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 Out-of-date drivers and unsupported graphics cards are common reasons for SOLIDWORKS to become unstable.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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Shortcutting In SOLIDWORKS

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SOLIDWORKS software receives significant enhancements each release. Some of these are exciting new modeling functionality, some are performance increases, and others might be directed to the user interface. In this blog post we will review some of the great interface enhancements and customization options that you should be taking advantage of. MOUSE GESTURES SOLIDWORKS introduced mouse gestures back in 2010. Over the years the number of available gesture options has grown, and you can now assign up to 12 different […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Custom View Orientation

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Sometimes Standard View Orientation, Projected Views or Auxiliary Views will not get you the view results your trying to accomplish. There are other techniques for creating custom view orientation. New View Relative View 3D Drawing View Let’s take a look how to create these other custom views. The first custom view is New View. The New View command can be found in the Orientation dialog or in the Heads-up under View Orientation. The New View can be saved and used […]

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Improving SOLIDWORKS Assembly Mating with Component Preview Window

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Mating your components into place is an important step in creating your SOLIDWORKS assemblies. This can be a simple process, but it can also get tough and be time consuming, as your assemblies get larger. Being able to efficiently add mates can really help you save time when creating your assemblies, and SOLIDWORKS has many tools to help do just that. In this blog, we are going to look at one of those tools: Component Preview Window. Let us look […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Creating Internal Volume – Combine (Subtract)

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Previously there have been a few CATI blogs written regarding the process of finding the internal volume of a part. Such methods include the commonly known Intersect command to achieve this task as well as the Delete Face command. This blog will touch on one more approach to that end goal which might prove useful to your circumstance. An alternative approach to identifying the internal volume of a part in SOLIDWORKS is by use of the Combine feature, specifically Combine […]

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Importing .DWG files into SOLIDWORKS: Part 2

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Note: If you missed Importing .DWG files into SOLIDWORKS: Part 1, we looked at the beginning process of importing .dwg files into SOLIDWORKS. I covered how to choose only the layers that included the information that we needed and looked at how to center, position, and scale our imported sketch entities into a drawing file. Working with an imported .dwg file can create some unique obstacles. We no longer have drawings views to manipulate or a part model to reference. […]

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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 Tab and Slot for Hobbies

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SOLIDWORKS – Using SOLIDWORKS Tab and Slot for Hobbies SOLIDWORKS is not just for the professional user, but can make some of our home projects, hobbies, or “honey-do-Lists” easier. For me, or us, this was a combined project that required a small box for a windowsill. I do dabble in the wood working space a little and figured this would be easy with some 1×2 for the insides to tack against with some left over flat panel to form the […]

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Coordinate Systems in SOLIDWORKS: How to Make Them and Why You Might Need ‘em

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Creating a new coordinate system inside of SOLIDWORKS is a simple enough task to complete. You just need a point! But sometimes getting that point is the hardest part of the process. In certain industries like automotive, a specific coordinate system may be absolutely required for reference, along with exportation. How to Make ’em To create a new coordinate system, I’ll first need to ensure I have a point in space to reference. This can be many different items: Sketch […]

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Let Design Guidance Help You: Powerful tools in xDesign on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform to streamline your parts

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3D Creator is one of the roles on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. It contains the xDesign app for 3D modeling completely in the cloud through a web browser on any device, anywhere. In this blog article I am going to introduce you to an amazing tool in xDesign, called Design Guidance. This tool will intelligently redesign/streamline your part to help you decide the best shape for it based on some simple input. It’s kind of like doing a traditional FEA / […]

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