Articles by: Mehdi Rezaei, CSWE

Mehdi is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert (CSWE) and works near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Flag Notes in SOLIDWORKS Drawings

Recently we have received a lot of questions on how to create and use a SOLIDWORKS Flag Note. In this blog article, some of the settings of flag notes are demonstrated in hopes that it will answer the frequently asked questions. What is a SOLIDWORKS…

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How to group component instances to condense the assembly tree size in SOLIDWORKS 2017

The Assembly tree for a large assembly file can turn into a very long list of components. In most cases many of the components are repeated such as bolts, nuts, washers, fittings, etc. Making folders and collecting the repeated components was the best technique to organize the components so…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Assembly Visualization Sort Assembly Components by Open Time

A new capability to sort SOLIDWORKS components in the assembly tree by the time it takes to open the component file has been added to SOLIDWORKS 2017. The file size of a SOLIDWORKS part file may not be considered very important unless many of them are inserted in a…

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SOLIDWORKS Sweep Profile Selection Enhanced to include Faces, Edges, & Curves

Sweep Enhancement in SOLIDWORKS 2017

The SOLIDWORKS Sweep feature has been improving over the years; unlike Extrude the Sweep feature requires at least two sketches to be selected, namely the Profile and Path. In the past, from customer requests, DS SOLIDWORKS added the “Circular Profile” option to make the sweep with only one sketch…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Options to Improve Performance in Large Assembly Mode

Working with large assemblies in 3D CAD software can be very challenging due to dealing with heavy file load. In SOLIDWORKS there are tricks to handle large assemblies such as loading in lightweight or using SpeedPak. Now in SOLIDWORKS 2017, you can reduce the number of rebuilds and other time-consuming operations….

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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 Rx now provides a Reliability Report & Reboot Check

SOLIDWORKS Rx 2017

The new SOLIDWORKS Rx Reliability Report provides more data to help you identify the cause of a SOLIDWORKS crash and verify prerequisites on your machine. Also, you can monitor graphic card driver updates, free hardware space, capture problems, etc. To access the tools in SOLIDWORKS Rx, from the Windows…

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How to use SOLIDWORKS Surfaces as Reference Geometry for Mates

SOLIDWORKS Surface Reference Geometry

Dummy/reference surfaces can be utilized for various design situations in SOLIDWORKS. Due to the fact that the surfaces have no thickness and do not contribute to the weight or mass properties of the parts or assemblies. Surfaces are useful as reference geometry and can then be hidden…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Pack and Go Improvements

SOLIDWORKS Pack and Go 2017

If you need to transfer your part, assembly, or drawing files from one machine to another; or send them to someone else, Pack and Go comes in handy. The tool is especially useful if your files are scattered in different locations on your machine. You…

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