SOLIDWORKS 2018 Installation Guide Part 1 – Individual Installation

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Installation Guide Part 1 – Individual Installation Another new release of SOLIDWORKS is out. Every year, we get a lot of calls asking for help in upgrading SOLIDWORKS to the latest version. For this reason, we have decided to write a blog series answering the question: How do I install SOLIDWORKS 2018? In this blog series, we will cover the best practices so that you can get up and running with the least amount of down time. If […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Creating a Tab and Slot – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Creating a Tab and Slot – #SW2018 A bunch of SOLIDWORKS users work in the sheet metal industry. Some use slots and tabs to help locate sheet metal parts. Several years ago, I saw a request for a SOLIDWORKS feature that allows you to easily create a tab and slot. Currently, you can manually create a tab and slot. There are several techniques that work, like library features and the Combine feature. But for such […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Creating Normal Cuts – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS has always had the Normal Cut check box when creating a Cut-Extrude in a sheet metal part. But this option is limited to individual extruded cut features. So, what if you get a part that does not already have the cut feature? New in SOLIDWORKS 2018 is the Normal Cut tool. This allows you to normalize all non-normal side walls in sheet metal parts. Normal Cut is a very simple and easy to use tool that creates a normal […]

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SOLIDWORKS: How Do I Find My SOLIDWORKS Serial Number?

How Do I Find My SOLIDWORKS Serial Number?   What is your SOLIDWORKS serial number? This is a common question that we ask in Computer Aided Technology (CATI) Technical Support. You may be having an activation issue or an issue with the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal. Whatever the reason, there are several easy ways to find the SOLIDWORKS serial number that was used to install SOLIDWORKS on your computer. This blog will step you through a few of the most common […]

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SOLIDWORKS: How Do I Take SOLIDWORKS Training Classes Online?

How Do I Take SOLIDWORKS Training Classes Online?   While chatting with a customer recently, he wanted to know if he could take SOLIDWORKS Essentials online. This wasn’t a hard question to answer, but it got me thinking. SOLIDWORKS Essentials is not called beginners. It is called Essentials. The definition of essential is a thing that is absolutely necessary. Now, I have never been in sales and I am not in sales now, but being in Tech Support for years, I […]

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SOLIDWORKS: How Do I Open SOLIDWORKS 2017 Files in SOLIDWORKS 2016?

How to Open SOLIDWORKS 2017 Files in SOLIDWORKS 2016   With every new release, we get phone calls asking how to open up SOLIDWORKS files in the previous version. SOLIDWORKS 2017 is no different. Here are a couple of scenarios I have seen recently:   1. We are running SOLIDWORKS 2016 and a vendor has sent me a SOLIDWORKS 2017 file. How do I open the SOLIDWORKS 2017 file in my SOLIDWORKS 2016? 2. I have a file from that […]

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SOLIDWORKS: SWW 2017 Highlights – SOLIDWORKS Online Trials

SOLIDWORKS World 2017 Highlights – SOLIDWORKS Online Trials   MySolidWorks has just introduced SOLIDWORKS Online Product Trials. The days of having to get a sales rep to mail you a disk or having to download a huge amount of installation files and waiting to get an access code are a thing of the past. For the first time, anyone, anywhere, can try SOLIDWORKS anytime. There is no installation needed. There is no waiting. Simply log in to MySolidWorks and get started. […]

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Upcoming CATI Training Classes for January 2017 – Featuring SOLIDWORKS Administrator

Upcoming CATI Training Classes for January 2017   A common tradition at the start of a new year is to make a promise to do an act of self-improvement. There is no better way to improve your knowledge of SOLIDWORKS than by taking a training class. Computer Aided Technology (CATI) offers over 50 training classes in January 2017. CATI is certified by SOLIDWORKS, Stratasys, and our other partners. In addition to the complete catalog of course offerings from these partners, […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017: Installation Guide Part 1 – Individual Installation

Installation Guide Part 1 – Individual Installation   How do I install SOLIDWORKS 2017? In this blog series, we will try and cover the basics to get you up and running as efficiently as possible. Part 1 will start with the download process and then go into installing an Individual Installation of SOLIDWORKS 2017. Next, we will step you through SolidNetwork License Installations in Part 2, including common gotchyas like needing to update the license file with modify and creating […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Extrude from Any Size Planar Face – #SW2017

Extrude from Any Size Planar Face   Were you one of those kids who could NOT color inside the lines? You didn’t want to play it safe. You were a risk taker! Now as an engineer, didn’t it frustrate you that your CAD software forced you to stay inside the lines? Like how in SOLIDWORKS 2016, when you wanted to create an Extrude feature using From > Surface/Face/Plane, the sketch had to be fully contained within the boundaries of the non-planar […]

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