Articles by: Shawn McEachern

Shawn McEachern is a SOLIDWORKS Application Expert based in our Oakville, ON., Canada Head Office

Getting started with SOLIDWORKS CAM

SOLIDWORKS CAM Workflow

What is SOLIDWORKS CAM? SOLIDWORKS CAM is a Computer Aided Manufacturing add-in for SOLIDWORKS that allows us to create G/M code for CNC machining our parts. What is special about SOLIDWORKS CAM is that it uses Knowledge Based Machining with Automatic Feature Recognition (AFR). Our…

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SOLIDWORKS not responding? Enable Status Feedback (in 2018 SP3 and above)

Ahh! The nasty white glaze screen of SOLIDWORKS not responding. This condition is triggered by a Windows application timeout. Where it thinks the application has stopped responding due to the length time the application is working in the background. Don’t be fooled! SOLIDWORKS could still…

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How to fix “Encountered invalid record index” error when importing a STEP file

Have you “Encountered invalid record index” when importing a STEP file into SOLIDWORKS? To fix the file try the following: Deactivate “3D Interconnect” in SOLIDWORKS Options > System Options > Import Open the STEP file using text editor such as Notepad. The file will open…

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Three SOLIDWORKS Video Issues and how to solve them

SOLIDWORKS Video Issue

Experiencing SOLIDWORKS Video issues? Here are three common issues and how to solve them: Assembly or part disappears You are working away on your model and POW it disappears completely. You zoom to fit, nothing. You zoom extents, nothing. You zoom to a component, nothing….

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How to convert a SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Thickness to a Gauge Value

A common practice in industry when working with SOLIDWORKS sheet metal is to show thickness as gauge value. For example, 20 gauge equals 0.0359 in. We will accomplish this using an equation, and IF statements to convert the values. Here is an example. This condition indicates that if the value is 0.0359, it is desired…

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Why does Windows have to configure SOLIDWORKS every time it is launched?

If you see this annoying Windows configure message with every SOLIDWORKS launch — you can try the following solutions to solve the issue. Solution #1 It is possible that you do not have permissions to the following registry keys: HKEY_Local_ MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SolidWorks\Licenses\Serial Numbers HKEY_Local_ MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\SolidWorks\Licenses\Serial Numbers To resolve…

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“Unable to recover from a kernel exception.” Why is SOLIDWORKS Crashing?

The Unable to recover from a kernal exception error happens when the graphics card is selected for processing, but the GPU performance is much lower than the CPU performance. The workload sent from the CPU to the GPU is overloading the GPU. Remove the use…

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How to show SOLIDWORKS Equations and Custom Properties as fractions with your model in decimals

Having to work in decimals and show SOLIDWORKS fractions in your drawing can be frustrating when you require the use of equations and custom properties. This issue is mostly overcome by using the weldment functionality. However, you may still face some issues with getting your values…

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