How do I use the SOLIDWORKS Built-In Calculator?

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This past week I purchased a new Smart Phone. During the sales process, the sales person pulled out this huge calculator to run some numbers. I couldn’t believe it. Here I am buying the latest and greatest “phablet” that can do just about everything, and this guy pulls out the old 80’s calculator. What does this have to do with SolidWorks? How many of us still use the Windows calculator, or worse yet, still have a calculator on our desk? […]

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How to Use the New Orientation Dialog Box in SOLIDWORKS 2013

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Do you find yourself constantly changing views until you finally find the correct view that you wanted? Well, the Orientation dialog box received a nice new face lift for SOLIDWORKS 2013 that you will find very useful. Simply press the spacebar or to bring up the Orientation dialog box, (or click the View Orientation button in the Heads-up View toolbar and click More Options, or pull down the View menu and pick Modify – Orientation.)      The new Orientation dialog […]

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How to Open SOLIDWORKS 2013 Files in SOLIDWORKS 2012 SP5

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Throughout the years, almost all of our customers have asked at one time or another, "Can I open files from the newest version of SolidWorks into a previous version?" The answer has always been, "No. The latest version of SOLIDWORKS uses newer technology that is not compatible with the older technology of previous versions of SolidWorks." As a result, customers have had to be careful when they upgrade to make sure that they stay compatible with their customers, suppliers, and […]

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How to Unlock the Padlocks in the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal

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We still get asked questions from time to time about the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal. A common question that SOLIDWORKS users have is about the locked padlock icons. The SOLIDWORKS user enters their user name and password and they are able to login to their SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal account. So, they are expecting to have full access to the features of the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal. Once they are logged in, however, they see the locked padlock icons and the message, "Active subscription […]

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Response to Comment from Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance – OS Visual and User Settings

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The following comment was posted to our article Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance (MSWP-12-#2) OS Visual and User Settings. “Personally I must let AERO running, because of graphical problems inside of SOLIDWORKS otherwise!” (Posted by: Florent) This comment is correct. According to SOLIDWORKS, “Using basic or non-Aero themes, Windows disables certain 3D acceleration settings to conserve resources. Disabling these settings can have a negative impact on SOLIDWORKS performance. Basic or non-Aero themes are intended for use with PCs which do not have […]

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When creating a SOLIDWORKS sheet metal flat pattern drawing view, why is the view not flattened?

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Even though SOLIDWORKS has greatly enhanced the sheet metal tools, we still get the question asked: When creating a flat pattern drawing view, why is the view is not flattened? To understand this better, let's go through the steps of what is suppose to happen when you create a new SOLIDWORKS sheet metal flattened view. 1. Create a drawing from a SOLIDWORKS sheet metal part document.2. Insert the flat pattern view. 3. Right Click on the new drawing view and […]

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How to Expand the Right Click Menu in SolidWorks

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Have you ever noticed the small downward arrows at the bottom of a right click menu? Is it possible to view the entire context (right mouse button menu) without pressing the downward arrow? Yes! With a document open, pull down the Tool Menu and pick Customize.  In the Customize dialog box, click the Options tab. Under Shortcut customization, click the Show All button. Now, all the menu items will be displayed. Neil BucaloTechnical AnalystComputer Aided Technology, Inc.

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Here’s a fun SOLIDWORKS issue to try and figure out … with an easy fix!

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When trying to modify a dimension by inputting dimension values into the Modify dialog box, the Add Equation dialog box appears. Answer: This may seem too obvious, but make sure that the "Num Lock" key is on.  If the "Num Lock" key is NOT on, then the numbers are not numbers anymore but are the Windows shortcuts as follows: 1: End2: Down arrow.3: PgDn4: Left arrow.5. No command6. Right arrow.7. Home.8. Up arrow.9: PgUp. So, in the Modify Dialog box, […]

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Where is the Link Values option in SOLIDWORKS 2012? It’s back in SP1.0.

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SOLIDWORKS does listen to its customers. In response to customer feedback, the Link Values feature has been brought back to SOLIDWORKS 2012 SP1.0. Right click on a dimension and pink Link Value / Unlink Value. Why was it replaced in the first place?Here's some information on the reasoning to replace this feature and how to take advantage of the new capabilities: Linked or shared values are used to link two or more dimensions without using equations or relations. Changing any […]

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