Articles by: Scott Durksen, CSWE

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

Parametric Flat Pattern of Bent Rod/Tube in SOLIDWORKS

tube flat pattern

SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal tools provide the ability to obtain the flat shape from a bent part.  The flat length of each bend is based on defined parameters.  This can be defined with K-factors, Bend Allowance or Bend Deduction.  For more information on Sheet Metal calculations,…

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Material Favourites for easy access in SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS Material List

Adding materials to all of your SOLIDWORKS parts is important.  Not only is this useful for reference in Bill of Materials or Title Blocks, but you must have the proper density values applied to the model for accurate mass properties. Learn how using a SOLIDWORKS…

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Blank SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager

If you experience a blank SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager window while attempting to install your software this may be caused by either your local firewall blocking HTML files from rendering on screen or your Internet Browser settings. Solution #1: Unblock HTML files After unzipping the SOLIDWORKS Installation…

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How to Locate Virtual Components within a SOLIDWORKS Assembly

SOLIDWORKS Virtual Components in an assembly stores the information internally within the assembly file.  There is no external file (.sldprt or .sldasm) that is referenced.  These components are typically used when generating models using the top-down modeling method.  For more information on this modeling practice…

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DraftSight Enterprise Installation Guide

DraftSight Enterprise Installation Guide

DraftSight is a feature-rich 2D and 3D CAD solution for architects, engineers and construction service providers, as well as professional CAD users, designers, educators and hobbyists.  There are various levels of DraftSight licenses available.  For companies with multiple users, DraftSight Enterprise provides network-based licensing for…

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Working with SOLIDWORKS at Home through COVID-19 Shutdowns

SOLIDWORKS Remote License

The continuing spread of the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus) is causing significant impact around the globe.  While health is always of primary importance, this pandemic also affects business productivity.  As shutdowns and quarantines are rapidly expanding, more and more employees are being asked to work from…

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Using your SOLIDWORKS Network Licenses Away from the Office

As SOLIDWORKS network licenses are hosted on a server connected to your network, clients must also be connected to the same network to obtain a license.  In some situations it may be required to use a license away from your office, such as working from…

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SOLIDWORKS Certified Graphics Drivers

  SOLIDWORKS works closely with graphics card manufacturers to ensure compatibility and certification.  Having a proper graphics card and driver is essential for best performance and stability of the software. It is crucial to have a professional grade 3D graphics card installed.  SOLIDWORKS only supports…

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SOLIDWORKS Certified NVIDIA 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 recommended SOLIDWORKS graphics cards and drivers. SOLIDWORKS is also transitioning to support “Branch Family” of NVIDIA drivers to make it easier to…

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