SolidWorks Modeling for Automation: The Mate Debate

SolidWorks assembly mates are a powerful 3D design capability, but they are often take for granted. Designers expect them to work every time, all the time, even when mating information isn’t 100% clear to the software. If you’re using SolidWorks assembly mates in a design automation scenario, and you’re experiencing some frustration with SolidWorks’ behavior, […]

Rule Efficiency in Design Automation

One of the biggest complaints about design automation is performance. Companies are outraged that the tool runs for a whole hour to complete a process that used to take four to six weeks. Despite the obvious lack of perspective here, it is a design automation best practice to consider performance and optimize rules wherever possible. […]

Swapping Models in SolidWorks

Design Automation is very powerful when creating unique “same as, but” models for new jobs. But in many cases, people are doing configure-to-order (CTO) just as much as they are doing engineer-to-order (ETO). Configure-to-order means utilizing standard components and using the automation to determine the logic for which component, or which size of a component, to put in an assembly. Configuring […]