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SOLIDWORKS and the Windows 10 Creator Update (1703)

Windows 10 Creator Update (1703)   Boot up for the day and OH NO! Windows is updating!!! If all goes well, it’s probably not a big deal. If not…well, let’s just say I had some kind of update error over the last week. I’m not sure if it was the Creator update or not; maybe just a hard drive bad boot sector. Since my machine never finished the reboot loop, I may never know. One thing I did learn was my restore points, Dell recovery, and safe mode couldn’t save me (let’s all say external backup together now!). After a long process of “resetting” Windows 10, I figured it was time for

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SOLIDWORKS: Rx 2017 Reliability Tab

Rx 2017 Reliability Tab   Here we are, the spring of 2017 in full swing! I know we briefly looked at this in the what’s new for SOLIDWORKS 2017, but let’s take a little deeper look at one of the best and least talked about features in the 2017 release.   Reliability. Is it all in the eye of the beholder? Although there may be controversy amongst users on this subject, in the past, it mostly all depended on who you asked. Let’s face it, there are many things to consider, hardware, software, service packs, drivers, workflows, and even user errors. One thing we can all agree on is that

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SOLIDWORKS World 2017 Hightlights – 2018 Sketch Enhancements

SOLIDWORKS World 2017 Highlights – 2018 Sketch Enhancements   Many of you got out to LA for SOLIDWORKS World 2017. For those who didn’t, we are glad to bring you some of the highlights. Here are a couple of things that they previewed coming in SOLIDWORKS 2018 for sketching. Yes, sketching…I know, right?   Mirror 3D sketch: For many of us, this ability has been long awaited. Using planes as the symmetrical reference, we will soon be able to mirror 3D sketches like seen below.     Thus making these shapes easier to create.     Freehand images and sketching really had not crossed my mind as a productivity booster. The

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SOLIDWORKS: Administering SOLIDWORKS Toolbox – #SW2017

Administering SOLIDWORKS Toolbox   Come out and join us at SOLIDWORKS World 2017! I will be presenting my Toolbox presentation with Jeff Barker from Inflow to help out with PDM management. We will show you a few of the things we learned about Toolbox over the years. Setups, problems, new items, manual configuration, and some tips to make it flow a little better. Our session is on Monday, February 6th at 10:30 AM register for SOLIDWORKS World and use the agenda builder here to plan your days:   See you there! John Van Engen Sr. Support Engineer Computer Aided Technology

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SOLIDWORKS 2017: Installation Guide Part 3 – Electrical

Installation Guide Part 3 – Electrical   SOLIDWORKS Electrical can be broken down into two parts SQL Meta Data and Electronic Program Data   SQL Meta Data   All data about everything… (All the CAD document data is contained here.)   Electronic Program Data   Program Files – The application, (without this the program will not run) Program Data – The data (without it, the program will run…but will have no content)   Licensing scheme for SOLIDWORKS Electrical:   SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D SOLIDWORKS Electrical Professional (limited to 1 PC)   Use the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager. The installation manager is a simplified process that will help guide you

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Toolbox Purge – #SW2017

Toolbox Purge   SOLIDWORKS 2017 Toolbox configure tool has been upgraded! Some of you have needed this in the past and it was not available. Now with 2017 you can purge inactive data!! There are multiple levels for this to executed at. The first one will purge ALL inactive data from the toolbox. (use some discretion here gang)     This one is at the standards level:     This is at the category level:     This is at the fastener group level:     And finally at the individual part level:     But what does it do??? Well, here we see that there are two materials set. Let’s

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

Chamfer Enhancements   SOLIDWORKS 2017 brings some new functionality to the chamfer command. Here we can see a change in the chamfer command menus. 2017 on the left and 2016 on the right. Even though they have changed to icons, the first three options are the same:   Angle distance, Distance Distance, Vertex.       SOLIDWORKS 2017 expands the functionality with Offset Face and Face Face chamfers. In the first example the chamfer is first measured using the distance distance method. The chamfer is created by measuring 10mm away from the vertex down each edge.       The offset face offsets the faces adjacent to the edge selected by

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SOLIDWORKS User Groups for the Midwest in September 2016

September – Back to school and here comes the user groups!! Check out these listings for more information. September 12th 5-7:30PM SOLIDWORKS User Resource Forum (SURF) Vollrath Co. 1236 N. 18th Street Sheboygan, WI 53081 Click here for details September 13th 4-9:00PM SOLIDWORKS Milwaukee Area Resource Team (SMART) FALK/Rexnord 3001 W. Canal Street Milwaukee, WI 53208 Click here for details September 13th 5:30-8:30PM Rockford Area SOLIDWORKS Users Group (RASUG) WTC 1102 @ Rock Valley College 3301 N. Mulford Rd. Rockford, IL 61114 Click here for details September 20th 5:00-8:00PM Northeast Wisconsin SOLIDWORKS User Group (NEWSUG) Fox Valley Technical College 1825 N. Bluemound Drive Appleton, WI 54912 Click here for details

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SOLIDWORKS User Groups for the Midwest in August 2016

Well as things really heat up out there we have a few user groups popping up in August. Check out these listings for more information. August 11th 2016 12-4:30PM Minnesota SOLIDWORKS EPDM User Group Daikin Applied 13600 Industrial Park Blvd Plymouth, MN 55441 Click here for details August 17th 12:30-3:30PM Minnesota SOLIDWORKS User Group Ridgedale Library 12601 Ridgedale Drive Minnetonka, MN 55305 Click here for details August 30th 6:30-9:30PM Kansas City SOLIDWORKS User Group MRI Global 425 Volker Blvd Kansas City, MO 66203 Click here for details If you want to look into other regions or investigate other user group opportunities, please follow the information below. SOLIDWORKS User Group Network

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SOLIDWORKS User Groups for the Midwest in July 2016

This will be a short blog as the list of meetings in our area is pretty slim for July. We have a grand total of 1! Really? Yup 1! July 14th 2016 5-8PM Greater Evansville Area SOLIDWORKS User Group Evansville, IN – United States Click HERE for details It must be nice outside or something! If you want to look into other regions or investigate other user group opportunities, please follow the information below. SOLIDWORKS User Group Network (http://www.swugn.org) Click on "Calendar" or follow this hyperlink to view any upcoming events: http://www.swugn.org/swugn/calendar.htm John Van EngenCAT/MCAD Sr. Support Engineer Computer Aided Technology, Inc.

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