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03
February
2017

Critical DraftSight HotFix: DraftSight Will Not Launch

Written by: Tony Cavegn, Technical Manager

Critical DraftSight HotFix: DraftSight Will Not Launch

It has come to the attention of the DraftSight team that, 32 & 64-bit versions of DraftSight released from 2012 to 2017 will not launch and/or will stop running as of March 1, 2017. SOLIDWORKS has made available a critical hotfix to resolve this issue.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Support, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

15
December
2016

Tech Alert: SOLIDWORKS 2017 Network License Error

Written by: Dave Padelford, MCAD Application Engineer

Tech Alert: SOLIDWORKS 2017 Network License Error

It has come to our attention there are some time out issues with the 2017 Network Licenses. You try to open SOLIDWORKS or PDM and receive an error similar to this. This will also present itself in other ways that you are connecting to the license server. Like adding the connection port during install or viewing the License Usage on the client license manager.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Support, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

17
November
2016

Locking Settings with an Admin Image in SOLIDWORKS

Written by: Dave Padelford, MCAD Application Engineer

Locking Settings with an Admin Image in SOLIDWORKS

Have you ever had a user make changes to their settings and they use the incorrect templates or library feature? The 2017 release has come up with a way to allow locking the system settings.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Support, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

19
October
2016

How to Register Your SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal Account

Written by: Dave Padelford, MCAD Application Engineer

How to Register Your SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal Account

With the release of another version of SOLIDWORKS, you go to get the download so you can start checking it out. Maybe see what all the new enhancements can do to help speed up your work. You log into the portal and see there are a bunch of locks on all the links including the Downloads. What do I need to do to correct this you ask your self.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Support, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

24
August
2016

SOLIDWORKS 2016 Service Pack 4.0 Available NOW

Written by: Jonathan Weisz, Application Engineer

SOLIDWORKS 2016 Service Pack 4.0 Available NOW

This is the time of year that skeptical SOLIDWORKS users grow in confidence to move to a well established Service Pack.  The great news is Service Pack 4.0 is at your download doorstep!

One of the great benefits to SOLIDWORKS users is that input and feedback DOES in fact produce enhancements and correct regressions.

What is new? What is updated?  Take a look!

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Support, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

23
August
2016

Borrow SOLIDWORKS License from the Network

Written by: Dave Padelford, MCAD Application Engineer

Borrow SOLIDWORKS License from the Network

We have several times been asked how to borrow a license from your network so you can work from home or on the road. There are also some times errors that happen if you do attempt and did not do it correctly. So we decided to put together some information on the correct way to borrow your license.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Support, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

28
June
2016

How to Create a Custom Weldment Cut List Template in SOLIDWORKS

Written by: Alaina Sobrack, Application Engineer

How to Create a Custom Weldment Cut List Template in SOLIDWORKS

Instead of modifying the default Weldment Cut List Table every time we create a weldment drawing, let's create our own template to use. Creating your own template is very straightforward, and so are these step-by-step instructions!

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

24
June
2016

SOLIDWORKS Network Licensing (SNL) Options Feature Names

Written by: Dave Padelford, MCAD Application Engineer

SOLIDWORKS Network Licensing (SNL) Options Feature Names

A while back we wrote a post on the SolidNetwork License Manager Options file. We covered how you can control who can access or not access your SOLIDWORKS licenses. We covered some of the different commands to use for this. Now we will cover the different license types you can control as well.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Support, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

19
May
2016

Making a Simple Animation in SOLIDWORKS - Part 2

Written by: Alaina Sobrack, Application Engineer

Making a Simple Animation in SOLIDWORKS - Part 2

Step by step process on how to input appearance changes, rotation around an axis, and utilize an exploded view (explode/collapse) in an animation using SOLIDWORKS.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

22
April
2016

Weldment Profiles in SOLIDWORKS

Written by: Dave Padelford, MCAD Application Engineer

Weldment Profiles in SOLIDWORKS

When you first load SOLIDWORKS you get a small amount of weldment profiles. This can be a problem if you need to use these. In this article, we will discuss how to add more content whether from existing locations or custom profiles.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

20
April
2016

Making a Simple Animation in SOLIDWORKS

Written by: Alaina Sobrack, Application Engineer

Making a Simple Animation in SOLIDWORKS

Let’s go through an easy step by step process on making a simple animation using different views (orientations) and translation/rotation of components.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

24
March
2016

SOLIDWORKS 2016 SP3 Is Available for Early Visibility

Written by: Dave Padelford, MCAD Application Engineer

SOLIDWORKS 2016 SP3 Is Available for Early Visibility

SOLIDWORKS has made the 2016 SP3 EV available for download. The main reason I bring this up is because they said the classic colors for icons could be used.

Now on first look I opened a part amd they did have color for the Feature tool bar. The 2016 SP3 with classic colors is on top and the 2015 is on bottom.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Support, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

10
March
2016

Spring Animations Using SOLIDWORKS Animation Motion Tools

Written by: Tim Newton, Senior Elite Application Engineer

Spring Animations Using SOLIDWORKS Animation Motion Tools

Occasionally we need to show animations of our assemblies that contain flexible parts, like springs, cables and hoses. Watch this video to learn about the powerful techniques to create the flexible part motion using in-context relations and the animation/motion tools.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Simulation

18
February
2016

SOLIDWORKS Classic Icon Colors

Written by: Dave Padelford, MCAD Application Engineer

SOLIDWORKS Classic Icon Colors

SOLIDWORKS has heard the cries for bringing back the icon colors like they were before 2016. So, with the 2016 SP3 release, they will be allowing the users to return the look of the icons.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Support, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

16
February
2016

How to Use SOLIDWORKS Treehouse

Written by: Alaina Sobrack, Application Engineer

How to Use SOLIDWORKS Treehouse

SOLIDWORKS Treehouse is a useful tool that is unknown and unexplored by many users. It is useful for assembly structure planning and viewing existing assembly structure. After the structure is completed, the structure can be exported to SOLIDWORKS.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

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