SOLIDWORKS Simulation: ‘Mesh creation failed’ Why Won’t my Part Mesh?

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A good mesh is key to any successful Finite Element Analysis and extracting accurate, valid results. So, what happens when all we get from the mesher in SOLIDWORKS Simulation is this? There are many reasons this message can appear, and my goal for this article is to provide some useful steps in identifying the source of mesh failure, provide insights into the operations of the mesh algorithm, and ultimately resolve the mesh failure. The first step is to check to […]

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SOLIDWORKS: How Do I Get Rid of the Resource Monitor Check Your System Message?

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SOLIDWORKS Rx and the SOLIDWORKS Resource Monitor are terrific resources to maximize your SOLIDWORKS performance. When running low on resources or having graphics card issues, you can quickly see what the issue is and resolve it. In theory and in practice, this can be great. However, sometimes we in Tech Support hear, “How do I get rid of these annoying pop up messages? I just want to get some work done in SOLIDWORKS!” First of all, there is a reason […]

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Configuring Smart Components – Configurator Table

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When creating a Smart Component or editing an existing smart component, there is an option available called “Configurator Table”. The configurator table allows the user to define various configurations of the smart components. The first step to do this is to make sure that your parts are configured. In the below pictures, there is the latch that will be used as the smart component and it has 3 configurations. The second picture is the block that will be used for […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Basics of Reference Geometry Axis

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Reference Geometry includes reference planes, axes, coordinate systems, and points. In this blog, we will discuss the many ways of creating and defining a Reference Axis. The Reference Geometry command lives on the Features toolbar, but you can also access it from Insert > Reference Geometry. The Reference Axis PropertyManager includes a Selections box where you will define your Reference Axis. The combinations of these selections that will fully define the Reference Axis are described and depicted below the Selections […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Symbol Library File Missing (gtol.sym)

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When SOLIDWORKS has been recently updated to a newer release, sometimes we receive questions about symbols not showing up correctly (most commonly, the diameter symbol). Symbols that once showed up correctly, now appear as a short description/syntax. So how did this happen and how can this be fixed? SOLIDWORKS has many different paths/file locations for many different items within the software: one of which is a Symbol Library File. Sometimes we see that after an upgrade, the File Locations on […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Video Drivers – A Clean Uninstall/Install Every Time

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The last few weeks I’ve been working very closely with some video card manufactures and was going back and forth between nVidia and AMD makes of cards. If you are switching video cards or drivers many times things get left behind on the windows driver, registry and other things you may not have thought of. In my discussions one developer mentioned a tool call DDU (Display Driver Uninstaller) by a company called Wagnardsoft. It’s a free tool, but they do […]

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The Truth About SOLIDWORKS Auto-Recover

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The saying, “Save early, save often” will most likely always be important for SOLIDWORKS users, but it is not uncommon that we forget to save and might lose work in unfortunate events. Luckily, SOLIDWORKS Auto-recover is here to help. You might have heard of the Auto-recover function that is built in, but does anyone actually know how to use it? The general answer seems to be, “No.” Auto-recover can be a very valuable tool and really save you a headache […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Yellow Colored Cells of Derived Configurations?

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Configurations have been a part of SOLIDWORKS since the beginning release in 1995. They allow you to create several different iterations of a component or assembly without needing to create new documents. This could be done by manually creating them and changing values or using an Excel design table. In SOLIDWORKS 2001+ (anyone else remember plus releases?!) Nested Configurations (now called Derived Configurations) were added to the core of SOLIDWORKS. This allowed you to create a child configuration where all […]

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Using the SOLIDWORKS Spin Box, Tips, Tricks and How-To’s

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If you’re unaware of the SOLIDWORKS Spin Box, it’s the Thumbwheel or Slider at the bottom of the Modify Dimension Dialog box that comes up when you double-click to edit a dimension. The Spin Box acts as a “fine-tuning” for adjusting your dimension value by certain increments. Tech Tip: You’ll see the Thumbwheel when editing non-bounded dimensions such as linear dimensions and the Slider when editing bounded dimensions such as angles (between 0 and 360 degrees). The Thumbwheel and Slider […]

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Customizing your Custom Properties list

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Commonly with my blog posts, the idea begins in Technical Support. Last week I was talking with a user about the Custom Property Tab builder. Specifically, what controls the list of available properties? I’m not going into the details of the Custom Property Tab builder in this post. If you’re interested in learning more, look at this CATI blog post by Dennis Barnes: SOLIDWORKS Property Tab Builder. He’ll walk you through the steps of creating your own Custom Property Tabs […]

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