Upgrading NVIDIA Graphics Card Driver

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As any experienced SOLIDWORKS user knows, a graphics card can be the underlying cause for a multitude of CAD issues, sometimes manifesting in completely unexpected ways. Although hardware can be a culprit, the vast majority of related issues can be resolved with a graphics card “driver” update. This article will discuss the steps to discover what NVIDIA graphics card model and driver are currently installed and then how to go about upgrading the driver. Normally, this can be done through […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Saving Time by Purging Configuration Data

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Are you experiencing long wait times when saving SOLIDWORKS files? One cause might be the configuration data associated with your files. This can easily get out of hand especially when complex top-level assemblies have multiple configurations as well as their sub-assemblies and components. To reduce file size and the time needed to save them, you can purge the cached data of inactive configurations. For every file, SOLIDWORKS saves/re-saves by default all the configuration data associated with it, even if no […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Saving Time by Purging Configuration Data

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Are you experiencing long wait times when saving SOLIDWORKS files? One cause might be the configuration data associated with your files. This can easily get out of hand especially when complex top-level assemblies have multiple configurations as well as their sub-assemblies and components. To reduce file size and the time needed to save them, you can purge the cached data of inactive configurations. For every file, SOLIDWORKS saves/re-saves by default all the configuration data associated with it, even if no […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Saving Time by Purging Configuration Data

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Are you experiencing long wait times when saving SOLIDWORKS files? One cause might be the configuration data associated with your files. This can easily get out of hand especially when complex top-level assemblies have multiple configurations as well as their sub-assemblies and components. To reduce file size and the time needed to save them, you can purge the cached data of inactive configurations. For every file, SOLIDWORKS saves/re-saves by default all the configuration data associated with it, even if no […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Checking 3D Printer Size

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In SOLIDWORKS 2020, if you have multiple 3D printer options it is possible to select a printer from a list to quickly determine if a model fits within the build space. A printer can also be marked as a favorite through the Print3D PropertyManager. When a printer is added as a favorite, the following read-only information appears: I hope this part of the What’s New series gives you a better understanding of the new features and functions of SOLIDWORKS 2020. Please […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Composite Curves

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The SOLIDWORKS Swept Boss/Base command is extremely popular and powerful. However, this command allows only “one” path to be designated. So how does one use the Sweep command for a situation where several sketch entities (2D and 3D) are linked together in segments? If we invoke the Sweep command and select a path, it only recognizes one segment! This is where a very useful tool comes into play – the Composite Curve. This tool combines all sketch entities into one […]

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Just in Trace: SOLIDWORKS Autotrace tool

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In this blog, I wanted to talk a little about a SOLIDWORKS tool known as Autotrace. Autotrace is an add-in that allows you to trace and convert images such as .jpegs and .bitmaps into sketch geometry – pretty handy when you don’t want to spend a lot of time switching between sketch tools to freehand a quick trace. Although this tool is not meant to be a highly detailed and accurate trace, it does a good job in a pinch. Autotrace works best with […]

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Hide All Types: No Hype

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A common question that often comes into technical support is about not being able to see dimensions, decals, sketch relations, or other graphics display items when working with a SOLIDWORKS model. This can be frustrating especially if under time constraints to get a design finished. The first place I always check for these kinds of issues is the display filter- the eyeball at the top of the graphics window. Clicking on the down-arrow to the right of the eye will […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 Installation Guide Part 7 – Visualize

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In the world of photo-realistic rendering software, SOLIDWORKS Visualization Products are hard to beat. Introduced in 2016, SOLIDWORKS Visualize was a “quantum leap” addition to the existing SOLIDWORKS Photoview 360 in terms of rendering functionality and quality. In this article, we will be talking about some of the changes to look out for regarding licensing/installation aspects of Visualize 2019. Recall that SOLIDWORKS Visualize is offered in both Standard and Professional and can operate as a standalone program. A complimentary seat of SOLIDWORKS Visualize […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Copying DimXpert Schemes– #SW2019

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A shout out to all MBD users who are tired of having to recreate the same DimXpert scheme for different documents! – new in SOLIDWORKS 2019 is the ability to copy DimXpert schemes across documents, one to the other. Here’s how: Simply open the target document and select the configuration to which you want to copy the scheme. Be aware that copy scheme will not work if there is an existing DimXpert scheme in-place on the target configuration. Click Import […]

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