Articles by: Scott Durksen, CSWE

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

SOLIDWORKS Certified Graphics Card Drivers Branch Family Support

SOLIDWORKS requires a certified graphics card and driver for optimal performance and stability.  Our SOLIDWORKS Certified Graphics Drivers blog post provides detailed information on how to locate the proper driver. There have been recent changes to the driver results as the SOLIDWORKS developers are working…

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Torsion Continuity Relation (G3)

SOLIDWORKS 2020 adds an additional sketch relation to provide torsion continuity (G3) between splines and any other sketch entity in a 2D Sketch.  The torsion relation applies to splines and one of these sketch entities: Spline Arc Conic or elliptical arc Model edges that are…

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How to Search for Materials in SOLIDWORKS 2020

SOLIDWORKS Material Search

The Material dialog now includes a Search bar in SOLIDWORKS 2020.  While it’s a subtle change, this can save you time when defining different materials in your model or SOLIDWORKS Simulation study.  The search functionality will include results from the default SOLIDWORKS material databases as…

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Enhanced Graphics for Improved Performance

SOLIDWORKS Enhanced Graphics

SOLIDWORKS 2019 introduced an option for ‘Enhanced graphics performance’.  This adds significant improvement during pan, zoom or rotate in the part or assembly environment.  It takes advantage of modern OpenGL 4.5 and hardware acceleration for higher detail and frame rate.  The performance scales up with…

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Custom Scales for Drawing Sheets and Views

SOLIDWORKS 2020 makes it easier to assign custom drawing scales for both the overall sheet properties and individual drawing views.  Now you can type in the custom scale size directly into the User Defined dialog. Setting Custom Scales for Drawing Sheets In SOLIDWORKS 2019, the…

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Free SOLIDWORKS Certification Exam for Subscription Customers

If you have an active subscription with SOLIDWORKS, you and your team can write free SOLIDWORKS Certification Exams. SOLIDWORKS Certification is a symbol of ones knowledge, skill, and competency with SOLIDWORKS.  So what are the benefits of obtaining a certification? Looks good on the resume…

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SOLIDWORKS Standalone License Deactivation and Activation

SOLIDWORKS Standalone licenses (serial numbers beginning with 9000…) are locked to a specific computer and hardware ID.  At some point you may need to transfer the license off the current computer to allow for activation on another computer.  This can occur in a few scenarios….

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020 Mixed Draft and High Quality Mesh

Draft and High Quality Mesh colour

Draft Quality elements provide faster solve times as each tetrahedral element only contain 4 nodes, one at each vertex.  Switching over to High Quality mesh elements is required for accurate stress results, which adds midpoint nodes putting the node count for a tetrahedral element up…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020 Network License Selection

SOLIDWORKS Simulation is available with various levels of licensing, providing access to specific study types: SOLIDWORKS Premium license gives you access to Linear Static and Motion studies SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard license includes Linear Static, Motion and Fatigue SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional license includes everything in Simulation…

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