Is Your Borrowed SOLIDWORKS License Freezing?

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A freezing issue like no other. When borrowing a network license to work remotely, some users have reported a specific performance issue during their SOLIDWORKS sessions that can slow productivity. In this particular scenario, it is stated that every so often, the session will freeze for about 10-15 seconds regardless of features, commands, or specific clicks. Testing the waters for a recent support issue, an early suggestion was disconnecting the internet altogether to discover that the freezing had stopped. Drawing […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Working with Circuit Board Files

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Large assembly performance issues are a topic that frequently comes across my plate while working support calls. Even though every assembly is different, and a company’s hardware and environments are all very different, there are some common patterns that can be seen whenever we work on large assemblies. Number of components, number of top-level mates, flexible subassemblies, number of appearances, level of image quality are just some of the most common factors that we look at. Engineering designs require us […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018: Assembly Performance

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SOLIDWORKS 2018: Assembly Performance One of the most talked about topics with SOLIDWORKS is Assembly Performance. We constantly look for better and faster ways to design assemblies so that they open and perform as quickly as possible. Over the years of working with SOLIDWORKS, I have accumulated several ‘best practices’ and I would like to share some of those with you in this article. When you install a new release of SOLIDWORKS, your first instinct is to open those older […]

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Using the SOLIDWORKS CAD Admin Dashboard to track, review and troubleshoot machines– Part 1

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Welcome back to our second deep dive blog series. If you missed the first series, be sure to go back and check out "How to configure SOLIDWORKS Toolbox and Hole Wizard". Today we are going to take a closer look at the CAD ADMIN DASHBOARD and how this can be used to track, review, and troubleshoot machines in your organization that have SOLIDWORKS installed. This series will breakdown: What is the CAD ADMIN DASHBOARD How do you organize this data […]

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Why choose a workstation for SolidWorks?

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From time to time we will see users who come to us with complaints of instability and poor performance. After a little investigation we find that the customers have purchased a non-workstation PC. Some of them will try to remedy this by swapping out the video card and viola! They now have a workstation… no, not quite… I have pulled some information from the Dell website, similar information is likely available through your preferred computer vendor as well. In addition […]

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Powerful little Ping

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Some scholars suggest the Windows “ping” command was first written in the early Ming Dynasty. I personally have been using it since Aunt Eleanor gave me my first PC as a graduation gift from preschool. However, I had only been using it as a simple connectivity checker. A few days ago, while debugging a SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM issue, it was recommended to me to add an “-l” switch to the command in this manner: ping -t -l 1500 <archive server name> […]

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