Corrupted SOLIDWORKS File Tips

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Corrupted SOLIDWORKS Files Chances are, if you’re reading this blog, you’re dealing with a possible corrupted SOLIDWORKS file and you’re wondering why this happened and what you can do to fix it. First off, lets cover some of the reasons files get corrupted and how you can avoid these in the future. Power Outage While uncommon, a power outage or even power surge can cause all sorts of issues with all software and hardware. SOLIDWORKS is no exception, if you […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Physical Dynamics

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Do you remember when you modeled your fist assembly in SOLIDWORKS? The exciting and rewarding experience watching parts snap together as each mate is applied. Your smile may have quickly fleeted when you noticed the assembly motion has components overlapping. Why are these parts moving through each other? When you are working on your assembly, SOLIDWORKS is not constantly evaluating for collision or interference between the components. You must enable the tools for SOLIDWORKS to look for these scenarios. Interference […]

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Build your Own: Weldment Profiles in SOLIDWORKS

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Building your own weldment profiles is the foundation of any new or even established SOLIDWORKS user that is wanting to build accurate models. SOLIDWORKS comes stock with a handful of standard profiles, and even more can be downloaded easily enough through the design library on the right, under “SOLIDWORKS Content” (Click here to view the entire process detailed below in video format) To download, CTRL+ click on the additional library you want and download to any chosen location. To have […]

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PolyNURBS and Simulation: A Big Step Towards the Future

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Today, it seems there are endless options for optimizing part geometry. Here at CATI we offer no less than 3 solutions that can accomplish just that; Topology study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional, Tosca from SIMULIA, and Altair Inspire. All three of these are great tools, and each has their own merits. However, one of the main downsides to topology studies is that parts come out as a tessellated mess, like the one below: Uniquely, Altair Inspire not only performs topology […]

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Multibody Design in SOLIDWORKS – Assembly Applications

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If you are familiar with multibody design, then you know the advantages and disadvantages of using multi-bodies versus assemblies. Whether it be for improved performance or representing multiple components as a stock part, multibody parts give you almost all the same capabilities as assemblies. Let us look at some great shared assets between multi-bodies and assemblies. The first is the ability to piece individual elements using mates. Inherently, there is no mate command while working with part files. However, there […]

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How to Create Associative Parametric Notes in SOLIDWORKS Drawings

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In SOLIDWORKS drawings, notes can be used to clarify an endless number of parameters. As good engineers and designers, we want to ensure these notes always stay accurate to the model. Before we see how to create Notes that are both associative AND parametric, it’s best to know what that even means in regards to SOLIDWORKS! Parametric: The dimension and relations used to capture the models design intent. Associativity: When changes in the model are automatically updated in associated files […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Design Study without using Simulation

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Have you ever asked yourself, while designing your parts or assemblies in SOLIDWORKS, what would be the most optimal design to minimize the weight or find where the volume is the least in your designs without the use of simulation? Maybe you are even looking for a way to gain insight into finding the relation between your dependent and independent design variables of your designs without using simulation. Well, guess what, SOLIDWORKS can help with that using a tool called […]

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Why SolidWorks Is Crashing While Trying To Open Files

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It is a very frustrating time when you want to open a file in SolidWorks and the program crashes. Luckily, I believe to have pinpointed why this issue occurs and how to prevent it. It seems to be exclusive to non-native SolidWorks files such as STEP files but could happen to native SolidWorks files as well. The crash seems to occur when files are dragged straight out of Outlook or other programs directly into Window’s Explorer. The reasoning for this […]

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Is Your Borrowed SOLIDWORKS License Freezing?

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A freezing issue like no other. When borrowing a network license to work remotely, some users have reported a specific performance issue during their SOLIDWORKS sessions that can slow productivity. In this particular scenario, it is stated that every so often, the session will freeze for about 10-15 seconds regardless of features, commands, or specific clicks. Testing the waters for a recent support issue, an early suggestion was disconnecting the internet altogether to discover that the freezing had stopped. Drawing […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical:Drawing Styles

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When creating a project template within SOLIDWORKS Electrical, one area that is commonly overlooked is the configuration. This is a tool where you can save your company’s standard Layers, Linetypes, Text styles, and Leader styles in one location. To access the Drawing style manager, select located in the list of project configurations. From within the Drawing styles manager, you have the option to modify the properties of either of the 2 default Drawing styles or create a new one. If […]

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