Have you seen this message when installing SolidWorks 2018? With each major release it’s important to check the system requirements before installing. Windows 7 is currently the most popular operating system, with about 68% of PCs worldwide using this OS! But did you know it’s currently past “mainstream” support?
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 months ago
When you are dealing with such a complex and function rich software like SOLIDWORKS, it’s easy for a few hidden features to slip through the cracks. Although some of these offer only minor help to your day-to-day design work, some of them can have a major impact both now and in the future. One of these hidden gems many overlook is called the Enhancement Request. Maybe you have created your own hotkey that takes a 10-step process down to one and you wanted to share it with the world?
SOLIDWORKS Blog
6 months ago
SOLIDWORKS Electrical Tech Tip Written by: Cheri Guntzviller-Miesen, SOLIDWORKS Electrical Application Specialist SOLIDWORKS Schematic and 3D Electrical have slightly different steps for creating an Rx Capture. (If you don’t have SOLIDWORKS, but only SOLIDWORKS Schematic, please jump to the end of the article.) SOLIDWORKS Rx analyzes your system, suggests possible solutions, and captures data that can help technical support personnel diagnose problems. Follow these steps to create a SOLIDWORKS
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
11 months ago
SOLIDWORKS users have long enjoyed the ability to use their software from both their home/mobile and work offices. How is this accomplished without running afoul of the EULA (End User License Agreement), which only permits one license enabled on any one computer at any one time? In our previous two blog posts we examined perpetual licenses (Standalone and SNL) and term licenses. Let’s first look at standalone licenses.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 year ago
Warning: SOLIDWORKS System Resources Running Low This blog is for those unlucky individuals working in SOLIDWORKS are persistently annoyed by this message. You check the Task Manager, only to find that there are still plenty of RAM left; not even at 50% capacity. Most of the time, you are likely to ignore or dismiss this message and just continue working.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 year ago
“Garbage in, gospel out.” A slightly different take on the old adage, this is many people’s perspective on analysis results. But us engineers know better, right? Simulation results are generally only as good as the inputs to the problem.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 years ago
At this point in the year, many people have forgotten all about their New Year’s resolutions but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to get organized! There’s still time to make 2016 your users best SOLIDWORKS year ever. Below is a complete guide you can follow, broken down into five big categories. Download the easy-to-follow worksheet.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 years ago
Simplifying Permissions By Applying Group Permission To Different Slices Of Your PDM Vault The basics of Enterprise PDM Folder Permissions are easy to learn. “I’ll create a group so I don’t have to modify every user gotta have Read file contents
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 years ago
The new release of SOLIDWORKS 2016 is less than a month away and when you install SOLIDWORKS 2016 one of the first things you will notice is that with this release there is a new look to the SOLIDWORKS Interface. This is the 3rd interface change SOLIDWORKS has made since it was released and in looking back it has been over 7 years since the last overhaul so it was time for a change. At first glance more users are going to say what happened to all the colors and according to the SOLIDWORKS
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 years ago
How model a Spring Washer using an Equation Driven 3D Curve If you’ve ever tried to model a Spring Washer (aka Wave Washer) and thought, “There has to be an easier way!” then here is a technique you might enjoy. SOLIDWORKS has the capability to create a 3D Sketch that is controlled by an equation, and with the proper inputs, you can use that sketch entity to model a wave washer similar to the images you see to the right. The basic idea is a loft between two equation driven curves.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 years ago
Who needs mate references? Anyone who is repeating the same mate selection process over and over think in terms of assemblies with repeating components.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 years ago
With exciting new technology like Microsoft’s Hololens being recently revealed, I thought it might be useful to understand how SOLIDWORKS handles viewing of models and hopefully open up a discussion about how these new technologies might affect our design processes in the future. We’ll break this down into 4 categories. Orientation Perspective Camera Stereoscopic 3D, Augmented Reality, and the Future Orientation One of the first things I get asked by brand-new users is “How do I rotate the model
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 years ago
In our most recent round of SOLIDWORKS Performance testing for SOLIDWORKS World 2015 we took a long look at video cards and how they interact with SOLIDWORKS. With most of our testing we look at the time to complete a set of actions within SOLIDWORKS. When testing video cards it is a little different as we need to look at Frames Per Second and the overall user experience of how a model responds and feels as it moves and rotates on the screen. We found a lot of interesting data in our testing but
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 years ago
With all the changes that have come about in the license structure for EPDM 2015, you now have all the capabilities with options files that you’ve had with SOLIDWORKS network seats for a while! This includes setting up timeouts on the licenses and reserving licenses for groups of people. Begin by opening up a blank text document in Notepad. You must set up a group to assign rules to by entering the syntax below: GROUP <group_name> <username1> <username2> <username3> (do not include <>) NOTE: The
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 years ago
Many companies have several projects stored in their Windows file system prior to an Enterprise Product Data Manager (EPDM) implementation. While it is ideal to leave older projects within the old filing system, it is sometimes important to integrate them into the new PDM system for future use. This is the second of a three part blog series entitled Migration from Windows to Enterprise PDM. It is recommended that you implement in a test vault prior to executing on your production vault.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago
Many companies have several projects stored in their Windows file system prior to an Enterprise Product Data Manager (EPDM) implementation. While it is ideal to leave older projects within the old filing system, it is sometimes important to integrate them into the new PDM system for future use. This is the first of a three part blog series entitled Migration from Windows to Enterprise PDM. It is recommended that you implement in a test vault prior to executing on your production vault.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago
With all the enhancements in SOLIDWORKS each year, there comes a time when the Help file might lag behind new functionality. The SOLIDWORKS team does its best to keep the Help file updated. However, sometimes there is a need for further updates. Other times, the Help article may need more clarity.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 years ago
Customers with active subscription contracts are granted promotional coupons which allow each user at the company to take up to three separate exams free of charge. To access the Subscription Services free coupon offer you will need to log into the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal. You will need a valid Customer Portal login and active subscription to access this site. Certification area within SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal Certification area within SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal Certification Page Within
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago
If you have a problem in SOLIDWORKS that you are finding very difficult to explain to your technical support team, then worry no further. Introducing the SolidWorks RX tool. With the SOLIDWORKS RX tool you can easily and simply capture system logs and video that will show your technical support representative how issues present themselves without creating a detailed step by step description. The tool takes a snap shot of your system configuration and processes along with a screen capture AVI
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago
Want an easy way to speed up your SOLIDWORKS Modeling skills? Learn how to use a standard 3 button mouse to Zoom, Pan & Rotate. Figure 1 - Mouse Sure, you can always go to View -> Modify and choose one of the Zoom commands. But there is a better way!
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago
This week’s Question of the Week is the culmination of a several questions I received regarding my recent SOLIDWORKS Weldments Tech Tip Tuesday and Throwback Thursday posts. The questions focused around how to create your own custom weldment profiles in SOLIDWORKS. The process, while fairly straightforward, has a few steps that could cause you problems down the line should you miss something. I’ll go through the steps and point out any potential cases where this can happen.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago
Many people are aware of the use of design tables in SOLIDWORKS to allow for quick changes to models. Just add the feature or dimension to the table, and in a few quick clicks you can change design parameters from one convenient spot. However, what is less known is that it is also possible to use the many built-in equations in Excel to create a table that will be “smarter” than just a spread sheet of numbers. Let’s look at a basic example to illustrate how easy it is to get some extra
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago
There is an excellent tool in Sheet Metal that can allow us to make completely round parts! Rolled Sheet Metal 2014 When you need to create large diameter round parts sheet metal may not be the first tool you’d consider, but it a great tool for this application. Consider a 3 foot diameter metal cylinder and how we could create this and create a flat patten using the sheet metal tools found in SOLIDWORKS Standard. There are some tips and tricks included!
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago
Hello to all, Welcome to this new edition of the SOLIDWORKS Support Monthly News, coauthored by members of the SOLIDWORKS Technical Support teams worldwide. SOLIDWORKS 2015 Beta – looking back 10 years ago While we’re all waiting for the beginning of this year’s Beta program (around the end of June) to discover and test all the new features in version 2015, let’s take a look back at what shook the world of SOLIDWORKS ten years ago. It is really amusing to see how what we now take for granted
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago