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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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Isolating Interference in Assemblies

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Interference Detection is a great tool for assemblies. The command was expanded in SOLIDWORKS 2019 to make it available for Multi-body parts. For SOLIDWORKS 2020, this command was improved again by adding the Isolating Interferences option. In the Interference Detection tool for assemblies and multibody parts, you can tag interference, components or bodies for isolation after you exit the Interference Detection Property Manager. It’s very easy to isolate interferences. First, open an assembly or multibody part and go to the […]

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize Shortcuts for Current and Future Users

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For all the SOLIDWORKS Visualize users and future users out there, here is a list of all the available Visualize Keyboard Shortcut keys. Keyboard shortcuts are key combinations to quickly access functionality. If anyone has taken a SOLIDWORKS Visualize course, these keyboard shortcuts are found in the Appendix near the back of the manual. Who actually reads the Appendix…. raise your hand! If you are unfamiliar with SOLIDWORKS Visualize, it’s a powerful tool for rendering CAD data to make photo-realistic […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Hole Callout Quantities

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I just had a customer ask me why the hole callout quantities were wrong on a Part Drawing. The hole callout quantity did not match with the physical part. Often, we hear…” Something is wrong with SOLIDWORKS” or “Must be a bug”. Here’s the scenario…. The part model was a tray like the picture below. The part features were simply: 1 extrusion Feature, 1 Hole Wizard Feature, and 1 Cut – Extrude Feature. When the drawing was created, the Hole […]

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SOLIDWORKS: How to Display Notes for X & Y Coordinate Points in a Drawing

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Drawings………can’t live without them. For drawings that need a lot of dimensions, this can clutter the entire document making it hard to read. The standard dimensioning schemes are: To avoid dimensions clutter, here’s an alternative method for you. How about adding a note that will show the X & Y coordinates instead of placing Model Items, a Horizontal or Vertical dimension on the drawing like this? Let me show you how you can create a note and link it to […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Part and Sketch Origins: Do you know the difference?

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7 years ago, in 2011, Ketul, one of our Application Engineers, did a blog on the fact that there are two SOLIDWORKS origins: 1 red and 1 blue. Have you noticed? Here is the original link if you’d like to read it. https://www.cati.com/blog/2011/03/why-is-there-two-origins-in-a-sketch-one-red-one-blue/ Now that we’ve established that there are truly 2 origins, have you ever tried to select an origin and it would not select it? Happened to me recently. Here’s the plain truth…. Red Origins (located on a […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Cosmetic Thread Improvements – #SW2019

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The Cosmetic Threads Command has seen some improvements in SOLIDWORKS 2019. There were many issues with how cosmetic threads were created, updated and displayed when there are child references in downstream features. This has been resolved. The cosmetic threads feature has a more robust architecture so that they behave more consistently. The improved behavior provides more stable references for edges and faces, along with correct parameters for assemblies, drawings, and graphics.   Some improvements that users asked for were to […]

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