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How to Install DraftSight

by Nathen Blas

draftsight-2020-installation-welcome-screen

This guide will walk you through installing DraftSight using two of the three licensing methods. For DraftSight Enterprise users, we will also discuss how to use the DraftSight Deployment Wizard to create Admin Images for multi-user deployments.

What do you Mean My SOLIDWORKS Activation Count is EXCEEDED?!

by Jerald Staley

Deactivation succeeded screen in SOLIDWORKS

Enough of us have seen this message before: activation count exceeded. We cringe when it happens and then try to figure out who we must scramble to call to get it resolved. In most cases, this overage was done without your knowledge. There are a few steps to keep this from happening. The sections below will get you the information on your situation and how to address it.

Using SOLIDWORKS and 3D Printing to Create a Race Medallion Hanger

by David Cersley

David Cersley Race Medallions

The first step to being successful is identifying a solution to a problem, I learned that on Shark Tank. In this case, my problem was that I had a bunch of race medallions laying around that I wanted to display. I looked online and the costs were expensive, and I thought heck, I can design my own. So, I fired up SOLIDWORKS, made a model, collaborated with my colleague Jeff Lendermon on the final design of a medallion hanger. Here is how it all happened.

Designing a Trailer Using SOLIDWORKS Weldments | Case Study

by Jared Trotter

Designing a Trailer Using SOLIDWORKS Weldments

Trailer design is an engineering challenge that is made easier by robust, yet flexible CAD tools. SOLIDWORKS Weldments is well-suited for this endeavor with intuitive features that make modeling this and other structures a lean process.

Managing SOLIDWORKS Simulation Results with PDM

by Arunachalam Thiraviam

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If your organization uses SOLIDWORKS PDM, you have taken a step in the best direction to avoid data duplication and enforce revision controls during the product design process. Considering these benefits, your team may have stumbled across this conundrum – Do I manage my SOLIDWORKS simulation results in the PDM vault? To answer this question, let’s understand the Simulation tools in SOLIDWORKS.

Ultimate Guide to SOLIDWORKS Licensing: Types, Activation, and Borrowing

by Darin Grosser

SOLIDWORKS offers several licensing solutions tailored to the size and flexibility needs of an organization. These licenses range from Single Seat, Single User, and Standalone to the ability to spread your SOLIDWORKS investment over a large group of users using Floating Network licenses.

Managing Your SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive with Compression and Cold Storage

by Bryce Hooper

SOLIDWORKS PDM Cold Storage Relocate

Data is going to pile up over time. It can be the biggest part of managing our data in the long haul. Let’s discuss a few options here to reduce the footprint, or at least spread it around a little bit with compression and cold storage. Each of these methods for SOLIDWORKS PDM have their own give and take, so it is important to keep these in mind before implementing either solution.

Managing Your SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive with Distribution

by Bryce Hooper

SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive Server

The location where our data is stored isn’t set in stone. There will be situations when we need more space, more speed, or in a bad situation – a failing drive. In part one, we covered vault cleanup and permanently removing deleted files. This blog contains methods used to relocate and redistribute our SOLIDWORKS PDM vault storage.

Managing Your SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive: Cleanup

by Bryce Hooper

Deleted Files SOLIDWORKS PDM

It can be hard to determine how much data will be needed as time goes on; and considering the rate at which new CAD data is added to the SOLIDWORKS PDM vault, this quantity is likely to increase. To reduce the stress on server hard drives, there are a few techniques to managing PDM archive.

Missing File Locations in SOLIDWORKS? Let’s Find Them!

by Heather McHale

Find and Replace SOLIDWORKS File Locations

Have you ever upgraded SOLIDWORKS and started receiving file location errors? Maybe your templates are invalid, or you see instead of the diameter symbol? These issues are due to the reference file locations looking in the wrong location, most likely an old installation folder.

Optimizing Golf Design Using SOLIDWORKS Tools

by David Cersley

Optimizing Golf Design Using SOLIDWORKS Tools

When given the incredible opportunity to present at 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020, we shared how we used SOLIDWORKS to design golf equipment, how simulation can validate design theories, and AI or Topology Optimization could change the way golf putters look.

Behind the Scenes: Altair Inspire Cast Meshing with SimLab

by Shaun Bentley

Behind the Scenes: Altair Inspire Cast Meshing with SimLab

In this article, we will look at one of the few cases where we bump into a problem caused by some modeling practices that are not well-suited for simulation, and how easy it is to use SimLab to help track down the problem.