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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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: […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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SOLIDWORKS RECTANGLES WITH CONSTRUCTION LINES

SOLIDWORKS RECTANGLES WITH CONSTRUCTION LINES Hello fellow geometry enthusiasts, I’m here, once again, to blow your minds. I have drawn hundreds of rectangles in SOLIDWORKS, heck maybe even thousands, and never have I noticed the option to “Add Construction Lines.” This little option can create construction lines from the midpoints or from the corners for any rectangle type. I’m talking corner, I’m talking center, I’m talking parallelogram, I’m talking three point center, I’m talking three point corner, all of these […]

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