COSUG meets Jeff Ray

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Richard Wand just let the cat out of the bag. At the next COSUG [Central Ohio SOLIDWORKS User Group] meeting, Jeff Ray, SOLIDWORKS CEO will be our guest. The meeting is scheduled for March 25th. Should I wear a tie?

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Smooth out your SOLIDWORKS Drawings

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What do you think of the wrinkles in the SOLIDWORKS 2008 drawings templates? Wanna get rid of them? Turn on: Tools -> Options -> System Options -> Colors -> Use specified color for drawings paper color. Ahhh sweet relief. Wanna bet someone at SOLIDWORKS right now is scanning in his coffee mug stain for the new 2009 format?

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So many batches

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Most of us have been tasked with the mind-numbing task of printing all drawings associated with an assembly, or even worse all drawings of a project! There are many programs out there that can help you do this, many of them you can download rather economically from the Internet or perhaps your PDM program can do this, both ideas help reduce your mouse clicks but nearly all of them run locally on your machine. This could mean spending hours watching […]

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Choice of Pressure Boundary Condition in FloWorks

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At SOLIDWORKS World 2008, Seth and I had the privilege of getting into a discussion with Bill Dziedzic, FloWorks Technical Specialist at SOLIDWORKS Corp. and Arvind Krishnan, Product manager of FloWorks, about the correct usage of the pressure boundary condition in COSMOS FloWorks. It is to be kept in mind that FloWorks gives a user three choices when assigning a pressure boundary condition – static pressure, total pressure or environmental pressure. The formal definitions of Static and Total Pressure are […]

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The Best SOLIDWORKS World Technical Training Session Ever

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What do you get when you take the best two SOLIDWORKS World presenters and put them in the same room? Simply the best SOLIDWORKS World Technical Training session ever! Ed Eaton of the Dimonte Group is an industrial designer who has been doing his “Curvy Stuff” presentations at SOLIDWORKS World for years. Even though I have hardly ever designed curvy stuff in SOLIDWORKS I have never missed one of his presentations. Ed’s understanding of how SOLIDWORKS “thinks” always fascinates me. […]

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More control in SP4

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DriveWorks 6, service pack 4 has a great new control for your dialog boxes. It allows your users to enter in linear dimensional values in any units they choose and DriveWorks will do the conversion for you. Users can even enter in mathematical formulas. It acts like the dimensional input box that you use in SolidWorks! This is certainly one of those “I cannot believe it took them this long to add it!” -but it is nice that they did.

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New design automation web sites

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There is now a web site completely devoted to supporting the growing DriveWorksXpress community. If you get a chance go check it out. It has forums, tutorials and videos, FAQs and examples -everything you need to keep your design automation heart happy! Speaking of design automation, have you seen SolidWorks’ new design automation micro-site? DriveWorksXpress has been available as a free download for several years now. Isn’t it amazing how much more interest there is in design automation now that […]

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On the fly email notifications

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A common PDMWorks Enterprise enhancement request is to give the users the ability to pick and choose who gets notified when a document goes through a workflow transition. While personally that request seems like it would make a loophole users could use to get around the system i.e. not notifying your manager or quality control if a document is approved. -I’ll grant there may be cases where it would be useful. So I thought I’d give you a little application […]

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More normal than usual

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Here is a nice little SOLIDWORKS UI tip: Click the “Normal To” button twice to get the opposite “Normal To” view! …and keyboard fans: <Ctrl-8><Ctrl-8> works as well.

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Let my file go!

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Since PDMWorks Enterprise 2008 will not support custom applications written in VB6, I know a lot of you are busy converting your code to .NET. Here is a little “gotcha” to watch out for: I had a little routine that would write to a file’s datacard at check in time. [EdmCmd_PreUnlock] It worked great in VB6 but when I converted it to .NET, PDMWorks Enterprise could not finish the check in operation telling me that the file was in use […]

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