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SOLIDWORKS: 2017 – What’s New in Composer SP3.0 #SW2017

What’s New in Composer SP3.0   In the last few months the SOLIDWORKS team has appointed a new product manager for Composer and assigned members of the development team. They are actively adding more customer enhancements with service packs. SP 3.0 is the first to receive some new features. Here is a list of some of the things they added:   BOM import from SOLIDWORKS Appearance Import Profile sort by Alphabetical or category Player Pro samples with a player pro license Digger control for player viewing Appearances   With SOLIDWORKS Composer 2017 up to SP2.0, when you import a SOLIDWORKS assembly, you would only get the color but not the

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, General Info, Technical Publishing

SOLIDWORKS: Crashes – Windows 7 Users MicrOSOFT KB3186497

SOLIDWORKS Crashes   In Mid-June we started to see multiple SOLIDWORKS crashes on machines with Windows 7 that updated Microsoft Security Patch KB3186497 – Offline Installer .NET 4.7, we have tested SOLIDWORKS 2015, 2016 and 2017.   SOLIDWORKS has created a SPR#1032308 as shown below:     The .NET Framework can be hosted by unmanaged components that load the common language runtime into their processes and initiate the execution of managed code, thereby creating a software environment that can exploit both managed and unmanaged features. The .NET Framework not only provides several runtime hosts, but also supports the development of third-party runtime hosts.   *This however does not affect Windows

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Posted in CAD Administration, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Data Management, General Info, Technical Publishing, Uncategorized

SOLIDWORKS: Indent Feature

Indent Feature     Among all the features SOLIDWORKS has to offer, the Indent feature is often forgotten. What is it, how do you use it and why would you want to use it? I hope to answer those questions in this blog.   Working with multi-body parts, the Indent feature creates an offset pocket or protrusion on a target body using a tool body or bodies. The contour of the tool body is removed or added to the target part, also allowing a thickness and clearance value to create the feature. The Indent feature can be used with solid and surface bodies. The Indent feature is different than the

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, General Info, Modeling, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

SOLIDWORKS: One Click Bill of Material (BOM) Resizing

One Click SOLIDWORKS Bill of Material (BOM) Resizing   SOLIDWORKS Bill of Materials row heights can quickly be changed with a click of a button. I was teaching a SOLIDWORKS Assembly class a few weeks back and I was giving some SOLIDWORKS Bill of Material Tips and Tricks and this next tip received many comments, like “What the…” and “I wish I would’ve know that 2 years ago.”  And my favorite, “That SOLIDWORKS BOM tip was worth the cost of the class alone.”   So, what is this awesome SOLIDWORKS Bill of Material tip for rapidly changing all the BOM Table row heights?   First, adjust one row to your desired

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Redneck Workarounds, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

SOLIDWORKS: Going For a Jog – Creating Jog Leader Lines

Creating Jog Leader Lines in SOLIDWORKS   Creating a leader line jog in SOLIDWORKS can be a very useful tool when displaying certain features in a drawing. Fortunately, there is more than one way to accomplish this in SOLIDWORKS depending on the feature and the drawing view. Take the following simple part as an example:     Let’s say after creating a drawing file from this part, we want to add a dimension to the center cylinder; however, we prefer the leader line not overlaying the part itself.     To do this, we simply RMB on the leader line and select, “Add Jog Point”.     We can then

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

SOLIDWORKS: Using Hardware Kits for Hardware

Using Hardware Kits for Hardware   Why is my assembly so slow in SOLIDWORKS? Let’s continue on this idea that’s been started by Bryan Pawlak. As mentioned previously, there are many things that effect performance in an assembly that are modeling related. Today we are going to take a look at mates, particularly with hardware.   I’ve created a sample box, with a screw on cover. I used Smart Fasteners to drop in 4 Socket Button Head Cap Screws and washers. This brings the total number of mates up to 19 that get evaluated when the assembly is evaluated.       On the whole this isn’t too bad, but

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Modeling, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

Still Time to Register for the St. Louis and Kansas City Product Development Forum Events

Are you in the Kansas City or St. Louis area? If so, don’t miss our Product Development Forum. We are down to the last two dates of the series. Our Product Development Forum is a unique event showcasing the tools you need to help take your product from concept to reality and improve your product development process. This year, to show our appreciation and say thank you to our clients, we have shifted the focus of the agenda to a set of lecture style training courses. June 13th – Kansas City, MO 8:30am – 3:00pm >>Register For This Event June 14th – St. Louis, MO 8:30am – 3:00pm >>Register For

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Posted in 3D Scanning, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, General Info, Redneck Workarounds


3DQUICKPRESS VERSION 6.2.2 Hotfix   With the new 3DQuickPress V6 6.2.1 and V6 6.2.2 HotFix, this release is design to run inside of SOLIDWORKS 2017.   This Installation will require a UI registry refresh to active the new Toolbar update. See the installation process to update the UI registry. This Hotfix is also Windows 10 supported. This Hotfix will only update 3DQuickPress version 6.2.0 to 6.2.2 by applying this patch.   3DQuickPress is always working on improving the user experience, with the new online seat registration to V6 the user will find faster response with registration and un-registration of machines. If you still have issues or need help understanding the process, you can always call our

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SOLIDWORKS: How Do I Take SOLIDWORKS Training Classes Online?

How Do I Take SOLIDWORKS Training Classes Online?   While chatting with a customer recently, he wanted to know if he could take SOLIDWORKS Essentials online. This wasn’t a hard question to answer, but it got me thinking. SOLIDWORKS Essentials is not called beginners. It is called Essentials. The definition of essential is a thing that is absolutely necessary. Now, I have never been in sales and I am not in sales now, but being in Tech Support for years, I feel stronger than ever that SOLIDWORKS Training is absolutely necessary.     Not Just For Beginners   All SOLIDWORKS training should start with the essentials. SOLIDWORKS Essentials is the foundation

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Modeling, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

SOLIDWORKS: Why Can’t I Rotate My Sketch?

Why Can’t I Rotate My Sketch in SOLIDWORKS?   I have run into this many times. Customers call in because when trying to rotate a sketch in SOLIDWORKS, nothing happens…no error; it just does not rotate at all. The issue goes back to sketch settings. By default, Automatic Relations are turned on under sketch settings.     With this setting on, which most people prefer, it will do just what it says – create relations.   You can see all the relations in this sketch by just creating some lines.     So now trying to rotate the sketch, it will keep those relations. It will not try to recalculate

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