SOLIDWORKS Error

SolidWorks Tutorial: Import Diagnostics (1) – “Face Piercing Through Solid” Error [VIDEO]

 This week, we will post a series of articles focused on troubleshooting and healing topological errors from geometry imported in SolidWorks. Two designers of different nationalities can communicate using a lingua franca, a language that is not native to either of them, but which is known…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM login operation failed. Could not access the item in the database

SOLIDWORKS PDM login operation failed

SOLIDWORKS PDM Login issues can often be the result of communication issues between the server and the client. A ping test as outlined in my article: Testing Connectivity to Archive Server Using the Ping test, can be used to check for communication issues. Some login issues…

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SOLIDWORKS Replace Sketch Entity [VIDEO]

Doesn’t matter if you are The Company Owner, a Manager, a SolidWorks Expert or just a SolidWorks Beginner, you will be extremely happy taking advantage of the most important enhancement introduced to SolidWorks this year: the ability to replace sketch entities. As the owner, CEO or manager you will notice how much faster your design team will be able to change their design intent during all phases of the design process. What before would take them hours can be done now in seconds. Moreover, the number of errors in your drawings and, ultimately, in your products will decrease by an order of magnitude! If you are a SolidWorks Power User, a large portion of your work time was most likely dedicated troubleshooting and fixing your colleagues models after they…

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Imported Bodies Video Series – 1. Troubleshooting an Imported Model [VIDEO]

There are lots of reasons why models imported in SolidWorks from IGES, STEP or Parasolid files have topological errors. The simplest analogy I can make is that the various CAD products used for creating geometry speak different languages and, in order to understand each other,  they need translators. These translators are the neutral formats mentioned before. That being said, whenever you get a middleman in the communication chain, bits of information could be lost and as a result you get topological errors like: gaps in the body self intersecting faces faces with more than one closed contour faces that are piercing the solid body Once the errors are identified they need to be repaired before using the model for anything else. In this series of articles,…

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Solve Errors and Save Time by Replacing Mate Entities in Bulk [VIDEO]

When entities referred in existing mates (faces, edges, vertices, planes) change, the result is often a long list of errors in your assembly feature tree. This video presents an elegant way to replace the defective mate references in bulk and, thus, save time.

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SOLIDWORKS Database is Missing! Complete functionality will not be available?

Have you ever seen these messages before when launching SOLIDWORKS? SolidWorks Database Missing. Complete functionality will not be available. Or what about this SOLIDWORKS error message? Failed to initialize Toolbox Library Not to worry!  This only means that the Hole Wizard/Toolbox functionality has failed to find an…

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Controlling SOLIDWORKS Warning and Error Messages

On top of adding a lot of new functionality and enhancing the user experience for the latest release of SOLIDWORKS, the developers dedicated some time to address some little quirks in the interface that did not make too much sense and were a source of confusion. A good…

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Error: “Face is not laying on the boundary between the solid and fluid region.”

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Error

Usually when you receive the SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Error: Face is not laying on the boundary between the solid and fluid region It is related to the geometry of the model (assuming the boundary conditions are done correctly). There are two things you can check…

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Error: Out of memory or other error trying to initialize data source from standards file ‘…\HoleWizardFavorites.mdb’

Some of you probably have seen this error in your SW program when you try to use Hole Wizard feature.  Several reasons can cause this: mdb file is corrupted, mdb location is incorrect, not enough permission to access the mdb file, DLL not registered, etc….

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