A Peek Inside SolidWorks Forums from Within SolidWorks by Francisco Guzman

Many users do not know that there are SolidWorks forums available. Much less that they can access the forums from within SolidWorks.

Say you were working late at night and came across an obstacle. You search the knowledge base but don’t find useful information and is outside business hours for your VAR. Where would you turn to? Many users don’t realize that SolidWorks forums can be accessed right from within SolidWorks task pane – The vertical toolbar found on the right side of the SolidWorks Window.

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There is a wealth of useful information in the SolidWorks forums from other users that like to post their challenges, suggestions and inquires.  You can tap into this wealth of information from within SolidWorks by enabling the SolidWorks Forum Add-in.

With SolidWorks open, select Tools > Add ins.. > SolidWorks Forum.

To activate the Add-in in the current solidworks session, select the checkbox on the left of the Solidworks Forums field (Red arrow below). Likewise, enable the Add-in for every time you open SolidWorks; select the check box on the right (Blue Arrow). Click OK.

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Once the Add-in is added, in the SolidWorks Task Pane you will find the Forums Tab :A Peek Inside SWx Forum from within Swx (3)

Selecting this tab you will find the list of forums in the SolidWorks website: A Peek Inside SWx Forum from within Swx (4)This gives visibility to the forums, but if you would like to reply, “Like” or use other features, log-in to the customer portal will be required.The forum is divided into categories such as SolidWorks, Simulation, Data Management and Administration among others. A Peek Inside SWx Forum from within Swx (5)

Suppose that you were working on part design.  You add a fillet to one of the edges and notice is not straight. You go to the forum, you search for fillet. There you find another user that posted this article: A Peek Inside SWx Forum from within Swx (6)You find that this question was answered by another user that posted his suggestion: A Peek Inside SWx Forum from within Swx (7)

 You try it yourself, and works like a charm.  This is a powerful doorway to information in the SolidWorks user community.

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About Francisco Guzman

Francisco is a student pursuing his degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is a Certified DriveWorks Professional and Enterprise PDM Support Engineer. Francisco enjoys solid modeling and automating SolidWorks Designs through DriveWorks as well as providing guidance to enhance SolidWorks designs. He worked with our Sr. Applications Engineers to model components of our Helicopter project for the 2013 Race to Production event. In addition to providing support to SolidWorks and Enterprise PDM customers, Francisco also provides support for DriveWorks.

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