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[UPDATED] SOLIDWORKS Will Retire Workgroup PDM: What This Means For You

Posted by Heather Sutton on Aug 19, 2016 10:41:00 AM


SOLIDWORKS is changing the future availability of SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM (WGPDM). The product has reached the limit of what it can do with its architecture, but not to worry. There is plenty of time to plan for your future data management needs. 

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Topics: SolidWorks, 3D CAD, Enterprise PDM, SolidWorks 2016

Transfer & Activate A SOLIDWORKS Standalone License

Posted by Keith Thompson on Aug 11, 2016 1:35:33 PM

In this blog post, you will learn how to activate a standalone license and quickly move it from your old computer to your current computer.

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Topics: SolidWorks, 3D CAD, General, Tech Tips, CAD, SolidWorks 2016

3 Common SOLIDWORKS Import Geometry Problems (And Fixes For Each)

Posted by David Arthur on Aug 9, 2016 11:13:00 AM

It's extremely important to verify and fix imported geometry. This is especially true when the user plans to add features on top of the imported geometry.

Today, I will show three examples of common imported geometry issues and how to find a solution. 

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Topics: SolidWorks, 3D CAD, General, Tech Tips, CAD, SolidWorks 2016

DriveWorks World 2017: Early Bird Registration Now Open

Posted by Whitney Bell on Aug 5, 2016 12:24:13 PM


It's never too soon to start planning for DriveWorks World 2017! Last month, DriveWorks opened registration for all you early birds out there.

At DriveWorks World 2017, there will be various opportunities to learn about DriveWorks whether you're a first-time user or a seasoned pro. Talk to DriveWorks experts and other users to learn best practices you can apply to your work. 

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Topics: 3D CAD, General, CAD, Configurator Software, DriveWorks, DriveWorks World 2017

SOLIDWORKS PCB: A New Age Of PCB Design

Posted by Sam Skinner on Aug 1, 2016 12:38:27 PM

Recently, I attended a week of training on SOLIDWORKS' newest product, SOLIDWORKS PCB. This new PCB design software was developed in a collaborative effort between Altium and SOLIDWORKS to bridge the gap between the ECAD and MCAD tools.

SOLIDWORKS PCB streamlines the design of the printed circuit board to effectively allow real-time interaction between mechanical and electrical engineering within the same environment.

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Topics: SolidWorks, 3D CAD, General, Tech Tips, CAD, SolidWorks 2016

3D Technology Round-Up: July 2016

Posted by Courtney Bala on Jul 29, 2016 2:16:02 PM

A ton of fascinating things have been happening in the 3D technology world this July. Check out some of our favorite highlights below.

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Topics: SolidWorks, General, 3D Printing, CAD, Stratasys, What's New, TriMech

Stratasys uPrint 3D Printer Promotion

Posted by Samantha Bild on Jul 27, 2016 2:47:13 PM

Limited Time Offer: Up to a 30% Off on a uPrint 3D Printer

If you're looking for an affordable, compact printer for your team to communicate, iterate, and prototype efficiently and effectively, the uPrint 3D printer is the solution for you.

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Topics: 3D Printing, Stratasys, uPrint

Drone Wars Week 2: Engines on 5, 4, 3...Part 2

Posted by Whitney Bell on Jul 25, 2016 11:22:39 AM

As we reach the end of Phase II of the TriMech Drone Wars, we're starting to see each team's drone come together. Our four teams have continued to inform us of their latest activities and strategies. If you missed our kick-off blog, you can find it here.

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Topics: 3D CAD, 3D Printing, Drones

Design Faster With The SOLIDWORKS Mouse Gesture Wheel

Posted by Justin Lingerfelt on Jul 22, 2016 10:45:44 AM

The mouse gesture wheel is a great tool for reducing mouse travel in SOLIDWORKS, placing commonly-used commands right at the mouse pointer. 

In this blog, I will show you how to set up the wheel to maximize efficiency and minimize the learning curve.

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Topics: SolidWorks, 3D CAD, General, Tech Tips, CAD, SolidWorks 2016

Design Sheet Metal Fast with the Convert to Sheet Metal Feature

Posted by Justin Lingerfelt on Jul 15, 2016 8:27:00 AM

Want to get that sheet metal design going more quickly? Utilizing "Convert to Sheet Metal" can help.

Are you more of a visual learner? Scroll to the bottom for a step-by-step video of this tutorial.

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Topics: SolidWorks, 3D CAD, General, Tech Tips, CAD, SolidWorks 2016

Drone Wars Week 2: Engines on 5, 4, 3, 2... Part 1

Posted by Whitney Bell on Jul 14, 2016 8:54:22 AM

The TriMech Drone Wars are well underway as we explore the teams' creations in Phase II. Our four teams are keeping us up-to-date on their latest activities and strategies. If you missed our kick-off blog, you can find it here.

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Topics: 3D CAD, 3D Printing, Drones

Temporarily Disable Automatic Log In in SOLIDWORKS PDM

Posted by Tom Young on Jul 11, 2016 3:17:00 PM

 
Sometimes, you may need to log in as the SOLIDWORKS PDM vault administrator to undo a document checkout made by a former employee, destroy files from the recycle bin or a myriad of other tasks. 
 
Our clients often ask us how they can disable their automatic log in temporarily so they can log in as the vault administrator. You can manually select “refuse log in” in your user properties, however this method can become time consuming if you log in as the admin regularly. The better method is to disable the automatic log in.
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Topics: SolidWorks, General, Tech Tips, Enterprise PDM, CAD, SolidWorks 2016

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