When was the last time you updated your video card drivers?

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Anytime there is a major upgrade to Solidworks, it is always a good rule of thumb to make sure your computer is running a tested and recommended graphics card and the most up to date drivers. The first thing you will want to check is what graphics card and driver version you are currently running. The easiest way to do this is to open your SOLIDWORKS RX application (located in your list of programs under SOLIDWORKS tools). There will be […]

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Does your VRML file look jagged?

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With the increasing popularity and interest in rapid prototyping, one of the file formats used for the ZCorp printer is VRML.  This file type allows us to print our parts with color, but when you save the part file there is no options to control the quatlity of the file.  This is actually controled by the image quality setting in SOLIDWORKS system options under the document properties.  GIF The higher the image quality the smoother the lines.  Therefore, next time […]

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Tackling the LARGE DISPLACEMENT Error Message

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What does one do when he/she sees the error message shown in the picture: This error message is probably one of the most common ones that a COSMOS user encounters in analysis. The first reaction that one gets is that this is impossible. You know for a fact that the load cannot possibly cause large deflections. Statistically speaking, the confidence levels on FEA drops drastically at this point, and I would not blame you for it right now (later, maybe)!! […]

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Tackling the Large Displacement Error Message

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What does one do when he/she sees the error message shown in the picture: This error message is probably one of the most common ones that a COSMOS user encounters in analysis. The first reaction that one gets is that this is impossible. You know for a fact that the load cannot possibly cause large deflections. Statistically speaking, the confidence levels on FEA drops drastically at this point, and I would not blame you for it right now (later, maybe)!! […]

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The Ten Commandments of FEA

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Analysis is a lot like training for the marathon. You can easily upgrade from being a novice to becoming a power user if you strategize your approach towards FEA. Use the guidelines below to chart out a plan to become an FEA expert: Train hard: It is impossible to overstate the importance of FEA training. While analysis has come a long way in becoming a much simpler tool to use, it is still a tool that requires good mentoring to […]

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Pro/E files work with PDMWorks Enterprise

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I have seen the future….and it is pretty cool. I got a copy of the beta version of PDMWorks Enterprise SP4 and it handles Pro/E files! Yup, you can drag and drop Pro/E files into the vault, PDMWorks Enterprise recognizes the meta data and the parent child relationships. There is even an interface now built into Pro/E. Works with Pro/E 2001 and the first three Wildfires. [For those of you scoring at home, PDMWorks Enterprise can now work in SOLIDWORKS, […]

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DriveWorksXpress hates lightweight mode

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I was working with a customer in Indianapolis who had a huge DriveWorksXpress implementation. The problem he was having was that DriveWorksXpress could not switch to derived configurations of his sub-assemblies. [It wouldn’t drive dimensions either.] Turns out since he was working with rather large assemblies, most of his parts were lightweight. DriveWorksXpress cannot modify parts that are lightweight. Thus, you need to resolve all of your parts before you run a specification with DriveWorksXpress. You won’t find this in […]

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COSMOS Network License (with SOLIDWORKS standalone license) – Setting up Host ID-based licensing

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Users Often Get Confused about using COSMOS network seats with SOLIDWORKS stand alone licenses. This is not an uncommon scenario as companies want to save money and share the same COSMOS seat amongst multiple users. Here is a low down on what needs to be done. Instructions to use COSMOS 2008 with a SolidNetWork License (SNL) file: 1. Save and unzip the SNL_AllowMultHostIDs.zip to any location on the server. (call CATI 888-285-2284 or email us support@cati.com)2. Clicks on the Registry […]

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Do you like the new in-context toolbars in SOLIDWORKS 2008?

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As you first notice, there is a big change in the interface in SOLIDWORKS 2008.  With this interface change SOLIDWORKS is trying to increase your productivity by minimizing your mouse movements.  However, I have found that some users still prefer the older methods.  Are you annoyed by the little icons that appear whenever you click on something?  Do you want to have them back into the right click menu as words and not just icons?  To revert back to the […]

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SOLIDWORKS Toolbars 2008 -vs- 2007

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Check out this article written by Jim Krivoshein in our latest CATI TechLink Newsletter.  It explains all of the difference between the toolbars in 2008 vs 2007.  It explains the new toolbar features and how to make changes to them, it even shows how to get the right click menus back the way they looked in 2007 if that is what you want. http://www.cati.com/articles/articles_2008/Tech0308JK.html Design Better Keith Schaefer

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