OS Users Settings to Optimal (MSWP#6)

This article continues our Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance series.  If you would like a little background information please refer to the first article in the series Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance (Results). To be honest; the Microsoft Operating Systems have always been pretty.  Well they have once they got past MSDOS.  The most current OS, WIN7, takes this eye pleasing initiative to another level yet again.  Showing shadows under the mouse, smoothing screen fonts, Animating Controls in Windows, and many other "cool" visual effects can make your […]

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Assembly Stored on the Network (MSWP#5)

This article continues our Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance series.  If you would like a little background information please refer to the first article in the series Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance (Results). We have all seen that it takes longer to copy files from a network location to your local hard drive than it does to copy files from one place on your hard drive to another place on the same hard drive.  There is a more significant difference when we look at opening […]

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“Normal To” Orientation.

Sometimes, when rotating “Normal To” a face, the orientation can be rotated at some obscure angle.  This can be especially true on imported parts or parts that have a lot of funky angles to them.  Take a look at this part.  When you rotate the selected face Normal To, you get the following results…   If you want to rotate the part with respect to a specific face, simply ctrl + select the two faces before selecting Normal To.  The […]

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Turning Off Add-ins (MSWP#4)

This article continues our Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance series.  If you would like a little background information please refer to the first article in the series Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance (Results). Everything running on your computer takes some amount of resources.  I mean everything.  Right down to the insignificant little app that tell you when the Adobe Acrobat Reader has an ungrade available.  It is recommended to reduced the amount of applications, programs, apps, widgets, and add-ins running on your computer to increase […]

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Reference File Locations (MSWP#3)

This article continues our Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance series.  If you would like a little background information please refer to the first article in the series Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance (Results). This article is describing one of our "side tests".  Some of our tests, including this one, while being run with the same methodology as all of the others did not fit the general flow of the over all testing.  This test was run to show the negative impact of a seldom used […]

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How to set a Sub-Assembly to Flexible in a SOLIDWORKS Assembly

In going through our support log this week I saw a question that had come up a couple of times and that was “How to set a sub-assembly so that its movement could be reused in an upper level assembly?” By default all assemblies when inserted into another assembly are set to rigid, meaning the sub-assembly acts as a single unit and its components do not move relative to each other. If you want to be able to reuse that […]

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SOLIDWORKS System Options Set to Optimal (MSWP#2)

So I couldn't wait to get started.  As soon as I published the introduction to this series I wanted to at least get the first article out so that everyone could get an idea of what to expect. In this test we compared SOLIDWORKS system options that we typically see (and did see with the customers that gave us our test models) with what we consider optimal for working with an assembly this large.  To remind yourself of the details – http://blog.cati.com/2011/03/maximizing-solidworks-performance-results.html.  […]

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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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