Best Practices for Managing SOLIDWORKS Large Assembly Models


Did you miss attending SOLIDWORKS World 2016?

Well, good news: Tom Cote’s presentation Best Practices for Managing Large Assembly Models was recorded and you can watch it for free! This was one of the more popular sessions from SOLIDWORKS World that will provide advice on how to get large part and assembly models to perform more efficiently. You will learn:

  • What is a large SOLIDWORKS assembly and why is it important?
  • What affects performance and how do we measure it?
  • Which features and options have a negative or positive impact on performance?
  • What tools in SOLIDWORKS can help performance?

WATCH NOW HERE and see the capabilities in SOLIDWORKS that can help you accelerate your design process, save time and development costs, and increase productivity. Special thanks to Dassault Systems for recording this presentation.

July SWUG Appearances


Applied CAD Solutions is excited to be visiting the following SWUGs this July:

Louisville SOLIDWORKS User Group, July 12th

For more information and registration visit the SWUG Calendar


Central Indiana SOLIDWORKS User Group, July 13th

Topic 1: Global Variable, Linked Dim’s and Equations
Topic 2:  Understanding File Management and References

For more information and registration visit


Greater Evansville Area SOLIDWORKS User Group, July 14th

Topic 1: Global Variable, Linked Dim’s and Equations
Topic 2: Tips & Tricks

For more information and registration visit the SWUG Calendar

First NHSWUG Meeting of 2016!

Join us for the first NHSWUG meeting of 2016!

Where: Daniel Webster College 20 University Drive, Nashua, NH 03063

When: Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 5:15 – 9:30 pm


5:15 – 6:15 Eat, Mingle, Network

6:15 – 6:30 Business and Introductions

6:30 – 7:30 Global Variables, Equations and Linked Equations – Tom Cote, Applied CAD Solutions

7:30 – 8:00 Break, networking

8:00 – 9:00 What’s New in SW 2016 – John Nolin, SolidXperts

9:00 – 9:15 Business, Giveaways and Closing

For full details and RSVP

We look forward to seeing you there!

ACS Owner, Tom Cote, is Presenting at SOLIDWORKS World 2016


While many of you are counting down the days until the holidays, we are getting excited for SOLIDWORKS World 2016! SWW2016 will be held from January 31 — February 3, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. The best part is that Applied CAD Solutions owner, Tom Cote, will have two presentations:

Managing & Best Practices for Large Assembly Models

Monday, February 1, 2016 from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm during the Technical Training Sessions


Equations, Linked Dimensions and Global Variables (Hands-On)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm during the Technical Training Sessions


Be sure to mark your calendars for these two awesome events and check out the full SWW2016 Agenda

December SWUG Visits

BANSWUG Meeting on December 3rd

Topics: “New Product Tour: SOLIDWORKS Industrial Conceptual and SOLIDWORKS Visualize”

Where: ITT Technical Institute – Boston North Campus, 200 Ballardvale Street #200, Wilmington, MA 01887

When: 5:30 pm – 9:00pm

RSVP: By visiting the BANSWUG website

CMASWUG Meeting on December 9th

Topics: “DriveWorks Express & DriveWorks” by Jason Pancoast and “Geometry Repair & the Feature Manager” by Laura Weismantle.

Where: Porter and Chester Institute, 220 Brooks St, Worcester, MA 01606

When: 5:15 pm – 9:15pm

RSVP: By visiting the CMASWUG website


Recent SWUG Guest Appearance:


Tom visited the PCBSWUG on November 5th to present Tips and Tricks for using SOLIDWORKS. The PCBSWUG is in Panama City, Florida. For more information about the event and who attended, check out the Eventbrite event.


Stay Tuned…

We will be announcing more information about presenting at SOLIDWORKS WORLD 2016 :)

Upcoming SWUG Meetings


See us at the following SWUG Meetings:

The next BAN-SWUG meeting is on September 29 in Waltham, MA from 5:30 – 9:00 pm

Presentation topics include a live demo of the Markforg3D Mark One Printer, PD/UX Breakout Sessions, and Using BOMs to Represent a Family of Parts. This meeting will be held at ProSource, which is located at 333 Wyman Street #225, Waltham, MA 02451. For information visit the site:


The next CMA-SWUG meeting is on October 7 in Worcester, MA from 5:30 – 9:30 pm

This meeting will be held at Primetals Technologies, 40 Crescent Street, Worcester, MA

For more information, presenters and meeting topics please visit our site:

Upcoming SWUG events in August

CMA-SWUG Meeting — August 5, 2015

The next CMA-SWUG meeting is Aug 5th at Metso Automation in Shrewsbury, MA.  Visit for more details (No doing any presentations scheduled at this time)


NM-SWUG Meeting — August 12, 2015

ACS founder, Tom Cote, will be presenting at the Albuquerque MN, SWUG (NMSUG) meeting on Aug 12th on Understanding File Management and File Relations. For more information visit


SOLIDWORKS User Group Summit — August 27, 2015

SOLIDWORKS will be holding a User Group Summit at the Embassy Suites – Valley Forge, Wayne, PA (just outside of Philadelphia) on August 27th.  ACS founder Tom Cote will be presenting Global Variables, Equations & Linked Dim’s. For more information and registration details for the event visit

Upcoming SWUG Events

SWUG Summit — May 19, 2015

SOLIDWORKS will be holding a User Group Summit at The Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY on May 19. ACS founder Tom Cote will be presenting “Tips and Tricks.” For more information and registration details for the event visit

CMA-SWUG Meeting — June 11, 2015

Eat, mingle, network and learn! Join us at Primetals in Worcester, MA non June 11. Topics are Modeling Tips and Techniques by Sal Lama of SOLIDWORKS and Sketching, Curves and Reference Geometry; the Foundations of your SolidWorks Designs by Jay Pinheiro. For more information and registration details visit

BAN-SWUG Meeting — June 23

Join us to learn “Lesser-Known Tips and Tricks” and “Creating Custom Library Parts” at FLIR Systems in North Billerica, MA. For more information and registration details visit

SOLIDWORKS Tips & Tricks

ACS Tips & Tricks

ACS founder, Tom Cote, presented SOLIDWORKS Tips & Tricks last night at the NHSWUG meeting. The user group met at Daniel Webster College and learned about the interactive “What’s New” help window, sketching on surfaces, the ToolBox Flag and more. Click here to download and view the presentation to learn more!

Tom Cote will be at the next CMA-SWUG meeting on April 1st at WPI in Worcester, MA. The Central MA SWUG welcomes all SOLIDWORKS users; industrial, academic, large and small businesses to come share the food, fellowship, and technical presentations.

Tom Cote at SOLIDWORKS World 2015


Attending SOLIDWORKS World is always a blast and 2015 was no different. I, Tom Cote, was given the opportunity to present again. This year I chose to speak about Understanding File Management and File Relations. The session was for beginners to help teach how SOLIDWORKS references files, the order SOLIDWORKS searches for files, and the importance of file names. I also shared how to manage and change file references, the benefits of using Pack & Go, and how to fix broken references. As many have asked to have a copy of the presentation you can view and download the PDF here. To see highlights and some of my past SOLIDWORKS World topics, please check out the SWW YouTube page. Be sure to let me know your thoughts and what you learned at SWW 2015!