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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Are you smarter than a Cincinnatian?

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During last week’s SOLIDWORKS 2012 rollout in Cincinnati, I asked if anyone knew how to rotate a part (that has no mates) inside of an assembly. We all know you can translate a part clicking on a face and dragging it, but no one could give me an easier way than going to the assembly toolbar and choosing “Rotate Component” There is an easier way. Do you know it? Are you smarter than a Cincinnatian? The answer, after a word from our […]

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How to Promote Your Children in a SOLIDWORKS BOM

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Here at 3DVision we don’t shy away from opportunities to promote our family members or draw inspiration from our children. So I am taking the theme and running with it. After downloading Craig Thierren’s SOLIDWORKS World presentation on “Understanding Large Assemblies and Drawings“, you may have decided to create more sub-assemblies in your large assembly file for the purpose of improving performance on your computer. The performance improves because the mates in a sub-assembly are not solved during a rebuild unless […]

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“Save As” vs. “Save As COPY”

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I know this may be “Basic Knowledge” to a lot of you, but I still see people struggling with this and screwing up their assemblies and drawings all the time because they don’t understand it. The only IMPORTANT thing to know about this in SOLIDWORKS is that if you have an OPEN assembly or an OPEN drawing and you do a SAVE AS on one of the files that the assembly or drawing is referencing, it will make the assembly […]

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Get BOM Table in an Assembly

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In SOLIDWORKS 2009 they introduced the idea of having a BOM in an assembly file. Cute and sweet, but no balloons? What good is a BOM table if you cannot connect the parts to their line items? In SOLIDWORKS 2010, they stopped the maddness and gave us the ability to balloon our assemblies. (Hey the best way to speed up creating drawings is not not have to create them!) Is it just me or shouldn’t the assembly balloons be spheres?! […]

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