SOLIDWORKS Performance

Automation with Options and Variants

Options and Variants is a very powerful and yet easy to use design automation tool. In a short amount of time it helps designers configure systems to provide consistently accurate designs while saving an enormous amount of time and money. There are so many E3 users raving about this functionality. Check out the video below to see how it works, how easy it is to add these options in your design and to control your design. You can also check out the Options and Variants Blog series to get more details: How To Automate Your Electrical Schematics – Part I How To Automate Your Electrical Schematics – Part II How To Automate Your Electrical Schematics – Part III

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Automatic Reports and Intelligent PDFs

The people consuming your design are not just the designers or the people reviewing your design. It is used by the Manufacturing team, Assembly team, purchasing , support , sales and even the Customer/End User – in essence everyone involved in making or using the design/product. What can these capabilities help you achieve?  How is it helping others? E3 with its Intelligent PDFs and Automated comprehensive reports gives you the ability to share your design and your design intent with all these consumers of the information you create with utmost ease while maintaining top notch quality. The 1 button reports have given E3 customers the ability to provide information in different formats for different audience in a format that is tailored to the end user….

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Is the Windows Indexing Service Helping or Hurting your Productivity.

Some of the modern search functionality within windows 7 is absolutely fantastic.  I can type fraction of a word and results from my email, start menu and specific locations on my hard drive begin to appear….instantly. I am certain that there are still folks out…

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Recovering your Windows System Resources with System Configuration (MSCONFIG)

Windows System Configuration

In my last post I discussed all of the unnecessary, auxiliary processes that may be running on your system.  Items such as update utilities, that generally present themselves as Icons within your System Tray or Notification Area (near your clock in the Windows Taskbar). In…

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What is stealing Windows System Resources away from your session of SOLIDWORKS?

Windows Task Manager

Ever wonder what other stuff is running on your PC while you struggle for Windows System Resources to finish the SOLIDWORKS task at hand? The ‘stuff’ I refer to is all of the little extra icons that appear in the Windows Taskbar (under the arrow…

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Test your machine performance with the SOLIDWORKS Benchmark Tool

Did you know that SOLIDWORKS Rx is equipped with a SOLIDWORKS Benchmark tool? To run the performance test either activate SOLIDWORKS Rx or pick SOLIDWORKS Performance Test 20XX from your Windows apps: With SOLIDWORKS Rx active, under the Benchmark tab you’ll find some instructions for…

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How to avoid lost references to custom SOLIDWORKS Toolbox files

Starting in SOLIDWORKS 2011, a new option was introduced to help avoid SOLIDWORKS Toolbox lost references. Under Tools > Options > System Options tab > Hole Wizard/Toolbox, there is now a check box “Make this folder the default search location for Toolbox components“. When is…

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Does SolidWorks Use Multi-Threading…..Yes!

One of the most common questions we receive is in regard to how SolidWorks uses processors that support Multi-Threading and if Multi-Threading should be enabled via a computers BIOS or not. In addition to the well known advantages with Simulation and Rendering, other operations within SolidWorks that can take advantage of Multi-Threading include: File Open File Save File Conversion Boolean Silhouettes Line generation Mass properties Body check User Interface Activities (dialog box interaction, redraw, etc…) The Swbgproc.exe process which silently updates HLR drawing views to High quality from draft. In prior releases with older P4 class machines it was suggested that Hyper-threading be disabled in the BIOS to streamline performance. With modern “Nahalem” processors (Core i3, i5 & i7) this additional step is not required….

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Increasing SOLIDWORKS Drawing Performance

Here are recommended options and best practices for increasing SOLIDWORKS drawing performance and reduce processing time when making changes: Select Sheets to Open Let’s start with the Open dialog box. By using “Select Sheets to Open”, you select the sheet(s) you need to work on. The remaining sheets can be viewed…

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