Invest in your SOLIDWORKS setup

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You know how Granny in the Sylvester and Tweety cartoons always says: “You reap what you sow”? Who do you know is wiser than Granny? You made an investment when you bought SolidWorks. SOLIDWORKS is making you money, but your investments shouldn’t stop after you purchase your software. You need to customize your system so it works its best in your environment. The easiest customizations are keyboard shortcuts, toolbar configurations, file properties and drawing templates. (You would be amazed how […]

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Finding THAT Needle in a Haystack!!

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I was reading the SOLIDWORKS Community online journal when I came across an interesting passage that underscored the need for an integrated data management solution to keep track of analysis results. http://www.solidworkscommunity.com/feature_full.php?cpfeatureid=26119 At a time where huge amounts of data circulate through computers and servers, it is almost way too easy to misplace information. Haystacks of information are growing ever larger and the needles ever smaller!! It is a routine procedure in a battery of analysis tests to make numerous […]

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You no longer have to choose the lesser of two evils

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In the past if you were a PDMWorks Enterprise administrator (or an admin over a lot of other PDM systems), you had two miserable options ahead of you once you upgraded your users to the newest SOLIDWORKS version. Do you manually check out all the files, run the upgrade wizard then check them back in to bring your files to the newest version (thus making a huge mess with anyone who cares at all about version history -let alone what […]

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EZ SOLIDWORKS Watermark

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I’ve seen quite a few strategies for putting a watermark on SOLIDWORKS drawings….putting them on their own layer, embedding a Word document, special fonts, etc. However they all have the common weakness of requiring either API or a manual process of removing them. My favorite watermark method is to use file properties instead: Open your SOLIDWORKS drawing template and create a file property called “WATERMARK”. Assign the value “FOR REFERENCE ONLY” for the value of this property. In your sheet […]

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COSUG meets Jeff Ray

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Richard Wand just let the cat out of the bag. At the next COSUG [Central Ohio SOLIDWORKS User Group] meeting, Jeff Ray, SOLIDWORKS CEO will be our guest. The meeting is scheduled for March 25th. Should I wear a tie?

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Smooth out your SOLIDWORKS Drawings

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What do you think of the wrinkles in the SOLIDWORKS 2008 drawings templates? Wanna get rid of them? Turn on: Tools -> Options -> System Options -> Colors -> Use specified color for drawings paper color. Ahhh sweet relief. Wanna bet someone at SOLIDWORKS right now is scanning in his coffee mug stain for the new 2009 format?

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EZ SOLIDWORKS Watermark

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I’ve seen quite a few strategies for putting a watermark on SOLIDWORKS drawings….putting them on their own layer, embedding a Word document, special fonts, etc. However they all have the common weakness of requiring either API or a manual process of removing them. My favorite watermark method is to use file properties instead: Open your SOLIDWORKS drawing template and create a file property called “WATERMARK”. Assign the value “FOR REFERENCE ONLY” for the value of this property. In your sheet […]

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So many batches

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Most of us have been tasked with the mind-numbing task of printing all drawings associated with an assembly, or even worse all drawings of a project! There are many programs out there that can help you do this, many of them you can download rather economically from the Internet or perhaps your PDM program can do this, both ideas help reduce your mouse clicks but nearly all of them run locally on your machine. This could mean spending hours watching […]

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Choice of Pressure Boundary Condition in FloWorks

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At SOLIDWORKS World 2008, Seth and I had the privilege of getting into a discussion with Bill Dziedzic, FloWorks Technical Specialist at SOLIDWORKS Corp. and Arvind Krishnan, Product manager of FloWorks, about the correct usage of the pressure boundary condition in COSMOS FloWorks. It is to be kept in mind that FloWorks gives a user three choices when assigning a pressure boundary condition – static pressure, total pressure or environmental pressure. The formal definitions of Static and Total Pressure are […]

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Choice of Pressure Boundary Condition in FloWorks

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At SOLIDWORKS World 2008, Seth and I had the privilege of getting into a discussion with Bill Dziedzic, FloWorks Technical Specialist at SOLIDWORKS Corp. and Arvind Krishnan, Product manager of FloWorks, about the correct usage of the pressure boundary condition in COSMOS FloWorks. It is to be kept in mind that FloWorks gives a user three choices when assigning a pressure boundary condition – static pressure, total pressure or environmental pressure. The formal definitions of Static and Total Pressure are […]

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