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SOLIDWORKS: Sudden Slowdown – Time for a Driver Update

Sudden Slowdown – Time for a Driver Update   After working support the last few days, a good majority of the calls were from customers that experienced a sudden slowness of SOLIDWORKS. Parts and assemblies that were working just fine now have a lag and SOLIDWORKS struggles to rotate and zoom. An Overnight slowdown.   From what I could find, Windows updates are pushing new video card drivers through, while also doing the security updates. So overnight, your computer updates, gets the “new” driver and now SOLIDWORKS becomes annoyingly slow.   The good news is, we can fix this and get the certified driver from SOLIDWORKS.com -> Support Tab-> Hardware

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Posted in General Info, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

How to Transfer a SOLIDWORKS Standalone License Between Work and Home Computers

How to Transfer a SOLIDWORKS Standalone License Between Work and Home Computers When you have a standalone license of SOLIDWORKS and you want to run it on both your work and home computer it is easy as transferring the SOLIDWORKS activation between those computers, below are the steps that show how easy this can be. Step1: Install SOLIDWORKS on both computers, but only Activate one of the two computers at the end of the installation, we assume for this example it will be you work computer.   Step2: When you are ready to work from home you will need to Transfer/Deactivate your current machine, in this example it is our

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Posted in CAD Administration, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, General Info, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler for Simulation Runs

By now, must people know the benefit that the “Run All Studies” and “Run Specified Studies” that SOLIDWORKS Simulation provides. These functions are limited in that they only work for a single part/ assembly file with or without different configurations. However, what happens when there is more than one file with multiple studies that need to be solved overnight? To accomplish this, we can turn to the often underused SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler. Task scheduler allows users to automate a multitude of repetitive tasks including importing/ exporting files, Updating files, printing, rendering, and of course, updating Simulations in SOLIDWORKS. In order to run SOLDIWORKS Simulation studies with the Task Scheduler, simply

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Simulation, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

FIX-A-FILLET with SOLIDWORKS

If you are creating models with smooth surfaces and elegant rounded edges you will have trouble creating fillets where sharp edges merge into smoother surfaces. For example, we have this part here: We need to place a .25 inch fillet which blends smoothly into the adjacent surfaces. If we use the symmetric fillet with a curvature continuous profile, in the preview I see this: Let’s look at the result with curvature analysis. Notice that the blending looks good at the top but gets quite odd at the end with the pointed face here. To avoid this there is a technique the will effectively, block the fillet before it begins to

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Posted in Maximizing SolidWorks Performance, Modeling, Redneck Workarounds

CATI Makes a Splash at AMUG

For the second year in a row CATI was a Platinum sponsor at the Additive Manufacturing User Group (AMUG) Conference held at the Hilton Chicago last week.  For more information on the AMUG conference visit www.amug.com.         This is the first year in the 29 year history of the conference it was sold out.  A total of 1600 were in attendance with over 700 being first time attendees. In our suite we featured Stratasys 3D printed parts, 3D printed injection molds and Creaform hand-held scanners including our new MetraScan.           Also on display, was the new F123 series of printers from Stratasys.  These

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Posted in 3D Scanning, Digital Prototyping, Modeling, Rapid Prototyping

SOLIDWORKS: Instances to Vary

Instances to Vary   You all have probably used Instance to Skip, but have you used Instances to Vary?   SOLIDWORKS has created this great tool to use when you want to create more complex patterns.   Let’s take a look at a simple linear pattern with the spacing of 40mm with 8 instances.     A design change has taken place and an equally spaced linear pattern is no longer needed. Rather than creating multiple linear patterns or some other crazy way of getting different spacing between the features, just use Instances to Vary.     The first thing I want to show you is the Direction 1 Spacing

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Modeling, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

SOLIDWORKS: Saving Selection Sets

SAVING SELECTION SETS   Selecting geometry, as you model in SOLIDWORKS, can be time consuming. There are a few ways to speed up this process. You can box select, lasso select, control+click, or even use some of the advanced selection tools. Even with these options, It can still take a big chunk of your design time. If you must make the same selections frequently, it becomes both repetitive and painstaking.   To increase efficiency, you can save selection sets inside SOLIDWORKS. This will save a group of selections to be easily reused. This is very easy to do, and there is no limit on the amount of selections you can

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Posted in CAD Administration, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, General Info, Modeling, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

SOLIDWORKS: Creating Custom Views in SOLIDWORKS Composer

Creating Custom Views in SOLIDWORKS Composer   Creating Views is core functionality of successfully using SOLIDWORKS Composer. These “Normal” Views capture all properties of nearly everything in the Viewport. Actor position, color, visibility, render mode, camera position, and the list continues. What do you do when you don’t want or need to capture everything in the Viewport? The answer is the Custom, or Intelligent View, accessed through the Views Workshop.     The View Workshop gives the user complete control of capturing only the property(s) they need based on several different settings. For example, if I only want to capture the location of a group of actors, this is the

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, General Info, Technical Publishing

SOLIDWORKS: How to Manage Circuits in Part Definition with SOLIDWORKS Schematic

How to Manage Circuits in Part Definition with SOLIDWORKS Schematic   Having the right part definition is extremely important to round out components and complete a project.  In a past blog, I took a look at the way content (Content is King) can be added or created within the SOLIDWORKS Schematic tool.  More specifically, I want to take a look at how importing a list of part references and new functionality can help you round out your parts list.   Import from the Manufacturer parts manager allows you to import that customized list of references in order to integrate them into the catalogs.     On launching the command, the Import Wizard opens. You

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, SolidWorks Electrical, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks


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