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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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Problem Exiting Design Tables in SOLIDWORKS?

Exiting Design Tables

Please note that this issue is not reproducible in Office 365 releases starting with Version 2004 (Build 12730.20270) released on May 12, 2020. There is currently a compatibility issue between Microsoft Excel based Design Tables in SOLIDWORKS and some versions of Microsoft Excel. These versions…

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How to find a Corrupt SOLIDWORKS Component

If you find that a SOLIDWORKS Component in your assembly or drawing has become corrupted, there are a couple of common causes for a file corruption: A SOLIDWORKS file became truncated while being saved. This can occur when the drive the file is being saved…

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Why did SOLIDWORKS CAM or Visualize fail to obtain a license?

Are you experiencing a failed to obtain license error for SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard or SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard?  Noticed an expiry date regarding licenses for these products?  Why does this happen?  If other SOLIDWORKS products still launch, or if you are using SOLIDWORKS Term Licensing, then…

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SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard Zero Thickness Geometry Rebuild Error

Oh no, a rebuild error has appeared reporting: “Unable to create this feature because it would result in zero-thickness geometry”. Has this ever happened to you when trying to insert a SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard hole? This most often happens when trying to place a hole…

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SOLIDWORKS Part Feature Tree Salvage!

SOLIDWORKS Part Feature Tree

If your SOLIDWORKS part file seems to be unusable for some odd reason, but you can still access the feature tree, don’t count the part out just yet.  Here is a creative way to salvage your work by transplanting the feature tree into a new…

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How to Fix a Corrupt SOLIDWORKS Drawing

Corrupt SOLIDWORKS Drawing

Oh no, your SOLIDWORKS drawing appears to be corrupt!  It either won’t open properly, won’t save, throws a corruption message, suggests a repair or contacting technical support, etc.  What steps can you try to fix it before calling in the cavalry? This article serves as…

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How to fix a ‘File not found’ error when exporting a CEX file from the SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration Tool

SOLIDWORKS PDM administrators may want to save their vault settings as a CEX file for a number of reasons; for instance, to create a sandbox vault or to provide it to Technical Support. Our exporting SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault Settings article contains a series of steps…

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Why is a Colour Property change not applied to an Animation after SOLIDWORKS Composer document update?

While working with SOLIDWORKS Composer assemblies (.SMG) there are always cases where SOLIDWORKS designers make some changes in the source model. To avoid the re-work of creating all the views and animation again in a Composer assembly you can update the Composer document. This update…

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