SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    Slow Assembly? Use Assembly Visualization To Find What Parts are Slowing You Down!

    October 31, 2016

    Are slow parts causing your assembly to crawl? Locate and identify them using the Assembly Visualization tool. Let's walk through the steps.

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    Import Files Into SOLIDWORKS Composer Without Installing SOLIDWORKS

    October 24, 2016

    In 2014, SOLIDWORKS released SOLIDWORKS Composer, a tool that design companies use to leverage their 3D CAD data from any source to develop assembly instructions, end-user manuals and intriguing animations.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    Using an Options File to Control Network License Usage [UPDATED]

    October 14, 2016

    (Updated Sep 2018)

    Using an Options file can help control how the licenses issued by the SolidNetwork License Manager are used within the company. 

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    Transfer & Activate A SOLIDWORKS Standalone License

    August 11, 2016

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

    August 9, 2016

    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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    Design Faster With The SOLIDWORKS Mouse Gesture Wheel

    July 22, 2016

    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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    Design Sheet Metal Fast with the Convert to Sheet Metal Feature

    July 15, 2016

    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.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips, PDM

    Temporarily Disable Automatic Log In in SOLIDWORKS PDM

    July 11, 2016

     
    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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    How-To: Change Your SOLIDWORKS PDM Admin Password

    June 6, 2016

    To modify the SOLIDWORKS PDM admin password, you’ll need to follow a certain set of procedures.

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    What Do The Status Icons Represent In SOLIDWORKS PDM?

    May 20, 2016

    You may have seen several icon styles in SOLIDWORKS PDM. These icons show the current status of your active SOLIDWORKS file in relation to the latest version of the file in the vault.

    In this blog, we’ll run through some of the most common icons you may see. Below is a full list of SOLIDWORKS 2016 icons for you to print out or save on your desktop.

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    6 Quick Tricks For SOLIDWORKS PDM [UPDATED]

    April 15, 2016

    Missed our most recent SOLIDWORKS PDM tech tips? We've compiled some of our latest technical videos to bring your week to a productive end.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips, PDM

    What Do The Different Folder Colors In SOLIDWORKS PDM Mean?

    March 28, 2016

    You may have noticed different colored folders in your SOLIDWORKS PDM vault. While green folders are what you would normally expect to see in your file vault, occasionally blue, gray and yellow folders show up.

    What's the significance of these colors?