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Creating SOLIDWORKS Planes

Posted by Steven Schaeffer on July 1, 2015 at 10:30 AM

What is the one thing that all 2D sketches have in common?

As you may have guessed from the title of this article the answer is Planes. Any time you create a 2D sketch in SOLIDWORKS you have to start that sketch on a plane or a planer surface. Since you will not always have a planer surface to sketch on this means that becoming proficient in creating planes is crucial to modeling efficiently.

Let’s look at several methods of creating SOLIDWORKS planes.

1) Copy Plane: This method is probably the simplest one and will be a good jumping off point for us.

First select a plane:



Now we are going to hold Ctrl and left click and hold on one of the control handles.

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Kit Car Update

Posted by Kevin Shayne on June 30, 2015 at 9:58 AM

Although it's been a bit quiet lately there's been a bit of activity with our kit car project. We recently picked up the FFR 818 kit and moved it to our garage space in Windham, NH. 

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3 Simple Steps to Reduce File Sizes of Imported Models in SOLIDWORKS

Posted by Tim Pulaski on June 26, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Let’s face one simple fact: it’s a 3D world we live in. Even electrical design, done mostly in 2D design packages such as SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic, is not 100% excused from this reality. A symbol may be small and concise on paper, but significant when bolted to a frame. A wire drawn mere inches on a print can be many meters when actually strung out in an assembly.

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Determine Part Warpage and Cooling Effects Accurately with SW Plastics

Posted by Michael Souders on June 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM

More accurately analyze the warpage and shrinkage of your design by accounting for cooling lines and the actual mold temperature characteristics during the cooling phase of the component.

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Update Standard Views in SOLIDWORKS to Get the View You Need

Posted by John Hall on June 19, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Sometimes when you have a model in SOLIDWORKS, the standard views are really not what you’re looking for when you decide it’s time to make a drawing. For example, you may have modeled the whole system based on the Top view, and you realize that what you started with for a Top view really should be your Front view.

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The Easy Way to Add a Part Number to Toolbox Components in SOLIDWORKS

Posted by John Hall on June 16, 2015 at 10:00 AM

In SOLIDWORKS, adding Toolbox component part numbers can be a tedious task, but there’s an easy way to get this done on toolbox part creation.

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Where to Find Additional SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM Support Information

Posted by Patricia Bar on June 12, 2015 at 10:00 AM


As an application engineer at CADD Edge who has been working with SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM (EPDM) for several years, I often find that there are things that I “just know”. While this is great for me, it does make life challenging for people who are just learning to use EPDM.

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7 Ways to Simplify Your SOLIDWORKS Files

Posted by Patricia Bar on June 10, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Many of us have worked with a SOLIDWORKS file that started out simple, but once you began modifying it, somehow it turned into a monster file that you dread opening. What can you do to simplify your SOLIDWORKS file? There are several techniques you can try in order to make your file usable.

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New Variable Pattern Feature in SOLIDWORKS - Use Fewer Patterns!

Posted by Karl Okeson on June 5, 2015 at 3:33 PM

In 2015, SOLIDWORKS released a new pattern tool: the Variable Pattern. This is a very powerful new tool that can greatly simplify many designs – so let’s learn how to use it! 

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818 Kit Project Update: Removing the Engine and Choosing Wheels

Posted by Marcel Matte on June 5, 2015 at 10:11 AM

Here’s a quick update for those of you keeping up with the project. Clearly, it’s going a bit slower than expected. Getting the logistics together, including finding enough free time to get things going on my end, have turned out to be a bit harder than expected. That’s about to change!

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