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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.

Hold on to your 3D motion controllers folks…they just became a whole lot more useful!

Like many folks, I’ve had a 3D motion controller sitting on or near my desk for years now.  One of the things that frustrated me with motion controllers in general, and specifically the motion controllers manufactured by 3DConnexion, was that their usage was limited to…

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Is your Antivirus application affecting your your SOLIDWORKS installation?

Windows Services

This post is regarding one of those topics that I repeat daily when speaking with our customers: temporarily disabling any Windows and SOLIDWORKS Antivirus or Anti-spyware applications that may be protecting your system. Before any corporate IT personnel read this and start feeling faint, allow…

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Are Bulk Selections costing you valuable time?….. Try Power Select!

  Have you every had to fight your way through a model performing several CTRL+Select operations as you are attempting to apply an appearance to a few faces or a specific type of face in your model. It is a question we run into every…

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Trouble Activating DraftSight? – Here is some info to help you along…

As a follow-up to Scott’s great article: What to do if your DraftSight installation has expired — I thought I should highlight another great resource PDF that the DraftSight Team had posted to help with activating DraftSight. March 2017 UPDATE: A new Critical Hotfix is now…

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Does SolidWorks Use Multi-Threading…..Yes!

One of the most common questions we receive is in regard to how SolidWorks uses processors that support Multi-Threading and if Multi-Threading should be enabled via a computers BIOS or not. In addition to the well known advantages with Simulation and Rendering, other operations within SolidWorks that can take advantage of Multi-Threading include: File Open File Save File Conversion Boolean Silhouettes Line generation Mass properties Body check User Interface Activities (dialog box interaction, redraw, etc…) The Swbgproc.exe process which silently updates HLR drawing views to High quality from draft. In prior releases with older P4 class machines it was suggested that Hyper-threading be disabled in the BIOS to streamline performance. With modern “Nahalem” processors (Core i3, i5 & i7) this additional step is not required….

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How to create a SOLIDWORKS rolled component that can be flattened

A recent customer query had us considering a number of different methods to create a roll of material. After a number of attempts using various methods, the following suggestion was to create a SOLIDWORKS rolled component using the sheet metal functionality, this technique came from technical sales manager…

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