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Installing SOLIDWORKS without the Toolbox Data

Starting with SOLIDWORKS 2020, when deploying SOLIDWORKS using an Administrative Image, you can choose not to install the SOLIDWORKS Toolbox data files. This is useful if your SOLIDWORKS Toolbox is located in a central location such as the SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault or network drive.  Previously, especially if you were using PDM, this was a trickier…

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Customize your SOLIDWORKS model background!

SOLIDWORKS Model Background

Ever wanted a SOLIDWORKS model background that’s more pleasing to the eye?  Here’s how! There is a collection of .png image files of such backgrounds that gets installed with SOLIDWORKS.  The trick is to know where they are located and then point to them in System Options > Colors > Background appearances > Image file…

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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 Material Favourite will save you time when assigning a material…

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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 Manager files you downloaded from solidworks.com you may need to unblock…

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Using Colour & Layers to make SOLIDWORKS Drawing detail stand out

SOLIDWORKS drawing colour

This article shows a trick for making your drawing dimensions and annotations stand out from the model edges in SOLIDWORKS using layers and colour. In the next image, all model edges and dimensions are black except for a couple of driven dimensions from the Hole Wizard location sketches. While the drawing might be acceptable as-is,…

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Save time by linking Notes and Features to Custom Properties in SOLIDWORKS

Link Notes to Custom Properties

Why should you link notes and features to custom properties in SOLIDWORKS? Well have you ever needed to add a stamp to a SOLIDWORKS part to call out the same info that is already in your custom properties?  Ever needed to call that out on the drawing too? What if you had to keep replicating…

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Top 50 Obscure SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

Top 50 SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

Over many years, SOLIDWORKS applications expert; Jim Peltier, has accumulated a list of more than 100 of tips and tricks. Watch his on-demand webinar below to learn top 50 time-saving tips from that list. For example, hidden commands, combination keystrokes, and interesting workflows that will make you say “that’s a neat trick!” Even the most seasoned users may learn a…

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Customizing the SOLIDWORKS Taskpane Tabs

SOLIDWORKS Taskpane Tabs

The SOLIDWORKS Taskpane provides access to a number of powerful tools, including SOLIDWORKS Toolbox, Custom Properties, the SOLIDWORKS PDM Add In (if installed) and the 3DEXPERIENCE connector. Starting with SOLIDWORKS 2019, this area of the user interface can be easily customized by either right clicking on the top bar and selecting “Customize”, or clicking the…

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Using SOLIDWORKS Online License Offline

Did you know that you can use your SOLIDWORKS online license offline when you have limited access to the internet? SOLIDWORKS online licencing is a very powerful tool that provides you with management and control of your standalone licenses. To get more information regarding online licensing please review our multiple blog articles on how to…

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