Customizing QR codes

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned I’d be posting a video of how to take QR martix codes to the next level by customizing them with GIMP. Gimp is a free open source image editing software similar to Photoshop. Cheers Bob McGaughey, CSWE CATI

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Reminder: For a Limited Time, get 3 Seats of DriveWorks Solo for the Price of 2!

With this offer you not only get 1 seat of DriveWorks Solo entirely free, subscription support is included on all 3 seats for the first year! DriveWorks also offers FREE online training at the end of every month held by a Certified DriveWorks Solo Applications Engineer, so you can learn how easy it is to become a DriveWorks Solo expert. For more information, please email 3DVision Technologies at For a quote, click here. This offer ends June 30th, so […]

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How to Insert Dowel Pin Holes in SolidWorks

Many SolidWorks users, especially woodworkers, have asked for this enhancement for awhile: Have the ability to define a hole as a dowel pin hole in the part and have it automatically insert a dowel pin symbol in the drawing. Starting in SOLIDWORKS 2013, users now have the ability to add dowel pin holes. (Applause!) Dowel holes are used to align components in assemblies. Standard dowel holes have been added to SOLIDWORKS in the Hole Wizard. So, all you need to […]

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What’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2013 – Center of Mass

Display Center of Mass in a drawing  New in Solidworks 2103, you can now display and dimension to the Center of Mass in a drawing. To do this, you must first insert the Center of Mass into your model/assy. Select Insert reference geometry/Center of mass. The center of mass will now be displayed on in your part. This can now be used in your drawing to dimension to; however you must first display it in the drawing view: – Insert/Model […]

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Mirror, Mirror, Where’s my sheet metal notes?

So many of us have had the opportunity to make mirrored sheet metal parts. Over the years the process has changed and we are pretty close to having it all. However we still see a snag here and there with the drawings for these neat tools. On the mirrored sheet metal part, if you choose to keep the link in the model you can't get your notes on the drawing. If you break the link you can get all your […]

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Another backup story

Like horror stories? I’m working with a customer who had a hard drive failure. They thought they had backups, they didn’t. It is going to be a week before the disk recovery company can even look at the disk. Who knows what they will be able to recover… Have you confirmed your backups are working today? You should – every day.

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Where’s the center of mass?

Recently I have had customers asking for a way to add a center of mass point to their drawing so they can dimension to this point.   This is now possible in SOLIDWORKS 2013 using the Center of Mass function. To use this function, you must turn on this function in your part or assembly.  To do so, go into themass properties window and check the option “Create Center of Mass Feature”. This will create a Center of Mass feature in […]

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Free SOLIDWORKS from Performance Constraints (FSWPC-13-#21)

Optimal Configuration & Conclusion In looking back at the past 20 articles we have posted about Free SOLIDWORKS from Performance Constrains one of the items we promised in our first article was to give you the two optimal configurations that gave us the best overall performance. Before we get to the results lets recap what we tested in our previous articles: RAM Processor Clock Speed Number of Cores and SolidWorks Hard Drive Speed Graphics Cards SOLIDWORKS files stored in an […]

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FeatureManager Design Tree “Flat Tree” option – New for SOLIDWORKS 2013

SOLIDWORKS 2013 has 2 new FeatureManager Design Tree features. In my May Blog, I highlighted the Feature Manager Design Tree "Favorites" option. The second new feature is the Feature Manager Design Flat Tree option. The FeatureManager Design Tree View allows the user to show a "Flat Tree" option. a Flat Tree is where the features are shown in the order they were created, instead of hierarchically. In a flat view, curves, 2D sketches, 3D sketches are not absorbed into the features that reference them. […]

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An Introduction to DriveWorks Pro Webinar Thursday, June 6th from 11am-12pm

From a single seat to enterprise-wide deployments, DriveWorks software has been developed to suit the needs of most companies that design and configure-to-order. This 30 minute webinar will provide an introduction to the DriveWorks Products available and in particular it will illustrate DriveWorks Pro capability using a number of online projects that you can try for yourself after the event. You will see how you can use DriveWorks locally or on the web to generate manufacturing drawings, 3D Models and […]

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