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How to create a new SOLIDWORKS PCB template

SOLIDWORKS PCB template

If your company uses standard PCB sizes and configurations repeatedly for their designs and projects, it may be very beneficial to create templates for those projects to eliminate unnecessary repetitive work, save time, and maintain consistency in the structure of all projects. To create a new SOLIDWORKS PCB template: Create a new SOLIDWORKS PCB project…

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How to import Product Manufacturing information (PMI) into SOLIDWORKS Composer

SOLIDWORKS Composer can directly import Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) data from SOLIDWORKS models. PMI conveys attributes that are necessary for manufacturing a product component. The attributes include geometric dimensions and tolerances (GD&T), datums, dimensions, Special symbols such as diameters and degrees and surface finishes. To import PMI data into SOLIDWORKS Composer: When SOLIDWORKS parts and assemblies…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Warning: ‘The file format of file is not recognized’

When checking in files that contain configurations, a SOLIDWORKS PDM user may receive a message ‘The file format of file is not recognized. Do you want to check it in anyway?’ This may result from the configuration name exceeding 255 characters, which is the maximum allowed in a SOLIDWORKS PDM database. The file can be…

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 Recent Documents dialog box improvements

SOLIDWORKS 2019 Recent Documents dialog box improvements

SOLIDWORKS 2019 introduces some great new capabilities that not only improve the user experience, but also increase your daily productivity with new SOLIDWORKS 2019 Recent Documents functionality: The SOLIDWORKS 2019 Welcome page now lists up to 100 of your recently opened documents. Each document is displayed with its own preview, and the new “quick filter” can…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Set Description Character Limit

Some ERP systems limit the description of a part to maximum of 30 characters. This can be controlled for SOLIDWORKS parts when using SOLIDWORKS PDM. In SOLIDWORKS PDM, you can set the character limit of the Description field. By default this setting is disabled, to enable it; In the SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration Tool, open the…

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“SOLIDWORKS is not responding!” But will it?

So you’re getting that message “SOLIDWORKS 20XX is not responding….” and are given the choice to either “Close the program” or “Wait for the program to respond”. Don’t close the program yet…  Hold your horses, Speed Racer!  🙂   Your best choice depends on what is actually going on in SOLIDWORKS.  It’s hard to know what exactly is…

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How to embed SOLIDWORKS Composer files into Microsoft Word

SOLIDWORKS Composer data can be published into various external tools such as a PDF, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and HTML. Sometimes when you want to show your content to other users who do not have Composer or the Composer Player installed on their machines, publishing it in a PDF or MS Word document is the…

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SOLIDWORKS Pattern Failing? Try the Geometry Pattern option!

SOLIDWORKS Geometry Pattern

What is this strange SOLIDWORKS Geometry Pattern checkbox?  More importantly, why is my pattern failing with no explanation given?  These two things might be related.  Try changing the state of the checkbox and see what happens!  Worst case, the pattern still fails.  But sometimes, the pattern succeeds, as if a magic wand had just been…

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How to publish SOLIDWORKS Composer content in a PDF document

SOLIDWORKS Composer content can be published in a PDF document in three different formats: Universal 3D: This format displays as 3D data. SMG: displays an SMG file in an embedded SOLIDWORKS Composer player. Preview image: displays as a 2D image. In this blog article I will talk about the steps of how to embed composer…

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How to Switch the installation of a SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Client to Standard

Switch SOLIDWORKS PDM Client Installation

Part of the SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard Client installation is to select the SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard Client. But you can continue the installation selecting the SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Client instead. In this post we will cover how to switch SOLIDWORKS PDM Client Installation from a Professional Client to a Standard Client. If you selected the wrong SOLIDWORKS PDM…

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