Select Connected Faces in SolidWorks

Select Connected Faces in SolidWorks As SolidWorks development continues to add commands and functionality to each major release of SOLIDWORKS, from time to time they also add in nuggets of goodness to service packs.  That's right sports fans, not all enhancements come in the fall.  Service packs contain patches to issues, new software conversions to work with other products as they update their programs, and in this case new options as well.  In SOLIDWORKS 2009 SP2, this new right mouse […]

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Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance (MSWP-12-#7)

Reducing Top Level Mates and Solving Subassemblies as Rigid When an assembly is opened, all of the mates at the top level of the assembly are calculated as well as any mates that are involved in flexible sub-assemblies, you can see this in the AssemblyXpert screen shot below.  Solving Subassemblies as Flexible adds a tremendous amount of extra calculations that would not be required if the flexible subs were turned off.  In our tests setting our Flexible sub-assemblies to Rigid […]

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Changing the offset distance of planes in multiple configurations in SolidWorks

One issue that has seemed to pop up recently is how do you change the offset distance of planes in different configurations?  There is a very simple way to do it.  Right click the offset dimension of the plane and select Configure Dimension.   Once you select configure dimension, you will see a Modify Configuration dialog box.  The great thing about this command is if your configurations are already created they will show up in this box and all you […]

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Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance (MSWP-12-#6)

Processor Clock Speed Hardware is an essential aspect of a properly managed SOLIDWORKS environment.  It is also very important to remember that a computer system is just that, a system, and it should be treated as such.  Upgrading a single aspect of your workstation is unlikely to help your performance if you have not considered the rest of the system to ensure that your one change is not exposing another, equally painful, bottleneck. Processor speed can be one of the […]

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Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance (MSWP-12-#5)

Turn off SOLIDWORKS Add-Ins A simple yet often over looked drain on resources is unused Add-Ins.  Our baseline was run with five Add-Ins turned on; FeatureWorks, PhotoView 360, Simulation, Toolbox and Toolbox Browser. All of these Add-Ins were not necessary for the operation of the benchmark.  These Add-Ins, even when not actively engaged, will hold some resources.  So for our test we simply turned off all Add-Ins and released those resources for use by the portions of SOLIDWORKS required for […]

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Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance (MSWP-12-#4)

Graphics Cards For our testing BOXX also provided four graphics cards.  All of the cards were professional graphics cards ranging from an entry-level card to a high-end model.  Adrian and I tested each of the different graphics cards expecting to see a performance gain between each of the models. When we did not see the outcome we expected; we spent hours and days going over our results and retesting each of the different video cards trying to find a reason […]

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How do you show sketch dimensions in a drawing view

Sometimes one would want to represent the mating geometry in a drawing view.  You have the option of creating the whole assembly and dropping the cut away or section view into the drawing.  That can take a long time depending on the complexity of the assembly or mating parts. To reduce the time or you can think of this as a work around, you can create a sketch in the part file to represent the mating geometry then show the sketch dimensions […]

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Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance (MSWP-12-#3)

SOLIDWORKS options set to optimal SOLIDWORKS, like any other advanced software application has configuration options to allow users to tailor the environment and the functionality to their needs.  These options can be adjusted to provide maximum performance.  There are more than 20 specific SOLIDWORKS System Options that were adjusted for our testing. For a listing of all the settings please download the attached Word Doc that has images of all the SOLIDWORKS settings highlighted that we changed from the SOLIDWORKS […]

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Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance (MSWP-12-#2)

OS Visual and User Settings For our first test we are going to start with the category of “every little bit counts”. In this category falls the visual settings from the operating system.  This is one of Adrian's favorite settings and it proves that for us as engineers we should not let Microsoft control anything. For WIN 7, these are set in the Visual Effects tab of the Performance Options Window (See instructions at bottom of article).  There are four […]

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Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance (MSWP-12-#1)

For the 3rd year in a row Adrian Fanjoy and I have done one of our favorite SOLIDWORKS World presentations, "Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance".  The presentation was well received and we thought it would be a good idea to share the information with more than just the SOLIDWORKS World attendees.  We will be publishing our presentation thru a series of blog articles so check back to the blog often to see what we have added to the series.  We have also […]

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