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Technical Interview of SOLIDWORKS Industrial Design Solution

Posted by Kevin Shayne on July 13, 2016 at 3:00 PM

It can be challenging learning about new products without spending all day trying to figure out how it works and what benefit you can derive from it. So, we decided to combine the best of a webinar, intro video, and demo all in a single interview.

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SOLIDWORKS Frisbee Flow Simulation

Posted by Michael Kalin on June 30, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Ever wondered why Frisbees are shaped the way they are?

After my previous summer games blog, I decided to try it in flow simulation. Not only would it satisfy the mystery of how Frisbees fly without wings, it would also be a great chance to try the new option in Flow Simulation for rotating bodies.

I downloaded a model from GrabCAD and then set it up using the rotation option, found under the real walls option.

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2017 SOLIDWORKS Beta program

Posted by Kevin Shayne on June 27, 2016 at 10:26 AM

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Beta program is here for all SOLIDWORKS subscription customers. So, if you've been itching to get a sneak peek on what's coming down the line in 2017, here's your chance. The nice thing about the program is that, unlike many other software applications and vendors, there's no big requirement or demand on your time. 

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Get More for Less with SOLIDWORKS Platinum and SOLIDWORKS Ultimate

Posted by Kevin Shayne on June 24, 2016 at 12:22 PM

CADD Edge recently introduced two new SOLIDWORKS bundles – Solidworks Platinum and Solidworks Ultimate. Most are familiar with SOLIDWORKS Premium, Professional, and Standard bundles and these two new packages extend the features and benefits to the next level. The Platinum and Ultimate bundles take a significant leap forward with the inclusion of SOLIDWORKS Simulation Profession and Premium (respectively).

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Mismatch version’s between the PDM Client and the Database when logging into the Admin tool or the Vault View

Posted by Simran Rekhi on June 7, 2016 at 1:47 PM

The reason for this error message is that your client version (your computer) is at a different version and service pack than the database version which is the SQL database through the SQL Server.

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Need to open a STP (step) file in SOLIDWORKS?

Posted by Wayne White on June 3, 2016 at 10:16 AM

How to share and open a .stp or STEP file in SOLIDWORKS is a relatively common question. Since there are many CAD systems out there being able to both save and open non-native SOLIDWORKS files is still very important. This requirement exists both within companies as well as between different organizations.

When it comes to file type to share it all depends on the scenario. Some considerations for the Parasolid, STEP, ACIS, or IGES format include:

  • Source CAD application that is creating the neutral file
  • Target CAD application
  • The intended use of the file
  • Type and complexity of the geometry
  • Boxy shapes versus splines, surfaces
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FeatureWorks startup message: SW database (Toolbox) is missing

Posted by Simran Rekhi on June 3, 2016 at 8:59 AM

Are you getting a FeatureWorks, “SOLIDWORKS database is missing. Complete functionality will not be available” error message on SolidWorks startup?

This is one of the more common Toolbox issues. Possible Causes include:

  1. The toolbox/hole wizard location that you are pointed to in system options may be unreachable, if the toolbox is located on a network shared location and you are working remotely. If you are working remotely you either need to login into your network through a VPN or change the toolbox location to a local path so that the toolbox/ hole wizard is accessible.
  2. Another cause of this issue could be that the current location of the toolbox/hole wizard is pointed to a folder that does not have the swbrowser.sldedb which is required because it stores the hole wizard and toolbox standard library parts.
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Conforming to Quality Control Standards with SOLIDWORKS Inspection

Posted by John Hall on May 17, 2016 at 11:40 AM

Most industries have established standards and regulations to ensure that all products are reported and inspected to rigorous quality standards. The automotive, aerospace, defense, medical device, and oil & gas industries all have their own set of strict quality regulations and requirements to ensure quality control and safety in end products. Most of the companies that work within these industries are required to create and track inspection reports such as AS9102 for the aerospace industry, or PPAP for the automotive industry. These are what is known as First Article Inspection Reports (FAIR), and typically correspond to ballooned drawings of the product being produced. Even if your company typically does not have to produce quality reports that conform to these standards, it’s usually a good idea to track incoming inspection and quality control measurements on some sort of report to ensure the information is properly reported.

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Is your “Get” Function Greyed out in PDM Pro/Standard?

Posted by Simran Rekhi on April 27, 2016 at 8:54 AM

Are you trying to access the ‘GET’ Function, when looking at the history of a file in your vault, and the function is greyed out?

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Classic Icons are back with the new SOLIDWORKS SP3 update

Posted by Sean Belleau on April 25, 2016 at 10:21 AM

SOLIDWORKS 2016 has so many new features. They have somewhere in the neighborhood of over 300 new enhancements that were mainly brought upon by user requests. Some of the new features did change the user interface and the colors of the icons from what we have grown to love.

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