Features Vs. Mates

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When working in assemblies, you are mostly dealing with adding and assembling mates.  However, by default in SOLIDWORKS, when you expand a part or subassembly in a main assembly, you see the features of the part or the components of the subassembly.  The mates that exist in the main assembly are grouped in a folder at the beneath the file name.  You can then expand this to see the mates that part/subassembly has. I find this to be kind of […]

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Huge Fasteners!

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Have you ever opened an assembly only to find the fasteners in it are huge?  This happens a lot when working in a multi-user environment and a network toolbox is not in use.  By default, toolbox files are installed locally on your machine with SolidWorks.  There is a default part file for each fastener type (the huge fastener you see).  Each time that you put in a fastener, a configuration gets written to that fastener of the particular size that […]

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Northern Indiana SOLIDWORKS User Group

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Northern Indiana SOLIDWORKS User Group Do you live in a 260, 574, 219, 269 area code and want to learn more about SolidWorks?  Join us at the Northern Indiana SOLIDWORKS User Group meeting where you will meet many of other excited SOLIDWORKS users and learn a wide variety of information about SolidWorks.  http://niswug.org Date: June 23, 2009 Time: 5:00pm to 8:00pm Where: Lake Michigan College Room #109, 1905 Fountain Drive, Niles, Michigan Agenda: “The Fast Five” Utilization of New 2009 […]

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Wrap It Up!

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Want to have extruded text follow a curved surface?  The Wrap command will do this for you.  It is found Insert>Features>Wrap. Make a 2D Sketch of the text you would like to have extruded.  Use the Text tool (Tools>Sketch Entities>Text) and construction geometry to define the sketch. Exit the sketch.  The Wrap command is not available when you are in a 2D Sketch. Go to Insert>Features>Wrap. Select the sketch as the source sketch if it is not already selected. Choose […]

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SOLIDWORKS Viewer 2009 SP3.0 and Printing

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There is a known issue with the SOLIDWORKS Viewer 2009 SP3.0 and printing: Knowledge Base Solution S-036239 Question: When printing a SOLIDWORKS document from SOLIDWORKS Viewer 2009 SP3 from the File, Print menu, why does the program crash with the following error "An unsupported operation was attempted"? Answer: This issue has been identified and submitted to the SOLIDWORKS development team as SPR 487382 – "Print via File, Print causes 'An unsupported operation was attempted' error and crash." Here are a […]

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The Danger of Dual Monitors

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Be careful when creating a registry file that is going to be used across your organization if you are using dual monitors.  You do not want to have something get pushed to a second monitor, if not every user has a second monitor.  A user could get stuck waiting for something that never shows up because it is off their screen.  In SOLIDWORKS 2009, new functionality was added to allow users to put toolbars onto a second monitor.  Also, other […]

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Multiple Mate Mode

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When putting together assemblies, many times you will have a bunch of parts that are all mated the same to one part.  For example, you might have a bunch of parts that are concentric to the same shaft, or a bunch of parts that are coincident to the same surface.  Instead of adding mate, after mate, after mate, try Multiple Mate Mode.  This is found in the Mate Property Manager and you access it by selecting the paperclip with the […]

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Keeping Track of Network License Usage

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Want to know how often you are running out of network licenses in a day, week, or month?  You can do this using the SolidNetWork License Administrator log file.   This can be helpful to determine if you need to purchase another license of SolidWorks.  To do this, on the server, launch the SolidNetWork license Administrator and select the “Server Administration” tab.  From here, you can access the log file.  Open the log file, and run a search for “DENIED” or […]

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How is a SOLIDWORKS Network License (SNL) Manager upgraded?

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As companies are making the switch to SOLIDWORKS 2009, we receive many calls on how to upgrade a SOLIDWORKS Network License.  To make this easier for you, here are the steps to upgrading a SOLIDWORKS Network License:   STEP 1:  Obtain a SolidNetWork License File The SolidNetWork License (SNL) file is a text file containing license information that clients access to check licenses in and out.  To obtain an SNL file with an existing Customer Center account, follow these steps: […]

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Getting the Overall Length of a Bent Tube

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Numerous times, customers have asked me how to get the overall length of a tube created in SolidWorks.  If you have a seat of SOLIDWORKS Office Premium, the Routing capability will give you the overall length of a tube/wire.  But many of us just have a SOLIDWORKS Core or SOLIDWORKS Office Professional seat, so we lack that capability that routing provides.  So here is a Redneck Workaround to get the overall length of a bent tube:  The tube I will […]

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