Blog Posts: April 2014

Tuesday April 22, 2014 at 10:31am

Animations:        Save As .avi recommended settingsI've had a number of calls on the support desk asking for help when saving their animations out as .avi files.  The comments range from the animation appearing ‘rough’ or ‘stuttering’, to the file size being far too big to send to anyone or upload to their website.  As it happens then, there are a few tweaks we can make to the Save As settings that should fix these issues ....

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Thursday April 17, 2014 at 10:36am

Being on the support desk exposes you to many ways of applying different techniques in SOLIDWORKS. While making changes between configurations, a customer was finding that mates were sometimes over defining the assembly, or that too many parts were appearing in certain configurations and not at all in others, leaving the models coming out looking a mess like this.   The key here are the two Advanced Options found in the Configuration Property manager highlighted in red. ....

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Monday April 14, 2014 at 3:09pm

On Monday 14th April 2014 SOLIDWORKS released the third service pack in the 2014 cycle.  The release cycle for SOLIDWORKS 2014 Service Packs are as follows (subject to change):  Service Pack    Release Month SP0 October 2013 SP1 November 2013 SP2  January 2014 SP3  April 2014 SP4  June 2014 SP5  October 2014    For further information in downloading your service packs please see my previous blog post where....

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Thursday April 10, 2014 at 2:35pm

SOLIDWORKS users running Kapersky Anti Virus may be affected by a virus definition update released by Kapersky yesterday. The symptoms are error messages loading SOLIDWORKS, or using Toolbox/ Hole Wizard. The bug is essentially down to a utlilty called "System Watcher" that is blocking access to Microsoft Access databases- Hole Wizard and Toolbox use these.  A fix has been sumbitted by Kapersky, you can download from our DropBox server below, and also see the instructions in red on the....

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Thursday April 10, 2014 at 10:29am

The multibody part environment is a huge strength of SOLIDWORKS- the diverse range of features we provide in the part mode, means that you can gain fully detailed designs without having to even explore the assembly mode- there may be examples where you wish to convert multibodies to assemblies though- for example: Animations; assigning part numbers; assembly specific features. In this blog we explore some of the ways to do this. 1- Insert into New Part This option allows you to take on....

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Thursday April 10, 2014 at 9:47am

This week SolidCAM UK have been demonstrating the power of iMachining technology on Stand 5242 at the NEC, Birmingham for the MACH2014 Exhibition. They have been overwhelmed by the response they have received from delegates visiting them. On Thursday 10th and Friday 11th April 2014 Solid Solutions will be joining the SolidCAM UK team, and we would love to welcome you to the stand where you can see live cutting of 10 deep using the unique, revolutionary and patented iMachining technology.&nb....

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Tuesday April 8, 2014 at 11:37am

You may have seen articles in the press of late (link) stating that official support for the Micorsoft Windows XP platform has ended as of April 8th 2014. As a result no updates or bug fixes will be worked on by the Microsoft developers- as a result there are concerns of potential security risks that may now become prevalent with the lack of support. Microsoft have statistics that suggest 1 in 4 PCs still use this platform.There are still a huge number of XP based machines using in industry and ....

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Wednesday April 2, 2014 at 1:13pm

SolidCAM is a Gold Partner Product which is fully integrated into SOLIDWORKS. This integration means you work within SOLIDWORKS, using familiar areas such as the command manager and manager pane. All machining operations can be defined, calculated and verified without leaving the parametric SOLIDWORKS assembly environment. Furthermore the geometries used for machining are fully associated to the SOLIDWORKS design so CAM operations can be synchronised to any changes with a click of a button.....

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