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SOLIDWORKS Smart Drawing Blocks – Using Attributes as Editable Text Fields

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Using Blocks in your SOLIDWORKS Drawings is a great way to re-use symbols and other sketch collections, so you don’t have to constantly draw them over and over. But what if you need those re-usable blocks to contain customizable information? Customize Blocks An often-overlooked capability of blocks is the ability to include editable Attributes. This allows you to designate any Notes in the block as a unique Attribute with its own Name and Value. You can then edit this Attribute […]

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F123 Firmware Update & GrabCad Software Updates 1.11-1.14

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Released 2/1/18, back end software version 1.5.5420 for the F123 printers changes are as follows; Added oven stabilization time before build to prevent thermal shifting of the part when starting from a cool oven. Duration of stabilization is dependent on recent temperature history of the oven. When coming from room temperature, stabilization time will be 75 minutes. When coming from heated idle, stabilization time is closer to 5 minutes. To minimize stabilization time, run machine in Quick Start mode, found […]

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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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Where did my SOLIDWORKS download go?

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So a new Service Pack(SP) comes out and you're interested. First, check the list of fixed SPR's from the Customer Portal. Make sure there are fixes in there that will make it worth your time to update. 😉   Second, download the update or full DVD with the installation manager. Third, after the download completes run the update. Uh, but where is the download exactly? Well in Windows 7 x64 it would be C:\users\<your login>\documents\SOLIDWORKS Downloads – Unless you put it […]

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