SOLIDWORKS World 2009 Call for Papers

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As everyone may or may not know SOLIDWORKS holds a user conference every year and it has come time once again for SOLIDWORKS to ask it users to submit ideas for presentations for the upcoming SOLIDWORKS World. So the questions that arise are Where in the world is SOLIDWORKS World, When is SWW, What is SWW, Why is SW looking for presentation ideas & How is it going to benefit me if I submit a presentation idea? Where in the […]

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How to avoid a Redneck Workaround to capture a screenshot

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Now we all know we are big fans of finding ways to do things faster and simpler but there are some Redneck Workarounds that you are just better off not using and capturing a screenshot from your computer is one of them. When you call in to a technical support line and they ask for a screen shot of the problem you are having the one thing they do not want to see is this, a digital picture of your […]

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Optimizing Hardware

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Over the past couple of years I have given a presentation called "Getting the Most from Your Hardware" to several user groups and at SOLIDWORKS World a few times.  This presentation is very well received at these event mainly due to the fact that hardware performance is something that affects all SOLIDWORKS users regardless of their industry, modeling techniques, or level of model complexity.  Everyone could use a little more power.  It’s a fairly universal situation. This presentation is attached […]

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Spread the News

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Hi Everyone.  I have a story for you.  Leslie takes a visit ABC Manufacturing because they have been running into some issues with SOLIDWORKS, and would like some help.  She is at John’s workstation, and some of his fellow coworkers are nearby watching.  John asks a question about something that he is frustrated with in SOLIDWORKS and is looking for an easy way to do something.  Leslie shows John a quick way to do what he wants, and he is […]

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The license manager won’t read the Dongle!!

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Many of us have run into this one.  What a pain.  I have the dongle in the server.  The light is lit.  But when I go back to my desk and remote in I can’t configure the software to read the license file because it can’t see the dongle properly.  It doesn’t make sense. I agree, but I know an easy way around the problem. The issue is actually due to the fact that we are attempting to configure the […]

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SoidWorks could not create a journal file

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Recently SOLIDWORKS decided that they would control the placement of the journal file rather than giving the user the ability to put it in the location of their choice.  This is generally not a big deal due to the fact that for most circumstances this file is of no use to the user.  (And if it was put in the wrong place it could be quite a problem.) The Problem Unfortunately, what I have been seeing a lot lately is […]

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That RSS Feed thingy in eDrawings

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Have you ever noticed that RSS feed inside of eDrawings and SolidWorks. In SOLIDWORKS you can easily disable this in the System Options but not so much in eDrawings this is especially annoying if your company requires you to enter a user name and password every time you log on to the internet. We tried several of our usually tricks to disable this like shaking the monitor to see if it fell off (this only works with that fancy Etch-a-Sketch […]

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Copy Options Wizard (What if I don’t have admin rights?)

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One of my favorite Redneck Workarounds …  Many of us have run into this scenario.  I want to copy my SOLIDWORKS options so my coworkers can load them and not have to make all of those picks themselves.  The problem is that in many companies they don’t allow users admin rights to the machines and SOLIDWORKS requires that you have admin rights to save SOLIDWORKS options with the copy options wizard. The work around: First you need to get a […]

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When bailing wire and duct tape won’t do it

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As many of CATI’s customers already know I am the Technical Services Manager for CATI.  I am also,  for all intents and purposes, a redneck.  I hail from the Deep South, and in the environment I grew-up in there was no excuse for having a piece of equipment sitting around do nothing unless you blew it up previously.  (I mean with explosives.) Josh Altergott is the Support Team Lead for CATI and the closest thing I’ve seen to a redneck […]

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Glad to Be Here!

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I always knew this is where I would end up. I didn’t know why or when or what circumstances would present themselves, but somehow I just new. My name is Todd Werginz and I am the new tech at CATI. I will be working out of the Brookfield office helping existing, and prospective customers with the “Technical Aspects” of  Solidworks.  First I need to give a little background. I have been associated with the manufacturing field for some time (20 […]

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