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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.

Keyboard Shortcuts (hotkeys) in SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS Hotkeys

Are you using the same function so often in SOLIDWORKS that you wish you could make it happen faster and more easily?  Well, you can!  SOLIDWORKS Keyboard shortcuts (also known as hotkeys) are just one of several productivity tips available to you, and can be…

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Degraded SOLIDWORKS assembly performance? Locate and remove unnecessary fastener detail!

Sometimes, after the assembly has undergone considerable development, its performance is not so great anymore.  For example zooming, rotating, and panning can become maddeningly sluggish.  File size may become excessive.  Long rebuild times may cause loss of productivity.  Fortunately, there are ways to diagnose and…

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Put an end to shooting wrist pain while mousing at your computer

Repetitive strain injury

Repetitive strain injury seems to happen to some of us, notably CAD users who just want to go faster and faster to get more done in less time.  There’s so much mousing…somehow our mousing hand and arm seem to suffer from trying to work too…

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Source supplier parts or get your SOLIDWORKS design manufactured with 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace!

3DEXERIENCE Marketplace

Wondering where to get supplier models for your SOLIDWORKS design, or how to find a company to manufacture your design?  You can do both, right from within your SOLIDWORKS session! First a bit of background.  For many years, a vast source for parts has been…

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How to change the SOLIDWORKS Drawing background appearance

SOLIDWORKS Drawing Background

While model-based definition (MBD) is gaining momentum in industry, many companies currently rely on drawings, which brings us to this article.  Are you staring at SOLIDWORKS drawings a lot?  Ever wanted to spruce up those drawings for a bit of realism in the sheet’s appearance…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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SOLIDWORKS Crash Troubleshooting Guide (Part 2 of 3)

Part 2 of our SOLIDWORKS Crash Troubleshooting Guide includes recommendations for graphics cards and utilizing SOLIDWORKS Rx. Catch up on part 1 of the guide. Try a SOLIDWORKS Rx Reliability Report and Reboot Check. Try running SOLIDWORKS in the two different RX safe modes to…

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SOLIDWORKS Crash Troubleshooting Guide (Part 1 of 3)

SOLIDWORKS Crash Screen

Experiencing a repeated SOLIDWORKS Crash? This is the first in our series of crash troubleshooting guides.  Here are some recommended steps to troubleshoot the problem: If in addition to crashing you are also getting warnings about low system resources from SOLIDWORKS Resource Monitor, then review this…

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SOLIDWORKS System Problem? Try creating a new Windows User Account

New Windows User Account

You are likely reading this blog article because of inexplicable problems with SOLIDWORKS performance or stability.  Nothing else you have tried has helped, such as you found on the Javelin blog, or trying a SOLIDWORKS registry reset.  You may even notice degraded performance in other…

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Perfectly Symmetric SOLIDWORKS Linear Pattern!

Symmetric SOLIDWORKS Linear Pattern

Ever wanted to create that perfect symmetric SOLIDWORKS Linear Pattern which: Is symmetric about the midplane of the part Is driven by number of instances, regardless of spacing.  Let SOLIDWORKS do the math! Does not require sketch edits when changing between odd and even number…

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