Articles by: John Lee, CSWP

John Lee is a CSWP with over a decade of experience using SOLIDWORKS. He is inherently lazy in that he prefers to work smarter - not harder. Efficiency and speed are of primary concern when he is teaching users how to get things done in SOLIDWORKS . With a background in Mechanical Engineering, John has used SOLIDWORKS in various industries requiring design for injection molding, sheet metal, weldments and structural steel.

Problems with imported model? Import Diagnostics to the rescue!

Run import diagnostics

So you imported some model and it’s giving you grief.  Perhaps inexplicable behavior that cannot be resolved simply by restarting SOLIDWORKS.  We feel your pain! At the earliest opportunity, you want to run Import Diagnostics.  It’s a powerful tool that harness the miracle of computer-based modeling to heal bad faces/edges.  For more information, check out…

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Free Introductory SOLIDWORKS Self-Paced Tutorials

New to CAD (Computer-Aided Design)?  Enrolled in the SOLIDWORKS Essentials class?  Or, looking to take advantage of advanced functionality of SOLIDWORKS?  Either way, here is a great way to prepare for using SOLIDWORKS, and optimize your learning experience if you’re taking the Essentials class.  If you’ve used CAD before, then scroll down past this next…

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Gotta pattern something in SOLIDWORKS? Reduce your effort with a Sketch Driven Pattern!

A SOLIDWORKS Sketch Driven Pattern is a great way to control instance locations, but did you know you can use the same sketch for both the instances AND the feature?  You can!  To demonstrate, we’re going to dive into the universe of one of my all-time favorite sci-fi novels and movies, “2001: A Space Odyssey”:…

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“SOLIDWORKS is not responding!” But will it?

So you’re getting that message “SOLIDWORKS 20XX is not responding….” and are given the choice to either “Close the program” or “Wait for the program to respond”. Don’t close the program yet…  Hold your horses, Speed Racer!  🙂   Your best choice depends on what is actually going on in SOLIDWORKS.  It’s hard to know what exactly is…

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SOLIDWORKS Pattern Failing? Try the Geometry Pattern option!

SOLIDWORKS Geometry Pattern

What is this strange SOLIDWORKS Geometry Pattern checkbox?  More importantly, why is my pattern failing with no explanation given?  These two things might be related.  Try changing the state of the checkbox and see what happens!  Worst case, the pattern still fails.  But sometimes, the pattern succeeds, as if a magic wand had just been…

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SOLIDWORKS Crash Support Guides

SOLIDWORKS Crash Screen

SOLIDWORKS crashing a lot?  We feel your pain! Over the years, we have seen many things that cause SOLIDWORKS to crash repeatedly.  In an effort to get some useful tips out there, we present the following set of guides.  These SOLIDWORKS Crash Support Guides are not all-inclusive, as there is always more to learn. Part…

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SOLIDWORKS Crash Troubleshooting Guide (Part 3 of 3)

Part 3 of our SOLIDWORKS Crash Troubleshooting Guide offers steps relating to Windows and hardware. We recommend testing after each step to determine whether it resolved the problem before moving on to another step. Are there any Windows updates pending?  Sometimes implementing them solves the problem.  This can also be undone if needed…keep reading for how to…

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SOLIDWORKS Crash Troubleshooting Guide (Part 2 of 3)

Part 2 of my SOLIDWORKS Crash Troubleshooting Guide includes recommendations for graphics cards and utilizing SOLIDWORKS Rx. Catch up on part 1 of the guide. Ensure that your graphics driver is certified.  This does not mean the latest driver.  The latest driver is not necessarily the greatest!  You can prevent automatic updates of the driver…

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