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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

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

HELP! Which SOLIDWORKS Simulation do I need?

  Since SOLIDWORKS has a few Simulation based promotions, we thought now would be a great time to explain how SOLIDWORKS Simulation can help solve your product development challenges. Our 3DVision Technologies Team is hosting a great Webcast to discuss a number of powerful simulation tools within the SOLIDWORKS suite of products.   Robert Warren, CAE specialist with 15 years of industry experience, will demonstrate the capabilities of the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Suite so you can determine which package best fits your needs.   Event Information: Thursday, June 8,2017 1pm – 2pm Central Time >>Register for this Webcast   Topics Covered Include: First Pass Analysis Fatigue Natural Frequencies Design Optimization Large Deformation Linear and Non-linear Materials

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Posted in Design Validation, General Info, Simulation

SOLIDWORKS: Inspection Stand Alone Custom Project Template

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Stand Alone Custom Project Template   One of the common questions that we get from SW Inspection customers is how to create or edit an existing project template to add in their own unique custom property values and fields in SOLIDWORKS. Well this is actually pretty easy to do, so let me show you some steps along the way.   First, you open a new project and pick the default.ixpdot template file as this is the original one shipped with the software.     Once this opens, it will ask you to select a PDF or TIFF file to start the process. You just need to open any

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

SOLIDWORKS: Account Activation Exceeded

Account Activation Exceeded   This blog article will discuss:   What this message means Reasons you might be receiving this message when trying to activate a license Steps to avoid getting this error What to do when your hard drive crashes   Let’s begin by defining what the message “Account Activation Exceeded” means.   If this message pops up when you are trying to activate a license in SOLIDWORKS, it is informing you that you are trying to use more activation’s of the license than are currently available.   Reasons you may receive this message:   An old employee still has the license active on their machine. A forgotten machine still

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Posted in CAD Administration, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, General Info

SOLIDWORKS: Creating Virtual Sharps

SOLIDWORKS: Creating Virtual Sharps   A common task for us is dimensioning to a point that exists where two edges, lines, arcs, and/or curves would intersect if those entities were extended. This is called a “virtual sharp” in SOLIDWORKS and is a useful reference in drawings and sketches. Some people may call it a Theoretical Sharp.   Let’s take a look at how we can create them in a part and drawing file.   When creating Virtual Sharps in the part file, you need to be in a sketch. Control Select the two entities used to create the sharp and then click the Point icon.     Click the green

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

SOLIDWORKS: Speeding up selections in Composer

Speeding up selections in SOLIDWORKS Composer   There are many functions that can help speed up your workflow in SOLIDWORKS Composer, I want to talk about one called Selections Sets. Selection Sets have been in Composer since day one but I don’t come across many users taking advantage of them. They allow you to repeatedly select a defined group of actors with one click of the mouse. If this sounds vaguely familiar, it may be because Selection Sets were added into SOLIDWORKS 2015.   Creating Selection Sets is easy. Select the desired actors and click the Create Selection Set button on the Assembly tab. If you’re more of a keyboard

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

SOLIDWORKS: Bend Note Formatting

Bend Note Formatting     Bend notes, in your sheet metal part drawings, are a clear way to provide the required information for manufacturing. They can be automatically inserted into the flat pattern drawing view. These bend notes will describe the bend direction, bend angle, and bend radius for each bend, within SOLIDWORKS.     In many cases, the manufacturer will have to determine the exact bend radius based on their tooling options. If this is your scenario, you may desire to have this bend radius information omitted from the bend note. The brute force method is to edit each note individually and remove this portion of the text. Another

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

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