SOLIDWORKS Submenu is missing!

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If you are working on a computer that has SOLIDWORKS installed and you right-click on a SOLIDWORKS file (*.sldprt, *.slddrw, *.sldasm) in File Explorer/Windows Explorer you should see a SOLIDWORKS “submenu” appear in the dropdown list. (shown in the screenshot below) Sometimes after a SOLIDWORKS upgrade or a change on a computer, that right-click SOLIDWORKS submenu will go missing. Here are the steps you can take on your computer to fix this issue and get the SOLIDWORKS submenu to reappear within […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Projected vs. True Dimensions

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When creating drawings in SOLIDWORKS, you may have noticed two types of Dimension Types available when inserting Drawing Views: Projected and True Dimensions. So, what exactly are the difference in these two Dimension Types? The two different Dimension Types, Projected and True, can be found in the Drawing View PropertyManager when inserting or editing a Drawing View under the Dimension Type section. Typically, True Dimensions are accurate model dimensions. If you create a model and measure the length of an […]

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Adding Serial Numbers to your [existing] SolidNetWork License Manager (SNL)

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When you have a network license of SOLIDWORKS, the SolidNetWork License Manager is used to proctor/distribute your licenses to your users. Sometimes a new/additional network license needs to be added to an existing network license/SNL setup. The following outline the steps to add a new/additional network license to an existing SolidNetWork License Manager (SNL). First, verify all your network serial numbers. This would include SOLIDWORKS network licenses, PDM Standard network licenses, PDM Professional network licenses, etc. You can always contact […]

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What Controls Line (Annotation) Color in Drawings?

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A frequent question we get is: why are lines in a drawing not appearing the correct color? OR why do two computers show different color lines for the same drawing. There are a few different things that could be controlling the drawing entity color, some of which override others. By default, the colors of SOLIDWORKS drawing entities (lines, dimensions, notes, etc.) are controlled by System Options > Colors. If the drawing annotations (notes, dimensions, lines, etc.) are still appearing as […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Segmented Imported Mesh Body Tool – #SW2019

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New to SOLIDWORKS 2019 is a Segment Imported Mesh Body tool. This new tool group portions of a mesh BREP body into faces bounded by sharp corners, planar faces, and cylindrical faces. This Segment Imported Mesh Body tool looks at extracting: Groups of faces that form planar and cylindrical faces Faces that are separated by sharp or creasing angles planar faces in a mesh BREP body so they can be used as sketch planes, references, etc. This tool is best […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect Updates – #SW2019

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SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect is a tool that was added a few years ago (2017) that allows you to work directly with third-party native CAD files. In SOLIDWORKS 2019, 3D Interconnect can now export files directly to the Revit® Family (*.rfa) format. These exported *.rfa files contain the 3D tessellation data and can also contain the Custom Properties of the original file. To export to the Revit Family format: 1. Open a model within SOLIDWORKS 2019 and click Tools > Export […]

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Create an Options File for the SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License Manager

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The SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License Manager (SNL) can use what we call an “Options File” to gain more control over your network license usage. This administrative control includes preventing users or groups from borrowing certain license types, reserving certain license types for specific users or groups, and setting an idle time limit when borrowing licenses. Upon manually creating this Options File, it will need to be linked to the existing SNL and re-activated to be established. To create this SNL Options […]

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Gear Mate Galore!

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Do you work with multiple gears and need rotation in an assembly? Tucked away in the Mechanical Mates dropdown of the Mate PropertyManager is the Gear Mate. The Gear Mate can be used to force two components (such as gears) to rotate relative to one another (with a desired ratio). In the scenario below, the two gears near the top are not mates relative to one another and can freely rotate around, often colliding. You can use cylindrical/conical faces, axes, […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Controlling the Tangency Direction – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Controlling the Tangency Direction – #SW2018 New in SOLIDWORKS 2018 is the ability to reverse the tangency direction of certain curved sketch entities. To perform this flipping of the tangency sketch relation you will need to be actively editing your sketch. Right click on your arc (or spline) that you want to reverse tangency direction of (this arc or spline will need to contain a Tangency Sketch Relation). Select on Reverse Endpoint Tangent from the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Changing the Transparency of an Assembly or Multibody Part – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Changing the Transparency of an Assembly or Multibody Part – #SW2018 With SOLIDWORKS 2017 and earlier, to change the transparency of multiple components within an assembly or multiple bodies within a multibody part, you had to select on the multiple components/bodies and then change the transparency—which can be cumbersome if there are a lot of components/bodies within your assembly/multibody part. SOLIDWORKS 2018 offers a new functionality in which you can now change the transparency of […]

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