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EPDM – Where to locate the Enterprise User Log File

Often the SolidWorks Enterprise PDM log file can be instrumental in pin pointing user specific issues.  Entries in the log file can be used to find a solution in the...
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Find the weakest link! Which assembly component(s) takes the longest to rebuild?

Have you ever been in this situation? Upon opening your assembly you get a prompt suggesting that would be a good idea to rebuild it. You follow the advice and...
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SOLIDWORKS is not responding – but has it really crashed?

Have you been receiving the SOLIDWORKS not responding Windows message: 'sldworks.exe is not responding', more often since switching to Windows 7 or Windows 10? This may actually be a result of...

How to export a model from SOLIDWORKS to Google SketchUp [UPDATED]

While Google SketchUp is not a professional CAD tool it has the advantage of being free and, because of that, it is used by a large number of people. Recently,...
A Note of Caution: SolidWorks and Windows 7 SP1

A Note of Caution: SolidWorks and Windows 7 SP1

Windows 7 SP1 was recently released by Microsoft. If you consider upgrading your machine in the next couple of months, please read this article first: SolidWorks and Windows 7 SP1
What a treat! Watch all the presentations from SolidWorks World 2011

What a treat! Watch all the presentations from SolidWorks World 2011

At the end of SolidWorks World 2011 I was suffering from information overload. After each general session in the morning we could attend a maximum of 4 other presentations until the end...

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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...
The rigid connection type (top) produces artificial stress concentrations in the bolt head region. The distributed option (bottom) produces a more realistic stress field.

Distributed Coupling for Bolts and Pins in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020

Getting simulation results quickly, while maintaining accuracy, is always a top priority for any analyst. Replacing modeled fasteners with bolt or pin connectors in SOLIDWORKS Simulation is a great way...
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