Split Lines are not just for Projections

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    The typical use of the split line is for the projection of a sketch onto a surface/face to split the face up for various reasons. Draft lines, hold lines, forming tools, simulation setups and the like. The one other one (of the 3 types) that you might not know is the intersection as shown here is the intersection of 2 surfaces. It could very well be bodies, faces, or planes. In this case what really have here is a projected […]

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Light Weight Patterns

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Sometimes the patterning of holes can be to say the least very resource intensive. If you are just looking for the image or illusion of the holes to be there, we have a very lightweight alternative. The feature is called  a Cosmetic Pattern.There are only a couple of rules and the results are excellent. 1.You can only apply it to a planar face. Not a big deal as you are usually using it for something to mimic a perforated panel […]

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SEED PATTERN WARNING MESSAGE

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I ran acoss this little gem the other day while teaching Essentials. It doesnt just fail with no explanation anymore. It actually gives a brief description of what might happen……   Todd Werginz Technical Analyst CATI      

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Sheetmetal/Wood Products DXF Workaround

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I had a customer looking to streamline the process of outputting DXF files to the shop floor with minimal work. This is what we came up with..     Hope you can use something like this….   See you at SOLIDWORKS World!   Todd Werginz Technical Analyst Computer Aided Technology

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Stop asking for a SNL License!

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If you have SOLIDWORKS and eDrawings installed on the the same machine and you are pulling a license for the SOLIDWORKS but when you open up eDrawings you are           Since you have eDrawings installed on your machine you do not need to pull a SNL on a standalone machine. Start eDrawings and go into tools options and un-check the box for the SNL option and while you in there un-check the RSS feeds and CHECK […]

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Manually Updating Toolbox

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From time to time we get the occasional request on how to update your toolbox manually. Here are the instructions.  Turn off Toolbox and Toolbox Browser addins in SOLIDWORKS for all users  Go to your SOLIDWORKS install directory to the toolbox install folder 1.     C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SolidWorks\Toolbox\data utilities\UpdateBrowserData.exe 2.   NOTE: If you have a 64 bit machine go to Program Files not Program Files (x86)  Run the UpdateBrowserData.exe file  Click the (…) button and browse for the database file 1.     […]

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QUADRO VS. GEFORCE

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Here is a great read on why to choose a "workstation" grade computer and a "workstation" grade video card. Mind you NVIDIA produces both products- the Quadro series and the GeForce series. Contrary to popular belief, there is a huge difference and in the end you get what you pay for.   Download Quadro_vs_GeForce0309   Todd Werginz Technical Analyst Computer Aided Technology

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Journal File Where and What is it????

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With the implementations of SOLIDWORKS 2011 and steady migration from XP to Windows 7 there are always pluses and minuses. I never recommend to anyone that when going from one version to the next that you use the copy settings wizard.  I always recommend a clean uninstall and then a fresh install. What I have been seeing as of late has be Journal File errors. You know the one(it usually happens when you quadruple click at 7 in the morning […]

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Sketch Driven Pattern

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I think one of the most underutilized features inside of SOLIDWORKS in general is the use of patterning and symmetry. In particular the sketch driven pattern. The fact that it does not absorb the sketch into the feature is enough for me. It also takes care of the issue of it just doesn't fit into the linear pattern category due to having to un-check all of the instances or dimensionally it just doesn't work. It is located under the linear pattern […]

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Check Your Graphics Driver

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      Being on support I would say that somewhere between 75% and 90% of the calls that come in are graphics driver related. Remember that even if you bought a big brand new machine from Dell it is probably loaded with the wrong driver from the factory. Just because it is new does not mean its correct or certified. So to save some time in your busy day go ahead and check this link periodically to make sure you have […]

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