Taking Advantage of SOLIDWORKS API in SOLIDWORKS CAM

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How Do I Make My Feature Manager Design Tree When Using SOLIDWORKS CAM/CAMWorks Add-In? After engineering is completed on the SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD side of things your part needs to be programmed for manufacturing by using the seamless integration of SOLIDWORKS CAM and/CAMWorks. With SOLIDWORKS CAM activated inside SOLIDWORKS you may not be able to see all your CAM buttons. Taking the time to manually drag the edge of your SOLIDWORKS Feature Tree every time to make it wider can […]

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Introducing innovate3D

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  We’re sure many of you were excited to attend AMUG, Rapid, and various other industry trade shows this spring, and so were we. That is why starting on March 31st we’re presenting a web series called innovate3D: bring your ideas to life. We will be making all of our trade show presentations and demos, as well as some of our more popular 3DEXPERIENCE World presentations, available to you for free through this virtual series. You won’t even have to […]

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How Do I Find Out What SOLIDWORKS Version a File was Last Saved In?

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When you see this symbol in an open SOLIDWORKS file, you know that it is from an older version. Maybe it is something you created long ago, or maybe you got it from a vendor or customer who is on a version older than the one you are using. Either way, that is all that tells you. But what if you want to know what version the file was last saved in? Here, we will look at a couple of […]

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How Do I Complete a Steady State Thermal Study?

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How do I complete a thermal FEA study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional? Every study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation follows the same 6 general steps. You can read more about these steps here: Six Steps To Your Simulation Study. Thermal studies are no different. If you have found your way to this blog, chances are that you are interested in the thermal performance of your design. In today’s world, many of our designs can be subject to heat loads. Electrical components, radiant heat, […]

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Being Transparent with SOLIDWORKS

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Have you ever been working in SOLIDWORKS and had a face go transparent with no idea how to get it back? How about an entire part? Occasionally, it may seem SOLIDWORKS has a mind of it’s own in terms of making elements transparent. This blog will go over all the ways that elements can become transparent within SOLIDWORKS and the best way to make these elements visible again. Transparency within SOLIDWORKS can be a very powerful tool. Having the ability […]

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Troubleshooting SolidWorks Issue – Cannot Create Design Table

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Design tables are a commonly used feature in SOLIDWORKS in order to manage configurations. A common issue that users call into support with is being unable to create a design table. Symptom: When creating a design table, nothing happens or SOLIDWORKS crashes. Solutions: When experiencing this issue there are three common solutions that will resolve most cases. I will list them here then elaborate further on the process for each: Optimize for Compatibility – An option found in Microsoft Excel […]

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Guide to Using SOLIDWORKS From Home (or anywhere for that matter)

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If you find yourself in a situation where you need to work remotely, you may have questions on how to access your work license of SOLIDWORKS from home. Depending on how your company’s SOLIDWORKS assets are licensed, Machine Activation (Standalone) or SolidNetWork License (SNL), the answer to that question is different. Our goal is to bring the options into one location so you can choose one that works most effectively for your situation. A note about SOLIDWORKS installations This post […]

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Common SOLIDWORKS sheet metal issues

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Have you ever seen any of these sheet metal issues with SOLIDWORKS? These are some pretty common sheet metal issues. With the first image above usually one or the other of these situations will occur. You’ll either end up with a flat view of your bent part or, more commonly, you’ll wind up with a bent view of your flat pattern. Understanding how SOLIDWORKS works with sheet metal parts can help us determine what is going on. When you create […]

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Graphic Card Driver Changes with SOLIDWORKS

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We all know how important workstation video cards are to the overall performance of SOLIDWORKS. For years we have gone out to the SOLIDWORKS website to look up the certified driver for our system. https://www.solidworks.com/support/hardware-certification This page allowed users to fill out specific information about the make and model of their machine. They could then find the specific driver SOLIDWORKS tested for that configuration. This was a very manual certification process for the SOLIDWORKS hardware team. It became hard for […]

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Safe Modes and SOLIDWORKS Rx

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Many of us have gone through instances where SOLIDWORKS crashes, lags, or becomes unstable during certain operations. Thankfully, there is always a reason for the issue. To solve it quickly, technical support will need to be pointed in the right direction for troubleshooting. As the user, there is a very helpful and essential tool for this purpose. That tool is SOLIDWORKS Rx. It can be launched by clicking Start Menu > All Programs > SOLIDWORKS 20xx > SOLIDWORKS Tools > […]

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