Why SolidWorks Is Crashing While Trying To Open Files

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It is a very frustrating time when you want to open a file in SolidWorks and the program crashes. Luckily, I believe to have pinpointed why this issue occurs and how to prevent it. It seems to be exclusive to non-native SolidWorks files such as STEP files but could happen to native SolidWorks files as well. The crash seems to occur when files are dragged straight out of Outlook or other programs directly into Window’s Explorer. The reasoning for this […]

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How Do I Complete a Nonlinear Analysis in SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

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How do I complete a nonlinear study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium? Every study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation follows the same six general steps. You can read more about these steps here:  Six Steps To Your Simulation Study. Nonlinear studies are no different, there are just a few extra bells and whistles to watch out for. Let’s cover the basics. Nonlinear studies are appropriate whenever the structural stiffness of the model or the model’s boundary conditions change throughout the simulation. Some common reasons to […]

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“To Power Trim, or To Power Extend? That Is The Question”

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While sketching inside SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks user interface you invoke the Power Trim command and use it as normal. As a refresher, the SOLIDWORKS Power Trim tool allows you to hold down your Left Mouse Button (LMB) and drag the mouse over any sketch entities you want to trim to the nearest entity. The Power Trim command can also extend sketch entities as well.  This is simply done holding down your Shift Key to convert from trimming to […]

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SOLIDWORKS, where is my Help menu and Quick Access tools?

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With the arrival of SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP3, we have seen an increase of installations and questions come into Tech Support. Users are noticing a few subtle differences in the SOLIDWORKS user interface but DON’T WORRY, this is not like Icon color-gate from SW 2016! These changes are much easier to overlook. Vanishing Help Menu Let us start with the following screen of SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP3. Notice anything missing? The traditional Help menu is removed from the Menu Bar in service pack […]

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How Do I Complete a Buckling Analysis in SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

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How do I complete a Buckling 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. Buckling studies are no different. Let us cover the basics first. The purpose of a linear bucking study in SOLIDWORKS SIMULATION Professional is to find the load factor at which a structure will lose its compressive stiffness and collapse, causing failure. This is accomplished by calculating […]

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SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager “A Windows reboot is pending…” Message

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When installing SOLIDWORKS software, oftentimes the following warning appears: Have you seen this message? Quite often(myself included) we click OK and keep going with the installation. If everything installs without error, why is it even there? Here is the reason: To help assure a successful installation of the SOLIDWORKS software, the Installation Manager checks to see if there are any pending reboot requests on your system. A pending reboot request occurs when a program or installation makes a change to […]

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How to Flip Bend Note Direction in SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal

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When creating a part in SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal, the main goal in mind is to create your geometry, then use the automatically created flat pattern. However, the flat pattern’s bend notes may be exactly opposite to what is expected. The bend note’s direction is based off which face the flat pattern considers the “Fixed Face”. Automatically, SOLIDWORKS will choose a face for you. Here is how to choose a different face so that the bend note’s directions may be changed: […]

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Using PBR Materials in SOLIDWORKS Visualize

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Using PBR Materials in SOLIDWORKS Visualize PBR or Physically Based Rendering materials are a set of shading models that attempt to create a higher level of realism and rendering quality and provide a standard for materials across multiple rendering programs. Tech Tip: It is possible to create your own PBR Material by going to Add > New Appearance and choosing PBR Material as the Appearance Type. However, it is highly recommended to use one of the many available PBR Materials […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Stop, Collaborate and Listen

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In Part 1 of this blog series, we looked at Part Reviewer’s capabilities and benefits for familiarizing yourself with another’s design process. In Part 2 we will look at a useful tool to aid you in the editing process.   So, you inherit a file thinking you’re just going to make a small change to one component or delete a no longer needed feature. Suddenly, your FeatureManager Design Tree is riddled with error messages. To avoid these editing mishaps, a deeper knowledge of feature relations is incredibly helpful. By enabling Dynamic Reference Visualization, you can quickly view all the Parent/Child relationships in […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Getting Started with Mold Tools

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SOLIDWORKS has thousands of tools and features that cater to all sorts of major industries. Sheet metal, machined parts, structural fabrication, consumer products, automotive, aerospace, medical…the list goes on. Another very important industry that we’ll get into is mold tooling. In this blog post, we are going to introduce the Mold Tool commands. We also have an upcoming webcast that will demonstrate how these tools can be used to accomplish the tasks required for mold tooling design. Accessing the mold […]

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