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SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard is a powerful photo rendering tool. A complimentary seat of SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard is included with each SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium license on active subscription.


When using the Shaded With Edges Display Style in a SOLIDWORKS model or drawing, some unwanted graphical behavior can occur, such as the model displaying like a wireframe. This quick tip explains how to fix it.

McMaster-Carr is one of the most popular hardware suppliers known for its extensive catalog and readily available CAD models, which have made both sourcing and design very convenient for engineers. This convenience is further enhanced by the McMaster-Carr add-in for SOLIDWORKS, a free tool that helps users seamlessly add components to their designs. In this blog, we will cover how to use this add-in to save time in design and data management.


The Make Independent feature in SOLIDWORKS lets you save an individual instance of a component as a separate file. This is great when you're in an assembly and need to modify only one or some of the instances but want to keep the root component in tact. In this article, we discuss what Make Independent does and walk you through an example using the feature on a SOLIDWORKS assembly.

The SOLIDWORKS Design Library is a prebuilt library with folders populated with reusable entities, such as annotations, parts, assemblies, and forming tools. Let's take a look at where the Design Library is located, what it includes, and how to point SOLIDWORKS to the location of the library (if it is not already showing). 

In this article, we’ll discuss the difference between fixed and floating components in a SOLIDWORKS assembly. We will also look at a tool that will allow us to temporarily move between these two component states.

CATIA Apr 24, 2024

You've probably heard that CATIA has better performance for large assembly CAD, but better by how much? We ran some tests comparing SOLIDWORKS to CATIA V5 and 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA, and here's the answer.


Welcome to your GoEngineer Success Plan! This plan features our most-used tools that set you up for success, and we hope you’ll be able to take advantage of each one. In this blog, let’s go through what is included with your Success Plan and how to access the most important features, including your Customer Portal account, scheduling Application Mentoring Sessions, and assigning users to Training Plans to access their Supported Self-Paced Training courses.

When removing sketch entities in SOLIDWORKS, deleting a specific portion can require extensive cleanup and adding additional sketch entities. However, the Trim Entities command will automate a lot of the busy work and allow you to trim or extend entities in your sketch in one single operation. This article explains, in-depth, uses of the SOLIDWORKS Trim Entities command and provides an overview of all the different selection options. 

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