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When importing STL files into SOLIDWORKS, checking the import settings you are using can avoid issues when editing the files, taking measurements, and inserting them into Assemblies. This article provides an overview of the SOLIDWORKS STL import settings in SOLIDWORKS including Solid & Surface Body, Mesh Body, Graphics Body, and Units.
DraftSight is a professional-grade 2D solution for creation, editing, and markup for 2D drawings and design. Read more for frequently asked questions.
If SOLIDWORKS suddenly starts acting strangely, many of us will reboot our machine only to find that the behavior is still present. The reason this behavior persists may be due to the use of the “Fast Startup” functionality in Windows 10/11. Many Windows 10 machines have a Fast Startup option that is turned on by default. Fast Startup is incorporated when you shut down your machine and acts as a hybrid between a shutdown and hibernation.
Occasionally, PDM users will experience errors in PDM’s logs or the Event Viewer logs regarding being unable to connect to the PDM server. This error indicates that the SOLIDWORKS PDM Database Server service is failing to connect to the correct SQL server Hostname/Instance the PDM vault is running on.
In this guide, we go further in-depth using SOLIDWORKS Configuration Publisher to create custom dropdown menus for configurations when we place a component into an assembly. In part one, we learned how to create a configuration table and multiple configurations. Now we will use the configurations we created to create a design table and use Configuration Publisher.
In this tutorial, we show how to create and modify a configuration table in SOLIDWORKS. We'll then use Configuration Publisher to select specific configurations to update in assemblies from a drop-down list. First, make sure that Configuration Tables are set to be created on open.
Here’s the dilemma: you are ready to apply a texture to your SOLIDWORKS Composer actor, so you click the activate checkbox. However, the alignment of the texture is not what you desired, so you unclick it, re-align, then try to re-add, but to no avail. Not to worry, there is a simple solution! Learn what a texture in SOLIDWORKS Composer is and how to apply it here.
The Tasks feature, available in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional, allows users to automate frequently performed file tasks in the vault. Found in the PDM Administration tool, the Tasks option enables convert, design checker, and print tasks for use with SOLIDWORKS files as well as an API to write add-ins for customized tasks. If you ever find yourself with a Failed Task, it could be the Task script is out of date and needs to be reset.