Articles & Tech Tips

Articles, Tech tips, Tutorials, and advice for 3D software and 3D printing

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.…

Read More...

Stabilize SOLIDWORKS Simulation Studies with Soft Spring and Inertial Relief

SOLIDWORKS Simulation offers two techniques for stabilizing self-equilibrated models: Soft Springs or Inertial Relief. In a self-equiblibrated model, all of the applied loads are inherently balanced which means that we don’t expect the model to be unstable in any direction (or move away in any direction). For example, in the picture below, the model is…

Read More...

Why you should run Interference Detection before a SOLIDWORKS Simulation Study

SOLIDWORKS interference

Before running any SOLIDWORKS simulation study, you need to make sure there is no interference between different components of a multibody part or an assembly. This can be done using the SOLIDWORKS interference detection tool available under Evaluate > Interference Detection. If any volumetric interference is found within the model, it needs to be fixed…

Read More...

SOLIDWORKS Save, Backup, and Auto-recover Options

Have you ever lost work simply because you forgot to save your changes? Have you ever changed your design and couldn’t redo the changes to a previous model, so you had to start over? Then let me show you how to guarantee you are keeping your designs safe by setting up SOLIDWORKS save, backup and…

Read More...

Add feature tree items to a SOLIDWORKS favorites folder for quick access!

SOLIDWORKS Favorites Folder

Want quick access to a feature, sketch or mate without having to scroll or search the SOLIDWORKS feature tree every time? Simply right-click the item from your feature tree and select Add to Favorites. Note: Ensure you have the option to show the favorites folder from Tools > Options > FeatureManager. This creates a SOLIDWORKS Favorites Folder listed at…

Read More...

Just purchased NEW SOLIDWORKS licenses? Don’t forget to Reactivate your License Manager

If you have purchased additional SOLIDWORKS licenses to float on your existing network and received a notice from our office indicating they’ve been processed, then you have ONE CRUCIAL STEP left to perform before your users will be able to utilize these new licenses – REACTIVATE YOUR LICENSE MANAGER. While this only takes a couple of…

Read More...

Why are Blue Folders being displayed in SOLIDWORKS PDM?

Are you seeing SOLIDWORKS PDM blue folders in your vault view, instead of the standard green colour? If so, this simply means you are working offline and not connected live to the vault server. This happens when you click the Work Offline button on the vault login screen, or attempt to login when you are disconnected…

Read More...

SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Database Wrong Version!

SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Database Wrong Version

If SOLIDWORKS is updated to a later service pack, you may find that SOLIDWORKS Toolbox fails with a message stating that the Toolbox database is “…not the expected version”, thereby preventing it’s use.  The common cause of this is when upgrading to a newer version of SOLIDWORKS, the right Toolbox location is not “pointed to”…

Read More...

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2019 Installation Guide

There are two methods that can be used to install the SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional components. One is the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager, the other is the purpose-built installer, located in the SWPDMServer sub-folder, of the installation file-set. In this article, we will look at the using the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager. We have also created an Installation…

Read More...

Subscribe for Daily Tech Tips

Get Tech Tips delivered daily to your inbox, unsubscribe at any time.

Want to learn SOLIDWORKS?

Take a training course from our team of Certified SOLIDWORKS Experts