SOLIDWORKS Error

Why can’t I Foreshorten my SOLIDWORKS Dimension?

SOLIDWORKS Foreshorten Dimension

I recently had a reoccurring problem when creating drawings in SOLIDWORKS. I would constantly lose the Foreshorten option. Yes, you read that correctly! See below for a typical Display Options menu where the Foreshorten dimension option is missing. Something to note is that the Foreshorten…

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Why do my SOLIDWORKS Drawings show “deg” instead of the degree symbol?

DEG vs Symbol

Have you ever come across a SOLIDWORKS Drawing where the letters “deg” are displayed instead of the degree symbol and just couldn’t change it? In this blog article we will learn how to control how the units are shown. (And before anyone asks…no, it’s not…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Error 2709: The specific Component name not found in Component table

This SOLIDWORKS PDM Error 2709 commonly occurs when using the standalone installer [SOLIDWORKS installation folder]\SWPDMClient\Setup.exe to install the PDM Client software. To resolve this issue on the client computer, install both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the Microsoft Visual C++ 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013,…

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How to fix Empty SOLIDWORKS Drawing Views

SOLIDWORKS drawing empty views

Are you seeing empty views when opening a SOLIDWORKS Drawing?  Where did the Views and Annotations go? In this tech tip I’ll describe the blank view problem and provide a solution. Why are my Drawing Views empty? If the urge to swear out loud is…

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Why did my SOLIDWORKS PDM Task Fail?

SOLIDWORKS PDM Task Fail

A SOLIDWORKS PDM Task automates the conversion of SOLIDWORKS files to other file formats, such as PDFs. A PDM Task opens a SOLIDWORKS file, in SOLIDWORKS, and then performs a Save As operation. Occasionally a SOLIDWORKS PDM Task can fail! Reasons for a SOLIDWORKS PDM…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Resource Monitor GDI Handles Warning

SOLIDWORKS PDM GDI Handles

After installing SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019, or a later version, you may receive a SOLIDWORKS PDM Resource Monitor Warning that the available GDI handles are critically low for Explorer.exe, as shown in the figure below: What are GDI Handles? GDI stands for Graphical Device Interface and…

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How do I reset my SOLIDWORKS PDM Task Script?

Rest SOLIDWORKS PDM Task Script

Many times when working within SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional or Standard, you may want to create a Task that can be used to speed up your workflow. One such example of this could be the task titled “Convert to PDF”, which Converts SOLIDWORKS Drawing files (.slddrw)…

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SOLIDWORKS Manage Database Debug Log

SOLIDWORKS Manage Database Debug

Using the SOLIDWORKS Manage Database Debug Mode can generate a log file that can be analyzed by your support team, to help expedite the troubleshooting process.  Database debug mode needs to be activated at the user level and the log will store the last 100…

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Using Shrink to address SOLIDWORKS PDM Database Free Space

The recommended free disk space for an SQL Server (SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional database), is 15%. If free disk space reaches levels below that, problems can occur. Lower levels can lead to PDM can becoming unusable. There may not may any notification of low disk space,…

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