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SOLIDWORKS: Account Activation Exceeded

Account Activation Exceeded   This blog article will discuss:   What this message means Reasons you might be receiving this message when trying to activate a license Steps to avoid getting this error What to do when your hard drive crashes   Let’s begin by defining what the message “Account Activation Exceeded” means.   If this message pops up when you are trying to activate a license in SOLIDWORKS, it is informing you that you are trying to use more activation’s of the license than are currently available.   Reasons you may receive this message:   An old employee still has the license active on their machine. A forgotten machine still

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Posted in CAD Administration, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, General Info

SOLIDWORKS 2017: Converting 2D to 3D

Converting 2D to 3D   This Blog article is going to be a picture heavy walk through of how to do a simple 2D to 3D conversion in SOLIDWORKS. This file is a DWG file, but this method works on DXF files as well.   Contents:   2D to 3D toolbar DXF/DWG Import tool Import options Converting 2D to 3D methodology     2D to 3D toolbar         We start by opening up our DWG/DXF just like we would any other file within SOLIDWORKS.         Once we OPEN the file, the Import tool pops up.     DXF/DWG Import Tool     The picture

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, General Info, Modeling, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

SOLIDWORKS 2017: Making a Decal Transparent

Making a Decal Transparent   This blog article will walk you through how to make your Decals transparent.   We start by placing our decal on our part model.   Below is an image of the property manager and decal placement (prior to making any changes).   In the property manager, you will see a section called “Mask Image”.   In this section, there are four mask options; No mask, Image mask file, Selective color mask, and Use decal image alpha channel.   The default setting is No mask, however for our transparency we will want to select the option “Selective color mask”. As shown in the image below.  

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

SOLIDWORKS: How to Customize SOLIDWORKS

How to Customize SOLIDWORKS   This blog article will discuss and show:   Where to find all the customization tabs Where to set keyboard shortcuts Give a few customizing tips How to customize your command manager/toolbar   Let’s begin!   Where to Find all the Customization Tab   *Please note that you need to have a SOLIDWORKS document open for all methods.   There are four different ways to get to your customization tabs:   Go to Tools > Customize Right click on either the command managers empty space or at the bottom of your open part/assemble/drawing, this will bring up a menu where you will see the Customize option.

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, General Info, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

SOLIDWORKS: Hide/Show Components on View creation or Manually

Hide/Show Components on View creation or Manually   Have you ever placed a section view or broken out section view and thought “something is missing”?  If there is a component or components missing from your view, it could be due to an insert option that you were unaware of.   This blog will show you:   Where to find that automatically insert on view creation option How to hide components in a view manually How to show components in a view manually     Here is an example of the before and after of internal components being hidden in a view:   Hidden internal Battery components in the above view.

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Drawings

SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: What’s Wrong Enhancements – #SW2017

What’s Wrong Enhancements   What’s new with What’s Wrong?   There are a few new things this year when it comes to the What’s Wrong calls to action.    The call to action can now appear in the breadcrumbs.     2.  You no longer need to open the What’s Wrong dialog box to access that call to action.   3.  The call to action now includes an Edit Feature or Edit Sketch button depending on the needs. To have this button show you will either left or right click on the feature with a What’s Wrong warning. There is also occasionally a link to Preview and Help option which

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks, SOLIDWORKS What's New

SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Distance Mates to Cylindrical Components – #SW2017

Distance Mates to Cylindrical Components   New to SOLIDWORKS 2017 there is a new way to add a distance mate between two cylindrical components. These new options appear when you add a distance mate between a cylindrical face and an axis, edge, line, vertex, or point.   Prior to SOLIDWORKS 2017 the distance was applied at the minimum distance between the cylinders with no other options.   Now we can place four different types; center to center, minimum distance, maximum distance, custom distance.     Center to Center:   Applies the distance between both cylindrical axes.     Minimum Distance:   Applies the distance to where the cylinders are at

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, SOLIDWORKS What's New

Navigating your SOLIDWORKS Display Pane

This blog will break down the columns of the Display Pane and tell you how to use them. Hiding or showing your SOLIDWORKS Display Pane is done with an arrow to the right the Feature Manager Tree tab. Clicking the arrow expands to show the Display pane. Collapsing the Display Pane is done by clicking the arrow again. It will change direction based on whether it is collapsed or expanded as shown below. Breaking down the Display Pane Columns HIDE/SHOW This column can hide a part or show a part by LEFT CLICKING on the part icon next to the part name in the feature manager tree. DISPLAY STYLE You

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, General Info, Modeling, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

Running SOLIDWORKS on multiple operating systems

  Does each operating system require its own SOLIDWORKS Installation? Due to the fact that SOLIDWORKS stores information in the operating systems registry and installs files that are specific to the operating system, you will need to install SOLIDWORKS on each operating system. OS Summary If the user was installing different versions of SOLIDWORKS on one computer, on two different drives, using the same serial number, it would only use the one activation allowed on that computer. However, if the user is installing SOLIDWORKS on different partitions on a computer, each installation will require a separate serial number or if using network licensing it would use two of the seats

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, General Info, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

Automatically Inserting Centerlines within a SOLIDWORKS Drawing

Setting up your drawings to automatically add centerlines is quick and easy. This blog will show you two different options for auto insertion which generate two types of centerlines on your drawings. If you would like these settings to be applied to all future part drawings, make sure to update your templates by adding these options and resaving those templates. Navigating to these Auto Insert options: Tools Options Document Properties Detailing Auto insert on view creation Below is an image which points using orange arrows, to the Detailing option and first option we talk about under the Auto Insert on view creation. The first auto insert option with regards to

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Drawings, Modeling, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

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