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SOLIDWORKS – Accelerated Zoom!

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If you are like me, when a new major version of SOLIDWORKS is released, I get so excited to open the What’s New document and start exploring all the new enhancements. Sometimes it is easy to focus on the flashy new features and overlook or forget about some of the more subtle enhancements. To ensure I do not miss some functionality that could be useful, I periodically review the What’s New documentation. So, what new functionality did I recently discover […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Basic Editing of Imported Parts

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Have you ever imported a part into SOLIDWORKS and wanted to simply change the type, size, or location of a hole? Let’s take a look at this imported mounting bracket. Pro Tip: Use Import Diagnostics to help identify and repair problem areas in the imported model before doing any editing. Even though this is an imported body and there are no features present in the FeatureManager Design Tree. The type, size, or location of the holes can be changed by […]

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CAMWorks Licensing Setup – Standalone and Network Licensing

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CAMWorks Licensing Setup – Standalone and Network Licensing The two main types of CAMWorks licenses are Standalone and Network, and both require a Flex LM license file be requested when setting up the CAMWorks License Manager. Tech Tip: A hardware dongle (USB) can be used in place of a standalone license file for additional security, however keep in mind that the USB dongle is effectively your license and a new license will need to be purchased if lost or stolen. […]

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Common Workflows for Getting SOLIDWORKS Geometry INTO the 3DEXPERIENCE “xApps”

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In the 3DExperience Platform, when we speak of an “xApp” we are referring to the xDesign, xShape, xSheetmetal apps (and more coming all the time) that run in a browser and are available anywhere, anytime, on any device. Today I am going to discuss some different workflows of getting CAD data into the 3DExperience “xApps”. Which method is the “best” all depends on what you need to do with it. Sometimes you may just be wanting to “build around” an […]

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A Real-World Example of Re-engineering and Customization

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I recently purchased a cross-over toolbox for my small truck. I was very careful to check with the vendors to make sure that the toolbox would fit into my year/make/model of truck and that I was getting the best price. Well, my toolbox arrived and guess what? It does not fit properly in the bed of my truck. I made the foolish mistake of not getting the critical measurement from my truck bed and comparing them to the manufacturer’s specifications […]

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SOLIDWORKS SNL – Connecting to Multiple License Servers

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A common question we get on tech support is what to do if you have multiple license servers and can a client computer have access to more than one server’s licenses? The answer is YES. In this article, I’ll explain how to set this up as well as answer some other common questions that arise when connecting to multiple license servers. Tech Tip: This guide will walk through setting up the client computers to connect to multiple license servers and […]

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Troubleshooting SolidWorks Issue – Cannot Create Design Table

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Design tables are a commonly used feature in SOLIDWORKS in order to manage configurations. A common issue that users call into support with is being unable to create a design table. Symptom: When creating a design table, nothing happens or SOLIDWORKS crashes. Solutions: When experiencing this issue there are three common solutions that will resolve most cases. I will list them here then elaborate further on the process for each: Optimize for Compatibility – An option found in Microsoft Excel […]

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What’s (hopefully) New in SOLIDWORKS 2021 & Top 10 Enhancements Voting Results

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Anyone who has attended SOLIDWORKS World in the past knows that one of the most exciting times for a SOLIDWORKS user is when they preview what will be coming in the next release of the software as well as announcing the results of the Top 10 Enhancements voting. This year at 3DExperience World 2020 in Nashville, TN they shared what’s new in 2021 a little differently. Rather than a main stage presentation, they did it in small “pop ups” where they […]

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Configuring Smart Components – Configurator Table

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When creating a Smart Component or editing an existing smart component, there is an option available called “Configurator Table”. The configurator table allows the user to define various configurations of the smart components. The first step to do this is to make sure that your parts are configured. In the below pictures, there is the latch that will be used as the smart component and it has 3 configurations. The second picture is the block that will be used for […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation: A Tesla Cybertruck Case Study

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When Tesla launched their Cybertruck pickup model in November, I was intrigued by its unique shape. Given the very angular, wedge-like styling, the first thought that came to mind was that I could have designed the exterior shape in SOLIDWORKS in 5 minutes with a few extrudes, cuts and draft features. I have no doubt that I could have saved Tesla millions of dollars spent on their exterior stylists and designers! I also pondered whether this shape performed well aerodynamically […]

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