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SOLIDWORKS Backup / Recovery Settings Explained

The loss of data, whether from hardware failure, software issues or simply human error is a constant concern for all designers.  To help protect your data you may take advantage of Product Data Management software such as SOLIDWORKS PDM, but if you do not have these tools available, or even if you do, there are…

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Why might a Video Card Driver not install, causing an incompatibility warning?

Video card driver

Microsoft has announced a new video card driver structure for all hardware manufacturers: “DCHU (Declarative, Componentized, Hardware Support Apps, Universal API compliance) “. What does this mean for SOLIDWORKS? Towards the end of 2018, hardware manufacturers began shipping new systems with the new video card driver structure. Systems older than 2018 (or systems shipped with legacy…

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Are you using the SOLIDWORKS Mate Pop-up Toolbar?

Mating components together in a SOLIDWORKS assembly?  Frequent use of the SOLIDWORKS mate pop-up toolbar can often save you much time and mousing! The mate pop-up toolbar is not quite as intelligent as the mate manager.  For example, the mate manager will usually predict when a Parallel mate is appropriate instead of a Coincident mate,…

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How to display the SOLIDWORKS File Version in Windows Explorer

When a file is saved in SOLIDWORKS, the major version that it was last saved in is recorded as a custom property, as shown in the image below: Display SOLIDWORKS File Version This custom property can be displayed directly in the Windows Explorer detail view so that you can have it at a glance without…

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SOLIDWORKS angle dimension between 3 points

What if we need an angle dimension in a sketch, but one of the entities is not a line (perhaps it is a spline or arc instead)?  The answer, we can take the angle between 3 endpoints! In this sketch on the right plane (which bisects the part), the horizontal entity is a line, but…

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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 first setting up a network license or if there are…

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Image Considerations when using SOLIDWORKS AutoTrace to Create Sketches

SOLIDWORKS AutoTrace Image

Adding a logo to your design is an excellent way to creating brand awareness and reaping the benefits of product placement, whether laser cutting it into a Muskoka chair, or punching it into a piece of sheet metal. The SOLIDWORKS AutoTrace feature can be used to detect the shapes in an image and creates sketch…

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Save assembly construction time with SOLIDWORKS SmartMates!

SOLIDWORKS SmartMates

Assembling components in SOLIDWORKS?  There are multiple ways to mate components together.  Some methods are faster, while other methods are slower but more intelligent (such as the Mate manager). SOLIDWORKS SmartMates are one of the faster methods, where you can avoid the repetitive mouse travel between the graphics view and the Mate Property Manager just…

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