“Feet & Inch” Unit Display Defined in SolidWorks

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The following is intended to provide a more detailed outline of what your dimensions will look like if you use “Feet & Inches” for your units. You can change your display units by going to “ToolsOptionsDocument PropertiesUnitsCustom – Feet & Inches.” Here is a default “IPS (inch, pound, second)” display.  SolidWorks is using the values from columns A and B. We now want our UNITS to display as “Feet and Inches”. First, we must set “Unit System” to “Custom” then […]

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Read the SOLIDWORKS End User License Agreement

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So the other day I got a call from a someone wanting to make sure that he had “the proper understanding of something in the End User License Agreement (EULA).” I think that’s just about the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me in tech support! Why? Because the better you understand your rights and responsibilities regarding your SolidWorks license, the more likely we (meaning mostly you and not so much me) are to keep your license safe and […]

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Understanding Simulation Professional’s Frequency Analysis Support Issue

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Every structure has the tendency to vibrate at certain frequencies, called natural or resonant frequencies. Each natural frequency is associated with a certain shape, called mode shape, that the model tends to assume when vibrating at that frequency. When a structure is properly excited by a dynamic load with a frequency that coincides with one of its natural frequencies, the structure undergoes large displacements and stresses. This phenomenon is known as resonance. Recently, one issue came up for one of […]

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SOLIDWORKS Sustainability in 2011: New Supported Regions & Sustainability Link

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SolidWorks Sustainability lets you do “sustainable design” easily, from within the SolidWorks application. You can compare results from similar materials to produce the optimal sustainable design. By integrating Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) into the design process, you can see how decisions about material, manufacturing, and location (where parts are manufactured and where they are used) influence a design’s environmental impact. You specify various parameters that SolidWorks Sustainability uses to perform a comprehensive evaluation of all the steps in a design’s […]

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How to Install SOLIDWORKS 2011 Network License Server

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Many times when doing upgrades, the issue of moving your 2010 or 2011 “SolidNetWork License Administrator” to a new server arises. How difficult is it to move and how do I move it? It’s actually a simple process. First install the 2011 SNL Administrator on the NEW server but do not activate. When ready, start the “SolidNetWork License ManagerAdministrator” on the old server. Now, on the “Server Administration” tab, select “MODIFY.” Select the “Transfer license” option and step through the […]

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Using the DFMXpress Tool

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DFMXpress is located in the tools drop-down menu in SolidWorks.  It is engineered to advise the designer on common problems faced in the manufacturing process, allowing validation and identification of areas of a design that are difficult, expensive or impossible to machine. DFMXpress features include explanations and recommendations that help designers identify and rectify manufacturing feasibility issues; a basic set of rules for sheet metal, drilling, milling, turning; configurable rules parameters; and integrated and a designer-centric graphical user interface. Example: […]

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SolidWorks Performance Benchmark Test

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Did you know in 2011 SolidWorks has a built-in performance test? To start the test select Start – All Programs – SolidWorks 2011 – SolidWorks Tools – SolidWorks Performance Test. Select “Start Benchmark” Make sure all other programs are turned off then start the test Note:  Don’t walk away if you are using Enterprise PDM, you will have to log in to your vault.     At the end of the benchmark test you will be presented with a score. […]

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Reference Planes in a Hurry

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Here’s a quick one! Need a reference plane in a hurry?.. Select an existing plane while depressing the “Ctrl” key; this will automatically create a copy. Add existing references by selecting additional geometry or by making the appropriate changes to the property manager.. I told you it was a quick one… Keepin’ it simple! Remember it’s the little things….

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