Articles by: Scott Durksen, CSWE

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

Recycle your Electronics

It is that time of the year when we all receive shiny new electronic devices and it is time to retire the old ones.  What to do with these? Check out the “Recycle Your Electronics” Canadian website, where you will find places around your area to recycle, what types are accepted and great insight on why to recycle them. http://recycleyourelectronics.ca/electronics/default.aspx

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Use the SOLIDWORKS Copy Settings Wizard to save and restore your custom menu and system options

Copy Settings Wizard

After spending the time in SOLIDWORKS to customize all your toolbar, menu, shortcut and system options, the last thing you want to do is go back and do it all over again.  A computer crash, registry corruption, or simply switching to a new computer can…

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How to restore your Dismissed SOLIDWORKS Messages

Have you been wondering where those pop-up dialog boxes with options have disappeared to?  If you checked off options like “Don’t ask me again”, then what you select will be the default and you will not see the dialog box again.  This post shows how…

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Increasing Your SOLIDWORKS Weldment Profile Library

SOLIDWORKS provides a library of standard weldment profiles that can be used for structural members.  However, you also have the opportunity to download additional profiles or create your own. Download Additional Weldment Structural Member Profiles Open the Design Library tab in the Task Pane Expand…

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How do multi-core processors help with SolidWorks?

SolidWorks actually uses multi-thread technology for certain functions.  This is different from when we talk about multi-cores.  Multi-core describes the CPU.  It is the operating system that ultimately decides what Core each Thread runs on.  Windows 7 is said to utilize multiple processors more efficiently…

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How to Reserve Licenses on SolidNetWork License Manager for Users or Groups

You are able to reserve specific SOLIDWORKS licenses for selected users or groups of users so the license is always available to them.  Any SOLIDWORKS licenses reserved for a user or group are dedicated to them and not available to any other user even if the license is not in use. This can be accomplished using an Options file that is read-in to the SolidNetWork License (SNL) file.  For information on creating an Options file, please refer to SolidNetWork License Manager Options File to Control Timeout Period. Once you have the sw_d.opt Options file created, add the following lines to create groups and reserve licenses: Define the Group: Define the different groups of users to control. Write a new definition on a separate line for…

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SolidNetwork License Manager Options File to Control Timeout Period

SNL Options File

The SolidNetwork License Manager has a default timeout period of 2 hours.  This means if someone is using a network license but they leave their desk for a period of time, the license will timeout and be released back to the server.  The timeout can…

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Troubleshooting your PropertyLinks Installation

If you are experiencing difficulties installing PropertyLinks or PropertyLinksXpress, here are some guidelines to ensure a clean installation.

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Adding Custom Toolbox Component Sizes

Toolbox Bolt

If there is a specific fastener you need but can’t find the size in the default Toolbox, you can modify and add custom sizes.  Open SOLIDWORKS and go to Tools > Options > System Options tab > Hole Wizard/Toolbox.  Then you can click on the…

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