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How to use SOLIDWORKS Surface Extrude without Pre-drawing a Sketch

Using the SOLIDWORKS Surface Extrude feature, we can extrude the boundary edges of a face of a solid body or edges of a surface body in a customized direction. When we run the Extruded Surface command, two things can happen: Either a sketch is active or preselected or no sketches exists. In case no sketches…
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How to remove Background Colour from SOLIDWORKS Screenshots

From time to time, we need to take SOLIDWORKS screenshots of our designs or simulation results and insert them into a Microsoft PowerPoint or Word document. However, if the background of our presentation or report file is not white, the rectangular boundary will show around the model. The same thing will happen if the background…
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Getting Started with the SOLIDWORKS Admin Portal

SOLIDWORKS Admin Portal
Take control of your SOLIDWORKS assets using the SOLIDWORKS Admin Portal The SOLIDWORKS Admin Portal is an online service and management interface, where individuals who administrate any size group of SOLIDWORKS licenses can manage an organizations SOLIDWORKS assets.  The main focus of the Admin Portal is the management and control over the assignment of standalone…
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Test out different Materials with SOLIDWORKS Simulation!

The extensive SOLIDWORKS Simulation materials library can be used for many things such as mass properties, simulation studies etc. These materials include accurate mechanical properties that come into effect when simulation studies are run. SOLIDWORKS Simulation materials include steel, iron, aluminum, copper, titanium, zinc, non-metals, and many more: Custom Materials In addition to the standard material…
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The SMART way to use SOLIDWORKS Toolbox

SOLIDWORKS Smart Fasteners
Do you find yourself designing hardware components from scratch? Or even downloading them from websites? You might think you’re saving time by downloading these files but what if I told you there is a better way! Included with SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium software is SOLIDWORKS Toolbox, a library of over a million standard hardware components,…
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SOLIDWORKS PDM Permission Assignments Tool

If you’ve had the honor of being named the local vault administrator then it’s extremely likely that someone has approached you regarding their SOLIDWORKS PDM Permission Assignments: “I need to be able to <Fill in the blank>, but I can’t.  <Random Name> can, but I’m not allowed.  Why is life so unfair?” Previously as a…
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SOLIDWORKS PDM Error: ‘Failed to extract add-in’

If you’ve recently upgraded to Windows 10 and you’ve received a SOLIDWORKS PDM error: ‘Failed to extract add-in…’ you’re not alone.  This can be caused by the SOLIDWORKS PDM add-in being built with .NET Framework 3.5 and Windows 10 only has .NET Framework 4.5 enabled by default. How to manually enable .NET Framework 3.5 Start > Programs…
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How to create a SOLIDWORKS PDM folder shortcut in Windows 10

A desktop folder shortcut is a useful tool to quickly navigate to a folder you’re frequenting in SOLIDWORKS PDM. How to create a folder shortcut to a vault folder in Windows 10 Navigate into the folder you’d like to create a shortcut to Select the entire folder path then; right-click > Copy Go back to your…
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Are you considering adding CFD analysis to your SOLIDWORKS design process?

CFD Analysis SOLIDWORKS
CFD (computational fluid dynamics) analysis allows designers to understand the effect of moving liquids and gasses on their designs. The CFD analysis SOLIDWORKS add-in is called SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, and is a general purpose flow analysis tool with a comprehensive range of capabilities. SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can quickly and easily simulate fluid flow, heat transfer,…
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Design for the Ages with SOLIDWORKS Simulation Fatigue Analysis

SOLIDWORKS Simulation makes it easy to compare the results of numerous studies
Whether it’s game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, or 20 years into your design’s 30 year operational life, fatigue is an ever present concern that must be addressed! Stress fatigue can cause catastrophic design failures with little to no warning, making its prevention a primary concern in cyclic loading applications. The Washington Capitals had…
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