DraftSight Install and First Glance

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DraftSight, the exciting FREE  2D CAD tool from Dassault Systems is now Released Product! It took only a few moments to download this mear 57MB install. It took even less time to install and required no reboot or shutdown of other applications! (Win 7 x64) As a first test I tried opening a 10MB .dwg file from a customer who had been unsuccessfull opening it with SolidWorks. This file opened with only one message of an entity type, I selected ok […]

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Sheet Metal “Grain Direction” / Coil Direction

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Here is another reason to read the "What's New" document (p.50-52) with each release of SolidWorks. 😉 With SOLIDWORKS 2011 there is a prominent new feature for your sheet metal blank, the "bounding box". This is the smallest rectangle that the parts blank("flat pattern") will fit. The "bounding box" is a sketch found under the Flat-Pattern feature and can be toggled on/off.   In addition to the new "bounding box" sketch, there is a new option in the property manager for the Flat-Pattern […]

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Retirement Announcement – SOLIDWORKS 2D Editor

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To better align with Dassault Systèmes new 2D product – DraftSight™, DS SOLIDWORKS Corp. plans to retire SOLIDWORKS 2D Editor (formally DWG Editor). To allow an adequate transition period, the SOLIDWORKS 2D Editor download will continue to be available through the Service Pack cycle of SOLIDWORKS 2011, after which time the download link on the customer portal will be removed. To get started with DraftSight visit www.draftsight.com and follow download instructions. To access the DraftSight community, visit swym.3ds.com and create […]

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Details of Instant 3D’s Interface

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If you've run SOLIDWORKS since version 2008, you've undoubtly run into Instant 3D since it's toggled on by default right out of the box. (Unless you have a savvy Admin who's setup your installs to have it off.) The purpose of this blog article is to explain as simply as possible, the what, where, & how's. WHAT is Instant 3D? It is an optional(toggles on/off) interface for changing sketch and feature values dynamically by dragging. If you're in need of making […]

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Adding a Serial Number – SolidNetWork License Manager

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Ok, this shouldn't be so hard, but it's got several little hurdles, thus this blog posting 😉 (Ref. This is SOLIDWORKS 2010 as of SP 2.1) AT THE SERVER (the actual SNL server that's running the service.) We need to change the program: SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License Manager The Setup Wizard should come up and we choose Modify A License Information window should come up, this is where we add the new serial number. Note the Hint in the window – very important! […]

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CHANGE THE OIL IN SOLIDWORKS AT 3,000 MINS.!

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Yes! It’s been 3,000 Minutes! (About a week. 60min/hour X 9hrs/day X 5days/week = 2,700 minutes.) Have you changed the Oil in SOLIDWORKS like you would in your automobile? Probably not, but you’d be unlikely to go too much further in your car (unless you use the synthetic’s maybe) so it’s time to "Change the Oil in SolidWorks”. How do you do this? Well SolidWorksRx of Course! (See Start/Windows Icon, All Programs, SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Tools, SolidWorksRx)  Just like in a […]

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Dash Board Icon Customization in 2010 Has Changed.

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Those icons on the graphics area of your parts, assemblies and drawings are pretty handy. They are even handier when you customize them to your liking and needs. How you make these changes has changed, to give you more control over what is there and to make the process of customizing this dash board similar to customizing other toolbars.   In SOLIDWORKS 2009, to customize the dash board icons one would right click on any of the icons and get […]

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ARE YOU USING THE RECOMMENDED VIDEO DRIVER?

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It's very important to use the recommended/certified video driver for SolidWorks. FIRST: What do you have?1. Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, System Information.2. Check and Note:—- System Summary:—- —- A. OS Name—- —- B. Version—- —- C. System Manufacturer—- —- D. System Model—- —- E. Processor (how many and speed. IE. 2 @ ~2330Mhz)—- —- F. Total Physical Memory—- Components, Display—- —- A. Name—- —- B. Adapter Ram—- —- C. Driver Version (IE. 6.14.11.7575) SECOND: What does SOLIDWORKS Recommend?1. […]

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Large Iges Import = Some components suppressed, why?

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This may not have been desired, to have some components suppressed. This is a performance thing and in this case it may not have really helped. Manually unsuppressing each item is tedious. You could shift or ctrl select the multiple items in the Feature Manager Tree and unsuppress/set to resolved. Or, better yet, get it right the first time. Tools, Options, System Options, Assemblies. Turn on Use Large Assembly Mode and set the value for components higher, like 5,000 instead […]

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I’VE INSTALLED SOLIDWORKS, BUT WHEN I TRY TO RUN IT, ALL I GET IS AN EXCLAMATION POINT FOR AN ERROR!

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Now, error messages have never been known for being very specific, but just an exclamation point? What the heck!   So where do you go for something like this? You could call your reseller, and tell them what? I installed SOLIDWORKS and all it does is give me an exclamation point. What would they say to that? You’re kidding? Uninstall it and reinstall it? Well hold on let’s not get that serious just yet. Searching the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base is […]

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