SOLIDWORKS: Assembly Patterns Using Pattern Driven Components

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In SOLIDWORKS, we always suggest reusing your data and one way we can do that is by using patterns. In part documents, it’s widely accepted to use them whenever possible to keep our part a little more simplified and thus increase the performance of our file sets. Patterns are also a quick way to duplicate a lot of data in very few steps. What many people forget or don’t know about, is that SOLIDWORKS can make use of these patterns […]

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard Licensing Error

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It was working yesterday, this morning I’m getting this error. What happened? Error warning: “Could not obtain a license for SolidWorks Visualize standard. Invalid (inconsistent) license key. (-8, 544, 0)”. Some users are seeing an issue when starting SOLIDWORKS. This could be caused by 2 issues that we will cover in this article. SOLIDWORKS License manager has been refreshed, this could happen around the maintenance renewal date. Your company decided not to pay maintenance. SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard or Composer, depending on the SOLIDWORKS version […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Beta 1 is Now Available Online

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A new option is available for testing, the SOLIDWORKS 2020 online beta. This is a great way to participate in the Beta program and not have to worry about anything. For more information about the SOLIDWORKS 2020 Beta program, please click here. How do you get started? You can begin from the main SOLIDWORKS page: https://www.solidworks.com/beta/ and select “Test Online”. If you prefer a more direct route: https://my.solidworks.com/solidworksbeta, click Launch and you’ll be using the software in minutes. Some specific […]

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Never borrow a SNL license over VPN!

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Ominous title isn’t it? The SOLIDNETWORK (SNL) license is a flexible way for a company to share SOLIDWORKS licenses between multiple users within an organization. In order to use SNL licensing, the end user must be connected to the company network to ping the license server. In a perfect world, the user is in the office physically connected to the network via a cable. But we all know it’s not always like that and users need remote access. Some laptops […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Beta 1 is Out!

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Today is the day, SOLIDWORKS 2020 Beta is available. It’s time to take SOLIDWORKS 2020 for a test drive, check out the new enhancements and participate in the Beta program. What is the Beta Program? Participating in the Beta program is more than just taking the next release of SOLIDWORKS for a test drive. It’s about connecting with the BETA community, interacting with the SOLIDWORKS R&D team to provide your feedback on the new functionality, and flexing your SOLIDWORKS skills […]

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SOLIDWORKS Submenu is missing!

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If you are working on a computer that has SOLIDWORKS installed and you right-click on a SOLIDWORKS file (*.sldprt, *.slddrw, *.sldasm) in File Explorer/Windows Explorer you should see a SOLIDWORKS “submenu” appear in the dropdown list. (shown in the screenshot below) Sometimes after a SOLIDWORKS upgrade or a change on a computer, that right-click SOLIDWORKS submenu will go missing. Here are the steps you can take on your computer to fix this issue and get the SOLIDWORKS submenu to reappear within […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Hole Callout Quantities

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I just had a customer ask me why the hole callout quantities were wrong on a Part Drawing. The hole callout quantity did not match with the physical part. Often, we hear…” Something is wrong with SOLIDWORKS” or “Must be a bug”. Here’s the scenario…. The part model was a tray like the picture below. The part features were simply: 1 extrusion Feature, 1 Hole Wizard Feature, and 1 Cut – Extrude Feature. When the drawing was created, the Hole […]

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SOLIDWORKS SOLIDPractices Documents Now Available

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Everyone who uses SOLIDWORKS wants to know that they are modeling in the best manner to get the best performance out of their system. We are constantly asked what are the best practices that we should be following. This can be a very loaded question because there are so many moving components that often come into play for each company. The best practices for one company may not always be the best practices for another company. With that being said, […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation: Pressure opening explained

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Have you ever added boundary conditions in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation and wondered why there are 3 different pressure opening options? This blog is for you then! You will learn how the 3 different types (Environmental, Static, and Total Pressure) vary in use and will have a basic understanding of when to use each. What are these 3 types of pressure openings? Static and Total Pressure are measured quantities. Static pressure must be measured by a device that introduces no velocity […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Beta is coming!

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SOLIDWORKS just announced that the Beta version of SOLIDWORKS 2020 is scheduled to go live near the end of June. Like previous years, SOLIDWORKS will have a Beta program that will allow users to test the new software. What is the Beta Program? As a Beta Tester you have the opportunity to impact the quality, performance, and reliability of this new version before it is released. All Beta Testers submit their feedback to win different prizes and awards. The only […]

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