SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM: How to Handle a Full Archive Server

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So you’ve been working in SolidWorks Enterprise PDM for a while now and have just realized your vault has gone from 50GB to 500GB. There’s very little space left on your server hard disk and you need to do something quickly before the ceiling is reached. What do you do?You have a couple of options that can be done independently or in combination to relieve the stress of a large archive. Cold Storage Schema The first thing you should do […]

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Using the Isolate Command in SOLIDWORKS

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You’ll find that SolidWorks has many underrated tools that allow a user to get to that final design just a little faster; the Isolate command is one of these. It can be used in an assembly or in a multi-body solid part. A user selects all the components or bodies they want fully visible and then can set all others to hidden, transparent, or wireframe. Basically, what a user has invoked is a temporary display state. Multi-Body: Assembly: In an […]

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Using “Select All” in SOLIDWORKS

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I like to post information about things I see people struggle with, or questions that I get from people I’m trying to help. One such struggle involved someone who was trying to select all (or most of) the part files in his assembly. He would use the Ctrl key to select them individually, or the Shift key to select the components in groups.  So naturally, I told him how he could ‘Select All‘ and then deselect the couple of items […]

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How to Convert View to Sketch in SOLIDWORKS

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I’ve been asked a couple of times if there was an easy way to tweak, change, or ‘fudge’ a drawing view. Some people want to change a line style, some may want to change a thickness, and some may just want to hide a line or two to clean up a drawing view. Well, to change a style, a thickness, or hide an edge in a drawing, it’s as simple as selecting the line with the left mouse button. Here […]

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How to Use Indexing in SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM

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What does indexing do in EPDM? It creates a catalog of the content and properties of each document. This means you can search for things that are contained in the content of the file that aren’t necessarily in the datacard. Once it is enabled, you can utilize it by using the Content Search tab in the Complete Search card.Example: Search for the word “Eric” in the Content Search tab. Your results could contain a word document that mentions “Eric” in […]

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How to Isolate Simulation Results in an Assembly

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Recently, I have been asked on a couple of occasions how to ‘isolate’ the Simulation results in an assembly. After running an analysis, we can certainly visualize the results on the entire assembly, but what if we wanted to localize those results on a single component for reporting purposes? The first thing people try to use is the Isolate command. The problem is that once you isolate the component, as soon as you select the study tab at the bottom, Isolate […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2013: Image Quality and Assembly Visualization

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Many of us may not be aware of how SolidWorks displays the models that you see in the graphics area. We are all aware of the “Image Quality” slider that exists in the Document Properties tab, but here is some insight. When you sketch a circle and extrude a cylinder, SolidWorks calculates a perfect cylinder. It then hands that information to the graphics card, which breaks up the faces into a series of triangles and then it “paints” over the […]

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How to Handle Symmetry Fixtures on Shell Elements in SOLIDWORKS

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If you have ever used symmetry on a surface body or solid body on which shell elements are defined, you would have had to use a special technique using an advanced fixture. The Symmetry Fixture would not work, as it required you to select a face for the symmetry definition. If you had tried to apply a Symmetry restraint on the cut face of a component defined with shells, you would have received the following warning message. Therefore, in order […]

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Creating Multiple Leaders in SOLIDWORKS Help

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Recently someone saw me Ctrl+drag a leader attachment point to create a second leader for the same note and said, “Hey, wait! How did you do that?”  I explained. Later I wondered if this was a well-documented feature or a super-secret trick that’s been passed along over the years.  I decided to do a quick search in SolidWorks Help for ‘multiple leaders‘ and was happy to see that the first result was exactly what we’d want: an article called ‘Multiple […]

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Simulation Tip: SolidWorks Simulation Verification Problems

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Have you ever wondered, after running a SolidWorks Simulation study, whether or not your results are correct? A few people I have talked to have questioned the validity of their results and sometimes wonder if the software is reporting what they actually see in the field or in a ‘test.’Well, I typically find that the problem is not with the results, but in the set-up of the analysis. For example, loads may not be accurate, or may be applied incorrectly; […]

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