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5 Quick Shortcuts for navigating the SOLIDWORKS FeatureManager Design Tree

Do you find yourself scrolling up and down the SOLIDWORKS feature tree all day hunting for that elusive feature? Does dragging the rollback bar to the desired feature in your tree feel...

Repairing SOLIDWORKS with the Installation Manager Step-by-step Guide

If you encounter problems with an installed SOLIDWORKS product (e.g. SOLIDWORKS Premium, Simulation, PDM, Inspection, Electrical etc.) you can use the repairing SOLIDWORKS tool in the Installation Manager to repair the installation...

Show Properties with Linked Dimensions on a BOM in Different Units

Using linked dimensions from properties on a BOM is very useful.  They are all linked so everything will update together. The problem is if the drawing and the part have...
Troubleshooting the SolidWorks Installation Manager Download

Troubleshooting the SolidWorks Installation Manager Download

In order to provide the latest available service packs and current media to customers, SolidWorks has introduced the SolidWorks Installation Manager.  The SolidWorks Installation Manager provides an automated method to...

Sheet Metal Bend Direction

When using Convert to Sheet Metal tool, the selected fixed face will define the bend direction.   The Bend Direction specified in the flat-view of a drawing will be normal...

Applying Cosmetic Threads to SOLIDWORKS Parts and Drawings

If you ever get a chance to use the "cosmetic thread" function in a part, you may also want to display a related callout annotation in your 2D drawing. Inserting...

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SOLIDWORKS Composer 2020 additional formats available for saving video

In prior years, the only Save As option for a SOLIDWORKS Composer video format was AVI. Now in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2020, we also have the ability to save video as...

How to use the new Quick Search option in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020

With the greatly anticipated Quick Search feature added in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020, users have a quick and convenient way to search favorite variables directly from within Windows Explorer.  We can...
SOLIDWORKS standard compliance with the SOLIDWORKS Design Checker 2019

Maintain SOLIDWORKS Standards Compliance with SOLIDWORKS Design Checker

Many companies that have a drafting department often also have a checking or quality department to maintain SOLIDWORKS standard compliance. The design checker in this department usually have to review...
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