Three Minute Thursday: Reset SOLIDWORKS File Locations

[fa icon="calendar'] July 19, 2018 / by Cris Ivan posted in Manufacturing, SOLIDWORKS, Three Minute Thursday

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Cris Ivan, TPM Application Engineer

Whether it is document templates, weldment bend tables or hole callout format files, SOLIDWORKS searches under its set File Locations for the needed information.

So how do we change these location paths or reset them? Here, we are looking at three easy ways of retuning our default file locations. They can be Reset from System Options, changed from File Locations or totally reset them from within the Windows registry.

 

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Three Minute Thursday: Simulation Xpress

[fa icon="calendar'] July 12, 2018 / by Mike Staples posted in Manufacturing, SOLIDWORKS, Three Minute Thursday

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Mike Staples, TPM Application Engineer

Dive into one of the most popular Xpress tools and see how you can easily make informed design decisions using the Simulation Xpress Analysis Wizard.

 

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Three Minute Thursday: 10 Reasons You Should Logically Define Every Sketch

[fa icon="calendar'] July 05, 2018 / by Robbie Hoyler posted in Manufacturing, SOLIDWORKS, Three Minute Thursday

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Robbie Hoyler, TPM Application Engineer

Need a reason to fully define your sketches using SOLIDWORKS? Here are 10 of them to convince even the most staunch of offenders.

 

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Three Minute Thursday: Defining Composite Materials in SolidWorks Simulation

[fa icon="calendar'] June 28, 2018 / by Luke Woodard posted in Manufacturing, SOLIDWORKS, Three Minute Thursday

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Luke Woodard, TPM Application Engineer

Within SolidWorks Simulation Premium, we can run studies on composite (Fiberglass, Carbon Fiber, etc..) materials. In this video, we look at how to define a part as a composite material to get you on your way to designing lighter and stronger parts.

 

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Three Minute Thursday: Managing Simulation Data in SOLIDWORKS PDM

[fa icon="calendar'] June 21, 2018 / by Steve Ostrovsky posted in Manufacturing, SOLIDWORKS, Three Minute Thursday

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Steve Ostrovsky, TPM Application Engineer

A typical Simulation process contains several steps. Modeling with CAD design data…. Pre-processing information such as materials, loads, restraints and mesh… Solve the setup…. Post-process the engineering results…. And finally provide reports for review.

And then do that over and over and over and over....

The challenge in maintaining the mounds of data created, destroyed, overwritten is to build intelligence of data. Intelligence to improve consistency, reliability and repeatability. This is where SolidWorks PDM can step in.

How can we build intelligence where the CAD software communicate with Simulation tools through the data management? To start, how about exploiting the integration between the CAD data and Simulation tools using the metadata information as a means to search and retrieve the same Simulation from the CAD data. In SolidWorks PDM terms - use the Data Cards variables to be able to search and reuse existing Simulation data.

In our Three Minute Thursday video, we demonstrate how to setup this integration.

So why do all of this? Simple. Create visibility among all levels of users so you don't have to reinvent the wheel - or better yet, re-run lengthy Simulations. This essentially can help reduce the design cycle and create accountability throughout the process.

  • Who performed the Simulation
  • What type of Simulation was performed
  • Where did the Simulation data, such geometry (CAD data), material properties, load conditions, goals, etc. originate?
  • Why was the Simulation run?

Don’t let your Simulation data just sit idly and tucked away on network drives. Include it with the rest of your engineering data under one roof with SolidWorks PDM.

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Three Minute Thursday: SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing

[fa icon="calendar'] June 13, 2018 / by Cris Ivan posted in Manufacturing, SOLIDWORKS, Three Minute Thursday

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Cris Ivan, TPM Application Engineer

Few things can be more frustrating than trying to use a tool and not having it available. Since a SOLIDWORKS Stand Alone license can only be active on one computer at a time, deactivating and reactivating is needed in order to use a different machine. Starting with SOLIDWORKS 2018 SP2.0, Online Licensing allows users to log in each time they start the software, from different machines and thus not need to transfer the activation each time. Active subscription is required for this to work.

This Three Minute Thursday video will go over how to switch a license to use this new feature. The account administrator needs to change the license to Online Licensing and then assign that license to the user. The user needs to modify his/her installation to login and start using the online licensing feature. This needs to be done on each machine the user plans to use.

 

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Three Minute Thursday: Creating Custom Desk Brackets

[fa icon="calendar'] June 01, 2018 / by Mike Staples posted in Manufacturing, SOLIDWORKS, Three Minute Thursday

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Mike Staples, TPM Application Engineer

From concept to fully assembled parts, this video walks you through the steps taken to generate a great custom design of desk brackets.  This project was a great application for the new capability to optimize material usage (topology study).  For a more in-depth look at this great new functionality check out this Three Minute Thursday.

 

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Getting Quick Access to Specific Folders Within PDM

[fa icon="calendar'] May 30, 2018 / by Mike Staples posted in Manufacturing, SOLIDWORKS, Three Minute Thursday

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Three Minute Thursday: SolidWorks Electrical - Moving Servers

[fa icon="calendar'] May 17, 2018 / by Rob Stoklosa posted in Manufacturing, SOLIDWORKS, Three Minute Thursday

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Rob Stoklosa, TPM Application Engineer

Welcome to this week's Three Minute Thursday! Today, we are going to discuss moving servers in 2D SolidWorks databases. 

 

 

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Three Minute Thursday: PDM Admin: Setting up Bill of Materials

[fa icon="calendar'] May 10, 2018 / by Steve Ostrovsky posted in Manufacturing, SOLIDWORKS, Three Minute Thursday

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Steve Ostrovsky, TPM Application Engineer

If you’re struggling with generating your Bills of Materials, in this Three Minute Thursday, we’ll quickly demonstrate how to setup a Bill of Material column set and define quick Group Permissions in SolidWorks PDM. Just the first step in working BOMs in SolidWorks PDM. More to come....

 

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