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SOLIDWORKS 2016 Service Pack 2.0

Written by Jonathan Weisz, Application Engineer on March 03, 2016. Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

True to history SOLIDWORKS released Service Pack 2.0 on February 17th and you can update NOW!

SOLIDWORKS 2016 Service Pack 2.0

Many SOLIDWORKS customers purpose to wait for Service Pack 2.0 to ensure a smooth transition to the new year version of SOLIDWORKS. If you have ever purposed to buy something new, you find that often the very first version often has little issues that need to be corrected.  SOLIDWORKS works hard to correct those issues right away and Service Pack 2.0 is the fruit of that labor.  Wisdom is the application of knowledge, in this case the knowledge we have is that thousands of SOLIDWORKS users have submitted feedback to SOLIDWORKS to make these corrections and improvements.

Introducing the Mark Two

Written by Nick Weirens, Marketing Manager on February 29, 2016. Posted in Symmetry Solutions News, MarkForged News

The Latest Carbon Fiber 3D Printer from MarkForged

Introducing the Mark Two
Today, we announced the next generation of our industrial strength 3D printer: the Mark Two. Two years ago we released a revolutionary printer that puts strong parts in the hands of every engineer. Since then, we’ve been listening closely to your feedback and used it to define the Mark Two.

SOLIDWORKS Classic Icon Colors

Written by Dave Padelford, MCAD Application Engineer on February 18, 2016. Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

Make your 2016 look like 2015

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.

How to Use SOLIDWORKS Treehouse

Written by Alaina Sobrack, Application Engineer on February 16, 2016. Posted in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

AN AMAZING TOOL THAT GOES UNUSED

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.

A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words - What About a Drawing View?

Written by Charlie Preston, Application Engineer on February 12, 2016. Posted in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

Using Display Styles to Emphasize Models in SOLIDWORKS Drawing Views

A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words - What About a Drawing View?

SOLIDWORKS provides a slew of different ways to display your models, both in the modeling contexts of parts and assemblies and when either of those is brought into a drawing view. We use a combination of display styles and appearances to customize how things look, and for assemblies - and their drawings - we can do this for individual components. Some methods for doing so, however, are less obvious than others, but may be just as valuable.

SOLIDWORKS World 2016 Recap

Written by Nick Weirens, Marketing Manager on February 08, 2016. Posted in SOLIDWORKS News, Symmetry Solutions News

Taking it all in…

SOLIDWORKS World 2016 Recap

Another SOLIDWORKS WORLD is behind us and as usual, this whirlwind event held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center in Dallas, Texas, did NOT disappoint. The contagious energy that streamed through the crowd as thunderous sounds of AC/DC rang out from Hall D as five thousand of the world’s best engineers literally sprinted to take claim their seats can only be felt at the biggest show in design technology. As I sit and reflect on what was described at “The BEST edition of SOLIDWORKS World Ever” the theme that resonates in my mind is that SOLIDWORKS IS the next level of innovation. SOLIDWORKS IS the future of technology.

The Renault FT - "The First Modern Tank"

Written by Neil Lantto, Application Engineer on February 04, 2016. Posted in Symmetry Solutions News

Lessons from Neil

The Renault FT -

The Renault FT (FT17 or FT-17) is a French light tank that is among one of the most revolutionary and influential tanks in history, starting its service in 1917. The world has pinned the title of "The World's First Modern Tank" to the little FT thanks to the armored warfare historian Steven Zaloga.

Upgrading the SolidNetwork License Manager

Written by Dave Padelford, MCAD Application Engineer on February 02, 2016. Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

Short video on upgrading license manager

Upgrading the SolidNetwork License Manager

It is that time of year to start thinking about your upgrade and if you have network licenses you do need to first upgrade your license manager. The following video steps you thru this process showing some things that can be encountered.

Tech Alert: SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Server 2016 Installation Problem

Written by Dave Padelford, MCAD Application Engineer on January 29, 2016. Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

SOLIDWORKS Workgroup Issues

Tech Alert: SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Server 2016 Installation Problem

A problem has been identified  with the SOLIDWORKS install for the Workgroup PDM server product for the 2016 release. An item is missed during the install, the 64-bit SOLIDWORKS Document Manager is not installed and is needed. There can be issues that arise because of this missing program in the 2016 Workgroup PDM environment.

How to Use The SOLIDWORKS Configuration Publisher

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

Filter Your Configuration Choice With The Configuration Publisher

How to Use The SOLIDWORKS Configuration Publisher

The Configuration Publisher is a SOLIDWORKS tool that filters through configurations using defining properties. On insertion, instead of choosing a configuration’s name, the Configuration Publisher prompts the user to choose parameters that filter which configuration is needed. This is particularly useful for parts and assemblies with many configurations that are used frequently. Configuration names that are of part numbers or are not descriptive enough to accurately determine which one is needed can also benefit from setting up a Configuration Publisher.

Model a Helmet Castle with Chin Guard in SOLIDWORKS

Written by Neil Lantto, Application Engineer on January 28, 2016. Posted in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

How A Neil Do Series

Model a Helmet Castle with Chin Guard in SOLIDWORKS

The modeling process is very much a balancing act. “How should I model this?” The answer to that question has to account for a lot of things whether we’re aware of it or not. Our modeling is also limited to our known SOLIDWORKS bag of tricks.

Graphics Drivers for SOLIDWORKS: Newer is Not Always Better

Written by Nick Beattie, MCAD Applications Engineer on January 26, 2016. Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

Too New Can Be Just as Bad as Too Old

Graphics Drivers for SOLIDWORKS: Newer is Not Always Better

There’s a general mindset with most of us techie types out there that new is always better. People stand in lines to be the first get the next new smartphone. They brag about having some brand new 12 core super computer. Your car still runs on gas? You need something NEW! Well, when it comes to SOLIDWORKS, sometimes brand new is not the way to go.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Portal (ECP)

Written by Paul Bremer, Application Engineer on January 25, 2016. Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Electrical

Downloading Metadata from the ECP

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Portal (ECP)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2016 has a lot of new features and as of 2015 there were electrical parts made by worldwide manufactures and that information was passed on to SOLIDWORKS customers in a folder.  Well in 2016 that folder no longer comes with your subscription and in typical SOLIDWORKS fashion they have attempted to make it better.  SOLIDWORKS has created Electrical Customer Portal (ECP).  It is here, up to date information is kept on the world’s electrical parts manufacturers.  This information is called Metadata.

What A Drag! Simulation Stresses the Situation

Written by Jonathan Weisz, Application Engineer on January 26, 2016. Posted in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Let's Review SOLIDWORKS Simulation Applications in 2015

What A Drag! Simulation Stresses the Situation
Looking back on 2015 we find a world of Simulation applications that have been reviewed ranging from Magic Metal Bending to Semis Increasing Gas Mileage to a complete overview of Simulation with two SOLIDWORKS Elite Application Engineers called SOLIDWORKS Simulation & Design Validation Training.

A Symmetry Solutions Holiday Party

Written by Nick Weirens, Marketing Manager on January 21, 2016. Posted in Symmetry Solutions News

Ugly Sweater Party!

A Symmetry Solutions Holiday Party
Having good times and good laughs with good people!
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