SOLIDWORKS and Office version compatibility

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So you think it's time to upgrade SOLIDWORKS, or maybe it's time to upgrade MicroSoft Office. Does it matter to one or the other what versions they are? Yes. SOLIDWORKS integrates portions of Office so both matter. With a little digging you could find this information on your own in the SOLIDWORKS knowledge base but why? I have done it for you! So reap the benefits of my efforts instead.   Download SOLIDWORKS and MS office compatibility chart   John […]

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Weldments

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For most of us using weldments you may have noticed that there is a <as welded> or <as machined> description behind your configuration names. Although it's nice to see, sometimes we don't want it. Like in the case we want to use the configuration name as a drawing name or part number. Well we will just get rid of it then right? Attempt #1 – edit configuration properties and delete it from description… failed. Attempt #2 – edit configuration name […]

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How to convert a Toolbox part to a standard part for PDM

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From time to time you may want to copy a toolbox part for a custom part. In addition you may want to have that part get revision control as well. After attempting this a few times it's easy to give up. But like all things there is a trick to this. The toolbox files have a line in the file header that says "istoolboxpart". The old method was to change this information. Now we have a super handy tool for […]

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Avast! an issue with SolidWorks

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Off of a recent support call we learned that Avast! Internet Security has been found to cause a problem on x64 machines while installing SolidWorks. Even though SOLIDWORKS does not required to us shut down the anti-virus programs anymore during installs, it is still common place during trouble shooting to turn it off to rule it out. In this case it was a culprit in producing a SOLIDWORKS environment that was unstable. This system exhibited these symptom: Could not save […]

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2010 SNL install selection from the Installation Manager

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Just a quick note for now. Some calls and confusion over where the SNL manager is installed from. Slightly different appearances to downloaded and DVD versions, both have same selection. Really, it's in the same place as last year but easy to skip over. Now the SW installation manager shows the page we need first. We MUST select the Administrative image and server products. Unless you are creating an admin image you want to make sure that the selections for […]

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SOLIDWORKS Rx erased my WHAT!!!???

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As many of us good SOLIDWORKS users do we all try to keep our folders tidy. SOLIDWORKS has given us some great tools for it as well. Like the SOLIDWORKS Rx system maintenance tab.     Where to find it? Start, All Programs, SOLIDWORKS 200X, SOLIDWORKS 200X SPX.X, SolidWorks Tools, SOLIDWORKS Rx, System Maintenance. The above image shows the default locations for an install of SOLIDWORKS (plus user info). Do make sure that the folders are pointing where they should be. Notice […]

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FYI – Want to know what that Windows Installer error code means?

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Doing some digging I ran across this cross reference list in the Installation FAQs along with some other useful information that you might have wondered about in the installation process. It is often heard on the support lines that there isn’t enough information about SOLIDWORKS installs out there. Mostly I think it is overlooked, (I am at fault as well) so I have put the list here for a sneak peek at some of the good info out there. To […]

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Can somebody run an analysis on this part for me?

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I have been asked this question the last two consecutive days, and I am sure I am not the only one. Several customer’s have asked if we will do design analysis for them on a contract basis. The quick answer is no. However, we can give you the link to the SOLIDWORKS Suppliers and Services page. This link is from the SOLIDWORKS website and gives a list of SOLIDWORKS design groups and manufacturers. It allows you to search categories, areas, […]

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“Failed to Save Document” Oh no!!!

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Every so often you may encounter an error that threatens your document’s progress. It’s not the end of the world just some going back and redoing some work. But maybe, it can be saved. Here’s a few tips to overcome the notorious failed to save document error. ·        Most importantly DON’T close your document until it saves. ·        If you are in a part, try to use ctrl+Q to perform a force regen (it doesn’t’t look […]

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Where did the scroll bars go?

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Many users transitioning from SOLIDWORKS 2007 to 2008 have been asking "Where did the scroll bars go?" Well, they were removed, either by accident or on purpose the world may never know. But the good news is that starting with SOLIDWORKS 2008 SP2.0 they are back!! However you still need to find how to turn them on. So here’s how to get it back.Under the Tools, Options, System Options, Display/Selection menu: The third check box from the bottom reads "Display […]

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