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23
June
2013

SOLIDWORKS Admin Image Option Editor

Written by: Dave Padelford, MCAD Application Engineer

SOLIDWORKS Admin Image Option Editor

When you first open the Option Editor for the Admin Image you will see the interface below. It shows what options are set from the install you created the image with. You will see the Global Settings which are default from the creation. There are several sections for the options like Serial Numbers, Client Installation Options, Administrative Options, and Software to install.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

25
June
2013

Symmetry Wins Big

Written by: Nick Weirens, Marketing Manager

Symmetry Wins Big

Symmetry Solutions, Inc., today announced that Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS Corp (DS SOLIDWORKS) has recognized Symmetry Solutions as the Top Reseller in North America for Subscription Service. Additionally, Symmetry Solutions was awarded the SOLIDWORKS Elite 190 Club. Two Symmetry Solutions employees were also presented individual awards for outstanding performance.

Categories: Symmetry Solutions News

29
May
2013

Creating an Admin Image in SOLIDWORKS

Written by: Dave Padelford, MCAD Application Engineer

Creating an Admin Image in SOLIDWORKS
Over the years, the Admin Image deployment package has been changed and in this current release it is fairly easy to create them. The easiest way to get this started is from a media disk for the initial release of the version. This may not be what you would want to deploy for the clients.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

04
April
2013

SOLIDWORKS Section View Unwrapped

Written by: Michael Sande, Elite Application Engineer

SOLIDWORKS Section View Unwrapped
Many of us have been arms wide open to the new section view assist tool that was released with SOLIDWORKS 2013 but for those who have yet to make the move, this blog is for you.  I have seen it a few times now, a customer calls in and is finding that their jogged section view is stretched when this is not the view they intended.  Generally, the option for creating a “foreshortened section view” or “an aligned section view” comes up when selecting a jogged section line for creation of the section view.  This message can and is often times dismissed leaving the user to default to the last selection.  One option is to clear this message from the System Options under messages/errors/warnings; the second option is the topic of this blog.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

26
February
2013

Is Your SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault Sluggish?

Written by: Jennifer Bahnsen, PDM Application Engineer

Is Your SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault Sluggish?

Does it seem like it is taking longer to do searches or even listing all of the files when browsing? One of the things that could be causing this are fragmented indexes in the database.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS PDM

10
March
2013

Hidden Gem in SOLIDWORKS 2013

Written by: Dave Padelford, MCAD Application Engineer

Hidden Gem in SOLIDWORKS 2013

The other day, I received a file from a customer that had an odd display issue. It appeared to have cosmetic threads showing as solid lines in one drawing, but not in the other. It turned out that one drawing’s annotations had been put on a layer that was using a solid line font. To change this, SOLIDWORKS 2013 now allows you to right click on the cosmetic line in the drawing and select Change Layer in the menu that shows.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

17
February
2013

Network Rendering Made Easy

Written by: Michael Sande, Elite Application Engineer

Network Rendering Made Easy

SOLIDWORKS 2013 adds new functionality when it comes to processing those renders you always dreamed of. New for 2013 is the capability to network render. In short, this give you the capability to utilize the processing power of up to ten computers from your network to complete a render job. This exciting new feature cuts your rendering time down to an efficient and manageable level. So say good bye to waiting for your machines core to do the job on their own.  I'm going to walk you through how to set it up and before you know it, you will own your very own "render farm"!

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

14
January
2013

Harmonograph and SOLIDWORKS Motion

Written by: Tim Newton, Senior Elite Application Engineer

Harmonograph and SOLIDWORKS Motion
SOLIDWORKS Motion – Trace path and convert to SOLIDWORKS Curve, a hidden gem. The other week I took my daughter to the science museum, my favorite educational distraction.  While we were exploring the exhibits we came across a pendulum drawing machine (Harmonograph) that makes cool pictures.  We whipped out a few before moving onto the Bernouli Ball (I’ll have to get back to that as that’s something SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can do).  Here’s a picture just like the drawings we made now hanging on my refrigerator.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Simulation

19
December
2012

Photoview 360

Written by: Michael Sande, Elite Application Engineer

Photoview 360

One of the great new enhancements that we have seen with the release of SOLIDWORKS 2013 is the ability to utilize Luxology custom appearances for rendering within PhotoView 360.  SOLIDWORKS recently has updated the customer portal with the links you will need in order to access the Luxology appearance assets to start downloading and using these fantastic appearances for you SOLIDWORKS renders.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

12
December
2012

SOLIDWORKS PDM Hot Keys

Written by: Jennifer Bahnsen, PDM Application Engineer

SOLIDWORKS PDM Hot Keys
If you’re working in a folder in your PDM vault frequently, wouldn't it be handy to have a shortcut directly to the folder?   It’s almost as easy as creating a shortcut to any Windows folder but keep in mind you can’t browse to a vault folder during the shortcut creation so but below is and easy way to copy the path.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS PDM

18
November
2012

SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Green Means Go!

Written by: Michael Sande, Elite Application Engineer

SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Green Means Go!

When setting up a model in static simulations, I often run through the bolt/pin process to create connections that will transfer loads to joining bodies, defining the connection by selecting the appropriate geometry on the holes we are using for the pin/bolt and running the simulation.  But what happens when we want to analyze the actual connection itself to verify if the bolt/pin is going to withstand the stress generated by the model conditions?  How can we determine whether or not the designed geometry of the bolt, its material, grade and preload will pass or fail?  SOLIDWORKS has a very useful tool for defining a pin/bolt check plot to look at just this.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Simulation

08
November
2012

Tune Your SOLIDWORKS To Perform!

Written by: AJ Santiago, Application Engineer

Tune Your SOLIDWORKS To Perform!

We all know that from time to time we tax SOLIDWORKS for everything it has. Whether this is during a simulation, rendering, editing an assembly or working on a model, we demand a lot from software to get the calculation done and give us the visual results we need. This can be especially true if you are not using PDM which downloads the SOLIDWORKS file directly to  your machine when you check out.This would be the best way to gain a real performance advantage.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

11
October
2012

SOLIDWORKS Pierce vs. Coincident

Written by: Rachel Jones, Training Manager

SOLIDWORKS Pierce vs. Coincident

They are the same in that they are both sketch relationships, but that’s about as far as that goes.

SOLIDWORKS defines a Pierce Relation as a relation that makes a sketch point coincident to the location at which an axis, edge, line, or spline pierces the sketch plane.

Okay…so what does that mean?

Let’s take a look.

I’ve created a spline on my top plane and a circle on my front plane.  If I choose to make the circle and the spline coincident the center of the circle will move on the sketch plane to be coincident with the spline but not touch the spline.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

06
July
2012

SOLIDWORKS Composer Hot Keys

Written by: Tony Cavegn, Technical Manager

SOLIDWORKS Composer Hot Keys

Keyboard accelerators let you perform Composer commands more quickly than graphical commands.

To create and manage shortcuts, right-click the ribbon and click Customize Quick Access Toolbar. In the Customize dialog box, for Keyboard shortcuts, click Customize.

Note: Single-character shortcuts, such as H to hide an actor, are hardcoded in the application and are not displayed in the Customize dialog box.

Here are all the Default Shortcuts:

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Composer

06
October
2012

Attention All SOLIDWORKS PDM Admins!

Written by: Jennifer Bahnsen, PDM Application Engineer

Attention All SOLIDWORKS PDM Admins!

Test your PDM and Project Management knowledge with a new certification test developed by SOLIDWORKS.

Certified PDM Administrator

Categories: SOLIDWORKS News, SOLIDWORKS PDM

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