3DVIA Composer and the Water Goat

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Ever used any of the text translation tools on the web? Just when you think the internet is nothing but a big time waster, they go and put something really useful out there. Hours of real business productivity just waiting for you so that you can translate all your product manuals into other languages and expand your business into the far reaches of the globe. But woe to those without the knowledge of the internet and all its usefulness! Attempting […]

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Windows 7 SP1 and SolidWorks

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In case you were wondering “Is SOLIDWORKS tested and certified for Windows 7 Service Pack 1?”, I have the answer below, which is Solution S-054436 from the Knowledge Base: Windows 7 SP1 was recently released by Microsoft®. Due to an unfortunate timing coincidence, SOLIDWORKS is not able to officially qualify Windows 7 SP1 for use with SOLIDWORKS 2011 SP03. If using SOLIDWORKS 2011 SP03 or earlier, please test Windows 7 SP1 in an environment (network, PDM, add-ins, graphics cards/drivers, anti-virus, […]

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Total Uninstall – 2011

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Ever been told you need to do a ‘clean’ uninstall of SolidWorks? Prior to the 2011 version, this process involved manually editing the Windows registry to remove the registry keys associated with a particular user. Who wants to do that?? In SOLIDWORKS 2011, a ‘Total Uninstall’ option has been added to remove all user settings during the uninstall process. It will remove the SOLIDWORKS install directories and Window Registry keys under the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOLIDWORKS section. It will NOT remove the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOLIDWORKS […]

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View Your Windows 7 Reliability/Stability History

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If we worked in the restaurant industry and you asked me how to increase reliability, I would say that’s easy – make the burger on my plate look like the burger on the commercial. In the computer world, however, it’s more like – prevent messages from popping up on my screen that announce that something ‘has stopped working and now needs to shut down’. Windows 7 actually provides a tool to monitor your computer’s reliability. It keeps track of Application Failures, Windows Failures, […]

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Automatically Align Broken Views

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I like having things done automatically – except for shifting the transmission in my car and having funds removed from my bank account. In the world of SOLIDWORKS Drawings, however, the more automatic, the better. I recently discovered a little trick with broken views that I thought I would pass along. Ever want to line up the breaks on 2 broken views of the same part? If the second view is a projected view, you are in luck. The steps […]

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Shortcut Alert! – Rotating Components

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Ever wish there was a faster way to free-drag rotate a component in an assembly prior to applying mates other than using  1) Move With Triad or 2) Rotate Component? Wait no longer. Thanks to the Ronco Division at SOLIDWORKS, a this-can’t-be-any-easier method of Free Drag rotation has been included in your copy of SolidWorks. And with old-school technology. A simple RIGHT-mouse button click/hold/drag on the component to be rotated will leave you as happy as a tornado in a trailer […]

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No Inference Lines for Dimensions

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When placing notes or dimensions on a drawing in SOLIDWORKS 2010, you will notice that SOLIDWORKS will try to align the note or dimension being placed with already placed dimensions – via the yellow inference lines: To prevent this, you have 2 options. The first is to change your System Options and they will never appear again for another drawing. (System Options > Drawings > ‘Disable note/dimension inference’) The second (which I think is preferred) is to hold the ALT […]

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Rapid Dimensioning – turn it off on slow days

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SOLIDWORKS 2010 introduced a great little productivity tool for placing dimensions in drawings: the Rapid Dimension widget – you know, that little blue and yellow ball that pops up when you are placing your dimensions Well, it turns out that many people liked their level of productivity as it was, thank you very much, and wanted to eliminate the tool and toss it into the SOLIDWORKS scrap yard. If you are one of those people, you need to install 2010 SP4.0 (rapidly). […]

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