Borrowing a DraftSight Enterprise License for Non-SOLIDWORKS Users

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DraftSight Enterprise and Enterprise Plus licenses are network licenses. DraftSight users pull a license from a pool of licenses on a server. DraftSight users (Clients) can also borrow licenses for a select period of time. Once borrowed, users don’t need to access DraftSight through a VPN or network. DraftSight will act as a standalone license. When DraftSight is installed, there is a Dassault Systemes Folder that contains the DraftSight Program and a SolidNetWork License Manager. For Non-SOLIDWORKS users, this is […]

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Mapped Drives not shown after installing SOLIDWORKS?

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After a new installation of SOLIDWORKS, you may find something looks unfamiliar. One of those items might be mapped network drives under My PC not showing. I hate that helpless feeling of not knowing why….. but help is on the way. According to Microsoft, it’s the UAC that’s to blame. UAC stands for User Account Controls. Because of the UAC, the Shell runs with standard user permissions, and it cannot see the mapped drives that were configured by the SOLIDWORKS application […]

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How to Batch Print in SOLIDWORKS DraftSight

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Most often we create many drawings for a product or project. After we are done, it is time to print them out. No one likes the daunting task of open each drawing and print each drawing separately. DraftSight offers 3 ways to print: Quick Print, Print to file and Batch print. This blog focuses on the batch print option. Let’s check out how to use it… The Batch Print Command can be used without having any drawings open in your […]

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SOLIDWORKS Customization settings made easy

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Customizing the SOLIDWORKS Interface is designed to make it easier on the user. We all have our favorite commands and want those favorites to be easily accessible from a simple right mouse button click. Did you know there is a global Customization Window? To customize Menu and Shortcut bars, go to Tools > Customize Customize opens up the SOLIDWORKS Customize window. Users have a way to customize just about everything in SOLIDWORKS ranging from Toolbars, Shortcut Bars, Commands, Menu’s, Keyboard […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Composer: Saving Multiple Configurations

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A new enhancement to SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021 is the ability to carry over SOLIDWORKS part and assembly configurations into SOLIDWORKS Composer files. This new functionality gives users the ability to save multiple or all configurations from SOLIDWORKS files to Composer .smg files. Let’s take a look…. Open the SOLIDWORKS Composer application and go to File > Open. I will start by opening file: Ratchet.sldprt. Start by selecting the word SOLIDWORKS in the open dialogue box and the “Select the configuration […]

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Are you using Smart Fasteners in your SOLIDWORKS assemblies?

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When creating assemblies in SOLIDWORKS, the Smart Fastener Feature can be a huge help to designers. When the Hole Wizard Feature is used in an assembly, just simply click the Hole feature and Smart Fasteners will populate hardware automatically, including options for a Top and/or Bottom Stack of washers and nuts. The hardware comes from the SOLIDWORKS Toolbox. Toolbox is in SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium packages. Let’s explore this feature. Here is an assembly with 4 Countersunk holes added as […]

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SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager “A Windows reboot is pending…” Message

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When installing SOLIDWORKS software, oftentimes the following warning appears: Have you seen this message? Quite often(myself included) we click OK and keep going with the installation. If everything installs without error, why is it even there? Here is the reason: To help assure a successful installation of the SOLIDWORKS software, the Installation Manager checks to see if there are any pending reboot requests on your system. A pending reboot request occurs when a program or installation makes a change to […]

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SOLIDWORKS Free & Powerful Xpress Tools

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SOLIDWORKS Free & Powerful Xpress Tools With every version of SOLIDWORKS, there are 4 Xpress products found under the Tools pull-down menu. They are: DriveWorksXpress DFMXpress SimulationXpress FloXpress [Note: a file must be open in order to see all 4 tools] Think of these Xpress Tools as “teasers”. These Xpress tools have limited functionality compared to the full paid packages but sometimes that’s all that’s needed. All tools require a one-time activation. You will need to get a Product Code […]

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SOLIDWORKS Composer: How to Change Dimension Units

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There is 1 question that has come up twice this week regarding SOLIDWORKS Composer dimension units:                          “How do I change my dimensions from millimeters to inches in Composer?” Read on to see how and where to change and define Units in SOLIDWORKS Composer. Below, the dimension 374.65 is in millimeters, but it should be inches. Here is the way to make changes to the units for dimensions… Go […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Creating Curved Beams and Merging Tangent Members in Weldments

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In SOLIDWORKS Weldments, users have the ability to support curved members. Now, in SOLIDWORKS 2020, users can create curved beams from primary and secondary members in a structure system. Curved members behave the same way as linear members where you can add secondary members between them. If you select a 3D curve or spline as a reference, the member can only pierce through the center of the profile. Also, in some scenarios, you cannot sweep members with 2d or 3D […]

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