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Multiple-year versions of SOLIDWORKS Installed? Set File Locations the easy way!

When it becomes necessary to install multiple year versions of SOLIDWORKS, we recommend our best practices guide for the installation.  This article assumes that the aforementioned guide was used, and employs a technique designed to work with the settings we use in that guide. Once…

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SOLIDWORKS Save, Backup, and Auto-recover Options

Have you ever lost work simply because you forgot to save your changes? Have you ever changed your design and couldn’t redo the changes to a previous model, so you had to start over? Then let me show you how to guarantee you are keeping…

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How to restore SOLIDWORKS file shortcut options in Windows Explorer

Many SOLIDWORKS users are used to access SOLIDWORKS which appears when we right click on any part, assembly or drawing file within Windows Explorer. This SOLIDWORKS file option has various sub-options such as Pack and Go, Rename, Replace and Move. Hence, it allows user to…

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How to disable the SOLIDWORKS SpeedPak Graphics Circle

SpeedPak Graphics Circle

SOLIDWORKS SpeedPak allows us to create a much lighter configuration from an assembly or sub-assembly so that we can handle large assemblies quicker. SpeedPak has been available in SOLIDWORKS since version 2009. Over the years SOLIDWORKS has added more functionality to this tool allowing us to focus…

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Reserving SOLIDWORKS PDM Licenses

Reserving SOLIDWORKS PDM Licenses

Now that SOLIDWORKS PDM (both Professional and Standard) is using the SolidNetwork License Manager for distributing licenses to clients, reserving SOLIDWORKS PDM licenses for specific users or groups of users is now possible.  This is done through the SolidNetWork License (SNL) Manager Options File. In other…

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical Cross References are jumping off the page?

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Cross References are used to indicate associations between symbols in our schematics.  If for example a complex electrical component has multiple symbols across a number of drawings, cross references can be used to show association between these symbols. In some cases, you may…

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SOLIDWORKS Imperial Dimensions Fraction Setup

The drawings in SOLIDWORKS are usually made using drawing templates which are specifically designed for each company. In the drawing templates, the unit system is preset along with many other settings to eliminate the setup steps for engineers and drafters. With respect to dimension units, the…

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Edit all of your File Locations Options at once in SOLIDWORKS 2017

When I think I have found what is to be my favorite feature within SOLIDWORKS 2017, along comes something better. The new SOLIDWORKS File Location option reviewed in this article promises to be one of those “better” somethings… SOLIDWORKS File Location View/Edit Technique Here at…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Offers Enhanced Drawing Performance in several areas

One of the areas in SOLIDWORKS that everyone likes to see improve is drawing performance. With SOLIDWORKS 2017 three areas of overall drawing performance were addressed: Optimization of Center Mark auto-insertion while creating a drawing view Lightweight Drawing Opening Time has been improved An option…

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