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Installing the VaultAdmin

By default, the SolidWorks Workgroup PDM VaultAdmin is not installed during the installation of SolidWorks. In this article we will look at how to include the VaultAdmin during the original...

Why Are You Not Using DriveWorksXpress?

When you purchased SolidWorks you might not have realized that you received a free version of DriveWorks. DriveWorksXpress comes with every license of SolidWorks. In this blog, I am going...
Fig. 1 - Edge Flange Merging 2 Bodies

Flat Pattern Views for Sheet Metal Multi-body Parts

SOLIDWORKS has supported sheet metal multi-body parts for the last two releases, but that still came as a pleasant surprise for me. The advantages are huge and clear — you...
View mode property

3DVIA Composer: How to Set the Default View that an SMG Exported to PDF Opens To!

When exporting an SMG project to PDF, you may want to have a certain view (of many in the project) active by default when the PDF is opened. Before exporting...
All Free: Airfare to San Diego, Hotel Room and a SolidWorks World 2012 Conference Pass!

All Free: Airfare to San Diego, Hotel Room and a SolidWorks World 2012 Conference Pass!

I love Winter! I can't wait for it to start! Wait, wait... before you start throwing things at, let me state that I love the part of winter that brings...
Fig 1. - Edit the Imported Feature

Mayday! – The Customer Sent a New STEP File in the 11th Hour

You spent a lot of time on this project. Everything started with a STEP file received from your customer, file that you imported in SolidWorks, repaired, cleaned up, added the required features...

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3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 Live Online Sessions

If you couldn't make it to Nashville for 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 (formerly SOLIDWORKS World) to see the latest from SOLIDWORKS, no problem. You can attend the conference LIVE ONLINE on...

SOLIDWORKS Christmas Tree Topper

December is here, which means the holiday season is upon us and Michael Bublé is singing festive songs. Every year when putting up my tree, I have the same Christmas...
Fig. 5 Preview of Markups on Rotation

Using Markup in SOLIDWORKS 2020

SOLIDWORKS Markup is a great way to communicate ideas between teams, allowing users to propose changes without having to edit the geometry of a part. With SOLIDWORKS 2020, there is...