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SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional and SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard client can be installed at the same time as SOLIDWORKS. Installation uses the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager located on the SOLIDWORKS DVD or downloaded from SOLIDWORKS.  


In SOLIDWORKS, have you ever noticed hard edges at conjoining surfaces, surfaces intended to be one continuous bend? Digitally, these are not a hindrance to our work, but these hard edges can appear on manufactured products, especially products made on a CNC machine or through plastic injection molding. 


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 Mar 13, 2023

DraftSight is a professional-grade 2D solution for creation, editing, and markup for 2D drawings and design. Read more for frequently asked questions. 


If you start SOLIDWORKS and encounter the message Could not obtain a license for SOLIDWORSK CAM. Error: Invalid block name (-5,147,0), here are a few considerations. 



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. 



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