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Full view of the overview tab in the Windows 7 resource monitor.  Monitor memory, disk, network and CPU usage all in one convenient location.

Step it up a notch – Use the Resource Monitor in Windows 7

Typical computer power users, including us gaming geeks, CAD engineers/designers, and the like, need to know what is happening when our computer decides to punish us unexpectedly with a process...
William Lishman – Inventor, Artist and Innovator

William Lishman – Inventor, Artist and Innovator

William Lishman was the inspiration for the 1996 Film "Fly Away Home" about a gaggle of geese who were led by Mr. Lishman to wintering grounds in Virgina. Mr Lishman...
SNL Options File

SolidNetwork License Manager Options File to Control Timeout Period

The SolidNetwork License Manager has a default timeout period of 2 hours.  This means if someone is using a network license but they leave their desk for a period of...
Disabling Vista UAC

Troubleshooting your PropertyLinks Installation

If you are experiencing difficulties installing PropertyLinks or PropertyLinksXpress, here are some guidelines to ensure a clean installation. (more…)
Figure 1: Holes applied to a sheet metal part

How to create the “axis” of a bent hole?

Bronek Bednarz from L-3 Wescam showed me a sheet metal model (similar to the one shown in fig. 1) and asked a very interesting question: I need to place bolts...
FlexNet

How to use multiple SolidWorks serials with the SolidNetwork License Manager

So, how does someone who possesses 2 or more network SolidWorks serial numbers use them with the same SolidNetwork License Manager?  Great question! You'll be happy to know that I...

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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...
Access the Simulation Evaluator directly from the Simulation Tree

Get peace of mind with the SOLIDWORKS 2020 Simulation Evaluator

Few things grind an analyst’s gears like setting up a long study to run overnight, and then returning the following morning only to find that the study failed after 25...
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