SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Recent Documents Improvements, Default Save Folder, Improved Preview for Minimized Documents – #SW2019

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One of the biggest improvements to SOLIDWORKS 2019 Recent Documents is that you can save more recent documents and they are easier to manage. In Tools > Options > General, SOLIDWORKS 2019 you can now specify the Maximum recent documents displayed from 1 to 100. Note that the default number is set to 50. Another nice feature added to SOLIDWORKS 2019 is that there is a check box in the options to Include documents opened from other documents. Now, having […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Free eDrawings Professional Features and Configurations in eDrawings 2019 – #SW2019

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Each and every year, SOLIDWORKS continues to listen to their customers and upgrade their products. SOLIDWORKS eDrawings 2019 is no exception. One of the biggest upgrades this year with SOLIDWORKS eDrawings 2019 is that all eDrawings Professional features from eDrawings 2018 and older are now available for FREE in the eDrawings Viewer. Note: This applies to eDrawings for Windows only (not mobile). Back in the 2018 version and earlier, an eDrawings file published in SOLIDWORKS Standard did not give access […]

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How Do I Create a SOLIDWORKS Rx Problem Capture?

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The Technical Support staff at Computer Aided Technology (CATI) take troubleshooting your SOLIDWORKS issue very seriously. We work directly with SOLIDWORKS to understand crashes and to address the root causes of problems. Many common issues that affect our SOLIDWORKS customers are reproducible, even in the most extreme cases. The gold standard for troubleshooting a SOLIDWORKS issue is to record a SOLIDWORKS Rx Problem Capture. The SOLIDWORKS Rx recording is taken from a customer machine along with the customer file set. […]

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How Do I Fix the SOLIDWORKS Error “Failed to initialize Visual Basic for Apps, equations and macros will not work. Are you low on disc space?” caused by Windows Update KB4048955?

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Some older programs have trouble running on the latest version of Windows. So, Microsoft’s solution is to have the Compatibility Mode option automatically. That is all fine and dandy. But when Windows does update KB4048955, some of our customers are seeing the error: “Failed to initialize Visual Basic for Apps, equations and macros will not work. Are you low on disc space?” when they launch SOLIDWORKS. SOLIDWORKS won’t start up and it sounds like you may need a new computer. […]

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How Do I Turn Off Inspection Balloons in SOLIDWORKS Inspection?

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Once you have finished creating a ballooned drawing with all of your inspection characteristics, SOLIDWORKS Inspection allows you to export your ballooned document to a 2D PDF document that can be opened using any PDF program. One question that came up in support is how can I turn off the Inspection Balloons in the SOLIDWORKS Inspection Add-In so that they do not show up in the PDF file that is created? On the SOLIDWORKS Inspection toolbar on the CommandManager, there […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 Installation Guide Part 1 – Individual Installation

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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

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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

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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?

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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?

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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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