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Reminder: Test Drive SOLIDWORKS Simulation: A Hands-On Guided Tour

Just a reminder that you can test drive SOLIDWORKS Simulation on July 19th. Come and experience the product first-hand as one of our Simulation experts lead you step-by-step through setting up different types of analysis. This event will only be offered once, so don’t miss your opportunity. Space is limited! You will: • Get a feel of how Simulation can augment product development, and where it can have a significant impact. • See how the outputs of Simulation will help […]

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SOLIDWORKS opening multiple sessions

Every so often we get support calls that SolidWorks is opening multiple sessions when opening files directly from Windows explorer. This almost always is related to Windows file extensions. In Windows XP it was pretty easy to remove the file extensions and correct the issue. Now with Windows 7/8, Microsoft has removed this functionality. This can still be done through the registry, but it takes time to remove them from the various locations in the registry. I have found a […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2014 will be the last release to support 32 bit Operating Systems

In line with our customer’s large scale adoption of the faster and more reliable 64 bit environment, SolidWorks 2014 will be the last release to support 32 bit Operating Systems. SOLIDWORKS 2015 will not install on a 32 bit Operating System. Using SOLIDWORKS on 64 bit Windows 7 or Windows 8 operating systems provides many significant advantages over 32-bit Windows 7 or Vista including: • Supports more memory (over 4 GB RAM) which allows the creation of larger and more […]

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Do Three Things at Once! INTERSECT Command (pt. 1)

Ever wished you could do 3 fairly involved SOLIDWORKS commands all with the push of a button? Well you CAN with the new Intersect command in SOLIDWORKS 2013! This one tool basically can replace the need to Offset Surfaces, Trim Surfaces, Knit Surfaces, and Thicken Surfaces to make a Solid ! (Hey, that’s 4 things at once !) To keep these blogs short and to the point I am going to do a small series of blogs showing the many […]

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Large Design Review Mode. What is it?

Have you ever noticed the Large Design Review Mode option when opening an assembly?  Unless you are looking for it, you might have missed it. Let me tell you what it's all about. The big question is WHY would I want to use this feature and HOW will it benefit me.  Large Assembly Review Mode allows you to open very large assemblies very quickly while still allowing the user the capabilities of conducting a review of the assembly.  This mode […]

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Do 3 things at once ! INTERSECT command (pt. 1)

Ever wished you could do 3 fairly involved SOLIDWORKS commands all with the push of a button ?? Well you CAN with the new INTERSECT command in SOLIDWORKS 2013 ! This one tool basically can replace the need to Offset Surfaces, Trim Surfaces, Knit Surfaces, and Thicken Surfaces to make a Solid ! (Hey, that’s 4 things at once !) To keep these blogs short and to the point I am going to do a small series of blogs showing […]

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SOLIDWORKS Download

SOLIDWORKS Viewer SOLIDWORKS viewer is a wonderfully tech advanced software that allows those working in design to render their creations in 3D. This stands for engineers as well as fashion designers. What this specific software also allows is user access to all business files no matter what format they are in. You will be able to view office documents and intricate designs all from the same software platform. eDrawings Download Options: eDrawings Viewer only eDrawings Publisher for SolidWorks® eDrawings Publisher […]

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Configurations or Display States Preparing for Simulation

Introduction: Finite Element Analysis generally requires a model to be simplified of extraneous parts or features in order to analyze the model efficiently.  This is common practice among analysts, and is utilized in SOLIDWORKS Simulation.  In this blog I am going to discuss the two main SOLIDWORKS methods of simplifying a model and discuss the preferred method between configurations and display states.   Display States and Configurations: Display State: Display States allow a user to specify different hide show states, […]

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Goodbye Google Reader

Have you logged into your Google Reader account in the last few months?  If so, then you have received the message that on July 1, 2013 Google Reader will be no more.   So what are your options to replace Google Reader? I've been looking for a replacement since I first received word that Google was discontinuing the service. I've found a few good alternatives, but a direct apples to apples replacement does not exist. However, Feedly does stand out as the […]

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SOLIDWORKS User Group – Kansas City

Kansas City SOLIDWORKS User Group On June 27th, I attended and presented at the KCSWUG meeting hosted by MRI Global.  My topic was presenting some of our findings with regards to making SolidWorks perform with hardware sized for your SOLIDWORKS models.  Also at this meeting we saw a presentation from SOLIDWORKS employee, Richard Allen.  Richard is a Product Portfolio Manager for SOLIDWORKS Corporation.  His role consists of “acting as the voice for the customer” which means he tries to do […]

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