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.

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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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Lumber & SOLIDWORKS Weldments, Part 1

May 13, 2016

Weldments is a great tool inside SOLIDWORKS. Users can easily create a complete structure, including a cut list.

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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.

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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?

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Tech Tip: Springs Made Easy In SOLIDWORKS

March 9, 2016

Most users use a helix and sweep to create a spring, then experience frustration when trying to modify. In this blog, you will learn a simple way to create the spring and modify it very easily in SOLIDWORKS.

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How To: Create A Sandbox Vault In SOLIDWORKS PDM

March 2, 2016

Sometimes, you may want to test or make some changes to your PDM environment. Maybe you want to modify a workflow, change permissions or create a dispatch routine.
 
It's advised to make such changes in a test, or “sandbox” environment, rather than risk upsetting the production environment.
 
These instructions can be used to create a sandbox PDM vault for testing purposes.