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How SOLIDWORKS Integrated Design and Manufacturing will lower your costs

SOLIDWORKS Integrated Design

Taking an integrated approach to get your products from design to manufacturing is one of the simplest ways you can accelerate the product development process. In today’s competitive market with the need to produce products faster, with higher, more predictable quality and at lower costs, companies are looking to streamline their workflows. Providing all the tools…

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How to change the SOLIDWORKS Drawing background appearance

SOLIDWORKS Drawing Background

While model-based definition (MBD) is gaining momentum in industry, many companies currently rely on drawings, which brings us to this article.  Are you staring at SOLIDWORKS drawings a lot?  Ever wanted to spruce up those drawings for a bit of realism in the sheet’s appearance in your SOLIDWORKS session?  As if it were printed on…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Toolbox Integration

The recommended SOLIDWORKS PDM Toolbox Integration is to add a Windows registry option to automatically force caching of the latest version of SOLIDWORKS Toolbox references on open when Toolbox is managed in SOLIDWORKS PDM. This override ensures that the latest version of a Toolbox reference is cached to avoid Toolbox having to create missing sizes…

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How to link SOLIDWORKS Drawing Sheet details to a PDM Data Card

Sheet Details Mapping - Complete

In SOLIDWORKS PDM we can map SOLIDWORKS Drawing Sheet details directly to a Data Card, making the information easily accessible to users.  In this article we’re going to look at how to create that relationship within the vault. How to map the SOLIDWORKS Drawing Sheet to a Data Card In this example, we’re going to…

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How to add SOLIDWORKS PDM Toolbar Buttons to Windows Explorer

In the SOLIDWORKS PDM vault view, toolbar buttons can be added for users and groups to give quick access to various commands. In Administration tool > Expand Users > Right-click the user and select Settings Select the Toolbar tab > Add the button from the list of ‘Available toolbar buttons’ to ‘Current Toolbar buttons’ list…

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How to make SOLIDWORKS PDM custom columns retain their order in Windows Explorer

SOLIDWORKS PDM Custom Columns in Windows Explorer

If you’re using custom columns for Windows Explorer within SOLIDWORKS PDM you may have run into an issue with them not retaining their order while navigating the vault or after a reboot.  This issue can be caused by a mismatch in the registry of the client machine, which we can correct with a few edits. WARNING: Caution…

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Creating a BOM with Part & Assembly Actors in SOLIDWORKS Composer

When working in SOLIDWORKS Composer, there might be a situation were the information that is being expressed in the Bill of Materials (BOM) come from both the part & assembly level. In the article ‘How to create an Assembly Level BOM‘, we learned how to get BOM items at the assembly level. Lets take that…

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SOLIDWORKS Explorer & SOLIDWORKS PDM Web Client End of Life

SOLIDWORKS Explorer

Two long standing SOLIDWORKS products are about to take a well-earned retirement: SOLIDWORKS Explorer and the SOLIDWORKS PDM Web Client will be considered “End Of Life” as of SOLIDWORKS 2019 SP5, scheduled for November 2019. SOLIDWORKS 2020 will not include either of these products. Below is the extract from the Release Notes. There will be…

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What does the Preserve Relative Paths option do in the SOLIDWORKS PDM Move Tree tool?

If you’ve had a chance to take one of our Using SOLIDWORKS PDM classes, it’s likely you’ve heard me rave about the Copy or Move Tree Tool.  In a recent class, I was asked to clarify what the SOLIDWORKS PDM Move Tree Preserve relative paths checkbox does… What does “Preserve Relative Paths” do? This option…

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How to Use Symmetry in SOLIDWORKS Simulation to Reduce the number of Fixtures?

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Symmetry

Did you know you can use symmetry in SOLIDWORKS Simulation to reduce the number of fixtures required to stabilize your model? Using symmetry in simulation will not only simplify your model (and therefore drastically improve run time), but it eliminates the need to apply additional fixtures and this will result in even more accurate results.…

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