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Over the years, GoEngineer customers have asked Technical Support how to change the orientation of a part file created in SOLIDWORKS. This tutorial explains a couple of ways to do this on a feature-based model. The best method we have found to change the orientation of an existing SOLIDWORKS part is using the Orientation dialog box.



One of the main functions of a SOLIDWORKS Application Engineer is to teach people how to use the software. As such, our team has had the opportunity to introduce many users to the program. We’ve seen what new designers tend to get stuck on and the topics proven to be most important to them. We’ve compiled many of these findings (along with countless insights from colleagues) into seven specific topics.

With each new release of SOLIDWORKS, the file format is updated to take advantage of the latest performance upgrades. Each time you open a file from a previous release of SOLIDWORKS, a message appears to inform you that this is an older file. When you save the file, you have to convert the files to the latest version first before saving it. The process is quick; you will hardly notice it.

A sweep in SOLIDWORKS lets you create organic shapes with twists and turns based on a defined path. But what happens if you want to create a twisted profile path with two profiles, similar to what you would find in a twisted wire assembly? With some clever surfacing techniques and 3D sketches, you can quickly create two paths to sweep along and finish that twisted path. 

In SOLIDWORKS, solar access studies are a kind of motion study used to simulate the motion of the sun as it passes over a model. This type of study is useful for applications like deciding where to place solar panels on a roof. 

The Dimension Dialog Box is an incredibly useful tool within SOLIDWORKS. Inside this little box are numerous options and tools that are often overlooked. In this guide, we will go over the different tools/options found within the Dimensions Dialog Box.


In SOLIDWORKS, Magnetic Mates are predefined connection points that will snap to other magnetic mates. They utilize a “ground” plane, a plane or face that dictates the shared plane that components reside on. Magnetic Mates can be used in a variety of ways; most commonly for layout. They can also be utilized for assembly configurations to swap out components; magnetic mates can make this process very efficient.



If you’ve recently uninstalled SOLIDWORKS, purchased a new laptop, or lost templates that you have been using and are unsure of how to get them back - have no fear. It’s possible to recover SOLIDWORKS templates by opening your past Part, Assembly, and Drawing files. 

In SOLIDWORKS, have you ever noticed hard edges at conjoining surfaces, surfaces intended to be one continuous bend? Digitally, these are not a hindrance to our work, but these hard edges can appear on manufactured products, especially products made on a CNC machine or through plastic injection molding.