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Optimizing the Virtual Memory on a System

The virtual memory on your computer should be adjusted to provide optimum performance, and minimum fragmentation.  While this guide is written for Windows XP, the...
Helical Sweep

Creating a Helical Sweep in SOLIDWORKS

It is possible to create a helical solid in SOLIDWORKS which, rather than extending linearly, actually follows a helical (or other) path.  This is actually done using...
SolidWorks FeatureManager System Options

Always Show the Solid Bodies Folder

Accidentally hiding solid bodies within a part file is a common source of confusion, leading to the inevitable question regarding why the user is unable...
Toolbox Bolt

Adding Custom Toolbox Component Sizes

If there is a specific fastener you need but can’t find the size in the default Toolbox, you can modify and add custom sizes.  Open...
Tool and Die – Emboss Punch Design Topic: When Extrude to Surface does not work…

Tool and Die – Emboss Punch Design Topic: When Extrude to Surface does not work…

As a former Tool and Die designer I came to appreciate the power of SolidWorks when designing Embossing Dies. Most of the times, I would...
“Fast Rebuilt” Technique for SOLIDWORKS Patterns (when even a bodies pattern is too slow)

“Fast Rebuilt” Technique for SOLIDWORKS Patterns (when even a bodies pattern is too slow)

Sometimes conventional patterning techniques are not the fastest. In this example we tried standard feature and body patterns for stacking 100 pots and found out...

SOLIDWORKS 2021 What's New Articles

Export Interference Detection - with preview

Export Interference Detection Results in SOLIDWORKS 2021

In SOLIDWORKS 2021 we now have the ability to export Interference Detection Results as a spreadsheet.  This can be useful in scenarios, where you need to compare similar designs, or...
SOLIDWORKS Dark Mode

SOLIDWORKS 2021 Dark Mode Enhancement

I'm a big fan of Windows Dark Mode or any app that offers it for that matter.  The darker my screen is the better.  Although SOLIDWORKS does not have an...
SOLIDWORKS 2021 VDA balloons

SOLIDWORKS 2021 Adds VDA Balloons

VDA refers to a German Quality System, generally used for the automotive industry. This is a highly recognized and respected quality management system, which requires a 90 percent compliance record...

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