SOLIDWORKS Crashing with Dual Graphics Cards

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When SOLIDWORKS crashes, it is often hard to diagnose exactly what is upsetting the application. A very common reason is due to the graphics card and driver. It is well known that there are certain cards and drivers that work best with SOLIDWORKS based on the computer, SOLIDWORKS version, and other characteristics. This information can be found using the following site: https://www.solidworks.com/support/hardware-certification. Out-of-date drivers and unsupported graphics cards are common reasons for SOLIDWORKS to become unstable. Another cause for crashing […]

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Reactivating Your SolidNetwork License Manager

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Whether you have recently added seats to your SolidNetwork License, renewed your subscription, or have had any trouble with your activation, it is sometimes necessary to reactivate your SolidNetwork Licenses in the License Manager Server application. Regardless of the reason, reactivating your network license can be done by following these easy steps: In order to reactivate the license, first go to the Start Menu on the server computer and open the SolidNetwork License Manager Server application. Within the application, go […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Circular Reference Check in Performance Evaluation

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SolidWorks’ Performance Evaluation has always been an incredibly helpful tool to find out which features and components are taking up the most rebuild time. In SOLIDWORKS 2021, this feature gets even better! Performance Evaluation will now check for circular references in your SOLIDWORKS part or assembly. If you are not familiar with circular references, the short definition is “an infinite loop of references that eventually points back to the original reference.” A simplified example of this in SOLIDWORKS can be laid […]

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Restoring All SOLIDWORKS File Associations

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SolidWorks files can be easily opened directly from Window’s Explorer. However, with multiple versions of SolidWorks on a single computer, the file sometimes will not open in the version you want. By restoring file associations within the System Options, this can easily be fixed. Instead of opening the files into a SolidWorks version that is incorrect, it will bring up the “SolidWorks Launcher” which allows you to choose which version of SolidWorks to open. Keep in mind, if you have […]

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Why SolidWorks Is Crashing While Trying To Open Files

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It is a very frustrating time when you want to open a file in SolidWorks and the program crashes. Luckily, I believe to have pinpointed why this issue occurs and how to prevent it. It seems to be exclusive to non-native SolidWorks files such as STEP files but could happen to native SolidWorks files as well. The crash seems to occur when files are dragged straight out of Outlook or other programs directly into Window’s Explorer. The reasoning for this […]

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How The “Direct Editing” Tab Can Help You in SOLIDWORKS

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Sometimes a person might need to open and edit files that are not native to SolidWorks, and that is okay. This might seem scary to SolidWorks users as creating changes without a FeatureManager Design Tree can be intimidating. However, with Direct Editing tools, you no longer have to feel this way. The SolidWorks Direct Editing tab includes many tools that allow you to make changes to parts without modifying the existing sketches and features. Adding the Direct Editing Tab To […]

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The Truth About SOLIDWORKS Auto-Recover

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The saying, “Save early, save often” will most likely always be important for SOLIDWORKS users, but it is not uncommon that we forget to save and might lose work in unfortunate events. Luckily, SOLIDWORKS Auto-recover is here to help. You might have heard of the Auto-recover function that is built in, but does anyone actually know how to use it? The general answer seems to be, “No.” Auto-recover can be a very valuable tool and really save you a headache […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Feature Manager Enhancements

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When it comes to the Feature Manager in SOLIDWORKS, there are a couple of new capabilities that you should be excited about! The first one is the new language setting that can be shown in the feature manager. In SOLIDWORKS 2020, you will be able to change your tree display settings so that when you hover over a feature, it displays the feature name in both the language you currently have SOLIDWORKS set to and a second language of your […]

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