How to Modify your SOLIDWORKS Installation

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Modifying a SOLIDWORKS install is a procedure that is commonly used when certain changes are needed. The two primary examples are: When your serial number changes and when you need to install an additional product or add-in. In order to modify your installation, you will need admin privileges to your machine. You start by navigating to your ‘Programs and Features’ in windows. You can access this from your control panel and going to ‘Uninstall a program’ (For Windows 10 you […]

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Using a Macro Button to toggle the CAM Add-In on the Add-Ins tab

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So, you’ve installed SOLIDWORKS CAM and you’re excited to start using it, but when you navigate to your Add-Ins tab, there’s no CAM Add-In. To manually activate the CAM Add-In, you need to navigate to Tools > Add-Ins or use the Options drop-down and select Add-Ins. By selecting the checkbox next to SOLIDWORKS CAM and selecting OK, you will now have a new SOLIDWORKS CAM Tab on your Command Manager. However, it would be nice to have an Icon like […]

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Exporting from SOLIDWORKS to Visualize using the Visualize Add-In

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Exporting from SOLIDWORKS to Visualize using the Visualize Add-In So, you’ve installed SOLIDWORKS Visualize on the same machine as SOLIDWORKS and you have a 3D model ready to go. Your next step is to export your model into Visualize to start rendering. There are a few different ways to export your model both directly and indirectly from SOLIDWORKS using the Visualize Add-In. I’ll break down your options here and clarify which option to use and when. Start by activating the […]

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New AutoCAD P&ID Project in SOLIDWORKS EPDM

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Say you aren’t lucky enough to be using SOLIDWORKS’ P&ID offerings, you are using AutoCAD P&ID instead. You can work with AutoCAD P&ID 2015 projects in SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM, they do seem to work rather well together. Except for one issue: In AutoCAD P&ID, when you try to create a new project, and navigate into your EPDM vault view to choose the new location, the “Open” button becomes disabled!   Everything else works okay, but without new projects, it is tough […]

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New AutoCAD P&ID Project in SOLIDWORKS EPDM

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Say you aren’t lucky enough to be using SOLIDWORKS’ P&ID offerings, you are using AutoCAD P&ID instead. You can work with AutoCAD P&ID 2015 projects in SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM, they do seem to work rather well together. Except for one issue: In AutoCAD P&ID, when you try to create a new project, and navigate into your EPDM vault view to choose the new location, the “Open” button becomes disabled!   Everything else works okay, but without new projects, it is tough […]

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