Articles by: Chris Briand, CSWE

Chris has been educating and supporting Engineers, Designers and IT Personnel within the 3D CAD industry since 2002, and was adopted into the fantastic team of applications experts here at Javelin Technologies in early 2006.  Chris enjoys the continuous learning driven by the ingenuity and challenges Designers bring forward. Innovation using 3D Printing, 3D CAD and other technologies, combined with a diverse background as a technologist, allows Chris to find solutions that accelerate Designers, and take Design Teams to new heights. Chris is currently being held at an undisclosed location, near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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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Introducing SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing!

SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing

For those of you that have ever encountered SOLIDWORKS License Activation Errors in the past, or require the flexibility to run a single SOLIDWORKS License on multiple systems, we have some great news to share! A new online licensing model is available for use within SOLIDWORKS 2018! “SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing” allows you to tie one or multiple…

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Master Cut List Property Management while inserting Parts into Parts

A variety of techniques can be employed when building assemblies in SOLIDWORKS. In some cases the weldment module is used as the primary assembly environment, in other cases we see welded bodies being created as individual assembly components before they are placed together at the assembly level. In the end it often narrows down to…

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Use the ‘Exclude from Cut List’ option to manage SOLIDWORKS Modeled Welds

One of the most common practices we run across while discussing weldment functionality with clients is the use of ‘Modeled Welds’ which are additional Solid Bodies that exist in the weldment file to represent the physical mass where a weld would exist — generally in a shape that the fillet bead tool cannot be applied,…

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Five reasons to avoid ‘Redirected Folders’ if you use SOLIDWORKS

Redirected Folders seemed like a good idea at the time? If you are an IT administrator that is tasked with providing support to SOLIDWORKS users, one can often get caught up in the various conflicts that arise between SOLIDWORKS and it’s need for accessibility to the local system in order to function properly. This will…

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Practical Values for approximating “Zero Radius” bends in SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS Zero Radius Not Complex - Complex Bend

I am as sure as the words posted here that every sheet metal designer has been asked to fudge some values to represent a “SOLIDWORKS Zero Radius” bend or a “SOLIDWORKS Sharp Corner” at some point along the way. As it turns out there is a procedure for ensuring sharp corners in SOLIDWORKS, however it…

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Why is the SOLIDWORKS Automatic Solve Order option greyed out for my Equations?

SOLIDWORKS Automatic Solve order is Greyed out? If you have encountered any instances where the “Automatic Solve Order” for equations is disabled, it may be due to to a setting titled “Display potential circular references in equations:”   The options that govern the possibilities for circular references in equations may be found under Tools >…

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Changing the SOLIDWORKS “Open External Referenced Documents” dialog behavior

Every now and then, one of our fantastic support staff here at Javelin, run across a dialog that they have never seen before…. it’s a rare case to be sure. Especially rare if the features involved have been around forever and the dialog box itself has been available since the 2013 release of SOLIDWORKS.  That…

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