Articles by: Scott Durksen, CSWE

Scott is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and is based in our Dartmouth, Nova Scotia office.

How to generate a Custom SOLIDWORKS Coordinate System

You can create a custom SOLIDWORKS coordinate system in a model that can be used for reference in Measure, Mass Properties or exporting to a neutral file (Parasolid®, STEP, IGES, etc).  This can also be used for assembly mates and in Simulation for remote load locations. This is located under the Reference Geometry drop-down. Define a…
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Unsuppress SOLIDWORKS Components in All Configurations

In some cases you may have a component that has a mixed suppressed/unsuppressed state in different configurations.  If this needs to be unsuppressed in all configurations, there is a fast way to unsuppress SOLIDWORKS Components in All Configurations rather than switching through each configuration and unsuppressing. If you right-click on the component and choose ‘Configure…
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Generating all SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Sizes in One Step when using a Customized Toolbox

The SOLIDWORKS Toolbox add-in uses a database to store information on available SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Sizes and Properties of hardware.  The database is linked to a master part file for each type of hardware.  In a new Toolbox, master part files will start with only a Default configuration.  As you add the Toolbox components into an assembly,…
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Customize SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Input Data Folder

Generating a new Flow Simulation project brings up the default analysis tree.  The SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Input Data Folder by default only includes Computational Domain, Fluid Subdomains, Boundary Conditions, Goals and Mesh.  These are the most common selections when setting up the study. If you are constantly adding other features found in the CommandManager or…
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How to bring back the SOLIDWORKS Dimension Palette Icon after moving your Mouse

When you select a dimension in a drawing, the SOLIDWORKS Dimension Palette icon pops up. This allows you to hover over to bring up the palette to make quick formatting edits. You need to move your cursor straight to the Dimension Palette icon.  If you move your cursor somewhere else, the icon will disappear even…
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Hide and Show Components in Multiple SOLIDWORKS Display States

Display States are great for various graphical representations of a model.  If you have multiple SOLIDWORKS Display States you might have a situation where a component needs to be hidden or shown in only a select few states.  Instead of activating each Display State one by one and hiding the component, you can use the…
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Troubleshooting an Uninstall of SOLIDWORKS

On some occasions a SOLIDWORKS uninstall and reinstall is required if there were issues with the original installation.  Problematic installations typically stem from: Improper permissions, Active antivirus scanners or Windows User Account controls. Be sure to follow best practices during any installations, upgrades, or uninstalls of SOLIDWORKS to avoid problems right from the start. When…
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SOLIDWORKS Virtual Sharp Display Options

Virtual Sharp - Dot
A SOLIDWORKS Virtual Sharp in sketches and drawings provide the ability to dimension to the imaginary point where two lines would intersect in space.  Our previous blog posts show how you can add a virtual sharp using the Point tool or using Find Intersection with the Smart Dimension tool. Did you know you can change…
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