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Mapped Drives not shown after installing SOLIDWORKS?

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After a new installation of SOLIDWORKS, you may find something looks unfamiliar. One of those items might be mapped network drives under My PC not showing. I hate that helpless feeling of not knowing why….. but help is on the way. According to Microsoft, it’s the UAC that’s to blame. UAC stands for User Account Controls. Because of the UAC, the Shell runs with standard user permissions, and it cannot see the mapped drives that were configured by the SOLIDWORKS application […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021: “Link to Property” in Drawings Notes Causing Crashes

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NOTE: This issue is fixed in 2021 SP 3.0, which is currently in early visibility on www.my.solidworks.com, however until the wide release is out, this is a fix. In SOLIDWORKS 2021, there is an issue with linked properties in Drawings notes causing SOLIDWORKS to crash to desktop: If you’re unfamiliar with the tool, it’s quite handy for automatically updating properties for different configurations so you don’t have to manually search out the values for certain properties (e.g. configuration name, mass, […]

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SOLIDWORKS: How to Use Design Tables for Assemblies

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Utilizing Design Tables is very handy and certainly saves time with designing as well as modifying. While using Design Tables to assist with the creation of multiple Configurations at the Part Level is common, what about at the Assembly Level? Currently, the same technique doesn’t apply but there is a way in which we can still accomplish this task. Here is a simple Assembly in which we intend for a Design Table to create a few additional Configurations. In each […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Check Out These Check Boxes

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In a recent SOLIDWORKS User Group discussion, we were talking about cool new functionality enhancements that were added over the last several years. We then took the conversation in another direction. What are some little, but still awesome, enhancements that can be easily overlooked? Here are two little SOLIDWORKS sketch enhancements that are worth the reminder. They both happen to be “newer” options of long existing features that can be enabled with…… check boxes. Convert Entities -> Inner loops Convert […]

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Joining the SOLIDWORKS Community: Increase your Efficiency in a CAD Platform Transition

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Going from one CAD platform to another is always a complex transition. You need to migrate files, templates, information of all kinds, and retain the accuracy you were accustomed to living in. No matter what system you are coming from, I want to walk you through the process of beginning to realign your system specifics to the SOLIDWORKS Environment. Setting a Solid Foundation If you think back to the first time you began working in your previous CAD environment, try […]

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Resetting (and saving) the DraftSight User Interface

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Happy New Year! Even though it is the third week of January. With the new year comes more of the same, most of us are still working remote a majority of the time. Likely, you are like me and moving your laptop from one location to another and neither location has an identical hardware setup. I was recently working with a customer in a similar situation, three monitors at home and two at the office. Upon moving the computer from […]

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How to Install Abaqus

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Abaqus 2017-2020 on Windows Get the setup files for Abaqus by following these instructions for download SIMULIA software. The setup files will be in the form of .TAR archives. The retrieved .TAR files need to be extracted in a way that allows their contents to mix together. We recommend installing the free 7-Zip program and using the “Extract here” option (see screenshots in the Abaqus 2016 section below). After extraction you should have a subdirectory named “AM_SIM_Abaqus_Extend.AllOS” containing all the […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Cleaning Up Drawings by Adjusting Dimension Extension Lines

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The amount of information displayed on our SOLIDWORKS drawings can be massive. It is easy to end up with a cluttered drawing, having dimensions and annotations all over the place. Let’s take a look at some options for the dimensions and their extension lines. These will give you some tools that are certain to help clean things up. Auto Arrange Dimensions Using the Auto arrange tool is a quick and easy way to organize dimensions. Select the group of dimensions […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Installation Guide – Part 8 SOLIDWORKS CAM

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SOLIDWORKS CAM installation can be broken down into 2 sections (CAM Standard, CAM Standard TBM) and (CAM Professional). CAM Standard – CAM Standard TBM The installation process is simple with CAM, just run the 2021 SOLIDWORKS installation process CAM will be automatically loaded without searching for check marks to add into the software download. After the installation is complete, open SOLIDWORKS and right click on COMMAND MANAGER Tabs and add a check mark for SOLIDWORKS CAM and SOLIDWORKS CAM TBM. Current user of […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Installation Guide – Part 7 Visualize Products

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In the world of photo-realistic rendering software, SOLIDWORKS Visualization Products are hard to beat. Introduced in 2016, SOLIDWORKS Visualize was a “quantum leap” addition to the existing SOLIDWORKS Photoview 360 in terms of rendering functionality and quality. In this article, we will be talking about some of the changes to look out for regarding licensing/installation aspects of Visualize 2021. Recall that SOLIDWORKS Visualize is offered in both Standard and Professional and can operate as a standalone program. A complimentary seat of SOLIDWORKS Visualize […]

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