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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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    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.

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    Take The Time To Fully Define: Make Your Drawings Populate Model Dimensions

    February 26, 2016

    SOLIDWORKS at its core is a Parametric Part modeler. As such, information needed to create drawings (model views and dimensions) is pulled from the part. All the information we need to have our drawing populate all required dimensions is already in the part.

    SOLIDWORKS allows us to edit aspects of our model across any one of the different modeling environments (part, drawing, assembly) and have those changes reflect in the other two environments. 

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    An Old Trick For Quickly Creating Reference Planes In SOLIDWORKS

    January 29, 2016

    I love how SOLIDWORKS gives you so many opportunities to quickly perform many functions through on-screen gestures and typical Windows options keys.

    This nifty little example has been around for awhile but always generates a buzz when I show it in a SOLIDWORKS training class, demonstration or user group meeting. This technique for creating reference planes in SOLIDWORKS works in part and assembly files. 

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    Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Return of the Jedi Lightsaber

    January 13, 2016

    As promised, we present Return of the Jedi...  lightsaber!

    If the first video of the lightsaber creation series sparked your creativity and inspired you to practice your SOLIDWORKS skills on your own lightsaber, check out this follow-up video!

    In the second video of our Star Wars series, we break down the rendering process into more detail. You’ll see some suggested dimensions for your lightsaber as well as tips for improved efficiency in your own rendering process.

    >> Did you miss the first video in the series? Check out the rapid speed video here!