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PhotoView 360 Surface Finish

SOLIDWORKS PhotoView 360 Surface Finish Overview

One of the most underutilized feature sets of PhotoView 360 is the appearance surface finish tab.  Why is it underutilized?  For a couple of reasons I think, those being: It’s...

Has your DraftSight Installation Expired?

For those of you using DraftSight for all of your dwg/dxf needs (highly recommended over 2DEditor!), you may have noticed an expiration message recently.  If you haven't opened the program...
archive server log

EPDM – How to locate the Archive Server Log

The Archive Server log for Solidworks Enterprise PDM can help find potential problems relating to the archive server.  In some cases Javelin Technical Support request this log file to help...
Reset GUI buttons

How to reset the 3DVIA Composer User Interface (GUI)

Resetting the GUI in 3DVIA Composer is easily accomplished through the menu: File -> Preferences -> General, then click on the either the "Reset Prompts" or "Reset GUI Layout" buttons. [caption...
SolidWorks Stars

SolidWorks Star Blog of the Month: (#1 Resource for Rendering)

Blog Address: Author: Rob Rodriguez Author's Description of his Blog: is a way for me to give back to the SolidWorks community in the forum of tutorials and information revolving around visualization.  Most...

Do you have a smart meter? Do you want to save money?

Lowfoot( is a website that will allow you to connect to your smart-meter and track to your energy consumption. The great art of this is if you drop your energy...

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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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