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The Future of 3d cad software market cloud based

The Future of 3D CAD Software Market – Cloud Based or Desktop?


The Future of 3D CAD Software Market - Cloud Based or Desktop?

Future of 3D CAD Software


‍3D modeling and design software are one of the biggest trends in the industry right now. It’s no wonder; with so many different applications to choose from, it can be difficult to find the perfect solution for your company. Luckily, the industry is ripe for innovation, which will only increase with the future demand for 3D cad software. 

This blog post will cover some key points from our report and provide further insight into the future of 3D CAD Design Software.

3D CAD Design Software Market Size, By Product and Service

The 3D CAD Design Software market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 34.3% during the forecast period, with market size of $8.8 billion in 2019 and $12.2 billion by this year. Rising demand for 3D printing and increasing demand for advanced manufacturing technologies are the major factors driving the market.

3D CAD Software Market Size

In addition to the rising demand for customized products and advanced design software are some of the other factors driving the market. Geographically, North America led the market in 2017, followed by Europe and Asia-Pacific.

The market for 3D CAD Design Software is highly consolidated. These factors, as well as increasing investments in research and development activities, are the key growth drivers for the market.

3D CAD Design Software Market Growth Factors

The market for 3D CAD Design Software is expanding with increasing investments in research and development activities.

The advent of cloud-based solutions has helped in providing end-to-end solutions for product design. Moreover, the growing adoption of IoT across various industries is also a major factor in the market growth.

Rising demand for customized products and advanced design software are some of the other factors driving the market. The Internet of Things (IoT) and advanced machine intelligence are driving innovations in autonomous manufacturing.

These factors, as well as increasing investments in research and development activities, are the key growth drivers for the market.

Market Dynamics:

Market Dynamics of 3D CAD Design Software

The 3D CAD Design Software market has witnessed significant growth owing to the growing demand for advanced manufacturing technologies. Increasing demand for customized products and advanced design tools drives the growth of 3D CAD market.

Market growth is expected to driven by the increasing adoption of IoT across various industries, along with investments in R&D activities. However, regulatory guidelines are hindering market growth.

Market Prospects: Key Players and Future Trends

Cloud-based solutions are also becoming more popular, which is expected to further accelerate market growth.

A CAGR of 34.3% is projected for the Cloud-based Design market from 2018-2022.

Furthermore, the increasing use of 3D printing for manufacturing has been a challenge for the market.

Besides, the market is segmented based on the type of product, end-user, and geography. The report, therefore, provides comprehensive insights into the market, evaluates the market prospects, and provides key insights into the future of the market.


This market is one of the fastest growing markets in the CAD Software sector. The adoption of Cloud-based Design Software such as 3DExperience SolidWorks is expected to be driven by its potential to improve the quality and efficiency of product design and manufacturing.

On top of that, the increasing demand for customized products is expected to drive the market in the near future.

Rename file in SOLIDWORKS using Pack & go

How to Rename/Change the file name in SOLIDWORKS using Pack & Go for revision change


Rename/Change the File Name In SOLIDWORKS using Pack and GO for Revision Change

In this blog we are going to see how we can use a hide function in “Pack and Go” option for replacing the text in the file name.

Pack and go option is one of the popular options that we all use to know; it will help us to get all the reference files of any assembly or drawing so you can share can it with others or to create a complete backup.


To open Pack and Go dialog box Select File --> Pack and GO

Prefix and suffix option in the pack and go dialogue box will use to add the text in front or back of your file name correspondingly

For example, you have added R1 in your suffix and saved a file for a revision change

Revision change or renaming in SOLIDWORKS

Now you need to make a revision R2 in the renamed file

In this scenario, you can use the option select/replace

Click the button and you will see the dialogue box as below

Pack & go - Select replace

Now you can just enter R1 in find and R2 in replace and then close select/replace dialogue box

So all your file name has been renamed from R1 to R2.

Pack & go - rename file

You also have two check boxes as case sensitive and exact match.

Pack & go - Select replace criteria

Case sensitive check box will help to ignore case sensitivity in the characters

And Exact match check box will help you to relax the space between the word

For example, if you have a file name “universal jointR1” you find in R1 will not help to find this R1 since this jointR1 is a single word, in this case, you can uncheck the exact match check box so it will recognize R1 and it can be replaced with R2

Hope this blog is useful.


Electrical Connection Points & Auto routing wires Blog

How to Create Electrical connection points & Auto-routing wires?

How to create Electrical connection points and Auto-routing wires?

In this blog post, I will explain both electrical connection points & auto-routing wires in SOLIDWORKS and provide some useful tips on how you can achieve them faster, and easier.

Creating connections between electrical components is a very common task in electrical design. These connections often need to be made and verified before moving on or even before the schematic capture stage. Auto-routing wires to make connections and keep track of which connection goes where is also a common requirement for electrical designers.

Let's look at the below example.

The Contactor is an Electrical component designed in SOLIDWORKS. The function of this electrical component is to act as a fuse. This is the Device that protects every other component.

When creating an electrical connection, a connector connection point specifies where mating connections should be positioned.

Electrical Component Connection Points

Steps to create Electrical connection points and auto-generate routing wires

Step 1: 

In order to create an Electrical connection point, we need to find the component wizard in the toolbar.

The electrical component wizard tool can be found by clicking Tools --> SOLIDWORKS Electrical --> Electrical component wizard. By clicking this, a new tab will be opened as shown in the below image.

Electrical Component Wizard


Step 2:

Click on the Routing Component Wizard tab --> Routing Functionality points --> Add.

It will direct you to the SOLIDWORKS component file.

Routing Component Wizard

Step 3: Add a C point to the component for wire connection

Once the existing sketch is selected you can able to find the red arrow. This arrow shows the direction of the terminal in which wires will be get connected.

Add C Point to component for wire connection

After adding C points, wire routing will be auto-generated.

Auto routing Wire generation

When you've completed all of the component checkpoints. The wire will be automatically connected to those places. The schematic will automatically link the components.

Benefits of using SOLIDWORKS Electrical routing:

  1. Using SOLIDWORKS electrical helps you to save time in creating simplified wire routing for your design.
  2. Provides you the flexibility to change your wire route at any point in time which will also automatically update drawings accordingly.

Mistakes to avoid in SOLIDWORKS Electrical routing:

1. Don't use the wrong units

One of the most common mistakes made by new users is using the wrong units when creating electrical diagrams. You should always use metric units such as milliamps (mA), volts (V), ohms (Ω), and amps (A). If you're unsure what unit to use, check out our guide on choosing the right units.

2. Don't forget to include the ground plane

Another mistake that's easy to make is forgetting to include the ground plane in your electrical diagram. This is especially true if you're drawing a circuit with multiple phases. In this case, each phase will need its own ground plane.

3. Don't forget to add the neutral wire

If you've ever worked on a project where you had to run wires through walls, floors, ceilings, and other structures, then you know how difficult it can be to find a good place to route them. You might even end up running into walls, floors, and ceilings again as you try to figure out where to put the next one.

4. Don't forget to connect the wires properly

One of the biggest mistakes people make when routing cables is forgetting to connect them together. This means that you'll need to cut off the ends of each wire before connecting them together.

5. Don't forget to check the continuity

Double-check the wires connection. You can do this by checking the continuity between two points. Simply select one point and then another, and click the Continuity button. If the connection is correct, the light will turn green.



Thus in this blog, I have shared everything you need to know to create electrical connection points and auto-generated routing wires in SOLIDWORKS. I hope this article makes you learn about the benefits and things to remember & mistakes to avoid in wire routing between electrical components.

If you have any difficulties, kindly reach out to our technical experts for immediate assistance.

Empty SOLIDWORKS Drawing Views

An Easy Guide to Resolve Empty SOLIDWORKS Drawing Views


An Easy Guide to Resolve Empty SOLIDWORKS Drawing Views

A troubleshooting guide is always useful to have at hand when working with a new program. You never know when you’ll run into a hurdle that needs to be solved. In this post, we’ll take you through a troubleshooting guide for empty SOLIDWORKS drawing views.

Read on for more details about this topic and tips that may help you solve the problem in a more efficient manner.

What is a drawing view?

A drawing view is a type of dynamic sheet that is used to display information about a model. It is created using an embedded sheet and a dynamic sheet.

You can have multiple drawings open at the same time, and each drawing has an independent sheet with its own properties. When you close any one of them, it will also close all the other drawings that are other sub-elements of that sheet.

The embedded sheet displays the model, and the dynamic sheet is what you see when you open the drawing. In other words, the embedded sheet is the model, and the dynamic sheet is the cover sheet.

What are empty drawing views?

Empty drawing views are a problem related to the missing view on a sheet while drawing. It is a very common issue in SOLIDWORKS, and it can happen for many different reasons.

One reason why you may see an empty sheet is because of missing views. When these are missing, the sheet will show nothing. In short, if there are no views showing on a sheet, it won’t show anything.

Another reason why you may see an empty sheet is that you have an issue with the view settings of the sheet. When these are set to invisible, the sheet view will show nothing.

If you are experiencing the problem that all the views of the sheet are missing, then you can try the following solutions.

How to find empty drawing views in SOLIDWORKS?

As mentioned previously, empty drawing views are caused by missing or hidden views on a sheet. You can easily spot them because the sheet will be completely empty.

There are two ways to find out if you have any empty drawing views. The first one is by using the View Status command. Simply click on the status bar at the top of the drawing area, and you will see this option.

The second way is by using the View Control command. This is found under the View menu, and it gives you more options related to the views on a sheet.

Solve the problem with SOLIDWORKS Drawing Views

The most efficient way to solve the problem with SOLIDWORKS drawing views is by changing the view settings of the sheet. If you have an empty sheet because of hidden views, you can simply change the view settings of the sheet to visible.

You can also change the options by right-clicking on the sheet tab and selecting the view settings from the context menu. In both cases, you will have the view settings visible on the sheet.

If you don’t want the sheet to show anything, simply change the settings to invisible. If you want to display something, change the settings accordingly.

Simply changing the view settings of the sheet won’t solve the problem, but it will at least let you see something. You should also change the view settings in the model so that it overrides the settings of the sheet.

Solve the problem with Empty SOLIDWORKS Drawing Views

In SOLIDWORKS do you view empty views when you open the drawing?

Where did the views and notes go?


Empty SOLIDWORKS Drawing views

We are not happy to see our drawing views displayed like the above image right?

Let's dig deep and know why it is happening.

What causes views to be empty?

What happened was that the model(s) may have been moved from their previous folder to another folder, but the drawing is not updated with references, so it opens with blank displays Because the specified model drawing does not expect it to be.

If the drawing is already open while the model is moved to the new location, the issue is now resolved. The drawing reference will be updated.

How to resolve the empty view Issue?

  • Close the drawing (no need to save)
  • Next, we have to choose Solidworks Home tab > resent document > reference


Select references


Select File --> Open --> Select the drawing, but do not open yet --> References --> Double-click the model --> browse to the model’s new location


SOLIDWORKS Drawing - importing assembly

Double-click the model to browse to its new location.

SOLIDWORKS Drawing - Edit reference file


The new folder path dialog box will be displayed in green and press OK to confirm the change

Now, we need to select the recent drawing.

Select drawing in documents


Thus drawing Views are now populated!

Resolved empty SOLIDWORKS Drawing views

The drawing will now be displayed in all views, and all Annotations will be displayed.


In this article, we discussed a troubleshooting guide for empty SOLIDWORKS drawing views.

We looked at what a drawing view is, what are empty drawing views? and how to find out if you have an empty drawing view on a sheet?

We also discussed how to solve the problem with SOLIDWORKS drawing views, and provided solutions for both the model and sheet view settings.

We hope this guide will help you solve the problem more quickly and efficiently.


SOLIDWORKS 3D INTERCONNECT : It’s Not as Difficult as You Think

SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect and Extracting Features

The SOLIDWORKS 3D InterConnect feature enables you to create solid models from other CAD data, including CATIA and Pro/Engineer. Extracting allows for the ability to reverse engineer parts using SOLIDWORKS by removing material from a complete part, generating features that were cut during the process.

SOLIDWORKS has the capability to work with third-party native CAD data files which include ACIS, Autodesk Inventor, CATIA v5 (.CAT part, .CAT Product), IGES, PTC, SOLID EDGE, NX files as shown in Fig(A)

SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect



Importing STEP/IGES files and Extracting the Features

SOLIDWORKS has a special option to extract and recognize all the features from other CAD files or STEP/IGES files.

Let us see the step by step process for extracting features from a STEP file

Step 1:

SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect importing step file

Fig (B)

Open a STEP file directly into SOLIDWORKS. Once after opening, the part will be viewed as an imported STEP part as shown in fig (C)

SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect view step file



Step 2:

Right-clicking the STEP part file allows you to click on the “Dissolve feature” option which will prompt you to break the link of the part initially as shown in Fig (D)


SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect dissolve feature

Fig (D)


The below picture shows you the break link dialog box after clicking on the dissolve feature. Click on the “yes, break the link” option as shown in Fig (E)


                                      SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect break line option  Fig(E)


Step 3:

Breaking the link from the previous step will convert the step part file into an imported geometry. You can extract the feature only after converting it into an imported file.

Right-click the imported file and go to feature works -> Recognize features. This will induce the user to extract the standard features or sheet metal features as per the wish shown in Fig(F) and (G)


SOLIDWORKS recognize feature option                                 SOLIDWORKS feature works options

Fig(F)                                                                                          Fig(G)


Step 4:

The Complete recognition of the remaining features in the imported body. When recognition is complete, the imported body no longer appears in the SOLIDWORKS Feature Manager design tree.

SOLIDWORKS feature manager



In this blog, we have elaborated on how to use SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect. I hope you can now easily navigate with the options shown and improve your design. If you have already used 3D Interconnect options and faced any issues please comment below so that our technical team will assist you to solve the issue.


5 Steps to Create Cables in SOLIDWORKS Electrical


How to Create cables in SOLIDWORKS Electrical


In this blog post, I will show you how to create cables in SOLIDWORKS Electrical. There are many guides out there on how to create cables, but most of them leave out important details, or worse, are simply wrong.

Cables play a very important role in electrical and electronic systems, carrying electrical current between components. They are found in a wide variety of applications, from smartphones and laptops to cars and industrial machinery.

5 steps to create cables in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

STEP 1: Open cable reference manager

In the library, select cable reference manager to open a new table. Then create a new reference and classification manager.

The classification manager is like a folder in which we can filter with different standards.


create electrical cable


STEP 2: Create new cable properties

Select the new reference option in the cable reference manager ribbon.

electrical cable reference manager

The cable reference properties tab will be opened. We have to provide our specification which includes dia,, color, cores, core dia these are the important things needed to be updated in the property tab

Electrical Cable properties

STEP 3: Assign cable core properties

Cable core properties are found on the same tab as the third choice at the top. There, we must enter the number of cores required for the cable.

electrical cable core properties

We must also indicate the dia of the core we require, as well as control over whether it is a miscellaneous, power, or neutral core. This tab also allows users to pick the colors of the cores.

STEP 4: Assign cable between components

After we have built the new cable, we must place it and assign it to the components that require it.

associate cable cores

Wires are drawn & cable is created after the components have been placed.

STEP 5: Associate cable cores

Now, we must use the new cable option to add the cable to the associated cable cores tab. After that, we must choose the cable we made in the library manager.

At the bottom, we must select four wires in addition to the four cores.

After choosing all of them, we should use the associate cable cores option at the top of the page as shown in the below image.

solidworks electrical - associated cable core

Once paired, it will turn green, and the origin and destination will be updated as well.

The cable is also added to wires, and a cable mark is seen between the components.


In this article, we'll walk you through the process of creating electrical cables in SOLIDWORKS Electrical. This process can be a little tricky, but with our help, you'll be able to create cables that are both accurate and efficient. If you have any questions or need immediate technical assistance, please contact us today. We'll be happy to help!

Tips to choose 3DExperience SOLIDWORKS authorized reseller

Tips for Choosing Best SOLIDWORKS Authorized Reseller

How to choose SOLIDWORKS Authorized Reseller?


If you are a designer or engineer and looking for 3DEXPERIENCE Works & SOLIDWORKS software, you might be wondering how to choose an authorized reseller. It’s important to select a reseller that can provide the best possible service and support.

Before getting to know the factors that we need to consider when choosing an authorized reseller, first let us understand the difference between 3DEXPERIENCE Works & SOLIDWORKS.


SOLIDWORKS is a 3D CAD software that helps you design and engineer products. It allows you to create 3D models, assemblies, and drawings of your product. SOLIDWORKS is used by engineers, designers, and other product professionals to create products of all shapes and sizes.

SOLIDWORKS Offers different desktop solutions as follows

  1. 3D CAD
  2. Simulation
  3. PDM
  4. Electrical
  5. CAM
  6. Composer
  7. Inspection
  8. MBD
  9. Visualize
  10. Draftsight

What is 3DEXPERIENCE Works?

The 3DEXPERIENCE (3DX) platform is a collaborative environment that allows companies to create in new ways. It gives businesses a comprehensive, clear insight into their operations and ecosystems by bringing the community, ideas, knowledge, and solutions together in one space.

3DEXPERIENCE Works offers a cloud-based solution to the user that is

  1. Design/ Engineering
  2. Simulation/ SIMULIA
  3. Management/ Collaboration
  4. Manufacturing ERP/ DELMIA
  5. Manufacturing/ Production
  6. Marketing/ Sales

Who are 3DEXPERIENCE Works & SOLIDWORKS authorized resellers?

3DEXPERIENCE Works & SOLIDWORKS authorized resellers are partners who have been certified by the SOLIDWORKS Corporation to sell and support the 3DEXPERIENCE Works & SOLIDWORKS software. They undergo rigorous training and are held to high standards. Because of this, you can be sure that an authorized reseller will be familiar with the software and be able to help you get the most out of it.Solidworks Authorized Reseller


When choosing a reseller, it's important to consider not only the price but also the level of service you can expect. Look for a reseller who is knowledgeable, responsive, and has a good reputation in the community.

How to choose the best 3DEXPERIENCE Works & SOLIDWORKS authorized reseller for your business?

When you're looking for a 3DEXPERIENCE Works & SOLIDWORKS authorized reseller, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

First, decide what's most important to you.

Do you need someone who can provide local support?

Are you looking for a reseller who can offer training or consulting services? Or do you need someone who can provide equipment and software?

You'll also want to make sure the reseller is qualified and experienced in the 3DEXPERIENCE Works & SOLIDWORKS software. Ask for references and check out online reviews to see what other customers have said.

Once you've narrowed down your options, schedule a consultation to discuss your needs and find the best solution for your business.

How to maintain a good relationship with your SOLIDWORKS authorized reseller?

It's important to remember that you and your authorized reseller are partners. You need each other to succeed, so it's important to maintain a good relationship. Here are a few tips for doing just that:

Communicate regularly: Let your reseller know what your needs are and ask for help when you need it. They're there to support you, so take advantage of that.

Stay up to date: Make sure you're always using the latest version of 3DEXPERIENCE Works & SOLIDWORKS and that your licenses are up to date. This will help avoid any compatibility issues.

Say thank you: A little appreciation never hurt anyone. Show your reseller some love every once in a while—they'll appreciate it!

The benefits of working with a SOLIDWORKS VAR

When it comes to choosing a SOLIDWORKS VAR, it's important to consider the benefits of working with one.

For starters, an authorized reseller is extensively trained in 3DEXPERIENCE Works & SOLIDWORKS software and can provide expert advice and support. They can also help you optimize your design process and make the most of the software's capabilities.

Additionally, an authorized reseller is up-to-date on the latest 3DEXPERIENCE Works & SOLIDWORKS releases and enhancements, so you can be confident that you're always working with the latest version of the software.

Plus, they offer a wide range of services, from training and support to implementation and customization, so you can find exactly what you need to get the most out of 3DEXPERIENCE Works & SOLIDWORKS.


When it comes to choosing the best 3DEXPEREINCE Works & SOLIDWORKS authorized reseller for your business, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out where to start. That's why we(SIMTEK India) have put together this guide, to help make the process as easy as possible.

By following these tips, you'll be able to find a reseller that can provide you with the best SOLIDWORKS software possible, while also meeting your specific business needs. Plus, by establishing a good relationship with your authorized reseller, you'll be able to get the most out of your SOLIDWORKS software.

Industrial simulation software

How Simulation Software Can Help You Optimize Your Industrial Processes?


How Simulation Software Can Help You Optimize Your Industrial Processes?

Definition and benefits of industrial simulation software

Industrial simulation software helps engineers optimize industrial processes. Simulation software can predict the behavior of a product or process under different conditions. This information can help engineers troubleshoot problems and improve products and processes. The benefits of using industrial simulation software include:

    • Reduced manufacturing time and cost
    • Improved product quality
    • More efficient use of resources
    • Enhanced safety

Simulation software can also be used to evaluate the effectiveness of a process after it has been implemented. The user can then experiment with different variables to find the best solution.

For example, simulation software can be used to optimize the performance of a machine tool. The user may want to determine how different speeds, feeds, and depths affect tool wear and part quality. Simulation software can simulate many different combinations of these variables, allowing the user to try out different solutions and determine which combination is best.

    • How fast should the machine run?
    • What is the ideal speed for cutting & best cut depth?
    • What is the most efficient feed rate?

The answers to these questions depend on many factors including material type and cost as well as part accuracy and tolerance requirements. Simulation software allows users to experiment with different combinations and find an optimal solution that meets all design constraints.

How to use CAE and CFD to optimize your industrial processes?

There are two main types of simulation software used by industrial engineers

    1. CAE (Computer-Aided Engineering)
    2. CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics)

What is CAE software & its applications?

CAE software is used to analyze a product's structure & optimize the design of a product. Thus make sure it meets all structural criteria, such as weight, strength, or stiffness.

For example, FEA can help you optimize your product design to make sure it is structurally sound.

CAE Software


This Finite Element Analysis software in the aerospace industry is applied to optimize aircraft design and make sure that aircraft components are structurally sound.

It can also assist you in refining your product development to save money on materials and storage while ensuring that your design satisfies all safety laws.

Structural analysis software is often used in the automotive industry to make sure that car parts are structurally sound and meet safety regulations.

For example, structural analysis software helps you to analyze the strength of your car's frame and body panels or the stiffness of your car's suspension system.

What is CFD Software & its applications?

CFD software is used to analyze the fluid flow and heat transfer. It has become an integral aspect of the engineering design process, facilitating designers in improving their problem-solving skills.

CFD Software


Computational Fluid Dynamics simulation software also provides valuable information to make decisions, rather than relying on guesswork or intuition. It is a very useful tool for engineers in any field, but especially in the case of mechanical engineering.

In fact, it is now common for mechanical engineers to use CFD modelling and analysis in order to design anything from cars and planes to ships and turbines.

For example, CFD software can help you optimize your process layout to minimize energy consumption and production costs.

Why simulation is important to your industrial processes?

Simulation software is important to your industrial processes because it allows you to optimize those processes. It allows you to see how different changes will affect the outcome of your process, so you can make the best decisions for your business.

Let's know how it will help you in terms of business as well as optimize your manufacturing process.

    • How simulation software is important for your manufacturing processes?

It's complicated & hard to understand how changing one thing will affect the rest of the manufacturing process.

With simulation software, however, you can see what will happen when you change something in your process. You can test different scenarios to find out which one is best for your business. This will save you time and money in the long run, so your business is more successful than ever before.

    • How is simulation important for your business?

Your business will be more successful if you understand your processes.

You can use simulation software to see how different adjustments to the process impact the end result. You'll be able to make informed judgments and stay ahead of the competition as a result. Simulation software is an excellent alternative if you're looking for an answer to enhance your business.

The 4 Steps to choosing a simulation tool based on your use case:

It is important to select the appropriate simulation tool for the specific use case.

    • First step: To identify which domains are of interest.
    • Second step: To determine the level of fidelity required for the analysis.
    • Third step: To choose the simulation software based on the identified requirements.
    • Fourth step: To execute the simulation and analyze the results.

To optimize & increase your industrial process, SIMTEK offers simulation software under two categories that best suit your industry and requirements. They are

    1. Desktop solution - SOLIDWORKS Simulation, SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, SOLIDWORKS Plastics
    2. Cloud solution - SIMULIA (A single platform that can solve CAE, CFD, and Plastic flow analysis)

How to work with simulation software?

One of the benefits of simulation software is that it allows you to explore different design scenarios and make changes to your designs quickly and easily. Also, use it to verify the performance of your designs before they're put into production.

It's important to work closely with your simulation software provider(SIMTEK - Best Authorized SOLIDWORKS reseller in India) to get the most out of the tools they offer. We can help you set up simulations, meshing, and analysis procedures that will give you the results you need.

With the right tools and a little bit of know-how, you can optimize your industrial processes for better performance and reduced costs.


Through this article, I have simplified how industrial simulation software can help you optimize your industrial processes by providing a more accurate view of what is happening in your process. With CAE and CFD, you can improve the efficiency of your industrial processes, reduce waste, and optimize your product design.

An Ultimate Guide to SOLIDWORKS Configuration Properties

An Ultimate Guide to SOLIDWORKS Configuration Properties


An Ultimate Guide to SOLIDWORKS Configuration Properties

What are SOLIDWORKS Configuration Properties?

Most companies use SOLIDWORKS configurations properties to create custom designs in order to control the product results or details. These configurations are like LEGO building blocks and make up the skeleton of a 3D product. Before exploring the types of configurations, let’s first understand what they do internally.

Configuration properties are a set of settings that allow you to control the way your part or assembly behaves. They let you customize the way SOLIDWORKS handles your models, making it possible to fine-tune their performance and appearance.

Configuration properties can be accessed in a number of ways, but the easiest way to change them is through the ConfigurationManager.

This window contains all of the settings for each configuration, and it can be opened by going to Tools > Configuration Manager.

Purpose of configuration

Configurations allow you to create multiple variations of a part or assembly model within a single document.

In part documents, configurations allow you to create families of parts with different dimensions, features, and properties, including custom properties. Simplified versions of the design by suppressing components.



Without component configuration
With component configuration

How to edit SOLIDWORKS Configuration Properties?

Configuration can act as a different version of a part in the same file.

For example, We used bolts (M10-M26) for creating configurations with multi-dimensions.

When you create or edit configurations manually, you use the add configuration in property Manager. Drawings do not have configurations but they display different configurations of the file reference.

Use configuration:

Configuration is located in the property Manager. Click the icon the configuration tab has opened. In the configuration manager tab configuration and display, states are be listed.

Click the point and drag down to split the property manager. It will helpful for using configuration and feature manager design tree as a same tab, See the image for your reference.

Adding configuration:

To add configuration right-click the part in the configuration manager design tree. Create a name, choose the bill of material option complete the command.

Options are available to control the name in the bill of material. They are document name, configuration name, and user-specified name.

Note: In this configure the special characters such as the slash (/) not allowed.

The part number displayed when used in a bill of materials Specifies how to list the assembly or part in a Bill of Materials. Select an option
Document Name The part number is the same as the document name.
Configuration Name The part number is the same as the configuration name.
User Specified Name The part number is a name that you enter.


In the sketch, while applying smart dimension a modified dialog box appears. Click the ‘This configuration’ after clicking ok. Configure has added on that particular dimension and that active configuration.

Follow these steps is same for next new adding configuration.

While using ‘This configuration’ all smart dimensions are particular for that configuration. While using ‘All configurations’ is the value used in all created configuration. While using ‘Specify configuration’ is that the particular dimensions are used common for all created configuration.

After created configuration the various lists of bolt sizes appeared on single part file. For reference the image shown.

When to make changes to Configuration Properties

There are a few instances where you might need to alter your Configuration Properties.

For example, you might need to change the values if you're experiencing errors or if you want to optimize your design.

Another common situation where you might need to make changes is when you're working with different versions of SOLIDWORKS.

In these cases, the best practice is to create a new configuration file and rename it according to the version of SOLIDWORKS you're using. This will help ensure that all your files are properly organized and easy to find.

When not to make changes to Configuration Properties

Configuration Properties are an important part of your SOLIDWORKS file, and making changes to them can be helpful in customizing your design.

However, there are some times when you should avoid making changes. Here are a few situations when you should avoid altering Configuration Properties:

When you want to

    • Create a new part or assembly from an existing one
    • Send your file to someone else
    • Save a copy of your file with a different name

Best practices for editing Configuration Properties

When editing Configuration Properties, it's important to keep the following in mind:

    • ALWAYS save your changes before exiting the PropertyManager
    • Make small, incremental changes rather than big jumps
    • If you're not sure what a setting does, leave it at its default value
    • NEVER edit a property that will impact the performance of your parts or assemblies


SOLIDWORKS Configuration Properties provide a way to customize how SOLIDWORKS behaves and how your data is processed. It's important to be aware of the implications of changing these settings and to use them in a way that will best optimize your workflow.

With a little bit of understanding and some trial and error, you can master SOLIDWORKS Configuration Properties and make them work for you.

How to Create Project Curves in SOLIDWORKS

How to Create Project Curves in SOLIDWORKS


How to create project curves in SOLIDWORKS

What are project curves in SOLIDWORKS?

Project curves are used to create a smooth curve between two points in a 3D space. They can be used for a variety of purposes, such as creating a swept surface or blending two surfaces together. It plays an important role in SOLIDWORKS design projects. They allow you to control the shape of your model and help you to create more accurate drawings. In this article, we will show you how to create & use them in your designs.

Steps to create project curves in SOLIDWORKS

For example - Paddleboard design

The following steps provide the method to create project curves in paddleboard design

Step 1: Click the features tab.

Step 2: Click curves and then click project curve as shown in the below image.

Step 3: In the project curve select the type of projection type as sketch on sketch as shown in the below image.

Step 4: In the sketch on sketch dialog box click the first reference sketch4 as shown in the below image.

Step 5: Then you can able to see that both sketch 4 and sketch 1 are combined with each other as a single curve as shown in the below image.


In this article, we've shown you how to create a project curve in SOLIDWORKS.

While this process is relatively simple, there may be times when you need some help. That's where our team comes in! We offer immediate assistance for all your SOLIDWORKS needs, so don't hesitate to contact us today.

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