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Evaluate and Improve SOLIDWORKS Performance

3d image of a grey part with two holes and a cylinder on top

Are you falling victim to long rebuild times in SOLIDWORKS? If it feels like it is taking too long to open specific part or assembly files, there might be a way to reduce that load time! Using the Evaluate Performance tool within SOLIDWORKS you can identify and attack the sources of these long load times…

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Thursday, December 1, 2022Online10:00 AM ET

2023 is the year to Upgrade your Dell Hardware and SOLIDWORKS Software for Maximum Productivity

Dell hardware

Join Alin Vargatu – Large Assembly Wizard at TriMech, Scott Hamilton – Global Industry Strategist at DELL and Don Breda – Senior Alliance Manager at NVIDIA on Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 10AM ET to witness how assemblies are opening four times faster after performing a “routine upgrade” of Dell hardware and SOLIDWORKS software. Like all users…

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SOLIDWORKS Model Items Tech Tip

Model items

Because I spent over a decade of my life as a drafter, dimensioning schemes are one of my favorite topics. When I am discussing how to create drawing, it’s always a little surprising to me how many people don’t know the difference between model items and smart dimensions. So, let’s take a look at SOLIDWORKS…

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Tech Tip: SOLIDWORKS Stud Wizard

Stud wizard details

Most engineers have a Machinery handbook sitting on their desk, or a familiar poster with dimensions along with drill size callouts hanging on their walls. They’re necessary when designing to make sure the parts we make can be put together; our parts and gadgets with fasteners we can purchase from our favorite vendors. One of…

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Different Mates Constraints Inside 3DEXPERIENCE xDesign

mate constraints 3d drawing of grey box and grey cylinder

When creating mates between parts inside of an assembly in 3DEXPERIENCE xDesign, there are different types of constraints that form. When mates are created, these can be found underneath the Design Manager’s Mates tab. I am here to help you understand the different types of constraints and what they mean. Understanding these symbols and constraints…

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SOLIDWORKS Certification Testing Tips

SOLIDWORKS certification tests are a timed way to test people’s software aptitude. If you have never previously taken a certification test, they will typically have a part to model, then ask you a multiple-choice question about that part (typically mass related). After the initial multiple-choice question there are typically open answer questions that have you…

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Which Version of SOLIDWORKS Should I Buy?

Version of SOLIDWORKS

Deciding which version of SOLIDWORKS is the best option for you is one of the most popular questions we get. Each version provides a variety of tools that you’ll benefit from! SOLIDWORKS Standard Standard is the first stepping stone of SOLIDWORKS if you are just beginning to learn the fundamentals of CAD or if you’re…

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How to transfer your SOLIDWORKS Simulation Study to SIMULIA

"Create Structural Simulation" button in MySession

Ever thought of moving your SOLIDWORKS Simulation study to the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform for faster processing and better results? This article is a good start for you… How does transferring your study work? The 3DEXPERIENCE connector (Aka. MySession) on SOLIDWORKS allows you to communicate directly with the platform, and therefore offer you a wide variety of…

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Are there admin images on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform?

Compass install on 3DEXPERIENCE

Amongst other great things, the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform has the added benefit of reducing the amount of IT overhead required to introduce, administer, and maintain all the powerful tools a user may need for their typical day-to-day. While some smaller companies may be less strict about formal policies, almost every company likes to have something in…

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How to Store and Access SOLIDWORKS Templates through 3DEXPERIENCE

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Creating a new Part, Assembly, or Drawing file in SOLIDWORKS always starts with a template. Template files specify necessary document properties like draft standards, font and dimension styles, and title blocks/borders in drawings. To maintain uniformity across your design team, SOLIDWORKS users should have access to a common set of templates. When SOLIDWORKS is connected…

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