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01
August
2017

Wish You Could Go Back? Learn the Key to CAD File Management

Written by: Andy Rammer, Application Engineer

Wish You Could Go Back? Learn the Key to CAD File Management

Have you ever done anything you wish you could go back in time and redo? I worked construction growing up, and most of the time in residential HVAC and I can still remember installing my first heat run. I spent a decent amount of time thinking about the best way to route it. When I finally decided, and put it all together it looked… well ok, but the real problem was when I needed to do the rest of them. Let's just say it could've been better. Has this ever happened to you designing in SOLIDWORKS?

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS PDM

26
July
2017

7 Reasons Why Best-In-Class Companies Provide Virtual Prototyping to Their Designers

Written by: Tim Newton, Senior Elite Application Engineer

7 Reasons Why Best-In-Class Companies Provide Virtual Prototyping to Their Designers

Are your designers and engineers surrounded by whirlwind of activity caused by the need to differentiate your product all the while trying to beat competitors to market?  There is a lot of stress that goes along with shortened cycles and high stakes which is why designers and engineers are finding themselves in complex environments; attempting to predict product behavior and meet deadlines. To add to this stress, many find themselves in the unenviable position of waiting for physical prototypes and relying on hand calculations only to find they are met with costly setbacks and rework, putting their design right back at the starting line.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Simulation

19
July
2017

List of SOLIDWORKS Keyboard Shortcuts & Advice

Written by: Neil Lantto, Application Engineer

List of SOLIDWORKS Keyboard Shortcuts & Advice

If you got here looking for a list of SOLIDWORKS keyboard shortcuts, I’m by no means surprised, it’s a common request. I will oblige and give you the default SOLIDWORKS keyboard shortcuts at the bottom of this blog. The more you use SOLIDWORKS the more you will customize it and that includes your keyboard shortcuts. Your shortcuts will deviate from the default, they’re going to deviate from mine, and will likely deviate from your own co-workers. Because of this, do not rely on the default keyboard shortcuts list too much. I advise you to print out, save or otherwise display your own keyboard shortcuts.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

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 Tips, SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

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 Tips, SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

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 Tips, SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

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 Tips, SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

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 Tips, SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

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 Tips, SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

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 Tips, SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

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.

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