Game Show: Why won’t these references update?

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Welcome everyone to America’s favorite game show: “Why won’t these references update?!” I’m your favorite game show host Guy Smiley. Today we have two challengers. Our first challenger enjoys hopscotch and talking to her gold fish, say hello to Penelope Pendelton! Our second player enjoys working in his store, Mr. Hooper. Here is the challenge: Today we received a set of files from an outside contractor. Our producers have copied the files from our ftp site and have added them to our network […]

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Pack and Go vs. EPDM’s Copy Tree – Who Wins?

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Pack and Go vs. EPDM’s Copy Tree – Who Wins? When working with files outside of the vault, you have no choice -Pack and Go is the only tool you have, and it is a good tool -all the cool kids are using it. However, for copying files within SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM, both tools are an option, which one should you use? Easy. Copy Tree. No question, no contest. I don’t want to hear your argument for Pack and Go…your […]

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Mates and Flexible Sub-Assemblies (MSWP #10)

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This article continues our Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance series.  If you would like a little background information please refer to the first article in the series Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance (Results). Many SOLIDWORKS users have never been shown the importance of mating methodology when working with large assemblies.  An Assemblies structure can make a significant difference in the performance of an assembly large or small.  These difference in performance is generally much more pronounced in a large assembly due to its shear size.  The models that […]

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Dynamic Clearance-Worth the Price of Admission

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In Essentials class this week, one of the attendees was very impressed with the Dynamic Clearance option available when using ‘Move Component’ in an assembly.  He commented that neither he nor the few other Engineers and Designers he works with knew about this functionality.  Considering this attendees’ company designs and manufactures non-static equipment, I am somewhat surprised. As a refresher, the Dynamic Clearance option is available when using ‘Move Component’ on the Assembly Command Manager tab.  After you select ‘Move […]

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What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2011: DEFEATURE

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I just built this great model, now you want me to do WHAT ?! Defeature it ?? Yep, that’s right, SOLIDWORKS has come out with a tool to get rid of all the small details in your part. Why would you ever want to do this ? Perhaps you are going to share this model with someone who needs to build “around” it, but you don’t want them to see all the intellectual data INSIDE of it… Perhaps you have […]

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Want to be more Flexible?

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I know you’re all good SOLIDWORKS user and use sub-assemblies all the time…right?  Sub-assemblies improve performance because SOLIDWORKS doesn’t need to solve all the mates of the sub-assemblies.  The less top-level mates the better you will be. Well let’s say you need to show some motion of a sub-assembly but you get the message that it is fully defined. You can make the sub-assembly behave like a top level assembly.  You will need to RMB on the sub-assembly and choose […]

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