The Jeff Ray tour continues

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After Jeff Ray, the CEO of SOLIDWORKS fills up with pizza in Columbus on the 25th, he is going to Painesville Ohio to visit the North East Ohio SOLIDWORKS User Group on March 26th.Visit their website for full details. Two stops in Ohio in two days! If you want to meet the man who controls the tool you use every day, there has never been a better opportunity!

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Miami Valley SOLIDWORKS User Group Announcement

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The next Miami Valley SOLIDWORKS User Group meeting is scheduled for April 28, 2008 at Gander Mountain. Guess who the speaker is going to be! Yup your favorite blogger! -Nope not Lombard, – – it will be ME! I will be presenting: “How to write a Best Practice Document” – essentially the same presentation I gave at SOLIDWORKS World. Here is the current agenda… 5:30pm – 6:20pm Registration, food, and networking. 6:20pm – 6:30pm Opening Remarks. 6:30pm – 7:30pm Speaker […]

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Invest in your SOLIDWORKS setup

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You know how Granny in the Sylvester and Tweety cartoons always says: “You reap what you sow”? Who do you know is wiser than Granny? You made an investment when you bought SolidWorks. SOLIDWORKS is making you money, but your investments shouldn’t stop after you purchase your software. You need to customize your system so it works its best in your environment. The easiest customizations are keyboard shortcuts, toolbar configurations, file properties and drawing templates. (You would be amazed how […]

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You no longer have to choose the lesser of two evils

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In the past if you were a PDMWorks Enterprise administrator (or an admin over a lot of other PDM systems), you had two miserable options ahead of you once you upgraded your users to the newest SOLIDWORKS version. Do you manually check out all the files, run the upgrade wizard then check them back in to bring your files to the newest version (thus making a huge mess with anyone who cares at all about version history -let alone what […]

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EZ SOLIDWORKS Watermark

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I’ve seen quite a few strategies for putting a watermark on SOLIDWORKS drawings….putting them on their own layer, embedding a Word document, special fonts, etc. However they all have the common weakness of requiring either API or a manual process of removing them. My favorite watermark method is to use file properties instead: Open your SOLIDWORKS drawing template and create a file property called “WATERMARK”. Assign the value “FOR REFERENCE ONLY” for the value of this property. In your sheet […]

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COSUG meets Jeff Ray

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Richard Wand just let the cat out of the bag. At the next COSUG [Central Ohio SOLIDWORKS User Group] meeting, Jeff Ray, SOLIDWORKS CEO will be our guest. The meeting is scheduled for March 25th. Should I wear a tie?

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Smooth out your SOLIDWORKS Drawings

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What do you think of the wrinkles in the SOLIDWORKS 2008 drawings templates? Wanna get rid of them? Turn on: Tools -> Options -> System Options -> Colors -> Use specified color for drawings paper color. Ahhh sweet relief. Wanna bet someone at SOLIDWORKS right now is scanning in his coffee mug stain for the new 2009 format?

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EZ SOLIDWORKS Watermark

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I’ve seen quite a few strategies for putting a watermark on SOLIDWORKS drawings….putting them on their own layer, embedding a Word document, special fonts, etc. However they all have the common weakness of requiring either API or a manual process of removing them. My favorite watermark method is to use file properties instead: Open your SOLIDWORKS drawing template and create a file property called “WATERMARK”. Assign the value “FOR REFERENCE ONLY” for the value of this property. In your sheet […]

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So many batches

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Most of us have been tasked with the mind-numbing task of printing all drawings associated with an assembly, or even worse all drawings of a project! There are many programs out there that can help you do this, many of them you can download rather economically from the Internet or perhaps your PDM program can do this, both ideas help reduce your mouse clicks but nearly all of them run locally on your machine. This could mean spending hours watching […]

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The Best SOLIDWORKS World Technical Training Session Ever

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What do you get when you take the best two SOLIDWORKS World presenters and put them in the same room? Simply the best SOLIDWORKS World Technical Training session ever! Ed Eaton of the Dimonte Group is an industrial designer who has been doing his “Curvy Stuff” presentations at SOLIDWORKS World for years. Even though I have hardly ever designed curvy stuff in SOLIDWORKS I have never missed one of his presentations. Ed’s understanding of how SOLIDWORKS “thinks” always fascinates me. […]

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