Javelin / TriMech Author

John Lee, CSWE

John Lee is inherently lazy in that he prefers to work smarter - not harder. A CSWE with fifteen years of experience using SOLIDWORKS and a background in mechanical design, John has used SOLIDWORKS in various industries requiring design for injection molding, sheet metal, weldments and structural steel.

Managing Annotation Visibility in SOLIDWORKS Drawings

SOLIDWORKS Drawings

In our earlier article, we demonstrate how to hide and show dimensions: How to Hide SOLIDWORKS Drawing Dimensions and make them reappear (javelin-tech.com) Building upon that functionality, we now introduce a few new skills to help with managing annotation visibility: How to quickly identify where…

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SOLIDWORKS Part Feature Tree (and other data) Salvage!

SOLIDWORKS Part Feature Tree

Discover creative ways to salvage your work by transplanting the SOLIDWORKS Part feature tree, custom properties, and configuration data into a new part file! 

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How to salvage data from a SOLIDWORKS File Corruption

SOLIDWORKS file corruption

This article will help you learn troubleshooting tips to help you salvage your data from SOLIDWORKS file corruption.

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Download SOLIDWORKS Weldment Profiles

download solidworks weldment profiles

When you have a new installation of SOLIDWORKS on your system you may notice that there are very few Profiles available in Weldments when you select a Structural Member. The reason that SOLIDWORKS have not included all the standards and profiles in the standard installation…

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Are you experiencing DPI Scaling issues within SOLIDWORKS?

Are you seeing double or triple within your SOLIDWORKS display?  Or, is the feature tree too magnified or shrunken?  If the images below look familiar, and you are seeing this on a regular basis with your  graphics area, then you may be a victim of…

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SOLIDWORKS Enhancement Requests allow you to tell DS what you want in your software

SOLIDWORKS Enhancement request

In this article we explain how to submit a SOLIDWORKS Enhancement Request. Every SOLIDWORKS user at one time or another has likely found themselves working with the software and caught themselves thinking, “it would be great if it could do this”, or, “it would be…

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How to confirm your DraftSight Enterprise serial number

Draftsight enterprise serial number

At times when troubleshooting your DraftSight Enterprise installation with your reseller, you may be asked to confirm which DraftSight serial number and product you have. DraftSight Standard, Professional, and Premium use a standalone serial number (with a 0 in the third digit place), but DraftSight…

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Outside Dimensions for non-90° Sheet Metal bends in SOLIDWORKS

outside dimensions of 90 degree bend

When detailing a bent/formed sheet metal drawing, and generating a flat pattern, it is important to confirm that the flat pattern size is accurate.  A practical way to do that is to use the Bend Deduction formula which relies on OD’s (Outside Dimensions) which can…

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How to Fix a Corrupt SOLIDWORKS Drawing

Corrupt SOLIDWORKS Drawing

Oh no, you have a corrupt SOLIDWORKS drawing! It either won’t open properly, won’t save, throws a corruption message, suggests a repair or contacting technical support, etc.  What steps can you try to fix it before calling in the cavalry? This article serves as a…

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How do I find my SOLIDWORKS Serial Number, Version, and Service Pack information?

SOLIDWORKS Serial Number

What is my SOLIDWORKS serial number? Which SOLIDWORKS version and service pack am I currently running? You may have asked yourself these questions, or needed to know the answer in order to receive technical support or run an upgrade. This blog post will show you how to find the SOLIDWORKS system information for your current installation. NOTE:…

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SOLIDWORKS Pattern Slow or Failing? Try the Geometry Pattern option!

SOLIDWORKS Geometry Pattern

Is your SOLIDWORKS pattern slow to rebuild, or worse: just failing outright, with no explanation given?  If so, then keep reading, as we introduce the Geometry Pattern checkbox! On tech support we have seen a few odd situations where the pattern fails without Geometry pattern…

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Minimize SOLIDWORKS Drawing save time when working with Shaded With Edges display style

Starting in SOLIDWORKS 2020 is the ability to open drawings in Detailing Mode (File > Open > select the drawing > Mode > Detailing > Open) for high performance when loading and saving, without loading model data. However, when loading in Resolved mode with views…

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Managing formed feature information in SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal, the easy way!

SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Formed Feature

When manufacturing sheet metal parts from a SOLIDWORKS model and drawing, how can we ensure that raised features (also commonly referred to as formed features) will protrude from the correct side/face of the part? This article guides you through how to control and communicate, in…

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How to transfer your DraftSight Custom Settings between versions or computers

A common DraftSight question we receive is how to transfer custom DraftSight settings between installations? This situation might crop up when upgrading versions, switching between computers, or cleanly uninstalling and reinstalling DraftSight. Standard procedure is found by searching for “Migrating Preferences” in the DraftSight help. …

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Why you should use Restart (instead of Shut down) with SOLIDWORKS

When troubleshooting unwanted behavior on a computer, especially when running SOLIDWORKS, there are a couple of simple steps worth trying early in the process.  Restart SOLIDWORKS, and if that didn’t resolve it then restart/reboot the computer. But beware… “restart” may no longer mean what you…

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