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System Information

Optimizing the Virtual Memory on a System

The virtual memory on your computer should be adjusted to provide optimum performance, and minimum fragmentation.  While this guide is written for Windows XP, the changes and settings are also...
Helical Sweep

Creating a Helical Sweep in SOLIDWORKS

It is possible to create a helical solid in SOLIDWORKS which, rather than extending linearly, actually follows a helical (or other) path.  This is actually done using the Sweep command using a...
SolidWorks FeatureManager System Options

Always Show the Solid Bodies Folder

Accidentally hiding solid bodies within a part file is a common source of confusion, leading to the inevitable question regarding why the user is unable to see the part. A...
Toolbox Bolt

Adding Custom Toolbox Component Sizes

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...
Tool and Die – Emboss Punch Design Topic: When Extrude to Surface does not work…

Tool and Die – Emboss Punch Design Topic: When Extrude to Surface does not work…

As a former Tool and Die designer I came to appreciate the power of SolidWorks when designing Embossing Dies. Most of the times, I would use the face of the...
“Fast Rebuilt” Technique for SolidWorks Patterns (when even a bodies pattern is too slow)

“Fast Rebuilt” Technique for SolidWorks Patterns (when even a bodies pattern is too slow)

Sometimes conventional patterning techniques are not the fastest. In this example we tried standard feature and body patterns for stacking 100 pots and found out that the rebuild time was...

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SOLIDWORKS Performance

Adjusting Virtual Memory (Windows Pagefile) for increased SOLIDWORKS Performance

A kin to the article that our teammate Josh Carrier wrote, back in 2010, I thought it high time we review the process of how to increase virtual memory on...
Certified SOLIDWORKS CSWA Associate Badge

How to pass the Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA) Exam with help from MySolidWorks & Subscription Service

Did you know that if you are a SOLIDWORKS customer who has an active Subscription Service contract, you have access to MySolidWorks Standard, which includes preparation materials designed to help you become a Certified...
SolidWorks drawing template & Sheet Format

SOLIDWORKS Tutorial: Step-by-Step Guide to Drawing Templates and Sheet Formats [VIDEO]

Many people get confused when it comes to creating custom Drawing Templates and Sheet Formats in SOLIDWORKS.  It's not as straight forward as Part and Assembly templates due to the...