Y Up, Z Up, Why Does Z Matter in SOLIDWORKS?

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SOLIDWORKS is built around a Y Axis Up orientation and that’s fine when you deal only in SOLIDWORKS, but what about other apps that need to work with SOLIDWORKS data? What seems like a small discrepancy can cause quite a bit of pain and no fun in other apps. So if you’re in this scenario, don’t worry this blog will walk you through a few workflows to consider to help ease that pain. Some companies know they’re going to be […]

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How to retrieve a Configuration File on an F Series Printer using a USB.

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How do I retrieve the configuration file on a Stratasys F123 Series printer using a USB? Many 3D printer operators prefer to run their F Series printers in an offline mode and not keep the printer on a network. There are a few different settings on the printers that make running the printer in offline mode possible. This guide outlines how to retrieve the configuration file from the printer without it being on a network. One thing to note is […]

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Reactivating Your SolidNetwork License Manager

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Whether you have recently added seats to your SolidNetwork License, renewed your subscription, or have had any trouble with your activation, it is sometimes necessary to reactivate your SolidNetwork Licenses in the License Manager Server application. Regardless of the reason, reactivating your network license can be done by following these easy steps: In order to reactivate the license, first go to the Start Menu on the server computer and open the SolidNetwork License Manager Server application. Within the application, go […]

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Top 3DEXPERIENCE xApp Enhancements in 2021x FD03

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As new Functional Deliveries are released, we will present some of the top enhancements that can make designing and collaborating on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform with xDesign, xShape, and xSheetmetal, an even better experience. Request Access to Reserved Components One of the top product lifecycle management benefits of working in the 3DEXPERIENCE platform is the ability to reserve a specific file (or group of files) and have the sole rights to make changes to those files while you have them reserved. […]

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Neutral Axis, Shear Center and Beam Meshing in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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Beam meshing has been available in SOLIDWORKS Simulation for many years and is an excellent way to represent structural members in the analysis of frame assemblies. Beams are one dimensional line elements that incorporate the cross-sectional properties of the member into the element formulation instead of explicitly capturing the details as with a solid mesh. This allows the efficient calculation of axial, shear and bending stresses within the member, whereas a solid mesh can become prohibitively large since it requires […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Creating Internal Volume – Combine (Subtract)

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Previously there have been a few CATI blogs written regarding the process of finding the internal volume of a part. Such methods include the commonly known Intersect command to achieve this task as well as the Delete Face command. This blog will touch on one more approach to that end goal which might prove useful to your circumstance. An alternative approach to identifying the internal volume of a part in SOLIDWORKS is by use of the Combine feature, specifically Combine […]

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SOLIDWORKS Online License Transaction Failed: Clearing Your Credentials

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SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing has been one of the great features of more recent releases – being able to simply fire up a SOLIDWORKS session on any of your computers without having to remember to deactivate and reactivate licenses has been a godsend for many who do office, shop, and field work. Life, though, often has other plans. Some of us have multiple SOLIDWORKS IDs and in converting to an online license we forget to log out of the mismatched account […]

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Polyjet Motherboard… Where are you?

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There may come a time that your Stratasys Polyjet 3D printer’s embedded computer blinks its final LED and it just won’t turn on. Don’t worry, that’s where we come in. If this ever happens to you there are some steps that you can take before giving us a call. First and foremost, have your Serial Number ready. You can find this on the back side of your printer down by the power cord. Next you will need to remove the […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Adopting a Library System

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Did SOLIDWORKS Electrical come with library content that you may never use?  Are you having trouble distinguishing between company parts and other non-company parts?  Are some of your used parts not quite completed in SOLIDWORKS Electrical while others are?  Are you tired of having to always filter for your company created content?  If you have answered yes to any of the above questions, then this blog is for you. SOLIDWORKS Electrical allows you to create your own libraries for organizational […]

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CAMWorks Licensing Setup – Standalone and Network Licensing

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CAMWorks Licensing Setup – Standalone and Network Licensing The two main types of CAMWorks licenses are Standalone and Network, and both require a Flex LM license file be requested when setting up the CAMWorks License Manager. Tech Tip: A hardware dongle (USB) can be used in place of a standalone license file for additional security, however keep in mind that the USB dongle is effectively your license and a new license will need to be purchased if lost or stolen. […]

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