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Video card driver

Why might a Video Card Driver not install, causing an incompatibility warning?

Microsoft has announced a new video card driver structure for all hardware manufacturers: "DCHU (Declarative, Componentized, Hardware Support Apps, Universal API compliance) ". What does this mean for SOLIDWORKS? Towards the...

Are you using the SOLIDWORKS Mate Pop-up Toolbar?

Mating components together in a SOLIDWORKS assembly?  Frequent use of the SOLIDWORKS mate pop-up toolbar can often save you much time and mousing! The mate pop-up toolbar is not quite...

Using thermal resistance to model thermal condition of touching faces

If you have been using SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional or Premium for your thermal analysis, you probably have asked yourself, what is the best way to model the thermal resistance condition...
ELYSIUM CAD Translator

Retain PMI and Design Intent when you translate CAD Models into SOLIDWORKS with ELYSIUM

Got a lot of CAD models and drawings to translate into SOLIDWORKS format?  Don't want to lose your design intent in the process?  If so, keep reading! At SOLIDWORKS World...
File Version

How to display the SOLIDWORKS File Version in Windows Explorer

When a file is saved in SOLIDWORKS, the major version that it was last saved in is recorded as a custom property, as shown in the image below: [caption id="attachment_42472"...
SOLIDWORKS Simulation Optimization

Reduce Costs with Optimization Studies in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

When completing structural designs, it is common practice to "over-design" our materials. That is, use a size or thickness of material that we know works despite the potential for additional...

Latest Vlogs


The basics of SOLIDWORKS xDesign Demonstration Video

Watch and learn how SOLIDWORKS xDesign combines 3D CAD modeling and cloud collaboration using a web browser. In this 90-minute, on-demand video you'll learn how to create parametric models and...

Utilize Touch Mode in SOLIDWORKS for Touchscreen Computers

More and more, we run into touch screens. Laptops and monitors are starting to come standard with touch capability. I've had a touch screen on my computer, and for a...
Topology Study produces organic geometry that is optimized for its intended application

Design for Additive Manufacturing with SOLIDWORKS Simulation Topology Study

Additive manufacturing is no longer a bleeding edge technology; this powerful method is being used across countless industries, for applications ranging from rapid prototyping to jigs/fixtures and production end-use parts. Widespread...