DraftSight Network License Timeout

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As a DraftSight Enterprise or Enterprise Plus customer, you are aware that the software uses a network license model. This gives customers flexibility to share licenses between multiple part-time users. As user starts up DraftSight, a license is reserved from the server to complete the work, they shut down DraftSight, and the license is automatically released for another user. This works great until someone forgets they have an application open and continue to consume a license although they are not […]

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SOLDIWORKS 2022 Beta is coming!

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SOLIDWORKS just announced that the Beta version of SOLIDWORKS 2022 is scheduled to go live near the end of June. Like in previous years, SOLIDWORKS will have a Beta program that will allow users to test the new software. What is the SOLIDWORKS Beta Program? Participating in the in the Beta program is more than just taking the next release of SOLIDWORKS for a test drive. It is about connecting with the BETA community, interacting with the SOLIDWORKS R & […]

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Recovering Corrupt Composer files

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File corruption is not a light subject, nor one anyone really likes to discuss. But that is exactly what I want to cover in this post, what to do when your SOLIDWORKS Composer file does not open. While rare compared to the daily number of SOLIDWORKS Product files in use, it does happen. When it happens, customers will call Tech Support and ask why the file got corrupt and can it be recovered. For more details on the topic, Jordan […]

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SOLIDWORKS Composer Detail views, round 2

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My co-worker Ryan Field put together a great blog on SOLIDWORKS Composer recently. He gave several examples on how to use the Digger tool to generate Detail views in your Composer files. After reading Ryan’s post, I got to thinking about the other methods Composer offers to generate Detail views. Detail Views The detail view is all about bringing emphasis to an area of your Composer files. This option exists for both High Resolution Image and the Technical Illustration Workshops […]

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Why can I not not modify SOLIDWORKS Sheet Properties?

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One topic that seems to frequently come up in SOLIDWORKS is the Drawing Template, the Sheet Format and how they work together to create a Drawing. This is an area of SOLIDWORKS functionality that causes a bit of confusion for newer, and experienced, SOLIDWORKS users. This held true recently while helping one of our customers who was trying to modify the Sheet Properties and select a new Sheet Format in an existing drawing. It was not the typical issue where […]

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Resetting (and saving) the DraftSight User Interface

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Happy New Year! Even though it is the third week of January. With the new year comes more of the same, most of us are still working remote a majority of the time. Likely, you are like me and moving your laptop from one location to another and neither location has an identical hardware setup. I was recently working with a customer in a similar situation, three monitors at home and two at the office. Upon moving the computer from […]

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Does your PDF have faint edges when saved from a SOLIDWORKS drawing?

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I need to begin by saying this is one of those questions that I should have known the answer to. I was on a customer call working through an example of a drawing in which a particular view had very faint edges when saving to a PDF. Some of you who are reading this may already know the cause and the solution. Representative of the customer file, why the faint edges in the PDF? There is nothing overly complex about this […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Best New Features

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The new release of SOLIDWORKS 2021 is now available and the Computer Aided Technology Tech Team is excited for this release and all the new features! Mid-September, we started documenting the best new features of SOLIDWORKS 2021 from Part, Assembly, and Drawing features to the new features in the SOLIDWORKS portfolio including: SIMULATION, SOLIDWORKS Electrical, SOLIDWORKS CAM and the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. In addition to the new software tools, the Hardware technical team covered many new 3D Printing and 3D Scanning tools. We […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Composer Display Enhancements

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SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021 introduces new settings which give users more display options within the Composer environment. We now have document level control over displaying hidden edges for both Highlighting and Selecting geometry actors. Let’s take a look at these new settings and how they’ll help us while using SOLIDWORKS Composer These new settings are in: File, Properties, Document Properties or Default Document Properties and Selection. We can individually control the visibility and the intensity with the slider, for static selection […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Blog Series

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 is nearing release and the Computer Aided Technology Technical Team is excited for the next version of SOLIDWORKS. We have been working hard to find the best new features that SOLIDWORKS 2021 has to offer and are looking forward to sharing them with you and the SOLIDWORKS community. Beginning Tuesday, September 22nd, the CATI Technical Team will be starting our 7th annual What’s New Blog Series. The team is planning daily posts covering the new features and functions […]

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