Best mouse for CAD

Choosing the best mouse for CAD is an important task for designers. The mouse is the main input device which, as a CAD drafter, you will be spending approximately 8 hours a day holding. Here’s a run down of what you should consider while choosing the best

How to Make a Nut in SolidWorks

In this tutorial, we’re going to take a look at creating a basic piece of hardware in Solidworks – the hex nut. This simple piece of hardware can be extremely useful when modeling assemblies which are bolted together. As you’ll see, creating an accurate model for a

Best Rendering Software for Sketchup

The last tutorial focused on rendering in V-ray and was specifically an introductory reference manual for beginners to rendering with SketchUp. As can be seen from the list below, V-Ray is a popular choice for people and the SketchUp team. But the list is also witness to

AutoCAD vs Inventor: Pros and Cons

Autodesk Inc. has a 20 plus year track record of sustainable, reliable, and innovative designing software reigning over the 2D and 3D design and production and pre-manufacturing phase automation domains. Hence, it is no surprise that they have separate softwares for separate purposes. The differences are a considerable

PhotoView 360 Rendering Tutorial

In this tutorial, I will teach you how to render your SolidWorks parts and assemblies with the use of PhotoView 360. Designers are often asked to provide virtual images of their models before the products are even manufactured. PhotoView 360 is a SolidWorks add-in that can produce

Where to get FREE 3D Printer Models?

Designing in 3D is exciting. If you are lucky enough to own a 3D printer (or have access to one), then I am sure you want to take advantage of it. However, your CAD skills may not be good enough to test out the printer. We have

How to Render in Sketchup – Tutorial

SketchUp is undoubtedly one of the most important and powerful tools to have in your arsenal when taking on projects and challenges involving 3D designing. But that is the domain that its power is limited to; 3D designing. The following phases of development and post-processing are beyond

Basic Weldment Profiles in SolidWorks

In this tutorial, we’ll be taking a look at creating a basic weldment profile in SolidWorks. Weldment profiles allow you to easily create welded structures such as metal frames, and define the cross-sectional area for the members used to create such structures. SolidWorks has a pre-defined library of

Use eDrawings to view SolidWorks and AutoCAD DWG Files

The SolidWorks eDrawings viewer is a very useful free tool for viewing SolidWorks files on your computer – even if you don’t own SolidWorks yourself! Find the latest version of SolidWorks eDrawings Viewer on the eDrawings website at You can use the tool to view SolidWorks,

5 SolidWorks Tips and Tricks You Should Know

Do you ever feel like your design ideas flow quicker in your mind than you can physical design in SolidWorks? Do you often find that it takes you longer than you’d originally thought to create a model in SolidWorks? We’ve all been in situations like this before.

SolidWorks Configuration Tutorial – Part 2 of 2

In Part 1 of the SolidWorks Configuration Tutorial, we covered how to create multiple configurations for a part file. In this tutorial, we’ll look at how to use that configured part to create a configured Assembly file. There are inevitably times when you’re using SolidWorks and have

SolidWorks Configuration Tutorial – Part 1 of 2

In Part 1 of this 2-part SolidWorks configuration tutorial, we will cover how to create multiple configurations for a part file. We’ll create two designs on the top rail component of a wooden chair model for use later on in an assembly file in Part 2 of

How to Add a Decal to a Part in SolidWorks – Tutorial

This SolidWorks decal tutorial will show you a way to add realistic visual detail to a component. A decal can be used to illustrate a feature such as a sticker or printed-on feature, and may be useful for marketing or presentation techniques. In this example, we will

How to Create a Spur Gear in SolidWorks

In this tutorial, we’ll create a basic spur gear using SolidWorks. The main tools we’ll be using here to create the gear are Extrude Boss, Circular Pattern, Extrude Cut, and Fillet. When we’re done, we’ll have a spur gear that you can easily modify and work with.

4 Tips to Supercharge your FILLET Command in AutoCAD

You must be aware about the FILLET tool in AutoCAD. It is an almost indispensable tool when you work with AutoCAD drawings but do you know that fillet command can be used in more efficient ways than rounding off edges? In this article I will tell you about

Best CAD Monitors for Various Budgets

When it comes to selecting hardware for your CAD system, the first thoughts that come to mind are often related to “horsepower” – lots of RAM, a high-end graphics card, a large and fast hard drive.  While having a high-end system is one of the most important

How to Engrave or Emboss Text on a Part in SolidWorks

In this tutorial, I will show you how to engrave custom text into a part using SolidWorks CAD tools. This technique can be very useful for creating laser-cut features, such as in sheet metal, or for plastic molded parts. In this example, we’ll complete both an engraved

How to Make an Assembly in SolidWorks – Tutorial

If you’ve already learned how to create a part in SolidWorks, it may not be long until you need to actually use that part in relation to other parts. In SolidWorks, this structure is called an Assembly. An Assembly is comprised of one or more SolidWorks Parts

3 Useful Types of Drawing Views in SolidWorks

Whether you are specifying dimensions for a large machined component, trying to develop assembly instructions for an assembly with many components, or need to provide non-standard views to fully define a feature, SolidWorks has the 2D drawing tools you need to produce clean, properly defined drawings. In

The 10 Best SketchUp Plugins in 2015

SketchUp is a 3D modelling program owned by Trimble Navigation and used by designers in fields of engineering and architecture. Plugins or scripts are widely added to SketchUp for enhancing the 3D experience capability. Most of them are free of charge and can be rewritten by anyone

Top 8 SolidWorks Productivity Tips for Every Designer

If you’ve just started using SolidWorks, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the number of possible features that you can use to create 3D parts and assemblies. This list of 8 SolidWorks productivity tips will help you get and stay organized, improve your workflow, and make efficient use

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