Shortcuts in SOLIDWORKS: Mate References

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Creating mate references in parts used frequently is a great way to speed up the assembly process.  With a couple of selections, automatic mates will be applied to a part as soon as it is inserted into the assembly.  However, sometimes the automatic mates will not be what we want them to be. First, the mate reference command can be found at Insert/Reference Geometry/Mate Reference or under Reference Geometry on the Features tab of a part file Command Manager or […]

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WHERE DID IT GO?!?!?!?!

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“I was working on an assembly in SolidWorks and when I tried to rotate the part/zoom to fit, the entire assembly disappeared!” This is one of the more common problems that I have encountered while working support.  There are many reasons this can happen; mates or the lack thereof, nothing is fixed, everything is floating or perhaps just a bug in the system.  Regardless to the reason this happens, there are easy ways to fix it.  In this case, the […]

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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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