Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance (Results)

As many of you may know Josh Altergott and I did a presentation at SOLIDWORKS World this year in San Antonio titled "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.  The goal of this presentation was to determine the most effective changes that could be made to a SOLIDWORKS environment and to SOLIDWORKS modeling methods in the hopes of […]

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Shortcut Bar AKA the “S” key

SOLIDWORKS has really put in a lot of effort in the past couple of releases to minimize mouse travel and increase productivity.  One of the tools that they have added to help do this is the shortcut bar.  This shortcut bar is basically a tool bar that can be pulled up by hitting the “s” key on the keyboard.  It opens up right beside your curser eliminating the need to drag your mouse to the top command manager.  The best […]

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How to submit a SOLIDWORKS Enhancement Request

About a week and half ago I posted a article on how to remove the locks from the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal (http://blog.cati.com/2011/03/how-to-remove-the-locks-in-the-solidworks-customer-portal.html) so I thought it would be good to follow it up with how to submit a SOLIDWORKS Enhancement Request.  So to put in an Enhancement Request you will need to do the following: Log in to the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal (https://login.solidworks.com/nidp/idff/sso?id=cpenglish&sid=2&option=credential&sid=2) Select the Enhancement Request link.  Search to see if there has been a similar request before.  If […]

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Why is there a Funnel next to my Selection Pointer?

Everyone has at some point in time been working in SOLIDWORKS when you realize that you are no longer able to select what you want and that is when you notice the Funnel next to your Selection Pointer. So what is that funnel and how did it get there?  What this Funnel is is a Selection Filter and is used to help select specific types of items in the graphics area or drawing sheet. This more than likely got turned […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 (?) – […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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