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CAMWorks Apr 30, 2024

You just received a new machine, and now you need to get your TechDB (Technology Database) from the old machine to the new one, but how is this done? Is there a difference between SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks? This article shows the process for backing up and restoring your CAMWorks and SOLIDWORKS CAM TechDB.


SOLIDWORKS recently changed how often you must reactivate the software. Previously, you would activate a license, and depending on the license type, it wouldn’t require reactivation and wouldn't expire. So, why are you receiving this message and how do you fix it? 



Topology Optimization is a technique in SOLIDWORKS Simulation that removes material from a user-defined shape or design space to maximize the the performance of the shape. Performance, in this instance, would be maximizing stiffness to weight ratio, minimizing displacement, or a combination of the two for a given set of loading conditions.


Buckling is a mode of failure where sudden large displacements happen due to compressive loads. When slender structures are subjected to compressive loads, a sudden displacement can occur. This can happen even though the high stresses in the structure are well below the yield point.


Showing stress in loads involving bolts can be critical in the process of production when they are in use. In SOLIDWORKS Simulation, one way to do this is by using a small steel pin and block assembly. Using axial tension load on the pin can be used to investigate the stress distribution along the length of the fastener. This could be considered a fully engaged thread or an adhesive bond line could serve the same purpose.


There are two ways to create Stress-Strain Curves in SOLIDWORKS Simulation, an “easy” way and a “custom” way. In this article, we will discuss each of those processes. Regardless of which method you use, the information gained can be inputted by the user for however many rows are needed using various unit types.

There have been a few changes to how SOLIDWORKS handles Remote Loads. In this article, we discuss Remote Loads in SOLIDWORKS Simulation, how it has changed, and what makes it such a useful tool.

In this walkthrough, we go over how to modify CAD geometry for Shell Elements, focusing on Framework in SOLIDWORKS SimulationWhen using framework, it is often part of a larger assembly; and trying to mesh a large assembly can bring your PC to its knees with all the required processing power. 



CAMWorks Feb 02, 2022

In CAMWorks, the Air Segment Offset number is a value that allows us to adjust how far off the part the tool can go. This is often used primarily in Slot Features and Part Perimeter Features. Air Segment Offset is located within the Operation Parameter’s tab under the Feature Options.