create a helix along a curved path, you have to get a little creative. The twist along path option, in swept features, allows you to forego the use of the Helix tool and use a combination of a swept surface and a swept boss/base for the desired result.

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You’re new to Weldments in SolidWorks and excited to start using structural members, only to find that the default weldment profiles are limited to a sample of the ISO standard. Then you ask, where are all the weldment profiles?

Presumably to save space, SolidWorks made all of the weldment standards downloadable from the design library folder, in the task pane.… Read more...

Posted by & filed under PhotoView 360.


SolidWorks should have added an option to output an image with a transparent background, in Photoview 360. At least Photoview creates an alpha channel that can be saved out along with the colored image. This allows you, if you have Photoshop or a similarly equipped image editing program, to manually remove out the background.… Read more...

Posted by & filed under SolidWorks Sheet Metal.


It’s one thing to create a complex shape with SolidWorks Sheet Metal; It’s an entirely different thing to get that shape to flatten. The sketch bend tool allows you to create multiple bends in a single feature by adding multiple lines to your bend sketch.… Read more...

Posted by & filed under Productivity Tools, Quick Tips.


SolidWorks has quite a few shortcuts built in, a lot of which aren’t immediately apparent. In quite a few features, if you select an entity, you’ll see a mouse icon with an image for either the right or left click, something like a green check mark, arrow, or eye glasses indicating that if you right or left click SolidWorks will perform some sort of operation.… Read more...

Posted by & filed under SolidWorks Sheet Metal.

Even the most simple looking products, can present a problem when you are trying to recreate the same geometry within SolidWorks. If you are well versed with SolidWorks Sheet Metal, the chair shown above, from Yanko Design,┬ácan be designed in several different manners, but if you’re new to sheet metal tools, this may provide a bit of a conundrum.

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