By Terence Woo
The next round of SOLIDWORKS Night School events is coming up! With just a couple of weeks until our first sessions, I thought it might be nice to give a quick preview of what’s to come.
The Night School topic for this April is Assembly Techniques. A lot of time can be spent creating and managing assemblies, so it’s important to be familiar with all of the assembly modeling tools in SOLIDWORKS.
We’ll share some core strategies and the latest improvements for working with assemblies, including:
- Top-Down Design – Top-down assembly modeling is a powerful way to design custom parts. We’ll discuss how to create virtual components, perform in-context editing, add assembly features, and manage external references.
- Toolbox Components – The toolbox is a great way to speed up assembly design. We’ll go over the options for adding toolbox components to assemblies.
- Mating Techniques – What’s your favorite way to add mates? We’ll explore different methods for mating components and check out recent additions like the slot and profile center mates.
- Assembly Troubleshooting – Oh no! Errors! It’s common to run into issues with complex assemblies. We’ll show off some tools that help to identify and repair problems.
- Large Assemblies – Performance can take a hit as the number of components increases. Lightweight, large assembly, or large design review mode can keep assemblies running smoothly.
If you haven’t been to one of our Night School events before, they're technical learning sessions about specific areas of SOLIDWORKS software. We bring out your local Hawk Ridge Systems team, serve some light refreshments, and share tips and tricks in a seminar-style presentation. It’s a great opportunity to mingle with other SOLIDWORKS users, and we always have some prizes to give away!
I’ll be presenting at our Canadian events in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Toronto, and Calgary. My colleague Ricky Huynh will be presenting at our US events in Portland, Seattle, Ontario, Irvine, and the San Francisco Bay Area. We’ll also host an online session for anyone who can’t make it out to a local event.