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Occasionally, tasks being run in SOLIDWORKS PDM can get stuck and fail to progress. In this tutorial, we walk through how to cancel these stuck tasks from the Task List. To do so, we'll need access to the SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration tool and the SQL database server. 

In SOLIDWORKS, a Loft feature creates a solid or surface by making transitions between sketch profiles. A Loft can be a base, boss, cut, or surface. In this article, we will look at SOLIDWORKS Loft connectors and their effect on the resulting Loft. Sometimes it will still be necessary to create guide curves, but working with the connectors first may eliminate that.


In this tutorial, we discuss Display States, a powerful option in SOLIDWORKS that allows users to draw attention to specific components or a subassembly in a drawing. A Display State is used any time changes to the graphics of the model (e.g., colors, appearances, display styles, etc.) are desired. 

CAMWorks Dec 02, 2022

When creating stock in CAMWorks, there are several options to choose from, each having unique benefits. In this guide, we'll walk through each of the CAMWorks stock types. When editing stock, a dialogue on the left-hand side of SOLIDWORKS, called the Stock Manager, is available. Within the Stock Manager, users can choose Bounding Box, Sketch, STL, and Part file.

DraftSight Dec 01, 2022

DraftSight is a powerful, two-dimensional drafting tool that allows users to create and edit DXF and DWG file formats. But what if you need to send a file to a user who doesn’t have access to the same software? DraftSight includes options to export your file to other formats. In this article, we will highlight the DraftSight export options available.

Have you ever opened somebody else’s SOLIDWORKS model and received a warning stating, “This sketch contains dimensions or relations to model geometry which no longer exists”? This warning message means that SOLIDWORKS is unable to find a reference that was used to define a sketch. This is quite common as parts evolve in the design process (e.g., Features that were once flat are now curved.). 

3D Printing Nov 28, 2022

It started as a joke on a Friday afternoon - the week before Halloween. “Somebody should print a Halloween mask of their face!” I hopped online, and after a bit of searching, acquired a rather sophisticated little 3D scanning iPhone app called Poly-cam. I scanned my face by waving my phone around my head for about a minute. The scan data was then uploaded by the application to a cloud server for processing. In the time it took to brew a cup of coffee, I was able to export the data as an .obj file. I uploaded the file to Google Drive and then downloaded the file to my PC.


The process to transfer a SOLIDWORKS license off a computer that is disconnected from the internet is simple and only takes a few minutes and can be transferred manually. The process goes as follows: The activation manager will give you a request file to be emailed to SOLIDWORKS. You can put this file on a thumb drive or CD and transfer it to an internet-connected computer to send it off.

3DEXPERIENCE Simulate Nov 23, 2022

Unlike familiar Windows folder-based systems, files on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform are not organized into folders but into a single collaborative space. There are many benefits to storing data in this manner, including faster retrieval, optimization of resources, and more. However, one of the side-effects is potentially problematic navigation to saved files. 


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