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Articles by: Scott Durksen, CSWE

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

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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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Update frequently asked questions

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Update FAQs

Get your SOLIDWORKS 2020 Update installation and configuration frequently asked questions answered by reading this tech tip article.

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Hardware Recommendations

SOLIDWORKS 2020 Hardware FAQs

Here is an overview of our current recommended SOLIDWORKS 2020 hardware / computer specs.  Browse through this FAQ for more detailed information. Processor: 3 GHz or higher clock speed (preferably close to 4GHz) Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit Memory: 32GB (16GB minimum) Hard Drive: Solid…

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Assembly Performance Improvements for Older Version Files

SOLIDWORKS 2020 Assembly Performance

SOLIDWORKS 2020 assembly performance has been improved when working with older version files.  Previously, components not upgraded to the latest release caused longer open and save times. This was more noticeable when referenced components had multiple configurations.  In SOLIDWORKS 2019 and earlier, only the “master”…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020 Collapse Tree Folders

SOLIDWORKS Simulation study trees can become long and harder to navigate when you start into more complex studies.  While adding new contacts/loads/fixtures and defining materials/shells/etc, the folders and sub-folders are expanded. In previous versions, collapsing the tree required clicking the arrows beside each sub-folder. New…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Copy Features to New Studies

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Copy Features

Running multiple SOLIDWORKS Simulation studies on a model typically have similar features.  You can duplicate a study to make a new copy and then make your modifications.  Right-click on the existing study tab and Copy Study.  The new copy will be identical. However some scenarios…

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