Where did that command go?

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Have you taken time to discover the hidden gem call “search commands”?  This has been a very helpfultool for anyone just learning SolidWorks, or for the veteran that just wants to know where they moved my tool.   The “Search Command” allows you to find and run commands in the user interface. Results are filtered as you type each keystroke. Run the command from the search window.  SOLIDWORKS will remember the commands you useand place them at the top of the […]

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How to Open SOLIDWORKS 2013 Files in SOLIDWORKS 2012 SP5

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Throughout the years, almost all of our customers have asked at one time or another, "Can I open files from the newest version of SolidWorks into a previous version?" The answer has always been, "No. The latest version of SOLIDWORKS uses newer technology that is not compatible with the older technology of previous versions of SolidWorks." As a result, customers have had to be careful when they upgrade to make sure that they stay compatible with their customers, suppliers, and […]

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Rapidly dimension multiple radial dimensions in sketches

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2012 has added many shortcuts that allow us to get our jobs done faster and more efficiently.  Here is a new function that you may find useful if you create a lot of revolved features.   2012 now gives us the function to add multiple radial or diametric dimensions at one time without having to select the centerline every time.   There is nothing special to activiate this function.  Dimenison between a centerline and a line or point.  Place your […]

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HELP!!! My feature tree is missing entities in 2012.

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Update as soon as possible to avoid this issue. Important fix included in SOLIDWORKS 2012 SP2 for missing entities in part and assembly FeatureManager after converting data to SOLIDWORKS 2012 format DS SOLIDWORKS Corporation has detected a workflow that may result in the FeatureManager missing items or having entities listed at an incorrect position in the FeatureManager. This issue may occur with files that have multiple configurations during the conversion of data from a prevision version to SOLIDWORKS 2012 SP0 […]

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2012: Mouse Gestures that Save Time

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I must confess, ever since mouse gestures were introduced a couple of years ago, I haven’t been using them.  The truth is that I’m too hooked on keyboard shortcuts.  Why try to do everything with your right hand when your right (on the mouse) and left hand (on the keyboard) can work together in perfect harmony?  Not only that, but you also had to memorize exactly where each mouse gesture command resided in each of the modeling states (Part, Assembly, […]

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