Creating a SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal Account the Correct Way

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Follow along to learn how to create a customer portal account the CORRECT way: Step 1: Go to solidworks.com and click on the person icon in the top right corner of the screen. Step 2: Click on SW Customer Portal from the drop down that expands. Step 3: Click “Create a SOLIDWORKS ID” Step 4: Input your email address, and then your serial number. If you do not know your serial number, it can be found inside of SOLIDWORKS if […]

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Softening Butter with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation.

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When it comes to the Warren household, cookies are the dessert of choice (mine anyway), specifically Snickerdoodles. Nothing compares to the soft and buttery, cinnamon-sugar coated discs of deliciousness. I make these from scratch, and usually on a whim. This leaves me with one problem every time I make the cookies; the cold hard butter. I always forget to take the butter out of the fridge and give it time to soften. Then I must wait even longer to enjoy […]

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SOLIDWORKS Deform Tool: Creating an Over-mold

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Today I’d like to show you how to use the SOLIDWORKS Deform Tool to create and over-mold on an existing tool handle. We’ll start with the Ratchet Handle that was created in Lesson 4 of SOLIDWORKS Essentials: Parts and Assemblies. Let’s start by creating a basic ellipsoid shape that encompasses the handle. Only half of the solid is created, so that symmetry can be applied later. Now a sketch is created to be used to modify the solid. In this […]

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SOLIDWORKS Home Use License (HUL) FAQ

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Do you own a Network license of SOLIDWORKS? Is your license actively on subscription? Do you use SOLIDWORKS at home? If you answered “yes” to all three of these questions, you should probably be using a HUL! A HUL, or Home Use License, is a type of SOLIDWORKS license that enables you to use SOLIDWORKS on a machine that is not typically connected to your office network. This blog post is your guide for any and all questions HUL-related. If […]

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18 Reasons to Attend SOLIDWORKS World 2019 #SWW19

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With SOLIDWORKS World just a few weeks away and if you are looking for a reason to justify to your company why you should attend SOLIDWORKS World this year, the team at Computer Aided Technology and InFlow are giving you 18 quality reasons to attend. The Technical Teams from CATI and InFlow have 18 different presentations this year. If you are not familiar with SOLIDWORKS World it is SOLIDWORKS annual 3-day conference that you can join more than 5,000 of […]

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SOLIDWORKS Free Tools: Customizing Your Graphics Area Context Toolbar

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SOLIDWORKS free tools can be commonly overlooked by users. I consider customizing your SOLIDWORKS environment to be one of these free tools. Over the years, SOLIDWORKS continues to create different means for minimizing mouse movements.  From introducing the ‘S’ key for Keyboard Shortcuts or the ‘D’ key for Breadcrumbs or the Right Mouse Button (RMB) click for shortcut menus, just to mention a few. We are going to talk about one of the classics today. SOLIDWORKS 2015 introduced us to […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Reaction Moment Using Solid Element

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When running an FEA on an assembly or large part the first thing we normally do is reduce the complexity of the geometry so that the calculation times remain short. At times this would mean that we would get rid of the main structure and only calculate the reaction forces and moments on a subassembly or smaller region of a part. While doing this we may end up using tetrahedron elements, or solid elements, to mesh our geometry. Solid elements […]

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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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SOLIDWORKS – Part and Sketch Origins: Do you know the difference?

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7 years ago, in 2011, Ketul, one of our Application Engineers, did a blog on the fact that there are two SOLIDWORKS origins: 1 red and 1 blue. Have you noticed? Here is the original link if you’d like to read it. https://www.cati.com/blog/2011/03/why-is-there-two-origins-in-a-sketch-one-red-one-blue/ Now that we’ve established that there are truly 2 origins, have you ever tried to select an origin and it would not select it? Happened to me recently. Here’s the plain truth…. Red Origins (located on a […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019: Master Modeling with Toolbox Hardware

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A very common question that is asked around the SOLIDWORKS customer base is “How do I modify a standard Toolbox component with extra features thus turning a purchased component into a manufactured one?” Well, it is actually quite easy and over the next few paragraphs, I will shed some light on this process. First, I start a brand new part file. Second, you activate your SOLIDWORKS Toolbox add-in or open a downloaded library part from your supplier: In my case […]

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