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How to Copy a Part in an Assembly with Mates

So you have an assembly and have been given the task of inserting multiple copies of the same part into it. The question then becomes what is the fastest way to create all of these instances and have them properly mated into position. As with most tasks in SolidWorks there is always more than one way to get the job done. The first is if you are going to use the part file on a continuous basis then you can utilize Mate References. Mate References are found in the Reference Geometry Sub Menu on the Features Toolbar. In the Mate Reference property manager you specify different geometry for the First,

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

What Does the License Count Mean in the SolidNetwork License Administrator?

Every time someone new works on their companies SolidWorks Network License Administrator for the first time we usually get the support call asking why the license count in the License Administrator is different than what they actually own.   If we take a look at an example from one of our customers you will see that the license count for Standard SolidWorks is 67 seats but in the SNL Admin it show that they have 98 Standard SolidWorks seats listed. This is because the customer really owns 67 Standard, 2 Office, 7 Professional, and 22 Premium seats and if you add all that up it equals 98 seats. How the

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

Why are there different Sketch icons in my Feature Tree?

Today’s question from the support log is “Why are there different Sketch icons in my Feature Tree?” The original support call we received the customer was only asking about 2 specific icons that they saw but for this article I thought I would expand on all the different icon symbols that you could see in the Feature Tree for a part file. First up is the state of a sketch: (+) – Over Defined (–) – Under Defined (?) – The sketch could not be solved No prefix – Fully Defined With any of these Sketch states you may also see a second sketch icon that has a polygon and

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

How to Remove the Locks in the SolidWorks Customer Portal

So in looking back through our call log one of the calls that I see time and time again is a customer who is new to SolidWorks or new to a company that when they create a new account to the SolidWorks Customer Portal they see locks on a majority of the links in the portal.  When you create a new account to the SolidWorks Customer Portal (https://login.solidworks.com/nidp/idff/sso?id=cpenglish&sid=2&option=credential&sid=2) you have two options, to create an account as a Guest or as a Customer. If you create your account as a Guest you will the first time you log in see a series of locks on almost all of the selections

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

Can you install 2 versions of SolidWorks on the same computer?

A common question we get on the support line is “Can I install 2 versions of SolidWorks on the same computer?” The simple answer is Yes, it can be done but there are several things to think about when you do your 2nd install and configuration of SolidWorks. #1. What version(s) of SolidWorks are you wanting to install and what version of Windows and Microsoft Office are you running. You can view the System Requirements on the SolidWorks Website for specifics of what is supported (http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/SystemRequirements.html). #2. Create a backup of your current SolidWorks settings using Copy Settings Wizard, this is more of a precaution than necessity just in case

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

How to Show Sheet Metal Bend Lines in a Drawing

A customer had recently called in looking for a way to show his Bend Lines on the drawing of his sheet metal parts and while some people may say the answer is simple there are several ways to get the Bend Lines to show or not show in your drawing. The first thing that everyone needs to know is where the Bend Lines are stored/create/saved, or whatever you want to call it. So in a part generated with the Sheet Metal Tools your Bend Lines are stored in the Flat-Pattern feature, remember that this sketch you can show/hide and suppress/unsuppress to control how/when it is displayed. By default it is

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

How to Change Orientation of an Existing SolidWorks Part

Yesterday I covered how to change the orientation of an imported part (http://blog.cati.com/2011/02/how-to-change-the-orientation-of-an-imported-solidworks-part.html) so today I thought I would cover how to change the orientation of a model created in SolidWorks. There are 2 ways to do this on a feature based model and both have their pitfalls. The first method is probably the one with the most potential for failure of other features in the part and that is changing the Sketch plane that the base feature is created on. The reason this can be bad is because you need to think about the other features in the model and how their Sketches were defined. If they were all defined

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

How to Change the Orientation of an Imported SolidWorks Part

Today’s and tomorrow’s Daily Dose of Support is a combination of support calls I have seen over the years and that is how to change the orientation of a part file. The reason I am breaking this into two articles is because there are different methods, one for Imported Models and another method for Feature Based Models created in SolidWorks. The orientation of Imported Parts when brought into SolidWorks as we all know we are at the mercy of what the “designer” in some other CAD Software thought was best for their application. So we can end up with a Front view that is twisted and at some obscure angle

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

How do I upgrade my SolidWorks Network License Server to a new version?

One question that we get a lot these days is, “How do I upgrade my SolidWorks Network License Server to a new version?” The answer to this is upgrading the server is something that can generally be done in less than 15min if you follow the steps below. Also working directly on the server is the best place to make these changes to prevent and possible security issues of working through Remote Desktop. Start the SNL Administrator. Stop the Service. Modify/Transfer the current activation back to the server. Close the SNL Administrator. Uninstall the current program through Add/Remove programs. Delete all directories related to the SNL. Most important is the

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Why is there an (SS) in my SolidWorks Material?

The Support call that I found interesting yesterday was the customer who called in andasked, "Why is there an (SS) at the end of my material name? This is causing confusion on the shop floor especially when the material is Aluminum."   Asking around the Support group no one seemed to have the answer to the question so weasked SolidWorks why this was and below is the reply we received from them. “Please note that some materials in the SolidWorks Materials library have stress-strain curves definedfor use with the plasticity and nonlinear elastic models for nonlinear studies (SolidWorks Simulation). These materials are identified by showing (SS) attached to the end of

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

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