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Quick Tip: Drag and Drop a Construction Plane Shortcut to Quickly Create a New Plane

Holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on one of the standard planes is a great shortcut to open the Plane PropertyManager. The most common use of this shortcut is to quickly create a plane parallel to an existing planeClick here to find out how to do this and how to use this shortcut with an existing face or other entities.

Helical Threads Helical Threads
One feature on a plastic bottle is the helical thread on the neck of the bottle. I will show you how to use the Variable Pitch option of the Helix command and the Face Delete command to create the neck of the bottle.
SolidWorks 2009: What's New - Fundamentals SolidWorks 2009: What’s New – Fundamentals
SolidWorks 2009 Beta is now available for download. Here are some changes to look forward to when you open up the new version of SolidWorks.


SolidWorks TutorialsAutomatically Fill in Your Title Block
Every time that you create a drawing document, you need to fill in the title block, including your name and the date that you created it. However, it gets repetitive if you have to do this every time. SolidWorks provides you the ability to do this automatically whenever you start a new drawing document.

Evenly Spaced Holes
A lot of parts require features like holes that are equally spaced. There is a real easy way to do this without dimensions.

Easily create and modify configurations
Easily create and modify configurations
Similar to a design table, all the parameters that you want to control are all in the Modify Configurations dialog box. And not just for one configuration at a time, but for all of your configurations.

How to create the intersection between a loft and a sweep.
How to create the intersection between a loft and a sweep
A customer requested help creating the intersection between a loft and a sweep. He is working on a hairdryer and had already created the profiles to generate the lofted solid.


Combine Bodies
Combine Bodies
You can use the Combine Bodies command to combine multiple solid bodies into a singled-bodied part. In this example, you will create a snowboard.


Custom Wheel
Custom Wheel
This is a simple wheel design to shown you how it’s done. Once you understand the main concepts, you can easily create your own custom wheels.

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Insert a Company Logo Into a Drawing
A lot of companies like to have the company logo on their blueprints. All you have to do is use the Sketch Picture command to easily insert your image file into a drawing.

Engrave Text On a Curved Object
In a just a few steps, you can easily create any text and engrave or emboss on a curved surface.

How to copy settings to use on another computer

Many people work on multiple computers. Others have multiple users on the same computer. How do you move to another computer and load your interface easily? There’s really not a whole lot to it when you use the SolidWorks Copy Settings Wizard. Just a few clicks and you’re done.

How to add a watermark to a drawing
At times, a watermark such as “CONFIDENTIAL” is required on a drawing print. There are a few workarounds that are available. Also, see how to change the drawing paper image.

Ever Need to Create a Knurl?
The easiest way to add a knurl is to apply a texture to the face. But you also can physically create a knurl feature.

Using Projected Curve to Create a 3D Curve 
A neat technique to create a 3D curve is to create two sketches on intersecting planes and merge the sketches to create one 3D sketch.

Customize the New CommandManager
Here are a few things you can do to customize the CommandManager in SolidWorks 2008.

Shortcut Bars
One of the things that you are going to want to do right away in SolidWorks 2008 is to customize the new shortcut toolbar.

New Keyboard Shortcuts Card
A new SolidWorks 2008 Keyboard Shortcuts Card for SolidWorks 2008 was just announced.

What’s New in SolidWorks 2008?
Highlights and helps you learn the new functionality in SolidWorks, introducing concepts and providing step-by-step examples for many of the new functions. Video demos have been added.

Easy Part Creation
See how easy it is to make a quick solid model with SolidWorks 2008.

Instant3D On-screen Rulers
Instant3D lets you quickly create and modify model geometry using drag handles and rulers. These on-screen rulers can be used to precisely measure your modifications.

Compare recovery file with last saved file using DrawCompare
I was wondering if you could compare the recovery file with the last saved file. I know that when you ca

Reduce File Size for Emailing
I got an email asking if we had an ftp site to upload a large SolidWorks file to rather than emailing me the file. I tested three ways to try to reduce the file size.

And the Winner Is…
Thanks to all the SolidWorks users who made this contest very successful. The voting has been completed and a favorite has been chosen. Check out the results here.

New CommandManager Options in SolidWorks 2008
SolidWorks 2008 now allows you to add a custom tab to the CommandManager. All you have to do to add a custom tab is… Sheet Metal Guy Blog, July 18, 2007.

What are the system requirements for SolidWorks 2008?
Some have been asking what the system requirements for SolidWorks are and if Windows Vista is supported. Here is the complete list of the SolidWorks system requirements.

Which Windows Vista Version?
So many options to choose from! Determine which version of Microsoft Windows Vista is right for you.

Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows Vista?
Back up SolidWorks and other application data. Back up your Toolbox data, and copy the data to the C:\SolidWorks Data folder. Un-install SolidWorks. Refer to the Windows Vista Migration Step-by-Step Guide to upgrade your operating system. Install SolidWorks Vista Edition. Because Toolbox has been relocated, SolidWorks may not find referenced Toolbox components. Reconfigure Referenced Documents file locations in Tools Options to the Toolbox location.

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