Can Windows SharePoint be used as your SOLIDWORKS PDM?

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Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0 has been out for nearly a year now. It certainly adds a lot of collaboration tools over WSS 2.0. I think that just the simple fact that 3.0 now supports blogs and wikis makes WSS a nice design collaboration tool. With all these new collaboration tools now included, can it replace PDMWorks Enterprise? There certainly is a lot of overlap between WSS and PDMWorks Enterprise. Both products allow you to check in and out documents, […]

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Can Windows SharePoint be used as your SOLIDWORKS PDM?

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Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0 has been out for nearly a year now. It certainly adds a lot of collaboration tools over WSS 2.0. I think that just the simple fact that 3.0 now supports blogs and wikis makes WSS a nice design collaboration tool. With all these new collaboration tools now included, can it replace PDMWorks Enterprise? There certainly is a lot of overlap between WSS and PDMWorks Enterprise. Both products allow you to check in and out documents, […]

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Use eDrawings as your ECN document

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I’ve seen a lot of different strategies for ECN documentation. – Word, pdfs and Excel are most typical. The problem is that often times it can be difficult to describe where in the part/assembly you want the change made. Have you considered using an eDrawing as your ECN document? With eDrawings you can point right at the location you want to make the change, add a comment balloon then if you need to be even more verbose in the description […]

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SOLIDWORKS Hardware

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“What hardware do you recommend to get the most out of SolidWorks?” This is a question that I am asked at least a few times a week, and to be honest it is a hard one to answer because “it depends.” It depends on quite a few variables such as: -What is the complexity of the CAD data that you will be working with? -Are you looking for a stationary or mobile workstation platform? -Are you tied down to a […]

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Having Trouble Keeping Track of Your SOLIDWORKS Activations?

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*** IMPORTANT UPDATE 5/1/2019*** Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS has decided to phase out Home Use Licenses (HUL) starting October 4th, 2019. At that time, users will not be able to install, activate, deactivate, or upgrade their existing HUL. When HUL was first introduced to SOLIDWORKS users, the ability to work outside of the office was limited by technology. SOLIDWORKS users needed a way to work without having to access company networks or servers. With advances in technology along with the growing use […]

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SOLIDWORKS License Activation and Deactivation

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SOLIDWORKS now uses online License Activation instead of a registration code as of SOLIDWORKS 2007 SP 3.1 for standalone seat licensing. You get one Activation per SOLIDWORKS license.   To Activate a License ·     The first time you start a newly installed version of SOLIDWORKS it should automatically ask if you want to activate your seat. If not go to the Help menu in SOLIDWORKS and select “Activate Licenses”  ·     Follow the onscreen instructions, and prompts. Fill […]

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Text beyond border when opening a DWG file!

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Have you ever opened a legacy DWG/ DXF file in SOLIDWORKS or DWG Editor just to do some simple editing only to see that all of your fonts have grown in size and now go over you existing spaces in your title block? If so, this is a common problem and one that has a simple resolution. Problem:When we open a file that was created in ACAD into the DWG Editor we are seeing the following. The text over runs […]

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Is there life beyond DriveWorksXpress?

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I would imagine by now many of you are now enjoying DriveWorksXpress 2008. I have been asked: “since DriveWorksXpress does so many things why would I bother upgrading to the full version?”. That was one of my first thoughts as well! It does appear DriveWorks is giving away the farm in the Xpress package. The control of drawings, parts, sub assemblies is so easy – what more do you need, right? While it is certainly true that DriveWorksXpress (or DWX […]

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What’s New in 2008 Technical Tip: Setting a default RealView Appearance for all parts/assys

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Several people have asked me if/how you can set a DEFAULT RealView Appearance for any part that you open. There are really TWO ways to do this. The RealView Appearance gets SAVED WITH THE PART/ASSY FILE. So, for any NEW parts that you are going to create in SolidWorks2008, if you set a RealView Appearance in your part or assembly TEMPLATE and save the template, it will use that appearance. But the real reason people are asking about this is […]

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Planning for Finite Element Analysis – Part II of IV

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GATHERING PERTINENT DATA Based on the industry, each customer has stringent requirements that are to be met by either the design, or the Finite Element Analysis results, or both. For example, a customer A can have a requirement that states that the factor of safety of the design should be at least 2, and that the maximum deflection on the design should not exceed 0.10 inches upon full-load application. Customer B might require the design to be within a certain […]

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