Hawk Ridge Systems regularly presents informational webinars to demonstrate the power of SOLIDWORKS to provide tips and tricks for users. Click the links below to access videos specific to each product.

Weldments: How to Create a Coped Pipe Cut Template

This video shows how to convert a weldment body into a flat pattern so that you can print out a paper template of the coped pipe shape and scribe it[...]

Custom Weldment Profile Creation

This video shows how to create a custom weldment profile.

Creating Custom Configured Weldment Profiles

How to create your custom weldments profiles and set it up for SOLIDWORKS to read in correctly.

Weldments, Configure Profiles

In SOLIDWORKS 2014, Weldment Profiles of structural members are now configurable! This allows for you to have only one file for a profile, with[...]

Bump Mapping and Displacement Mapping in PhotoView 360

This video will demonstrate how to apply a texture to our model for the purpose of rendering. It will also explain the difference between Bump Mapping[...]

3 Methods of Visualization in SOLIDWORKS

This video demonstrates the three types of visualizations in SOLIDWORKS: OpenGL, RealView, PV360, and when you can take advantage of each.

Section View

The new Section View feature in SOLIDWORKS 2014 allows you to now include/exclude components, providing you with a better understanding of the[...]

Solar Access Studies

SOLIDWORKS 2014 Professional and above now have the ability to add a new Sunlight light source your models. Using the Sunlight light source, which are[...]

SOLIDWORKS Automated Tolerance Stack-up Analysis

Automated Tolerance Stack-up Analysis with SOLIDWORKS Premium

SOLIDWORKS Weldments for Frame & Structure Design

SOLIDWORKS weldments provides a powerful design methodology for creating structural frames made up of standard steel and aluminum sections. Layouts[...]

2D to 3D, and Back to DWG

This video covers the process of converting a customers files from 2D to 3D. Then, taking those files and making design changes to them, and sending[...]

Introduction to TolAnalyst [Part 2]

In this video, TolAnalyst is run on an actual assembly. TolAnalyst is used to analyze tolerance stackup in your assemblies.

Introduction to TolAnalyst [Part 1]

In this video, we go over DimXpert - the first step in setting up TolAnalyst on your assembly. TolAnalyst is used to analyze tolerance stackup in your[...]

Pack & Go

This video shows how to create a Pack and Go file off an assembly and drawing.

Troubleshooting Graphics Glitches in SOLIDWORKS

This video will show some common troubleshooting techniques used by tech support to diagnose common issues leading to graphics problems in SOLIDWORKS.[...]

Positioning Components with Triad, Alt, Shift, and Ctrl Keys

In this video, we'll be taking a look at a variety of different went way to position your parts and assembly components, focusing specifically on[...]

Protect your IP with SpeedPak

SpeedPak is an outstanding feature in SOLIDWORKS for dramatically improving performance of large assemblies. But another really important aspect of[...]

Mold Tools Tricks Pt. 3: Manual Mold Making Pt. 2

In a continuation from the last video, we take advantage of the mold surface folders to make our mold ready to be split. Simple tools can be used to[...]

Mold Tools Tricks Pt. 3: Manual Mold Making Pt. 1

There are times where SOLIDWORKS mold tools may not behave exactly as needed, we will address that by manually setting up the mold. The manual process[...]

Mold Tools Tricks Pt. 2: Parting Lines and Surfaces

Here we take a look at faster ways to make a parting line and a parting surface to go along with it. Simple tricks can be used to improve efficiency[...]

Mold Tools Tricks Pt. 1: Fillet Transitions

In this video, we look at some of the ways we can address messy fillet transitions by cutting out the problem and covering it back up. This helps to[...]

Using the Selection Manager

An overview of how to use the Selection Manager for Solid Body features. Create sweeps without a sketch path and lofts or boundary bosses without any[...]

Saving, Exporting, and Resetting your SOLIDWORKS Settings

This video will walk you through the process of making a backup copy of your SOLIDWORKS settings and restoring those settings to another computer.[...]

Manually Repairing Microsoft .NET Framework

This is a how-to guide for diagnosing, removing, and reinstalling Microsoft .NET Frameworks in a Windows 7 environment. .NET Repair Tool:[...]

Create a Surface with a Varying Tangency

This video shows how to create a surface that has a varying degree of tangency to an edge. This is accomplished by creating a swept surface with twist[...]

Using the Isolate Command when Modeling

This video shows how to use the Isolate Command when modeling to make selections of geometry easier.

Changing the Document Units to Display as Fractions

This video takes a look at how to change the document units in SOLIDWORKS to display as fractions instead of decimals for both drawings and parts.

Pitfalls of Breaking File References

This video is for new users of SOLIDWORKS who would like to learn how to manage their file referencing part files.

Editing Imported Models with FeatureWorks

Using FeatureWorks (included in SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium), you can go from an imported "dumb" solid to a fully featured, native SOLIDWORKS[...]

Editing Imported Models

You can change imported models with the intuitive Direct Editing Tools included in every version of SOLIDWORKS.

Creating In-Context Conveyor Rails

This video demonstrates how to create a block from a part or assembly for use in a layout sketch.

Creating a Coped Cut Perpendicular to a Pipe

Coped cuts created by the trim command follow the profile of adjacent geometry. The Ruled Surface and Cut With Surface tools can be used to easily[...]

Swept Cut on Cylinder

A frequent question we get in support is how to model an accurate swept out on a cylinder. Use the following technique for accurate tool-body parts.

Design Library Features

This video shows how to create a design library feature for use with weldment construction, including tips on defining the geometry to ensure maximum[...]

Advanced Sweep Feature Techniques

This video shows how to use guide curves when creating sweeps, and the difference between following the path being normal to the profile.

Introduction to Macros: Costing [Pt. 2]

In this video, we will write a macro from start to finish without using the recording function.

Introduction to Macros [Pt. 1]

This video will explore the basics of macro creation in SOLIDWORKS. We will show how to record a macro, and then edit the resulting code.

Finding the Volume of a Cavity with the Intersect Tool

With the Intersect tool, you can intersect solids, surfaces, or planes to modify existing geometry, or to create new geometry. In this example, we're[...]

Converting Downloaded Parts to Assemblies

Downloaded components whose real-life counterparts have motion, such as hinges and slides, are often provided as part files. The Split and Save Bodies[...]

Flex Feature in “Clamshell” Packaging Design

Here is a common use case of the Flex feature for those of you in the packaging industry. For chamshell, blister pack, or any type of parts with a[...]

Tricks & Tips: Splitting Faces

Need to apply an appearance to a particular section of a face or want to turn your awesome sketch in different colored area. Split that face up and[...]

Equation Driven Curve Tool

We have a very powerful sketch tool in SOLIDWORKS that is often overlooked – the 'Equation Driven Curve' tool. This is a quick look at how to[...]

Trim Entities

The Trim Entities Tool has been in SOLIDWORKS for many years now, but it is still one of my favorite sketch tools. This is a quick overview of this[...]

3D Sketch Basics

This video shows the basics of 3D sketching by creating a simple wireframe.

Sketch Tips: Managing Arcs and Circle

In this video we will cover some shortcuts and best practices for creating and constraining arcs and circles in the SOLIDWORKS sketcher.

Copy-Paste vs. Derived Sketch

Here are two simple ways to re-use your sketch geometry. This video will cover how to use both methods as well as the benefits of each method vs. the[...]

Flip Plane

In 2014, SOLIDWORKS now gives you control over the direction of the plane normal.

Style Spline

The new Style Spline in SOLIDWORKS 2014 provides an entirely new and simplified process for creating smooth geometry. Style Splines do not use Spline[...]

Fixed Length Spline

SOLIDWORKS 2014 provides a new parameter for those users who desire to control the overall length of a Spline by means of simply adding a Smart[...]

Scale Sketch Picture Tool

Many products start as concept sketches, either hand drawn or with other digital rendering tools. However, images do not contain to-scale information,[...]

Replace Sketch Entities

Making drastic changes to designs through the use of completely new sketch elements can create problems if downstream features depend on that original[...]

Multi-Body Sheet Metal

This video shows how to create a multi-body sheet metal part.

Convert Sheet Metal vs. Make Sheet Metal Part

This video shows the difference between creating a sheet metal part from scratch and converting a solid part to sheet metal.

Creating a Forming Tool

Learn how to create a forming tool. The forming tool feature can be used to easily define the stopping face, faces to remove, and insertion point of[...]

Swept Flanges and Miter Flanges

This video shows the difference between a swept flange and miter flanges on a sheet metal part.

Sheet Metal Vent

This video demonstrates the use of the vent command in sheet metal.

Sheet Metal: Swept Flanges vs. Miter Flanges

This video shows the difference between creating a swept flange and creating a miter flange in sheet metal.

Sheet Metal Cone Pattern Cut

Learn how to convert a solid cone into sheet metal, and pattern a cut feature along a curve driven pattern at the flat pattern level.

Sheet Metal, Gussets

New for 2014, sheet metal gussets which can be made on a press brake can now be added as a single, simple-to-use feature in SOLIDWORKS. There is a[...]

Sheet Metal, Corner Relief

New for 2014, SOLIDWORKS has enhanced the sheet metal corner treatment functionality so you have greater control and visualization of sheet metal[...]

Sheet Metal, Lofted Bends

New for 2014, SOLIDWORKS has added the bent lofted bend capability for sheet metal parts. The new feature allows complete facet control in bend[...]

Finding Your Center (of Mass)

You can create handy reference points to the true Center of Mass (COM) of your parts, assemblies, and drawings. What used to require a workaround[...]

Managing Materials for Different Configurations

Configuring materials, using design tables to change materials and managing the favorite materials list.

Using Hole Wizard on Nonplanar Surfaces

Create holes that are normal to complex surfaces and faces quickly by using the Hole Wizard and a 3D Sketch for positioning.

The Pattern ‘Vary Sketch’ Option

Have you ever seen this check box option in the Linear Pattern property manager and wondered about it? Here’s an example of why it exists.

Multi-Body Parts and Evaluating Rebuild Times

Check out two quick ways to create mortis and tenon joints from overlapping areas without any sketches. Then find out which one is faster to rebuild[...]

Hole Wizard Slots

SOLIDWORKS 2014 now allows for an automated way to create Hole Wizard Slots. Using the Hole Wizard feature there are three new slots available: Slot,[...]

Detached Drawings

This video shows how we can save a drawing file as a detached drawing so we have some level of editing power without having to load the linked part or[...]

Drawing Templates vs. Sheet Formats

This video explains the difference between drawing templates and sheet formats, including file locations for each.

Showing Decals in Drawing Views using a Non-shaded Display Style

Ever wondered how to get your decals to show in a drawing view using a non-shaded display style? Here's a quick tip on how to utilize display states[...]

Making Quick Drawings

Make a nearly complete drawing very quickly utilizing a predefined drawing template in this Superfluous SOLIDWORKS Stunt Series video.

Increasing Sheet Size

Create all your different sheet Sizes using the same title block. There's no need to copy and paste with this method.

Drawings, Angular Running Dimensions

This video details the Angular Running Dimensions enhancement to SOLIDWORKS Drawings for 2014. It shows how to create and modify Angular Running[...]

Replace Model Tool

A new feature in SOLIDWORKS 2014, the Replace Model tool allows users to change file references between parts and parts, assemblies and assemblies,[...]

SOLIDWORKS - Large Assemblies Pt. 1: Options and Large Assembly Mode

In this video, we will explore the options available to us when maneuvering large assemblies.

Breaking Down and Creating Subassemblies

This video shows how to dissolve a subassembly and create new subassemblies from the assembly environment.

Assembly Layout Sketch

This video demonstrates how to use a layout sketch in an assembly to control the placement of equipment in a shop.

Assembly Mates and Degrees of Freedom

Assembly components have six degrees of freedom when first dropped into an assembly document. When you assign an assembly mate, you are taking away[...]

Advanced Mates: Telescoping Assembly

Use distance limit mates to create a telescoping assembly.

Recent Improvements to SpeedPak

Reviews some of the more recent improvements to the SpeedPak functionality and reviews the benefits of using this feature.

Rotational Explode Steps

SOLIDWORKS 2014 adds the ability to add rotational explode steps to your exploded videos. In this video we will explore the various options for[...]

Spherical Mates

SOLIDWORKS 2014 adds the ability to mate spherical bodies tangent to nonplanar surfaces as well as nonlinear edges and sketches. Additionally,[...]

Slot Mates

New in SOLIDWORKS 2014 is the 'Slot' mechanical mate type. The Slot Mate allows either limited motion within the slot or exact positioning.

Event Based Motion

Event Based Motion can help you simulate events that don't have precise times available to trigger events. Instead use you can use sensors or other[...]

Converting Downloaded Parts to Assemblies with Motion

Downloaded components whose real-life counterparts have motion, such as hinges and slides, are often provided as part files. The Split and Save Bodies[...]

Chain Component Pattern

This video shows the new chain pattern feature in SOLIDWORKS 2015.

Delete or Keep Body Command

Delete body command has been expanded to include "keep bodies" option, which is very useful when you want to remove all but a few bodies.

Sheet Metal in SOLIDWORKS 2015

In this video, we will discuss what's new in sheet metal for SOLIDWORKS 2015 including gussets in flat patterns, sketch bend previews, PEM fasteners[...]

Move Face Enhancements

This video highlights the added functionality of the Move Face feature where we can now set end conditions for our offsets.

Routing in 2015

SOLIDWORKS 'Pipe' Routing 2015 adds the ability to route ducting and cable trays.

How to Create a Spring that Compresses

This video demonstrates one possible way to create a spring that will compress in the context of an assembly.

AEC / BIM Support in 2015

SOLIDWORKS 2015 introduces a new tool to help with the export of SOLIDWORKS models to AEC formats. A wizard interface helps guide the user to define[...]

Linear Pattern Feature

This video shows the new enhancements made to the Linear Pattern feature in SOLIDWORKS 2015.


This video introduces the many updated made to the Costing tool in SOLIDWORKS 2015. It covers new manufacturing methods, updated stock size[...]

Consumer Products

SOLIDWORKS 2015 introduces some new tools and enhancements for advanced part modeling. From asymmetrical conic fillets to 'open' sketch cuts and[...]

Surface Modeling

SOLIDWORKS 2015 has some excellent new functionality for surfacing modeling. One of the most exciting new features available in SOLIDWORKS Premium is[...]

Asymmetric Fillets

Fillets can now be controlled to have an asymmetric shape. A different radius can be specified on each face. The preview dynamically updates to ensure[...]

Replace Mate Entities

In 2015, you can now simultaneously replace all missing mate references in failed mates, rather than repairing them one at a time.

Profile Center Mate

This video highlights the new functionality of the new Profile Center Mate to easily and efficiently mate two components together.

Width Mate

This video shows how the new functionality built into the width mate makes the telescoping assembly we made in a previous video much easier.

Explode View Enhancements

In this video we will explore some of the enhancements and added functionality in the Explode View tool in SOLIDWORKS 2015.

Variable Pattern

Learn how to use the new Variable Pattern feature in SOLIDWORKS 2015.


Some great new sketch entities and improvements to the sketching environment make creating your geometry easy and efficient in SOLIDWORKS 2015.

Zonal Section View

This video shows the new "Zonal" Section method available in SOLIDWORKS 2015. This section method make quick work of creating complex broken-out[...]

User Interface and Experience

For 2015, some great new improvements to the User Interface have been added to SOLIDWORKS to help you work more efficiently and better understand and[...]

Enhanced Workflows: Fillet Blends

This video shows a surface blending workflow involving the split line, delete face, and surface fill features. You will be shown the basics of using[...]

Enhanced Drawing Angle Dimension

This video highlights the angle dimension using imaginary lines, flipping an angle dimension to its vertically opposite angle, and flipping an angle[...]

Spline to Style Spline

A brief explanation of the differences between splines and style splines followed by a showcase of the ability to convert splines to style splines and[...]

Internal End Caps

This video reviews the new Internal End Cap capabilities in SOLIDWORKS 2015.

Gusset Enhancements

This video reviews the new types of inputs you can have in creating Gussets.