Articles by: Scott Durksen, CSWE

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

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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DraftSight Community Support

DraftSight is a powerful drafting CAD software enabling hobbyists to professional companies the tools to create their designs.  There are several levels of licensing available to suit individual needs.  Earlier versions provided a free option, however this will expire on December 31, 2019.  You can…

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SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License Manager Troubleshooting (SNL)

A SOLIDWORKS network license requires a network connection between the server and client machines.  The server runs the SolidNetWork License Manager service and client machines must verify a connection and available licenses from the server before SOLIDWORKS will open.  Communication errors are commonly found on…

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SOLIDWORKS Pack and Go Folder Structure

SOLIDWORKS Pack and Go Folder Structure

SOLIDWORKS Pack and Go provides three folder structure options to give control over how you want to maintain subfolders.  The selection is retained so the same option will be used by default for subsequent tasks. In this example I have a simple assembly with three…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Bearing Load

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Force Load on Hole Face

Applying a force to a hole in Simulation will give a uniform load to all locations on the hole.  In reality most loading conditions would only apply to the lower half of the hole.  The load would start at zero on the side and then…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Reports

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Reports

SOLIDWORKS Simulation provides an automatic way to export your results to a Word document.  The document is based on a Word template that extracts a large amount of data from your study.  Therefore, Microsoft Office must be installed on the computer.  The report includes items…

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SOLIDWORKS SolidNetwork License Manager Options File Case Insensitive Setting

The SolidNetWork License Manager allows you to reserve licenses for a particular set of users.  You need to create an Options file for the License Manager.  This article provides more information on how it’s created: How to Reserve Licenses on SolidNetWork License Manager for Users…

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