SOLIDWORKS costing is an inbuilt tool inside SOLIDWORKS that helps a manufacturer determine the cost of manufacture of a part, straight from the raw materials to the manufacturing methods. SOLIDWORKS costing gauges the cost of the material and the possible machining method that can be used to model the part.

Compare your drawing documents using SOLIDWORKS Draw Compare

Do you need to check a drawing if there are any unnecessary changes that have been made? Do you want to compare it with the previous drawing? You can do this in SOLIDWORKS by using Draw Compare. Draw Compare can compare all entities between the two drawing documents. You will be able to see the differences with the displayed color codes in a box labeled as “Differences”. To access Draw Compare, you must go to Tools > Compare > Draw Compare.

How to create SOLIDWORKS Configuration for a Part

Why create many SOLIDWORKS part if you could just create a configuration in a single SOLIDWORKS part? Using the part configuration in SOLIDWORKS, you can vary the design by modifying the feature dimensions and tolerances, suppress features, use different sketch planes, control the configuration of a base part, change the size of Hole Wizard Holes, etc. Here is a sample of using a configuration in SOLIDWORKS part:
  1. Go to Configuration Manager.
Using SOLIDWORKS Configuration for a Part Click this icon to access the Configuration Manager. You will see your part name and a default configuration.

Tips and tricks in SOLIDWORKS Dimension

Adding dimensions to your sketches is very easy in SOLIDWORKS. You can choose a different type of dimension like vertical dimension, horizontal dimension, etc. or you can simply use Smart Dimension that can perform all of these types. Here are some tips and tricks when you use dimension tools in SOLIDWORKS: Fully Define Sketch How easy it is if you can dimension all entities in your sketch with just a single click of your mouse? By right-clicking on the graphics area you can find Fully Define Sketch.

How to avoid missing references and components in assemblies using pack and go in SOLIDWORKS

When you send SOLIDWORKS files to your clients, some of your client probably have encountered problems like missing references or components in SOLIDWORKS assembly. One of the reasons it happened is because you might have missed a component when gathering your data set. One way to avoid it is by using a pack and go in SOLIDWORKS. Pack and go can gather all your components or related files of your assembly and part into a single folder or zip file.