Why do I see “” instead of the Diameter Symbol?

Every so often we see cases where we see strange syntax instead of the diameter symbol or other similar items. See image. Most often this issue can be quickly resolved by simply shutting SOLIDWORKS down to the desktop, giving it a few seconds rest and then restarting SOLIDWORKS and reopening your file. If this doesn't work then a complete reboot would be the next thing to try and if that still doesn't work?! Then it's time to capture this behavior […]

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Custom Broken-out Section Views

Sometimes you may want to show a broken out section view in a drawing to see the inside of an assembly.  The broken-out section view tool that you have in the view layout tab can be difficult to control and doesn’t show well in an isometric orientation.  This can easily be done by creating an assembly feature cut. I this case, I want to see the inside of the grill… First create a sketch where you would like the cutout: […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2012 SP0.0 is available for download

Good Afternoon SOLIDWORKS has released SOLIDWORKS 2012 SP0.0 for download today. If you are currently active on subscription/maintence you can download the software from the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal (https://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/downloads.htm). You can also learn more about the 2012 release of the software by watching the video on the SOLIDWORKS Website (http://www.solidworks.com/launch/register/solidworks-2012-b.htm). You can also attend one of the CATI Design Summits that are going on throughout the Midwest this October to see What’s New in 2012. To register for one of […]

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Finding the Center of Gravity in SolidWorks

As many of us know the center of gravity can be found easily in SOLIDWORKS by going to Tools, Mass Properties. It shows a lovely pinkish purple triad in the place of the center of gravity. But shock when closing mass properties it goes away. But it's something that from time to time we need to stay visible. I have found a macro that does locates a 3D Sketch point on the center but it is a one shot deal, […]

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I different twist on assembly patterns

Working with a customer this morning I came up with a nice redneck workaround. This is what the customer as for.  An assembly comprised of a series of shims stacked up on top of each other. Number of shims may vary The thickness of the shim stays constant ( but it doesn't matter the process works either way. Few mates as possible. Hang UP! The stack up turns 1 degree each shim that stacks up. Linear Component pattern won't work.   Here is […]

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Troubleshooting: Error/Crash on Assembly Load

Occasionally we run into a file that gives us trouble when loading. This is usually due to a corruption in a referenced item of the assembly. One nice way of trying to find the problem component is to open the assembly with the Advanced option, then picking “New configuration showing assembly structure only." Type in a temporary configuration name and your trouble assembly will open with all items in the Feature Manager Tree suppressed. Now you can unsuppress items until […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2012 Last Release to Support Windows XP

With the upcoming release of SOLIDWORKS 2012 another one of the questions that we get a lot is how long will SOLIDWORKS continue to support the Windows XP operating system. Last week we did see the official word go out that SOLIDWORKS 2012 software (including CAD, Simulation, Sustainability, and Enterprise PDM) will be the last release that supports Windows XP.  The reason for this to follow up to Microsoft’s retirement of the Windows® XP operating system in April of 2009. […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2012 Subscription Cutoff Date

Two of the big questions we get every year about this time on the support line are: My subscription/maintenance expires on XX date will I still receive the new release of SOLIDWORKS that is coming out soon? I have downloaded Pre-Release 1 and when I try to install it I get a message that says I am not entitled to this version, WHY? To answer the questions we first need to establish what the cutoff date is that SOLIDWORKS has […]

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How to Start a Sheet Metal Part?

Occasionally we get calls from people on how to do something, like start a sheet metal part, but they've not had the training class for that yet. In this post I'll try to share the very basics of starting a sheet metal part. It certainly won't cover everything and isn't meant to be a replacement for training, but it's something for right now. – Check out the attached 10 minute video. Download Sheet_Metal-How_to_Start

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Journal File Where and What is it????

With the implementations of SOLIDWORKS 2011 and steady migration from XP to Windows 7 there are always pluses and minuses. I never recommend to anyone that when going from one version to the next that you use the copy settings wizard.  I always recommend a clean uninstall and then a fresh install. What I have been seeing as of late has be Journal File errors. You know the one(it usually happens when you quadruple click at 7 in the morning […]

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