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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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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

Latest Vlogs


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...

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...