How-to: Rename In-context SOLIDWORKS Files.

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By: Jim Krivoshein   Problem: Renaming files that have been designed in-context and have external references can be tricky. If done incorrectly the power of the in-context items can be broken. Here we'll rename an assembly and select in-context components and maintain the in-context relationships. This stool model is designed in-context of the assembly and is driven by the first "Layout, Stool" component which is just 2D sketch profiles of the stool.     Here is a summary of the […]

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Moving SOLIDWORKS Files

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We have always stressed that you need you use the SOLIDWORKS Explorer when you make changes to your SOLIDWORKS files so that SOLIDWORKS is able to track the changes.  This includes renaming, replacing, and now moving your files.  There is a new move function in the 2012 Explore that will move a solidworks file and update its references.  It appear that this is limited to one file at a time, but this is a step in the right direction.  Next […]

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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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Game Show: Why won’t these references update? – The Solution

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In Wednesday’s competition we learned neither our champion nor challenger’s method of updating references worked. Did you figure out why? The problem they ran into was caused by how SOLIDWORKS finds referenced files when assemblies are opened. SOLIDWORKS has a set of rules to go by when trying to find components of an assembly. It is important to know and understand SolidWorks’ method. Try to use an already loaded file Look in the paths listed in the “Referenced Documents” list […]

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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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