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The basics of SOLIDWORKS xDesign Demonstration Video

SOLIDWORKS xDesign

Watch and learn how SOLIDWORKS xDesign combines 3D CAD modeling and cloud collaboration using a web browser. In this 90-minute, on-demand video you’ll learn how to create parametric models and assemblies or let xDesign’s Design Guidance suggest solutions for you. SOLIDWORKS xDesign SOLIDWORKS xDesign combines ease of use with innovative design methodologies and cloud collaboration from inside your browser. SOLIDWORKS xDesign is hosted on infrastructure owned and operated by Dassault Systemes.  After being in business for more than 35 years, and gaining the trust of more than 200,000 companies worldwide. Considering multi-million dollar annual investments in the infrastructure and security, DS 3DEXPERIENCE cloud services are here to stay. They are trusted. They are secure. They are here to protect you and your business. No installation required! To get access to SOLIDWORKS xDesign, all you need is a web browser and login credentials. This allows for near instantaneous deployment, allowing companies to…

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Utilize Touch Mode in SOLIDWORKS for Touchscreen Computers

SOLIDWORKS Touch Mode

More and more, we run into touch screens. Laptops and monitors are starting to come standard with touch capability. I’ve had a touch screen on my computer, and for a while, it hadn’t occurred to me use it in SOLIDWORKS. So when I did, I found it intuitive and fun to use. You could arguably do everything without using a mouse & keyboard after getting accustomed to the touch features. I also noticed that it was easier to work with people, as they could interact with the model without having to take turns with the mouse. It looks like we are getting one step closer to the VR reality system we see in all those Iron Man movies. So let’s go over the gestures and features that help users utilize Touch Mode in SOLIDWORKS. Gestures in Touch Mode All the gestures are integrated into SOLIDWORKS 2018 and up. If you’ve…

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Design for Additive Manufacturing with SOLIDWORKS Simulation Topology Study

Topology Study produces organic geometry that is optimized for its intended application

Additive manufacturing is no longer a bleeding edge technology; this powerful method is being used across countless industries, for applications ranging from rapid prototyping to jigs/fixtures and production end-use parts. Widespread adoption of the materials and geometric freedom provided by additive manufacturing pushes the boundaries of traditional simulation validation processes. SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018 introduced Topology Study, an exiting new study type that utilizes goals and constraints to optimize geometry for its design requirements. This optimization often produces complex, organic shapes, that are ideally suited to take advantage of the additive manufacturing. SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 built on the success of Topology study, adding new types of constraints, and enabling the optimized geometry to be exported as a mesh solid. Additive manufacturing frequently depends on the use of plastic materials, which necessitates the use of a nonlinear analysis in order to accurately validate product performance. Video Demonstration Check out the following video, which…

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Slicing imported Mesh or Scanned Geometry into SOLIDWORKS Sketches

In a world that is moving more and more towards additive manufacturing as a primary method of creating our designs, working with mesh geometry is becoming ever more important. Whether this is a file that we’ve received from a customer, a supplier, or even geometry we’ve captured ourselves with a 3D scanner, using and manipulating this data inside SOLIDWORKS is crucial. SOLIDWORKS 2019 introduces an amazing new Slicing tool that allows us to generate sketches directly from our mesh geometry. These sketches can then be used to generate a solid body just like our traditional SOLIDWORKS parts. SOLIDWORKS Slicing tool Step-by-step Guide To use the SOLIDWORKS Slicing tool on mesh geometry (like .stl, .ply, .obj, or .3mf for instance), just follow the steps below: Inside of SOLIDWORKS, click File  > Open, and directly open your mesh model. Activate the Slicing tool by selecting Insert  > Slicing. At this point, we…

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Introducing Structure System in SOLIDWORKS 2019

SOLIDWORKS Structure System

SOLIDWORKS has long been an industry leader in the modelling of welded frames and their components. Quickly generating beam members based on 2D or 3D sketches and exporting a cut-list using weldments can save many hours of manual work and re-work when compared to traditional modelling techniques. In SOLIDWORKS 2019 this process can be completed even more quickly through the use of the SOLIDWORKS Structure System. This new toolset allows us to: Create and modify structural members of different profiles in a single feature. Generate structural members using points, edges, reference planes, and surfaces, without any consideration for weldment groups. The use of this new functionality will allow mechanical designers to be more efficient when designing complex welded frames, and will help ensure a more linear workflow that is more robust and intuitive than traditional SOLIDWORKS weldments. SOLIDWORKS Structure System Demo Have a look at the video below to see…

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How To Manually Backup the SOLIDWORKS PDM Database

When troubleshooting SOLIDWORKS PDM issues, or when performing operations like software upgrades you may need to manually backup the SOLIDWORKS PDM Database outside of your normally scheduled Maintenance Plan. This backup can be run as a task within the Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio. Step 1:  In the Management Studio, right click on the PDM database that needs to be backed up, then go to the Tasks flyout and select “Back Up…” Step 2:  In the Back Up dialogue box, on the General page, ensure that the Backup type is set to Full and the Backup component is set to Database.  In the Destination area, make sure that the Back up to option is set to Disk.  You may need to select the existing destination and select “Remove”, then click “Add…“. Step 3:  In the Select Backup Destination dialog, click “…” and select the folder where the backup file should be…

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How to use the SOLIDWORKS PDM View Setup Tool

SOLIDWORKS PDM View Setup tool

Once the SOLIDWORKS PDM Client software is installed the next step is to setup the Vault View which give the user(s) access to the vault through Windows Explorer. The easiest way to do this is by using the SOLIDWORKS PDM View Setup tool.  It is recommended that you perform this procedure with full Administrator privileges. SOLIDWORKS PDM View Setup Tool Step-by-step guide The View Setup is found by going to the Start Menu > SOLIDWORKS PDM > View Setup. Screen 1:  Welcome Launch the program then click “Next>“. Screen 2:  Select Servers On the Select servers screen you will see any Archive Servers that your system can currently communicate with across the network.  If you are in a replicated environment make sure that you select the Archive Server that is local to your office (you may need to confirm this with your PDM Administrator to make sure which server is the one…

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How to Avoid Locking Out the Microsoft SQL sa Account

Starting with Microsoft SQL 2005, the Password Policy and Password Lockout settings from the Windows Operating System (found by going to Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Local Security Policy > Account Policies) are automatically inherited by the sa account in SQL. This could lead to issues if the password stored in the Database Server Configuration program or the Archive Server Configuration tool are incorrect for any reason and the Password Policy is set to lockout the account after a certain number of failed login attempts. If that happens, PDM will no longer be able to access the SQL database and users will not be able to work in the vault. For this reason the SOLIDWORKS PDM Installation Guide recommends disabling this option for the sa account. This can be done from within the SQL Server Management Studio program, by expanding the Security folder, then the Logins folder and right clicking…

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