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SOLIDWORKS Assemblies let you detect interferences between parts so you can clearance them. It shows you where the interference is so you can edit the part within the context of the assembly to ensure a proper fit. You can even use the interfering parts to create perfect cavities that fit the offending parts like puzzle pieces. 


SOLIDWORKS Composer Jun 10, 2022

SOLIDWORKS Composer users can link views to thumbnails in the viewport. Navigate to specific views by clicking directly in the viewport on the thumbnail of the view that one wants to navigate to. Doing so simplifies Composer documents for viewers unfamiliar with the program and allows them to seamlessly navigate views in Composer Viewer.


This article explains how to use the Mate Controller in SOLIDWORKS. The Mate Controller is a tool that lets you specify multiple positions for mates within an assembly and save these mates without the need for configurations.


Before creating the Motion Analysis study, we want to make sure that the SOLIDWORKS Motion add-in is turned on. This add-in is found under Tools Add-Ins. To begin the Motion Analysis study, click on the motion study tab at the bottom. You can also right-click this tab and select Create New Motion Study if you already have an existing study. 

SOLIDWORKS assemblies let you choose from four categories of mates: Standard, Advanced, Analysis, and Mechanical. Mechanical Mates allow us to create a Rack and Pinion Mate that creates a standard rack and pinion relationship between—you guessed it—a rack gear and a pinion (or spur) gear.

Welcome to another SOLIDWORKS Mold Tools tutorial. In the previous article, we discussed Draft Analysis and Scale. In this article, we'll take a look at shut off surfaces, parting surfaces, and tooling split mold tools. 

SOLIDWORKS Draft Analysis lets us determine if a part is ready to be molded. It uses color highlighting to indicate which faces of a model have an adequate draft to be easily released from a mold. We can specify our own tolerance and direction of pull, and we can view which faces have positive draft, negative draft, or still require draft. Scaling lets us enlarge a part to account for shrinkage.

Want to change a feature's properties to match an existing SOLIDWORKS feature? Feature Paint lets you copy a feature's properties, such as dimension and appearance, and apply it to another feature or set of features. This applies to holes, fillets, chamfers, and many other applications.
Want to add emphasis on your SOLIDWORKS drawing with custom colors and create a unique drawing by controlling more than just the title block or annotations? SOLIDWORKS lets you specify the color of paper, borders, lines, and sketches as well as allowing you to customize the colors of sketch lines in a part file.