Articles by: Saeed Mojarad (CSWE)

Saeed Mojarad is an application engineer at Javelin Technologies. He received his B.S from Mazandaran University, Iran; and his M.S. from École de technologie supérieure (ETS), Canada. He has several years of experience using SOLIDWORKS in different industries such as manufacturing and aerospace. Currently located in Calgary, he is helping SOLIDWORKS users all across Canada as a technical support and SOLIDWORKS instructor.

Start sketching in SOLIDWORKS by selecting an edge

This is one of those interesting sketching in SOLIDWORKS tricks that can be very useful and you may not be aware of. In a SOLIDWORKS Part simply select any Edge of any Solid Body and click Insert > Sketch. A sketch plane is created automatically, normal to the edge selected, with the origin coincident to the end point nearest to where the edge was selected, as shown in the figure below: This operation supports any edge type from linear and prismatic to completely organic and lofted. You could also use Insert > Reference Geometry to add a plane perpendicular to a curve, but this takes care of all those steps AND starts a new Sketch.  

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MOD-DIAM is displayed instead of a diameter symbol in SOLIDWORKS

On some occasions you may see strange syntax instead of the diameter symbol or other similar items, as shown in the figure below the text ‘<MOD-DIAM>’ has replaced what should be the diameter symbol. Why is this happening? Most of the time this happens after a SOLIDWORKS upgrade. The error occurs because SOLIDWORKS can’t find a symbol library file called “Gtol.sym”. Fortunately there is an easy fix for this. How to solve the problem To fix the problem follow these steps: Try to find the Gtol.sym file on your system. The default location for the file is located in: C:\Program Files\SolidWorks\lang\English or C:\ProgramData\SOLIDWORKS <version>\lang\English If you didn’t install SOLIDWORKS at the default location then simply search for the file in Windows Explorer. If you cannot find the Gtol.sym file on your system, simply copy the file from another computer and place it in one of the above file locations. If you don’t have access to any other machine you can always…

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Create Custom Part from SOLIDWORKS Toolbox

Have you ever wondered how SOLIDWORKS knows which part belongs to Toolbox and which one does not? Or did you ever want to take a Toolbox part and modify it to create a custom part? When you save a SOLIDWORKS Toolbox part as a copy, it will still have a Toolbox flag icon? Indicating it’s still going to be treated as a Toolbox file in file references. You can remove this flag very easily to have the part be treated as a normal SOLIDWORKS part by running a utility that is installed with SOLIDWORKS. Important: only set this on Toolbox parts that you have created copies of, and not on the out of the box Toolbox parts, as this can severely affect the way Toolbox files are managed in the software. Browse into the SOLIDWORKS installation folder which is usually located at: C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS Then, inside the Toolbox\Data Utilities folder you’ll…

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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 is due to the size of the installation. That is why SOLIDWORKS provides you with a free download link in case you require other standards or profiles. How to Download SOLIDWORKS Weldment Profiles To access all of the standard profiles are available in SOLIDWORKS go to the SOLIDWORKS Task Pane and select the Design Library tab. From there expand the SOLIDWORKS Content > Weldments folder as shown below and it lists all the Standards that are available for download. To download a particular standard click on it while holding the Ctrl (Control) key on your keyboard. You can download the file and save it at any…

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How to Improve Machine Performance when working with SOLIDWORKS Assemblies

Is your SOLIDWORKS too slow when working with assemblies? If your answer is yes then this article may help you improve the performance of your machine when working with assemblies. “How do I stop SOLIDWORKS from crashing when I am working in assemblies?” This is one of the most frequent questions that we receive every day. I hope that I can answer that question with some tips and tricks in this article. Optimize your SOLIDWORKS Software setup: The best way to immediately impact large assembly performance is to setup SOLIDWORKS software correctly. Under the “Tools” menu select “Options” and under the “Performance” tab there are several options to improve performance for less powerful hardware: Turn off high quality transparency Decrease the level of detail for curvature generation as shown in the figure below Under “Assemblies” you will find the “Large assemblies” section. The first option defines how many components are required before SOLIDWORKS goes into…

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Why the Server Administration tab is not shown when launching the SolidNetWork License (SNL) Manager?

If one of your client machines serves as your server for SOLIDWORKS too, you may notice that you don’t have access to the Administration tab of the SNL Manager. This behavior occurs when SOLIDWORKS has been installed on the SNL server, after the SNL Manager has been installed. On the other hand, if you install the SNL Manager after installing SOLIDWORKS, you do not have access to the client SNL Manager and you cannot setup the server on your machine. The reason is that SOLIDWORKS installs a client-side SNL Manager and the SNL Manager installs a server-side SNL Manager. Both versions share a common executable, and therefore a common Start Menu shortcut. If you install SOLIDWORKS after the SNL Manager, on the SNL server, the client-side SNL Manager shortcut will overwrite the server-side shortcut. To resolve this, browse to the SNL Manager’s installation folder and create a new shortcut from…

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SOLIDWORKS Composer Installation

Did you just receive your SOLIDWORKS Composer serial number and want to install it on your computer? If so then this article is for you. Installation Prerequisites Before starting anything check the following prerequisites: Check the hardware and operating system’s compatibility: http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/9251_ENU_HTML.htm Notice that SolidWorks Composer is not yet supported on Windows 8. Login to your computer with full administrative rights. You are asking why? You can find the answer here: http://www.javelin-tech.com/blog/2014/02/need-local-administrative-rights-install-solidworks/ Turn down the User Account Control setting (found in the Control Panel). To do this, press your Windows button, either on the screen or on the keyboard. Then type “UAC” followed by the Enter key. The window that follows shows a vertical scroll bar. Make the setting “Never Notify” for the installation (requires restarting the computer to take effect) and change it back after installing, if you prefer. Disable all anti-virus and anti-spyware tools. Installation Steps Now that all…

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SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Where do I download SolidNetwork (SNL) Manager?

If you are using a network license manager and you are planning to upgrade your SOLIDWORKS, the first step is to upgrade your SolidNetwork License (SNL) Manager on your server. You can upgrade SNL Manager while client machines are running SOLIDWORKS product. However, in some cases you may need to reboot SNL Manager. So, it is wise to perform the upgrading process when no one is using SOLIDWORKS. And to answer one of the most popular questions I should say “Yes. The new SNL Manager supports previous versions of SOLIDWORKS”. So if there are still some users in your company that are using let’s say SOLIDWORKS 2012 it is fine. If you have your SOLIDWORKS installation files, you can use the same installation media that was used to install SOLIDWORKS to update your SNL. http://www.javelin-tech.com/blog/2012/04/license-manager-update/ But if you don’t have access to your SOLIDWORKS installation files for any reason, you don’t need to download them….

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