When SolidWorks is updated to the latest release, the Workgroup PDM Vault must also be updated. The following outlines how this can be done. Read More »
What I am showing is not technically a crash, but to users of SolidWorks the result is the same.
GDI objects are used to draw window elements that are not in the graphics area in SolidWorks. For maximum performance the Graphics area takes advantage of OpenGL which gives more direct access to the video processing hardware. GDI objects are used for the chrome of the graphics area, so every time a new document is opened the number of GDI objects used by SolidWorks will increase. Prior so SolidWorks 2011 SP4 if a part was open in an assembly and its own window when that window was closed it would not release those GDI objects. The default behaviour now is to release those handles, however not all of them are released.
What does all this have to do with SolidWorks crashing? Windows has a default limit that a single process can only access 10,000 GDI objects. Since SolidWorks does not release all objects when a document is closed that number it uses continuously increases with each new document opened.
Can this be used to predict when SolidWorks will crash?
The task of choosing a favorite to nominate for the SolidWorks World 2014 TenLinks Best in Show Award is not an easy one. Every product showcased in the Partner Pavilion is unique and provides huge benefits to the users in the SolidWorks ecosystem. It is also very hard to use objective criteria, since these products cover so many different areas.
In the end I decided to focus on only two criteria:
- a Partner that shows a product, sample or demonstration that would impress me the most
- a product that is new and fulfils a very important need in the existing user base
Without further ado, these are my two nominations:
Most impressive Product: CGS North America for the incredible 0.004″ needles machined from hard steel
Please watch this short video to understand my reasons for nominating CGS:
My nomination for the Best New Product which will provide the maximum productivity boost to existing SolidWorks Users: ExactFlat
Watch this video to understand how this niche product has the potential to reduce a 2 weeks job to only 4 hours:
Once I have a chance to filter through my notes, pictures and videos I will add more details.
In E3 Wireworks, sometimes you might have the need to move the off-page reference text to adjust for spacing in your drawing.
While using the default off-page reference symbols available this is not possible. Here is a solution for such a requirement and the steps are listed below:
1) Open up your E3 Database Editor
2) Create a new Source or Destination reference symbol from an existing symbol (check the Misc tab of the database for these type of symbols)
This will be a very short post, mostly because I am extremely tired after a very long day.
The highlight of the day was taking the first glance at the new SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual. I did not see much, but the first impressions are positive.
It seems to do what the name implies, which is creating conceptual models with ease. It has been built around 4 pillars:
My favorite is the instinctive aspect of it. Let’s say you have an idea in your head and you bring it to life in a 3D model. When you start working on the concept, you do not have (and do not want) to waste time trying to think ahead about subassembly distribution or even component separation. If I understood correctly, in SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual there are no separate environments for assemblies, parts or features. You have full flexibility to define and redefine what is a subassembly, what is a part or even what is just a body. Those of you who are using the layout mode in the assembly environment in the traditional SolidWorks might find some aspects of this workflow familiar, but rest assured, there is much more power and versatility in the new product.
The other thing I like a lot about this product is the lack of toolbars. The interface is extremely clean and seems to read your mind. It knows what you need to do, 2 steps before you do it.
I was a bit skeptical about the social aspect of it in the beginning, because as a designer I am mostly focused on creating geometry, not on chatting on Facebook-like networks. After seeing the demonstration in the General Session, I was amazed of how easy it was to communicate and, ultimately, to collaborate securely with different people (other members of your own team, suppliers or customers).
I am looking forward to learning more about this product and trying it live. It will become available for sale on April 2nd, 2014.
The next new product that SolidWorks has in the pipeline is the SolidWorks Industrial Conceptual. It seems to combine the hand-drawn sketches with Sub-D Surfacing, offering complete freedom to any industrial designer during the concept phase. I am really curious to find out how they solved the problem of creating sharp edges in this program, which is the Achilles heel of any Sub-D software, but we will have to wait for more information to become available.
You can read more about this new product in this blog post.
After the General Session, Irfan and I delivered the “How to Teach SolidWorks” presentation to an audience of teachers and instructors at high school, college, university or VAR level. The presentation was focused on the similarities between the real life and the SolidWorks Universe that would help a new user to reach the moment when he or she would exclaim:
Aha. I got it! Now I understand SolidWorks!
. The main analogies we proposed are:
- The Supreme Commander
- The “Drill Sergeant”
- The “Beast Tamer”
- The “Super Hero”
- The “Manufacturing Concept”
- The “IKEA Customer”
The “Mass Replicator” versus “Manual Work”
The “Child’s Mindset”
The “Fabric of the Universe”
If I made you curious about these concepts, just send us your email address and we can send you the presentation. The best compliment came from Colin Evans from Solid Applications in UK:
Thanks mate. This was brilliant!
In the afternoon I delivered my second presentation of the day, trying to prove how you can save time or even “save the day” using Boolean Operations in SolidWorks. I was extremely pleased with the feedback from the attendees, especially in regards to the capabilities of the Intersect tool.
I spent the first part of the evening in the Partner’s Pavilion in the search of candidates to nominate for the Best of Show SolidWorks World 2014 Award.
The day was not over until I visited the Petco Park during the CSWE event. Many thanks again to the SolidWorks Certification team for organizing another great get-together for all the SolidWorks Experts attending SolidWorks World.
Tomorrow Irfan and I will deliver a hands on lab on Custom Properties. More exactly, what is the fastest way to add custom properties to all components of an assembly, regardless of how many sub-assembly levels are in it. We will provide manuals for all attendees.
Let me finish by congratulating Jeff, Jordan, Bill and the other friends from 3DVision for getting the SWUGN Reseller of the Year Award! Great job, guys!
Talk to you tomorrow. Good night from San Diego.
With SolidWorks World 2014 going on this week, a few products seem to catch the eyes of the community.
One of our favorites, SolidWorks Electrical has caught attention of the users.
This is not surprising considering it’s seamless integration with SolidWorks, automated reports, unified BOMs and all this can be managed at an Enterprise level in EPDM.
While most of the SolidWorks community indulges in the warm San Diego, California watching the next big thing, sit back and satisfy your product curiosity from the videos below:
SolidWorks Electrical 3D:- Click here to watch
Stay tuned for more from SolidWorks Electrical and SolidWorks World 2014.
The Sunday before the official start of the SolidWorks World was actually a very busy day. The registration booths opened at 7 am and people were already lining up to get their badges, agendas, back packs and T-Shirts.
Most of the users attended the CAD Managers’ Boot Camp for exploring a wide range of topics and issues, enabling them to effectively deploy and manage SolidWorks in order to reduce the total cost of ownership and maximize their company’s investment in the software. A lot of people took advantage of the complimentary SolidWorks Certification Exams also.
In my case, I was involved in workshops dedicated to delivering quality SolidWorks Training. One of the best news I can share with you is the availability of the new training manuals in the electronic format. When you come to our training class next time, you will get both the physical book and the option to load it on your tablet or your computer.
The Partner Pavilion opened in the afternoon. Even though I spent 3 hours visiting various booths, I barely covered one third of them all! The explanation is simple: the products are extremely interesting and the exhibitors are very well prepared and eager to demonstrate the capabilities of their products. I was really impressed with the 3D Printed skis from the Stratasys’ booth.
I also had the chance to see the new Objet500 Connex3 Colour Multi-Material 3D Printer in action. The Objet500 Connex3 is the only 3D Printer that enables colour 3D printing with virtually unlimited combinations of rigid, flexible, and transparent materials as well as digital materials – in a single print run.
In the evening I went to the SolidWorks World Tweet-up along with fellow SolidWorks Expert Irfan Zardadkhan, and Javelin owners John Carlan and Ted Lee. The great thing about this mini-event is the chance to meet the Who’s Who of the SolidWorks Community. I had the pleasure to meet Anna Wood again (SolidMuse), Deepak Gupta (the most active member of the SolidWorks forums and owner of the Boxer’s CAD-CAM blog), my good friend Lars Christensen (owner of cadcamstuff.com), Richard Doyle (the User Group guy), Bertrand Sicot (CSWP and CEO of SolidWorks) and Roopinder Tara (TenLinks).
This year Roopinder and TenLinks started a Top Ten SolidWorks Blogger Award to recognize the valuable contribution of the blogger community.
I am extremely happy to report that the Javelin Blog Authors won 8 out of the 10 awards on the VAR’s section: Irfan, Adam, Andrew, Chris, Jim, Joe, Scott and I. Thanks to all the readers of the Javelin blog who voted for our articles!
Tomorrow, the show really starts. After the General Session, Irfan and I will deliver our first presentation, followed by a second one in the afternoon. Wish us luck.
More news, tomorrow evening. Good night for now!
SolidWorks World 2014 starts in two days in San Diego and the Javelin Blog intends to keep you up to date with all the events that our team members will participate in.
In my case, I will start this series of articles tonight, with a short review of what I have done in order to prepare for the conference.
If some people believe that traveling to such a show is just about having fun and partying, I can tell you that in our case it involves a lot of work. For example, this year, Javelin AEs will establish a record by delivering 5 presentations in 3 days. In case you are interested what is the recipe for preparing SolidWorks_World_grade presentations, I suggest following these steps:
Categories are useful when you have conditions which are shared by multiple workflows. For instance there may be a Filepath condition, which is common to two or more workflows. Instead of defining this condition in each workflow, we can instead define this condition in a category
and then reference the category in multiple workflows.
If categories are used, care must be taken not to create a conflict between category and workflow conditions. A good practice is to only use category conditions in the workflows, all other conditions are then specified in the category. If only one workflow is used, it may be best to avoid the use of categories, as there is very little benefit in using categories in this scenario.
In this video I will show you how to apply the new Fonts we have in SolidWorks 2014 so that we can output single line geometry for laser engraving, water jet, and for Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining. This long-time requested feature for an open, single line font has been fulfilled.
The font that you will need to select within your sketched text is “OLFSimpleSansOC”.