Each week we’re sharing a new tip with you here on the ‘Smack to help elevate your CAD game to a new level.

Our goal is to mix up the weekly tips to cover a wide variety of ground for using CAD effectively as a product design tool. Some weeks might feature basic form-building exercises to get your modeling muscles in shape and some weeks might feature rendering theory tips to make your sure your final projects are looking sharp.

While the bulk of the tutorials will utilize SolidWorks and MODO, we are always open to requests for other programs including Autodesk Fusion 360, Rhino, Adobe Creative Suite and others.

All of the videos come from our industrial design training site cadjunkie. Be sure to head over there for the entire archive of Hump Day tips and the expansive library of in-depth training content!

SolidWorks Hump Day Tips 09: Creating Flexible Assemblies


One of the most exciting (or frustrating!) parts of working in SolidWorks is finding new ways of doing the same thing. Oftentimes this can come in the form of finding a new tool or feature that rapidly speeds up your workflow and prevents unnecessary work.

Such is the case with the ‘Make Subassembly Flexible’ tool. In this video we’ll go over how to easily make subassemblies easier to work with within the context of mates and larger assemblies.

  • Why would you want a flexible assembly?
  • What currently works and does not work? Why or why not?
  • Overview of ‘Make Subassembly Flexible’ tool

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