Articles by: Scott Durksen, CSWE

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

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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SOLIDWORKS Indented BOM with Single Body Sheet Metal Part

When you create a SOLIDWORKS Indented BOM from an assembly that contains sheet metal or weldment parts it will add further indented rows with the cutlist information.  You have the option to show the ‘Detailed cut list’ in the Indented BOM.  For weldment files, deselecting the ‘Detailed cut list’ option will show the total length…

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SOLIDWORKS Animations with Changing Cameras

SOLIDWORKS Animation Switch Camera

Switching SOLIDWORKS animation cameras gives more control over location, target, field of view, etc.  You can place keys and edit the camera at various positions to change the orientation and zoom. If you have more than one camera, you are able to switch between them during the animation.  First set up the cameras and place…

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SOLIDWORKS Resource Monitor Warnings: Open Document Capacity vs Available Memory

In past versions of SOLIDWORKS you may have seen warnings that “system resources are running low”.  This could have been from utilizing all available memory on the system (physical and virtual) or due to the Windows GDI or User Object limit being reached.  For a better explanation of GDI objects, you can read through this…

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SOLIDWORKS Costing Pack and Go to include Template and Report

SOLIDWORKS Costing information is saved with the model files after it has been calculated.  When you open this model on another computer you will get a prompt that the referenced Costing Template (.SLDCTM, .SLDCTC, .SLDCTS) is missing on the computer, but you can save out a temporary template file from the Costing information saved within…

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