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The SOLIDWORKS Autotrace tool is an add-in that can help users quickly create 3D objects from an imported picture. Access the Autotrace feature by enabling it in Add-Ins.



CAMWorks May 11, 2023

CAMWorks has four different licensing options: Dongle, Standalone, FlexLM Network, and FNO. These four license options are all used through the CW License Manager utility. To access this utility, go to the Start menu and search for the CW License Manager


3DEXPERIENCE Design Jan 30, 2023

Inside 3DEXPERIENCE, users have access to not only web apps, but locally installed apps such as SOLIDWORKS and CATIA. However, these locally installed apps are accessed similarly to how a user would access cloud apps - which can be confusing. 


CAMWorks Dec 02, 2022

When creating stock in CAMWorks, there are several options to choose from, each having unique benefits. In this guide, we'll walk through each of the CAMWorks stock types. When editing stock, a dialogue on the left-hand side of SOLIDWORKS, called the Stock Manager, is available. Within the Stock Manager, users can choose Bounding Box, Sketch, STL, and Part file.

CAMWorks Sep 02, 2022

Have a suggestion that could make CAMWorks even better? Submit an enhancement request. An enhancement request is a suggestion to the creators of CAMWorks by you, the customer. This can be a recommendation of expanded capability, feedback on what works and doesn’t work, or anything you would like to see in the software.  


CAMWorks Jul 06, 2022

In this CAMWorks tutorial, learn how to create stock profiles for turning machines. This will also apply to Mill Turn machines as they create the same stock. Similar to how bounding boxes work, bar stock creates stock that is the smallest size of a cylinder the part can fit inside of. 


In this article, we cover what an assembly hole series is and how to create one. The SOLIDWORKS Assembly Hole Series is a Hole Wizard type feature that will intelligently create hole features through multiple components in an assembly. It gives you a large amount of flexibility for hole type and features within the hole to fasten your assembly components together.


CAMWorks May 25, 2022

In this quick tip, we will cover how to change the leadin and leadout locations in CAMWorksA leadin or leadout is a control of how the tool will enter its cut. For example, if no leadin/out is applied, the tool will plunge straight down into position for the cut. 




Tab cutting in computer-aided manufacturing is a way to give special attention to components being manufactured. You can set material to not be removed from your stock so when your laser, waterjet, or plasma cutter is removing material, inside core material will not tip or fall damaging the cutting tool, machining center, or part.