Apr 01

SOLIDWORKS 2014 SP 3.0 EV (Early Visibility) is available for download

SOLIDWORKS 2014 SP 3.0 EV is available for download

This service pack is now available to Subscription Service customers. To download, click here or log into the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal at https://customerportal.solidworks.com and click Download Software and Updates to access the update.

Also make sure you’re registered for Early Visibility Program*

For registering for Early Visibility Program, log into your SOLIDWORKS Portal account, go to my profile and select the option “Notify me for EV (Early Visibility) access” under My Preferences.

*P.S: Login required for access. Full access requires an active Subscription Service contract.


- Performance reporting is turned on for EV releases.
– Report critical problems to SolidWorks Technical Support at evis@solidworks.com
– The full version is scheduled 3-4 weeks after the EV version and is subject to change without notice.

Mar 16

SolidWorks Cutaway Animation

Hi All, sorry for being too late in posting this one. So before putting any further delay here are the steps by steps on doing “SolidWorks Cutaway Animation”. Please note that you should have SolidWorks Professional OR Premium installed in order to access the animation/motion manager.

If you’re reading this for first time do check this completed animation

Download the files you would need for this animation here. The files are in SW2013 version.

1. Open the assembly SolidWorks Cutaway Animation.

2. Set the three default assembly planes to show (optional, but make it easier in selection).

3. Insert a part named Cutting Plate and drop it anywhere in assembly.

4. Select the top face of Cutting Plate and add a distance mate for 140 mm between assembly top plane and top face of the Cutting Plate.

5. Rotate the view and go on the back side.

6. Select the face shown and add a coincident mate with Right plane (important).

7. Select the face shown and add a coincident mate with Front plane (important).

8. You may now set the three assembly plane to hidden state (in case you’ve set them to show).

9. Select the top face of Cutting Plate and start a new sketch (important).

10. Now click on the convert entities to get the sketch we need for this animation (I’ve set the Cutting Plate to hidden state for clarity).

11. With the sketch active, go to Insert > Assembly Features > Cut > Extrude.

12. Set End condition as thru all. Under Feature Scope uncheck “Auto Select” and then select the components you want to cut thru.

13. Click OK to exit the sketch/cut feature mode. Test the set up by changing the distance mate from 140mm to 5mm. You should see the cut feature in the assembly. Keep the distance as 5mm only (optional).

14. In case you don’t see the cut, then please change the cut-extrude direction.

15. Once you set it up, then switch to motion study tab. Please note that you should have the MotionManager selected under View menu.

16. In the motion study tab, drag the slider to any time (in this I’ve set it to 6 sec).

17. Expand the mates folder.

18. Double click on the distance mate we have set between the top plane and cutting plane. Set the value back to 140mm. Click OK to set the distance.

19. Now you should see the blue lines in the motion manager which represent change in the vale.

20. Finally click on calculate button and enjoy the animation.

You can add motors to the shaft to get more realistic animation. I’ve used PhotoView360 to process this animation shown below.

Mar 16

SolidWorks World 2014 Proceedings are available now!

I hope every enjoyed their time at SolidWorks World 2014  at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA. It was great to be a part of the event and meet lot of people.

This year also there were lot of interesting presentations and hands on sessions were conducted by various professionals including SolidWorks employees, SolidWorks Users and SolidWorks VARs. And like everyone, I was also waiting for them to get these presentation and videos upload for access to everyone.

So the wait is over now and the SolidWorks World 2014 proceedings site is now available.

Visit http://www.solidworks.com/sww/proceedings/ to acceess the proceedings information.

Be sure to take full advantage of this year’s proceedings site. Watch breakout session videos, download breakout session PowerPoints and check out photos from this year’s event. Also, view the 2014 highlights video and videos from general session each day.

Hope to see you at SolidWorks World 2015 in San Diego, CA!

P.S. The copyrights of the video content on this web site are owned by DS SolidWorks. Unless otherwise specified, DS SolidWorks only grants you the right to view the video content on this website

Mar 16

SolidWorks World 2014: Recap Day 3

We were at the final day of SolidWorks World 2014. The day I believe everyone waits for to see and know the SolidWorks World Top Ten list, the new features coming up in next version of SolidWorks.

On the stage was Mark Schneider, Produt Introduction Manager with his model mania contest. A contest that marked 15 years. This contest is about modelling some stuff in SolidWorks and users compete against users. The one to finish it in lesser time wins the game and prizes from NVIDIA.

Avelino Rochino and Michael Puckett were up on stage sharing the the great news of increasing numbers of SolidWorks Certified users. They also introduced the new certification exams coming up soon.

Marie Planchard talked to Max Lizarraga and Jerry Miranda on how CSWA certificate along with SolidWorks training have been helping their student in getting a better job. She also shared with us the increase in use of SolidWorks education sector.

Bruce Holway, Director Product Definition, revealed the list of Top Ten Ideas voted for SolidWorks World 2014.

Here is quick list with increasing number of votes:

  1. Auto-hide components
  2. Draw a line segment starting from the mid-point
  3. Equal spacing option for linear patterns
  4. Ability to rename a part or sub-assembly in the feature tree
  5. Unlimited undo/redo
  6. Pressing the ESC key should immediately stop the current calculation and return control to the user
  7. Fillets and chamfers should be managed by the same feature
  8. Ability to flip angle dimensions after they have been placed
  9. Hole callout should include all instances on the same face
  10. New Purge command

Finally what everyone loves to see at day 3 of SolidWorks World, the comic presentation by the technical marketing team of new features coming up in next release of SoldiWorks. This year it was “Cadman,” taking us back to old Batman TV show. Gordon, the CAD Manager called up Cadman and his assistant Ribbon to help catch “The Marker (the villein who screwed their CAD files)”. The show was full of entertainment.

Some of appealing new features for SolidWorks 2015 are:

I can’t wait to try my hands on the SolidWorks 2015 but yes we would have to wait till beta program.

Another great SolidWorks World was coming to end and this could not be possible without its sponsors. A big thanks to all the sponsors.

And finally came the big news of next SolidWorks World 2015.

It was great to meet you all at SolidWorks World 2014 and hope to see you all back at SolidWorks World 2015 next year.

Watch the SolidWorks World 2014 Day 3 here in action

Mar 16

SolidWorks World 2014: Recap Day 2

Had a a great time at for the CSWE event at Petco Park last night (Thanks SolidWorks Certification team for putting that together).

We were back in front of big stage for getting amazed about great customer stories and how they are inspiring the world. The day 2 is also about the SWUGN and its family members all around the world.

We were greeted with a big Mechanical spider.

The buzz from last day was still in the air.

Suchit Jain, Vice President of Strategy and Community SolidWorks introduced Jonathan Tippett with  from eatART Foundation ”There is no ART without energy”. Jonathan discuss about the various mechanical creation of his organization ; Mondo Spider, Daisy, Black Ghost Electric Bike Car, Titanoboa and many other amazing creations. It was really cool when Jonathan comment on SWMC that it is like “Google Docs for CAD”.

Aaron Kelly talked about the SolidWorks 2014 BETA program which had amazing number 17,000 users and announced the winners in each category for over $1,500 worth of prizes.

Richard Doyle, User Community Coordinator for SolidWorks Corporation, shared about the SolidWorks User Group community which have User Groups in over 29 countries around the world.

Later he announced the awards for year 2014.

User Group of the Year: The San Diego SolidWorks User group lead by Phil Sluder and Jim Boland.

User Group Leader of the year: Jeff Holliday.

And luckily I got the Michelle Pillars Community Award. It is really an honor to receive this award.

Rapid Prototyping, Digital Manufacturing, 3d printing have given a new boost and engery to industry these days and there are many industry sectors where 3d printing is a part of process and it is further dominating the world. If you’ve done 3d printing ever OR even heard about it, then there was a amazing technology shown to us at SWW2014. Paolo Bassi, Vice President of Research and Development  introduced us to SolidWorks customer Greg Mark, co-founder of a company called Mark Forg3D . They have created the world’s first 3D printer designed to print composite materials and print carbon fiber. Isn’t it amazing.

To conclude the general session day 2 at SolidWorks World 2014, Bertrand Sicot introduced to us two great guys; Geoff Bodine, of Nascar fame and Bob Cuneo, to discuss the Bo-Dyn Bobsled project. The project was designing a Bobsled to help US team to win Gold in Soxhi Olympics. It was great to hear from them about the amazing story of doing trial and errors for designing the product and how SolidWorks and 3d printing technology helped them in overcoming some of the issues. Bertrand also shared his ride in the bobsled.

Day 2 at SolidWorks can’t be completed without the special event . This year the special event was held at Embarcadero Marina Park; with amazing food, cool graffiti  artist, a great live music and Trapeze (there was long queue till the show ended). This was a well spent evening with friends from all over the world. Finally the amazing firework to mark the day.

Watch the SolidWorks World 2014 Day 2 here in action