SOLIDWORKS: How Do I Open SOLIDWORKS 2017 Files in SOLIDWORKS 2016?

How to Open SOLIDWORKS 2017 Files in SOLIDWORKS 2016   With every new release, we get phone calls asking how to open up SOLIDWORKS files in the previous version. SOLIDWORKS 2017 is no different. Here are a couple of scenarios I have seen recently:   1. We are running SOLIDWORKS 2016 and a vendor has sent me a SOLIDWORKS 2017 file. How do I open the SOLIDWORKS 2017 file in my SOLIDWORKS 2016? 2. I have a file from that […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Converting a Standalone SOLIDWORKS seat to a Network Installation

Converting a Standalone SOLIDWORKS seat to a Network Installation   With companies growing, there is usually a need to add some additional seats of SOLIDWORKS. A lot of companies are now deciding to install a network version for the new seats or convert their existing standalone seats over.   We usually will get a call on how this process is done. Well, it is a very easy process. A lot of people think that there is a difference between the […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Rx 2017 Reliability Tab

Rx 2017 Reliability Tab   Here we are, the spring of 2017 in full swing! I know we briefly looked at this in the what’s new for SOLIDWORKS 2017, but let’s take a little deeper look at one of the best and least talked about features in the 2017 release.   Reliability. Is it all in the eye of the beholder? Although there may be controversy amongst users on this subject, in the past, it mostly all depended on who […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Review of BOXX APEXX 1 Workstation

BOXX APEXX 1 Workstation Review     Here in Bellevue WA, we needed new training machines. I was excited to learn that we would be getting new BOXX workstations, however I was in for a big surprise; the machines we received were the APEXX 1 1401’s. These tiny workstations pack a big punch measuring 4.7in Wide, 8.6in Tall, and 9.13in Deep! The machines in our Training Lab feature an Intel®™ Core i7-6700K 8M Skylake processor overclocked at 4.4 GHz with […]

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SOLIDWORKS: How to Transfer a Standalone License Between Work and Home Computers

Transferring a SOLIDWORKS Standalone License Between Work and Home Computers   When you have a standalone license of SOLIDWORKS and you want to run it on both your work and home computer, it is easy as transferring the SOLIDWORKS activation between those computers, below are the steps that show how easy this can be.   Step1: Install SOLIDWORKS on both computers, but only activate one of the two computers at the end of the installation (we assume for this example, it […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Saving Selection Sets

SAVING SELECTION SETS   Selecting geometry, as you model in SOLIDWORKS, can be time consuming. There are a few ways to speed up this process. You can box select, lasso select, control+click, or even use some of the advanced selection tools. Even with these options, It can still take a big chunk of your design time. If you must make the same selections frequently, it becomes both repetitive and painstaking.   To increase efficiency, you can save selection sets inside […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Running Multiple Monitors with SOLIDWORKS 2017

Running Multiple Monitors with SOLIDWORKS 2017     So, this question comes up a lot: “Should I run with extra monitors?”   “Yes, yes you should”, is my typical answer.   The industry has come to a common consensus that having more than on monitor does increase productivity. The following metric from a University of Utah studies are numbers that are agreed upon by many researchers from Intel to Microsoft.   Multi-Monitor vs Single Monitor Display. 45% Easier task tracking […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Automatic Break in SOLIDWORKS Dimension Lines

Automatic Break in SOLIDWORKS Dimension Lines   The other day I was on the phone with a customer that was looking for a setting to create automatic break lines in his dimensions. Well we unfortunately found that there is not system or document settings that will control this. There is an enhancement request in process for this functionality. SPR 627519 – Automatic creation of break lines when drawing dimension leaders cross each other (document property setting).     So what […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Essentials of DraftSight – DraftSight for the SOLIDWORKS User

Essentials of DraftSight – DraftSight for the SOLIDWORKS User   At SOLIDWORKS World this year, George Brañes and I teamed up to present the Essentials of DraftSight. Our presentation covered the key items that all DraftSight users need to get started with DraftSight. We also looked at choosing the best DraftSight product and installation. Most importantly, we presented on the ten essential topics that we think are necessary for all DraftSight users. Those ten topics we recorded and have put […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Critical Hotfix for DraftSight 2017

Critical Hotfix for DraftSight 2017   There have been many reports from the DraftSight community of the application not launching, or receiving messages about the service that will terminate on March 1, 2017.   Unfortunately, that was due to an expired Windows certificate. This affects all Windows* 32 & 64-bit versions of DraftSight released from 2012 to 2017.   However, Dassault Systemes has made available a critical hotfix to resolve this issue before that date.   To avoid usage interruption, […]

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