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SOLIDWORKS 2016 Service Pack 4.0 Available NOW

Written by Jonathan Weisz, Application Engineer on August 24, 2016. Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

SOLIDWORKS Has Moved onto Service Pack 4.0 Creating Confidence for Some Users

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!

Borrow SOLIDWORKS License from the Network

Written by Dave Padelford, MCAD Application Engineer on August 23, 2016. Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

Navigating the License Manager to Borrow a License

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.

Symmetry Solutions Donates Good Foods in the Good Fight Against Hunger

Written by Sarah Rumsey, Operations Coordinator on July 28, 2016. Posted in Symmetry Solutions News

Symmetry Solutions collects 801 pounds of food and raises $1,000!

Symmetry Solutions Donates Good Foods in the Good Fight Against Hunger

Symmetry Solutions partnered with The Food Group to help serve the hunger needs in our local communities by hosting a Food & Cash Drive July 11-22.

The Turbo Encabulator

Written by Nick Weirens, Marketing Manager on July 07, 2016. Posted in Symmetry Solutions News

If You Haven't Seen This, I Think You Should

The Turbo Encabulator
 

How to Create a Custom Weldment Cut List Template in SOLIDWORKS

Written by Alaina Sobrack, Application Engineer on June 28, 2016. Posted in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

Step-by-Step Instructions on Creating a Cut List Template

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!

SOLIDWORKS Network Licensing (SNL) Options Feature Names

Written by Dave Padelford, MCAD Application Engineer on June 24, 2016. Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

Add features to your options

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.

SOLIDWORKS Certification Definitions and Criteria

Written by Rachel Jones, Training Manager on June 20, 2016. Posted in SOLIDWORKS Training

Learn SOLIDWORKS Certification Types and Exams

SOLIDWORKS Certification Definitions and Criteria

Learn all about SOLIDWORKS Certification exams. With SOLIDWORKS Subscription Services, customers are eligible to redeem coupons for free SOLIDWORKS Certification exams too.

Free SOLIDWORKS Certification Exams

Written by Rachel Jones, Training Manager on June 20, 2016. Posted in Symmetry Solutions News, SOLIDWORKS Training

SOLIDWORKS Certification Offers for Subscription Service Customers

Free SOLIDWORKS Certification Exams

With SOLIDWORKS Subscription Services, customers are eligible to redeem coupons for free SOLIDWORKS Certification exams.

Robots Falling Down at the DARPA Robotics Challenge

Written by Nick Weirens, Marketing Manager on June 14, 2016. Posted in Symmetry Solutions News

Just Hilarious!

Robots Falling Down at the DARPA Robotics Challenge

Lots of robots fell over on Day 1 of the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals.

SOLIDWORKS Classic Color Icons

Written by Jonathan Weisz, Application Engineer on May 20, 2016. Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

Classic Colors Not Retro but just better!

SOLIDWORKS Classic Color Icons

Have you ever made that leap of faith forward only to find yourself remembering just how good things were before the change?  I have. SOLIDWORKS surprised users with the new color scheme and to much avail have brought back color into SOLIDWORKS 2016 Service Pack 3.0.

Here is a video that takes you through how to get your classic icons colors back:

Making a Simple Animation in SOLIDWORKS - Part 2

Written by Alaina Sobrack, Application Engineer on May 19, 2016. Posted in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

Making a simple animation of an appearance change, and an explode/collapse/rotation

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.

Weldment Profiles in SOLIDWORKS

Written by Dave Padelford, MCAD Application Engineer on April 22, 2016. Posted in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

Adding custom profiles in SOLIDWORKS

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.

Making a Simple Animation in SOLIDWORKS

Written by Alaina Sobrack, Application Engineer on April 20, 2016. Posted in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

Step-by-step process on making an easy animation

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.

SOLIDWORKS 2016 SP3 Is Available for Early Visibility

Written by Dave Padelford, MCAD Application Engineer on March 24, 2016. Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

Classic Colors

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.

Spring Animations Using SOLIDWORKS Animation Motion Tools

Written by Tim Newton, Senior Elite Application Engineer on March 10, 2016. Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Simulation

How To Make Spring Animations

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.

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