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SOLIDWORKS: Difference Between SOLIDWORKS Loft & Boundary Features

What’s the Difference Between Loft and Boundary Features?   Loft and Boundary features are very similar but have a few differences. They are alike because they both allow you to blend together different shapes. They are different because you control each feature in different ways.   The differences show in the property manager. You will notice that the loft feature has sections called Profiles and Guide Curves. The Boundary feature has sections called Direction 1 and Direction 2.     In a Loft, Profiles are the primary influence of the shape. Guide curves are used to shape the outside of feature between profiles. Loft feature also contains a centerline parameter

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SOLIDWORKS: Adding to Existing Selection Sets in SOLIDWORKS

Adding to Existing Selection Sets in SOLIDWORKS   Ever wondered how to add additional selections to existing selection sets? It is quite easy.   Below I have a selection set but I accidently selected only 2 of 3 faces I wanted to put in the selection set.     To add this face to the existing selection set you need to hold Ctrl–>click the desired selection set–>click the items to add–>right click–>update selection set. (Important: It is vital to hold Ctrl through this entire process or Update Selection set will not show up).     Thanks for taking the time to read and I hope this blog helped you understand how to add

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SOLIDWORKS: How Does SOLIDWORKS Save Files?

How Does SOLIDWORKS Save Files?   Have you ever wondered how SOLIDWORKS saves files?   Understanding how SOLIDWORKS files relate to one another is key to file management. The SOLIDWORKS file structure is a single point database. This structure means that each piece of information is stored in only one file. If any other file needs a piece of information, it must reference the file where the information is stored rather than copy the information into itself. In SOLIDWORKS, every time a file is used in a subsequent file, it creates a “File Reference”. File References are the links to where the file information is stored.   The huge advantage

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

SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Cannot Connect to Database

Cannot Connect to Database   A common error that may arise when using SOLIDWORKS Electrical is that it cannot connect to database.     Before I get started, there could be many reasons why this error could occur. I am going to explain three common fixes that normally take care of the problem. Additionally, if you have any hesitation about digging into this error, I highly recommend contacting your VAR for assistance.   1. Check to see that the SQL server is running. You can do this by right clicking on the windows start menu –> computer management –> Services and Applications –> Services.     Navigate to the above

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Cut List Sorting – #SW2017

Cut List Sorting   New to SOLIDWORKS 2017 is the ability to sort cut lists using new options in document properties. This new functionality provides a way to collect identical geometry and place that geometry into the same folder.     With “collect identical bodies”, the cut list will show as follows:   BEFORE                          AFTER                                 Additional functionality includes the ability to choose different faces and features to exclude while sorting cut lists. For example, there are 3 identical bodies and each body

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Automatic Browsing When Inserting Components – #SW2017

Automatic Browsing When Inserting Components   New to SOLIDWORKS 2017 is Automatic Browsing when Inserting Components. Traditionally, we all know we need to browse for a component while in the Insert Component property manager if none of the components are already open in SOLIDWORKS. Unless the part is open, this would require at least 3 clicks.     Fortunately, SOLIDWORKS added a nice update to the current methodology. When you open the Insert Component property manager in SOLIDWORKS 2017 and no other components are currently open, the open dialog box opens automatically eliminating the need to click browse. This saves you a mouse click which in turn enhances productivity.  

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