How to Configure Your SOLIDWORKS Workstation from BOXX

Adrian Fanjoy and myself were recently asked to team up with our friends at BOXX to help them out with an article they were working on about what hardware to consider when looking for a workstation  for SolidWorks. The article starts by asking you three questions about your workflow. How big are my assemblies? How complex are my parts ­les? How many geometric surfaces do I have? Based upon your responses to those questions, you can begin to formulate a […]

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Increasing Performance in SOLIDWORKS Patterns

CATI's monthly contribution to the SOLIDWORKS Blog was posted earlier this week. This month I chose to write about how to increase performance in SOLIDWORKS patterns. The article is based upon a support call and details the different options that you can use when creating patterns and the overall effect on rebuild time or your file. In our sample part we were able to cut our rebuild time from 108 seconds to 12 seconds. To view the article use the […]

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How to Unlock the Padlocks in the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal

We still get asked questions from time to time about the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal. A common question that SOLIDWORKS users have is about the locked padlock icons. The SOLIDWORKS user enters their user name and password and they are able to login to their SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal account. So, they are expecting to have full access to the features of the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal. Once they are logged in, however, they see the locked padlock icons and the message, "Active subscription […]

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Updating to SOLIDWORKS 2012 toolbox… another look.

After some time has gone by and we have a few more service packs to be proud of, I felt we needed one more look. I created this and shared it with my fellow techs during our technical summit this week. Enjoy the Prezi version.:)  Note: To view the Prezi full screen once you hit play there is a More menu and you can select Full Screen from that menu. Toolbox Updates on Prezi John Van EngenCATI Tech Support  

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Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance (MSWP-12-#15)

Optimal Configuration & Conclusion In looking back at the past 14 articles we have posted about Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance one of the items we promised in our first article was to give you the two optimal configurations that gave us the best overall performance. Before we get to the results lets recap what we tested in our previous articles: Windows Visual and User Settings SOLIDWORKS Options Set to Optimal Graphics Cards Turn Off SOLIDWORKS Add-Ins Processor Clock Speed Reducing Top […]

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Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance (MSWP-12-#14)

Lightweight & LAM The use of Lightweight and Large assembly mode made a tremendous impact in our testing.  These tools allow a user to open an extremely large assembly without bringing in all of the computational data that defines it.  The user gets the visual of the model without the over head of the math behind it.  The user will then resolve the portions of the assembly that they would like to work on.  The data for just that portion […]

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Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance (MSWP-12-#13)

Hard Drives When choosing hard drives our choices are almost unlimited and we need to keep in mind that hard drive speed affects every area of SOLIDWORKS modeling particularly when a single hard drive is being used for file storage, OS operation, and SWAP.  For our tests we had 3 different hard drive types; standard 7200 rpm, solid state, and a PCI express Revo card.  We also had 4 different test configurations; single drive, separate drives, RAID1 (2 drives mirrored) […]

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Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance (MSWP-12-#12)

RAM and SWAP File  RAM When determining how much RAM is required for a workstation it is most important to know the requirements of your model and the methods you are going to use.  There is a potential to over buy, so it is also important to note that any amount of RAM over what is required will be unused. The graph above depicts that, for our environment and model, anything over 10GB of RAM is enough.  Anything under 10GB […]

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SolidWorks’ Hidden Document Properties

CATI's monthly contribution to the SOLIDWORKS Blog was posted today. This month I chose to write about the SolidWorks' Hidden Document Properties. The article is based upon a call we got on the support line earlier this month and talks about the different values that you can set before you save out a template. Those new values then become default for future part, assembly and drawing files. To view the article use the link below. http://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2012/08/solidworks-hidden-document-properties.html Default Values                                            New Custom Values   Thanks […]

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Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance (MSWP-12-#11)

Level of Detail There are many opportunities to display minute levels of detail with SolidWorks.  Displaying this high level of detail while working with large assemblies or very complex geometry will be detrimental to performance.  We have found that this issue occurs most frequently with components that are downloaded from vendors that have made their models available for easy access and configuration over the web.  It is essential that designers remove any excess detail from parts and assemblies as soon […]

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