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14 New Staff Join SSM Technical Team Today
Monday August 1, 2016 at 1:28pm

Staff expansion at SSM

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Tech Support Blog: Controlling Layers for Specific
Thursday June 9, 2016 at 2:50pm

Many SOLIDWORKS users still maintain layers in 2D drawings and there are a number of settings to allow you to control which type of annotations can take on layer properties such as line colour and font styles. Much of this can be setup at a template level, but following a support call this week, there is one key thing to bare in mind if you want this to work successfully. So firstly you have to create your layers- this can only be done via the "Line Format" or "Layer" toolbars, so ensure you ac....

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Sign Writing and Logos - DXF's and Blocks
Thursday April 21, 2016 at 1:54pm

Importing DXF's - particularly ones of stylized images can be a pain - how can this be handled?

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Creating the very best future engineers
Wednesday November 11, 2015 at 4:23pm

Some of Northern Ireland’s most promising future engineers gathered in Newry this week to take part in a specially-arranged training session to learn about 3D computer-aided design (CAD) using the state-of-the art SOLIDWORKS software package.

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 Training Schedules
Friday November 6, 2015 at 3:24pm

Our 2016 training schedules are now online. Read on for more information on notable changes for the 2016 release.

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Lotto Machine Optimisation with Flow Simulation
Wednesday September 30, 2015 at 9:36am

Here is a fun example of how SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can help you make good design decisions - and possibly improve your chances of winning at Lotto!

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Monday August 24, 2015 at 2:35pm

Adam Green, leader of the SOLIDWORKS User Group Network, North West, take his next meeting to Canon's offices in Birchwood. Adam has been gaining a lot of momentum with his User Group Network and has attracted some great guest presenters as well as presence from the reseller network. To make the event extra special Canon are hosting an exclusive 3D printing competition for our members. Matt Lawrence (CSWP and CSWE) will be sharing with us some of his most recent SOLIDWORKS projects as well as pa....

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Tuesday June 23, 2015 at 2:56pm

Today is National Women in Engineering Day and to celebrate, Solid Solutions would like to share the stories of some of their team members.

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Friday June 12, 2015 at 3:07pm

In SOLIDWORKS we have a toolbox library, materials library and appearances library, one library we don't have is a annotations library. This can easily be rectified allowing you to create an extensive catalogue of frequently used annotations, notes, symbols etc... The process is quick and easy, just follow the steps below

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Friday June 12, 2015 at 2:42pm

In an assembly, it can be quite useful to have different parts shown in different colours. Whether that be to differentiate between parts, to display final colour or to indicate whether a part has been purchased or not. This is easy in an assembly, but when you come to a drawing, the Hidden Lines Visible (HLV) and Hidden Lines Removed (HLR) display modes remove this colour, showing all the lines in black. You can modify this behaviour by going to;

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Friday June 12, 2015 at 11:24am

When sketching, on occasion you may want to add an angle dimension and use a horizontal or vertical sketch line to reference from, but what do you do if none are nearby? In SOLIDWORKS 2015 you now have the ability to dimension between a line and an imaginary horizontal or vertical line.

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Friday June 12, 2015 at 10:48am

Adding foreshortened dimensions are nice and easy, but what about adding foreshortened diameter dimensions to a Detail View of a section? Not so easy, or is it?

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Friday June 12, 2015 at 9:59am

In 2015 you can now "Ctrl" select as many dimensions as you wish, right click and select driven, making your sketch creation process faster and your model more robust.

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Wednesday June 3, 2015 at 4:22pm

SOLIDShots are free SOLIDWORKS Quick Tip Videos from our Elite Application Engineers here at Solid Solutions

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Friday May 22, 2015 at 12:09pm

Moving sketches while in edit sketch mode is not always the easiest of things to do, particularly if your sketch is under defined. You can use the move entities command, but this doesn't always snap to your desired location. However there is another method, if you can remember the clicks;

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Friday May 22, 2015 at 11:41am

Copying a surface can be very useful when you want to build in context relationships between parts. Particularly when you are dealing with difficult imported geometry, such as STEP or IGES files with thousands of surfaces. But how do we do it if there is no "Copy Surface Command?

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Southern Training Centre Update
Tuesday May 12, 2015 at 9:05am

It was about time that we got some shiny new things for all our customers to improve the facilities in our Fareham training centre. See how we have improved our office using SOLIDWORKS and Keyshot to visualise alternative room layouts.

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Simulate the Solar Eclipse with SOLIDWORKS!
Friday March 27, 2015 at 10:26am

Last week there was a cosmic conjunction in my thinking! The partial solar eclipse in the UK coincided with my son needing help with his "Gravitational Field Theory". Could SOLIDWORKS help me understand both?

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End Point References
Thursday February 19, 2015 at 11:50am

In SOLIDWORKS 2014 to make a line and an arc tangential, you had to select both sketch entities. Now in 2015 you can simply select the common vertex and the same sketch relations are presented. This is true of any sketch geometry that shares a common vertex.

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Dragging Dimensions
Friday January 30, 2015 at 2:14pm

When creating smart dimensions in drawing views, we occasionally want to reposition certain dimensions. Rather than deleting a dimension and creating a new one on another view we can simply hold "Shift" and drag the desired dimension to the desired view.

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Dimension Names
Friday January 30, 2015 at 10:55am

One query we get a lot on the support line is what are these bracketed names appearing after my dimensions in a drawing file? Dimension names are automatically created for every dimension you have produced, but whether you have them displayed is up to you. They can be toggled on and off using > view > dimension names.

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Relationship Popup
Friday January 30, 2015 at 10:07am

When you select more than one sketch entity using the "Ctrl" key a relationship menu appears. However after you select one relationship the popup disappears. Hit "Ctrl" to get it to reappear.

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Automatic Sketch Relations
Friday January 30, 2015 at 9:43am

Hold "Ctrl" to turn off automatic sketch relations.

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Sweeps with Guide Curves - when they don't work...
Monday October 13, 2014 at 6:06pm

How you set up the Profile sketch is often the cause of problems with Swept Boss features or Swept Cut features.

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Hole in the Ball!!
Tuesday July 15, 2014 at 10:28am

Well the World Cup is over, so as we are probably all trying to fill the 6 week gap until the start of the new domestic season- here's a blog with football at heart. In this post we look at finding where we have openings in surface models- and the reason why they may not convert to solids. With a football, it won't be much use with a hole in it, so here's a little tip I came across reviewing some of the old SOLIDWORKS World Presentations- it is also one we refer to on the Surface Modelling train....

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SOLIDWORKS 2014 SP4 - Available for Download
Monday June 23, 2014 at 6:50pm

On Monday 23rd June 2014 SOLIDWORKS released the fourth service pack in the 2014 cycle. In this post we advise how you can download this latest update for the 2014 release.

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The Magic of Spline on Surface
Thursday June 19, 2014 at 3:15pm

Want to create a free form cut out in a 3D surface? The little known 'Spline on Surface' is a great tool for this. Here is how to create an egg with the top chopped off - ready for the soldiers!

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Looking inside - a SOLIDWORKS Composer tip
Monday June 16, 2014 at 2:12pm

Discover a little known tip to help you clearly show internal components of an assembly through the outer level components using SOLIDWORKS Composer...

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Combining Helixes, Surfaces and Sweeps.
Monday June 9, 2014 at 5:27pm

In this week’s blog I’m going to show how to use a combination of simple commands to create this seemingly complex component. The part will start with a simple sphere, a groove will be then cut using a path that was created using a helix and a surface. A multiple profile sweep will create the variable cut gradient, before pattering the groove around the sphere to achieve the desired ‘notched’ result. After creating the sphere we will create a helix that ‘cuts&rsq....

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Replacing Components in Assemblies
Saturday June 7, 2014 at 7:38pm

Covered on the Assembly Modelling course, the Replace Component tool allows components with different file names to be swapped in and out without causing mate errors or the need to re-make areas of an assembly. Mates are re attached automatically, or if not they are re attached through one by one. Take this example vice assembly; my aim is to swap out the existing blue base with the new green one, perhaps due to a supplier change or modification to a part. Crucially, they are two separate docume....

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Communicating Designs Quickly and Effectively
Saturday June 7, 2014 at 6:19pm

eDrawings There are a number of tools within SOLIDWORKS to speed up the process of communicating designs quickly and effectively to your customers. One of the most popular ways is through a free program called eDrawings.  One of the major benefits with using eDrawings is that entire assembly files are flattened to an individual file which has the added benefit of reducing the file size allowing it easily to be sent via email.  Within the eDrawings product, your suppliers, customers or ....

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Replacing Inserted Parts for Master Modelling
Wednesday May 28, 2014 at 11:49am

Master modelling is the technique employed by many designers that work with external customer data. It allows the user to import a part into another part document. With an inserted part, new geometry can then be referenced to the inserted part ensuring adequate fit and clearances are maintained. Take for example a simple consumer electrical product like an electric shaver- the main body may be used as the inserted master part to allow other items to be designed- such as button details, or the ra....

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Materials Boot Camp for Simulation Users
Friday May 23, 2014 at 4:02pm

This blog has 6 very useful links to You Tube videos for anyone wanting to know the basics of material science and, in particular, any SOLIDWORKS users who want a refresher before attending a Simulation training course.

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The Secret to Putting at the Masters at Augusta!
Friday May 9, 2014 at 12:00pm

Putt too slow and you will leave the ball short - putt too fast and it will skip the hole. What are the max and min values for a successful putt? Is there an optimum speed for the ball to easily fall into the centre of the hole? This blog shows how SOLIDWORKS Motion simulation allows you to explore this type of dynamic problem using real-world physics.

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Creating multiple angular planes as reference geom
Friday May 9, 2014 at 11:38am

How can you easily create 36 planes at 10 degrees around a central axis?

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Ordering Holes in a Hole Table
Thursday May 8, 2014 at 2:57pm

Can you control the order of the holes in a hole table and the 'tags' that label them? This blog describes a neat method of achieving the hole order you want and gives you control over the tag names too.

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A Linear Pattern Design Library Feature – Unistrut
Wednesday May 7, 2014 at 4:52pm

SOLIDWORKS offers integrated Weldment Structure design tools at all levels of the product. Through the ‘SOLIDWORKS Content’ section of the design library, profiles for most types of structural member can be downloaded. The ‘Unistrut’ type is one of these and using it allows us to easily create structural members like the ones shown in the image below and left. The Weldment tools speed up the creation of even the most complex structures. However, due to the way the system ....

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The Sketch Driven Pattern Feature
Wednesday May 7, 2014 at 4:37pm

Read on to see how the Sketch Driven pattern can be used for irregular pattern arrays. An often forgotten feature within SOLIDWORKS, sketch driven pattern is extremely useful if a repeated feature is patterned on a planar face without a singular directional vector, or ‘irregular’ spacing. Take this simple example; the aim is to create an array of tapped holes at irregular intervals where the linear pattern would not be applicable- unless it was done with many features.

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Animations - A few recommendations when saving as
Tuesday April 22, 2014 at 10:31am

Animations:        Save As .avi recommended settings I'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 issue....

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Assembly Configurations - Two Vitally Important Ch
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 ....

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Technical Alert- Kapersky AntiVirus and SOLIDWORKS
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 re....

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Exporting Multi-body Parts to an Assembly
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....

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Visit SolidSolutions and SolidCAM at MACH 10-11 Ap
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....

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SolidCAM Training and Support
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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Derivative Design using Save As
Wednesday March 26, 2014 at 4:55pm

Training at SolidSolutions also offers the attendees a chance to ask the instructor other questions about the software not related to actual course, we call this the SolidSolutions Surgery…Pre or Post course time is allocated to all kinds of queries that the instructor is happy to show on the projector to the whole room or individually on the user’s classroom workstation.

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A New Way to Communicate Concept Designs
Wednesday March 19, 2014 at 10:06am

SOLIDWORKS PhotoView 360 2014 adds some new non photorealistic options for your output. The first thing that springs to mind for me is to communicate concept designs. Rather than dusting off the marker pens you  can create a quick concept image in SOLIDWORKS.   To enable the option on the Render Tools tab, select Options.      Next tick Contour/Cartoon Rendering and use the drop down to pick the new Cartoon Style. This will appear on the preview renders unlike the....

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SOLIDWORKS Certifications- All You Need to Know
Saturday March 15, 2014 at 12:38am

The SOLIDWORKS certification program is a great way to test competency and efficiency in the software- it is the only industry recognised SOLIDWORKS accreditation and a great addition to your CV. Below is an overview of the main examinations, and we are also able to provide opportunities for you as subscribed customers to sit the exams for free*   The main SOLIDWORKS certification website is www.SOLIDWORKS.com/cswp, this provides detailed information on all the exams and also samples to ....

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Flat Pattern Not Working in Drawing
Friday March 14, 2014 at 4:54pm

Whilst on support the other day I came across a question which I come across at least once a week, Why is the flat pattern not coming through to the drawing even though the view is set to flat pattern ?   Usually the reason for the flat pattern not coming through to the drawing sheet is not completely understanding what SOLIDWORKS completes in the background. So here goes- I will explain what is happening in the background and give a few best practices to ensure the setup is correct. &nb....

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Where is that Command again....?
Saturday March 8, 2014 at 2:26pm

If you're new to SOLIDWORKS, or even if you are not, you are always learning about new features and functions that hopefully make your life easier and products even better. The more commands you use, the tougher it is to keep track of them, and the busier your toolbars will be if you keep adding them again and again.   Many users have I’m sure encountered the frustration of knowing what tool they need to use but the exact location escapes them, this poor man seems to have had such ....

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Surface Model a Rubber Duck!!
Monday March 3, 2014 at 9:02pm

During one of my recent training courses, one of the delegates asked about surface modelling. I thought it could be easily digestable by relating it to an everyday common item, so I thought- why not a Rubber Duck!   Initially this type of shape can be a tough challenge but if broken into the small pieces of how this model is actually made it can be a much less daunting task.     First Step was to try and create the largest feature the body, so this is done firstly by drawing ....

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Wednesday February 26, 2014 at 2:00pm

Zoom to Selection  Time for little tip I showed in an Advanced Assembly training course last week that attendee’s seem to like; the little know ‘Zoom to Selection’ tool It’s a great way to target your view in the graphical window right where you need to be, it works on a number of selectable items so let’s take a look; When selecting something in SOLIDWORKS you often see the context toolbar appear, and on the bottom row of icons you’ll find the magni....

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Saturday February 22, 2014 at 12:38am

The Curve Driven Pattern is a powerful feature in parts, and now in SOLIDWORKS 2014, assemblies. It allows you to repeat and array features, bodies or parts along a 2D or 3D curve direction, maintaining equal spacing as you go. It is in fact a great alternative to a linear pattern if you use a straight line as the reference sketch- this is the only way to achieve an equal spacing scenario. There is an Enhancement Request to allow equal spacing in a typical linear pattern.   Anyway back to....

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Monday February 10, 2014 at 11:42am

The weldments feature set in SOLIDWORKS is a powerful way of generating geometry off the back of standard profiles- whether this be tube, box section or channels. We have always had to rely on creating each profile variant as a separate profile sketch which is then saved to be used for the Structural Member feature.    Looking back at the 2013 downloadable profiles, the ANSI standard has 233 files to download, manage and customise! Now in 2014 SOLIDWORKS has streamlined this process,....

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Friday February 7, 2014 at 1:37pm

Last week I wanted to go through my settings and customise them. I hadn’t done this in a while and didn’t feel like my current set up was working for me. You can get to the customise menu  by right clicking the command manager, going right down to the bottom of the list and choosing ‘Customize’. Alternatively you can use the Tools menu with Customize near the bottom.   The window that appears houses options to customise pretty much every aspect of SOLIDWORKS.&....

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Tuesday January 28, 2014 at 11:46am

A simple yet powerful feature introduced on the SOLIDWORKS Essentials Course is the shell feature. This allows you to remove faces of a part and apply a uniform wall thickness within it, particularly useful for injection moulded product. By delaying the stage at which we use the tool we can use it to enhance internal details from external ones, in this case bosses and fillets. What's more the shell feature can also product multiple thicknesses in different areas of a model for furt....

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Saturday January 25, 2014 at 5:12pm

We’re well into January now and if you haven’t decided on a new year’s resolution why not get SOLIDWORKS certified. Certifications are a great way to show off your skills whilst also helping you explore parts of the software you don’t often see.   There have been some changes to how certifications are structured in 2014, the main one being standard SOLIDWORKS related exams have been grouped together into “mechanical design”. A brief explanation of these....

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Tuesday January 21, 2014 at 12:25pm

Even after the hype of launch events has died down, we’re still spotting little nuggets of improvement that SOLIDWORKS have put into their latest release.   When using simulation to create a 2D shell mesh, it is now possible to “preview” the virtual thickness when picking which side of the component is used to define it. To see for yourself, choose “Define Shell By Selected Faces” from the simulation tree after creating a study…   Using the....

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Wednesday January 15, 2014 at 4:24pm

Guy Martin and the 112 mph Push Bike Our blog of 6th Jan (Can a Push Bike Be Ridden at 112Mph?) has caused a good deal of interest in a slightly crazy English guy (literally a 'Guy') who has broken the UK land speed record for a push bike. This was featured in a highly watchable Channel 4 TV programme. Achieving 112 mph by pedal power is a pretty amazing feat but it was done with the help of a supercharged racing truck and some clever simulations carried out by Dr Jason Hill at Dynamiq ....

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Tuesday January 14, 2014 at 11:02am

There has been an issue with the SOLIDWORKS database which may have affected your personal student copies of SOLIDWORKS. Attempting to run the software after 1st January 2014 may have given you the following error:       The solution to this is supplied via a hotfix available to download from the SOLIDWORKS forum article shown below:   https://forum.SOLIDWORKS.com/thread/76418?tstart=0   Please follow the instructions in the link to install the hotfix which sh....

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Friday January 10, 2014 at 10:09am

For the second time this series Channel 4’s “Speed with Guy Martin” focused on a Solid Solutions customer, episode two saw Plymouth based, Sealander Marine International and SOLIDWORKS play an integral role in Guy Martin’s quest to break the distant record for riding a motorbike across water.    Hydroplaning, the act of riding a non-buoyant craft across water, requires complex physics, thrust and lift in order to keep the bike skimming the water’s surfac....

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Friday January 3, 2014 at 9:50am

What may have started off as a small family venture is turning into something quite phenomenal, Elite Balustrade Systems, a balcony and balustrade sales and fabrication company (and Solid Solutions customer), have grown from a local business in the small town of Clitheroe into a now internationally operating firm, thanks to SOLIDWORKS.    Featured recently in Develop3D, Managing Director, David Martin, discusses the extent to which SOLIDWORKS has allowed the company to develop thanks....

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Friday December 20, 2013 at 12:05pm

Christmas is getting close and the pressure to produce the turkey and stuffing whilst getting those little pigs in blankets on the table before the Queen’s speech is mounting and for those with lots of family coming over it’s a certainty that there may be more than one dish in the oven at once but how will your oven cope?    Delphine Genouvrier, a SOLIDWORKS Product Manager, recently ran a series of tests using SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation and Computational Fluid Dynamics ....

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Thursday December 19, 2013 at 3:09pm

With the Christmas season well and truly upon us a seasonal SOLIDWORKS blog seems to be the only possible topic for today’s entry. As the social media pages get the festive touch from our graphics department we have been particularly impressed by Jordan Tadic’s yule tide SOLIDWORKS effort, currently available on GrabCad.com.     As well as being oh so appropriate, the tree truly demonstrates the level of detail offered by PhotoView360 - the pine needles provide an exce....

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Thursday December 12, 2013 at 9:00am

HOWZAT!!! Our nation will soon be in mourning when the Australian cricket team claw back those coveted ashes. How can our acclaimed 11 be blown away with such ease by the Aussie bowlers? It is tempting to be critical when you see the ultra-slow-mo of the ball making a mess of the stumps or that little nick to the slips, but consider, for a moment, the speed of events. Mitchell Johnson is hurling the leather at 95 mph. A simple calc tells me that the ball travels the 22 yards from bowler's h....

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Wednesday December 11, 2013 at 2:33pm

SOLIDWORKS Plastics is able to calculate and illustrate the phenomenon of ‘Jetting’ within injection moulded parts. ‘Jetting’ occurs when there is a large amount of empty space in the mould cavity at, or close to, the injection location. Jetting can result in parts that have an undesirable surface finish.       To generate results that will accurately show ‘Jetting’ as it occurs you need to use a ‘Solid Mesh’. Once meshed go in....

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Tuesday December 10, 2013 at 8:34pm

You may have seen warnings during the last couple of SOLIDWORKS versions about the support for Windows XP and Windows Vista ceasing, so it may come as a shock when attempting to install on a Windows 7 computer that you are hit with the following error:     This has cropped up on the support desk over the last couple of weeks, and in all cases the user was using a Windows 7 operating system- so this message made no sense. On further inspection, it was actually due to a Windows opti....

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Monday December 9, 2013 at 3:30pm

In recent years most browsers have added native support for Scaleable Vector Graphics (SVG) files. As the name implies these scale images up and down without losing quality, however did you know they can also be made interactive using SOLIDWORKS Composer   In this case I have chosen to create a series of instructions either for the shop floor or end user where they can click through each step at their own pace. These are supported by most modern browsers * without the need to download add....

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Monday December 9, 2013 at 2:19pm

As the new year approaches, I wanted to make you aware of some of the great resources Solid Solutions offer for new users and experienced users a like.   Webcast Wednesday This initiative has been going for around 4 years and we have had huge success and great feedback from the customer base. Every Wednesday one of our technical team hosts short webinars on a range of topics to add value back into the customer base. We cover the full product suite and our most popular videos tend to be t....

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Monday November 25, 2013 at 1:24pm

Using the swept cut feature, we have the ability to use a second body to represent the tool generating the cut.   For this to work our tool-body has to be a revolved feature using analytical geometry (i.e. lines and arcs), make sure the merge result tick box is unchecked when you create the revolve feature intially so a second body is created.   In this example using the cut-sweep feature, the silver revolved body takes on the role of the tool and will follow the blue helical curv....

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Wednesday November 20, 2013 at 3:19pm

Using Delete Face as a cutting tool Today’s little tip is the use of the “Delete Face” as a cutting tool, to save you the time and effort sketching and creating features to remove the model geometry Let me explain below: As you can see, due the sequence of creation, the boss has been added after the cut which has meant the boss geometry appears through where the cut should be… …therefore to avoid having to reorder features or create a....

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Wednesday November 6, 2013 at 9:43am

In my opinion, it is always best practice to model about the model origin and to make use of symmetry whenever possible.   Dynamic Mirror Entities: The easiest and fastest way to create symmetric elements in a sketch is to use the Dynamic Mirror Entities command. It works like the regular Mirror command, except it automatically creates the symmetric elements on the fly and applies the Symmetric constraint.   The tool is categorised as a Sketch Tool, so found under the Tools dropdo....

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Tuesday November 5, 2013 at 12:21pm

At Solid Solutions we love hearing about interesting and unusual uses for SOLIDWORKS and this could potentially be our favourite yet. Warning: this is utterly adorable.     When we heard about Dudley the Duck in the office yesterday afternoon I genuinely could not wipe the smile off my face. Only having one foot, following an unfortunate encounter with a hen, made swimming and walking a little difficult for the Vancouver based bird but thanks to a 3D CAD Designer at 3 Pillar Solut....

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Friday October 25, 2013 at 3:08pm

Rapid Sketch- you may have seen it, but perhaps haven't clicked it. It is one of the last icons on the Sketch toolbar when part modelling, and has been there for a couple of years. Without having any exposure on our training courses, it is one of those features you will have to explore for yourself, but read on to understand the function and benefits of the Rapid Sketch feature.   This tool allows you to sketch on multiple faces without having to keep opening and closing sketches. ....

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Tuesday October 22, 2013 at 4:34pm

Hi   I have just fixed a long-standing problem for a customer using the Knowledge Base. The customer was not aware that he could have fixed the problem himself - if he just searched it via his Customer Portal.   The Knowledge Base is a fabulous resource with tens of thousands of articles on everything from A - Z in SOLIDWORKS. We use it all the time on Tech Support, but there is no reason why customers on subscription shouldn't search yourself - in fact it is one of the main re....

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Tuesday October 22, 2013 at 4:18pm

Essentials Tips During training this week’s SOLIDWORKS essentials, I was reminded of a little tip that has been removed from the course itself over the years but one that I always like to show…. SOLIDWORKS gives the user the ability to use the modify dimension box for more than just entering the value of the dimension Let me explain below: Were you aware you can use the modify box as a Calculator by entering add, subtract, divide and multiply keystrokes, + - / * ....

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Wednesday October 16, 2013 at 2:45pm

During training this week I came across something that a number of my students were unaware of…it’s often these little things that can speed up your day to day work within SOLIDWORKS   SOLIDWORKS gives the user the ability to open parts/assemblies/subassemblies from locations within your 2D drawing without the requirement of you using the standard File, Open and having to browse through your local and network locations   Let me explain below:   Were you aware yo....

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Tuesday October 15, 2013 at 8:53pm

Sometimes we would like items to be listed as an assembly on a BOM rather than listing all the parts needed to build a certain Assembly. This can be achieved in SOLIDWORKS Composer in a couple of ways.   1. Activate Assembly Selection Mode.    2. Pick all of the assemblies you wish to list as a single item, either in the graphics area or assembly tree.     3. Activate the BOM Workshop. Verify the settings are “Apply to Selection” and “Compare Pr....

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Monday October 14, 2013 at 4:30pm

“I think most users will find something in [SOLIDWORKS 2014] that either makes their daily working practices more efficient or allows them to be more productive.”   SOLIDWORKS 2014 has been recently reviewed by Digital 3D, an independent resource for all things digital. From the introduction of Environments, a series of preset user interfaces specifically targeted at different industry sectors and user types through to equation control at configuration level, Develop 3D explor....

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Friday October 4, 2013 at 2:10pm

The standard line font used in SOLIDWORKS drawings is black lines with constant line weight- this can sometimes mean that being able to differentiate between parts within an assembly drawing can be a little tricky. There are ways around this.   Firstly, a relatively new option in SOLIDWORKS, gives you the ability to override the line colour based on the component colour- take this assembly below- the parts are easily differentiated in 3D, but there is an option in the 2D Drawing to allow ....

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Thursday September 19, 2013 at 1:50pm

Trim/Extend Feature and Weldment Cut Lists   A reminder of one of the main features of the Weldments area of SOLIDWORKS; the Trim/Extent tool.      Having started off with a part containing two weldment tubes and a horizontal Boss-Extrude tube, the weldment features require trimming to the outside face of the extrusion.      Selecting right-hand body, I have assigned the trim boundry to the outside face off the extrusion. Be sure to select the bodie....

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Friday September 13, 2013 at 11:51am

Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome .... and now the SSM 'Tour de Majorca' dream team! Pictured below is the team attending our first 'Cycling Boot Camp' at Alcudia in Majorca. This picture was before the 100 km ride round the island including a 9 km hill climb. The picture of me after the ride is unpublishable - a quivering mess of sweaty flesh, sunburnt face and wobbly legs. Seriously, this was a fantastic team building event and a great chance to improve our fitness, work together and ....

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Thursday September 12, 2013 at 11:47am

Now is as appropriate a time as any to mention how you, the SOLIDWORKS customer base can voice your opinions in how you favourite software evolves over the coming years.   SOLIDWORKS 2014, the 22nd edition, it nearing its full commerical release (you can see some sneak peak videos here) but back in Boston, the software developers have firmly turned their attention to SOLIDWORKS 2015.   So how do they come up with ideas for new functionality?   Well, of the hundreds of enhanc....

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Thursday September 5, 2013 at 3:33pm

The Property Tab Builder, introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2009 makes the input of custom properties easier than ever. Properties are used to add data to SOLIDWORKS files to populate drawing borders and Bills of Materials tables, but can also be used as a search criteria in Windows Explorer and SOLIDWORKS PDM systems.   The Tab Builder allows you to create an Input Form so that values can be entered with minimal effort, but maximum consistency. You can create check boxes, lists and even links to ....

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Wednesday September 4, 2013 at 10:23am

This is a really useful gem that is hardly noticed or used - but can come in very handy, especially for anyone doing an animation or Motion study.   Suppose you want to illustrate a movement of an assy - some sort of mechanism. Obviously you will switch to the Motion tab and build an animation using the various tools - motors, forces etc or even by dragging the parts to a new position with respect to the time line. However, because the mechanism is free to move it will not necessaril....

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Tuesday September 3, 2013 at 2:02pm

SOLIDWORKS have always been a leader when it comes to multibody modelling- since its introduction in SOLIDWORKS 2003 developers have continued to strive and improve the way that we can work with them- so much so that multibody modelling rivals assembly modelling when it comes to functionality. In recent releases we have seen the introduction of sheet metal multibodies, enhanced weldment cutting lists, use of mixed materials, and most recently exploded views. The choice whether to use multibody t....

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Friday August 30, 2013 at 9:54am

Implementing a new CAD system not only requires the financial commitment to buy the software, but also a time and resource allocation to get the system off the ground. You want to be using the new software productively as soon as possible, but there are some key considerations that need to be addressed before this can happen. For example- how to install the software, configuring templates and drawing layouts, customising the UI, using the additional bolt ons etc. Whilst we could throw all this i....

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Wednesday August 28, 2013 at 12:28pm

As the next Bank Holiday on our calendars is Christmas (am I allowed to say that yet!!) I thought I would just mention about up and coming training courses that we have for the rest of the year. I plan to put together the 2014 schedules in the coming months, but as we approach the last third of the year you may be looking at those final courses to complete your SOLIDWORKS training passport, or look to use some left over budget to make you more productive in SOLIDWORKS.   Via our website, ....

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Thursday August 22, 2013 at 12:14pm

Found a nifty tool within SOLIDWORKS, buried in the background...   The Live Section plane tool is accessed within a part document under Insert> Feature> Reference Geometry> Live Section Planes, this tools lets you dynamically section models using any plane or planar face. This is not only an analysis tool but a useful tool for direct editing when combined with the Instant3D feature, within SOLIDWORKS. You are able to display multiple Live Section Planes consistently and the....

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Thursday August 22, 2013 at 10:22am

Switch to Exploded View   A short and basic tip to save time setting up exploded views multiple times:   Exploded views are stored within the configurations tab, double-click the highlighted tab as shown below to activate the exploded view and double-click again to deactivate it.      An alternative option would be to use a separate configuration containing an exploded view; however modifications to one configuration will not pass to the other.    ....

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Monday August 19, 2013 at 4:26pm

In context or Top Down modelling is a very powerful technique for bespoke/ one off assemblies that may change due to customer demands, The main principle is that parts are designed or edited in the assembly environment to benefit from the surrounding geometry. You can dimension to, copy from or extrude up to other geometry to ensure things fit together.   The repercussion of this is that external references are created between components- this is so a change to the driving part automatica....

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Friday August 16, 2013 at 5:05pm

If using SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematics; in order to safeguard against losing any data we recommend to regularly produce a backup of all of your projects within the program. This has the additional benefit of saving any configured title blocks, symbols, manufactured parts etc too. The option to execute the backup is "archive environment" found on the file menu (not to be confused with archive within the project manager!).   When clicked, you then tick all of the th....

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Wednesday August 14, 2013 at 4:20pm

www.SOLIDWORKS.com/sww   SOLIDWORKS World 2014 will be held January 26-29, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California   Are You Attending?

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Thursday August 8, 2013 at 12:22pm

As well as all of the great stuff we are doing at Solid Solutions with our online blog posts and the interactive Solid Solutions TV website, SOLIDWORKS themselves have created a brand new online portal giving customers access to all the SOLIDWORKS Resources in one place.   My.SOLIDWORKS.com gives subscribed customers access to the latest blog posts, forum threads in various media formats such as videos and downloads. It consolidates the SOLIDWORKS Forums, Blogs and Help documentation all ....

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Thursday August 8, 2013 at 9:57am

A fantastic day out for our Application Engineers, yesterday sixteen Solid Solutions staff attended the SOLIDWORKS 2014 Technical Launch, we had the chance to have a look at the new features and tools from the new 2014 SOLIDWORKS Product Range   On Wednesday 7th August 2013, sixteen of our Application Engineers attended the SOLIDWORKS 2014 Technical Launch at Dassault Systems, Coventry. A national event with attendees coming from all over the British Isles, Solid Solutions was proud to ha....

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Monday July 29, 2013 at 10:31am

SOLIDWORKS 2014 Beta testing is well underway, it would be great to start blogging about the new features and enhancements but unfortunately we're currently bound by a Non Disclosure Agreement, along with all the other Beta testers across the world.   In a recent twitter post, Anna Woods from SolidMuse, an independent SOLIDWORKS Blogger and Beta tester, summed up her thoughts about SOLIDWORKS 2014 rather well "Digging into the SOLIDWORKS 2014 Be....

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Wednesday July 24, 2013 at 1:59pm

Brompton Bikes a long time customer of Solid Solutions and SOLIDWORKS have featured on the BBC website. Will Butler-Adams, Bromton Bikes Managing Director explains how being considered stupid as a student helped drive his determination to be susseful in life. This bike maker has well and truly disproved the doubters. Read the full article at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23239764 About Brompton Bromton Bikes are one of the UK's largest bike manufactures producing over 40,0....

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Monday June 10, 2013 at 11:22am

Is the SOLIDWORKS Rx tool not opening?   I came across an interesting issue that seems to crop up now and again whilst working on the Support line, which is the problem with the SOLIDWORKS Rx tool not opening, not doing anything, yet there are barely any signs of the cause or anything happening in the background.     The thing that I noticed was the 'sldrx.exe' process pops up into the task manager and immediately disappears. After looking into....

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Tuesday June 4, 2013 at 4:10pm

Anyone who has attempted a SOLIDWORKS certification will know that they don't make it easy. Each exam is a significant test of knowledge and skill. For resellers like Solid Solutions, they set the bar even higher with many more exams than just the ones available to the customer community. These cover everything from the ability to run advanced simulation studies correctly to setting up and managing a document management database with Enterprise EPDM as well as all the regular tools in SolidW....

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Tuesday June 4, 2013 at 11:07am

  Get Certified in SOLIDWORKS   SOLIDWORKS Certifications are an excellent way to test your competence and depth of knowledge of SOLIDWORKS. With a range of certifications aimed at beginners through to advanced user, there’s an exam to suit all abilities. There are very few certified user within the UK, so you really can stand out from the crowd with a SOLIDWORKS Certification. Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate – Beginner (600 in the UK) Certified SOLIDWORKS Professiona....

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Wednesday May 29, 2013 at 8:36am

A great resource when our support desk is offline.   Did you know that embedded into our own website are links and recent posts to the SOLIDWORKS Forum and SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base.   Our own staff use these resources as our first port of call for issues you raise to us, so it is great that you too have access to search these at your leisure. The forums have the added benefit of being able to upload models, and being predominantly hosted in the USA, are a great way of access suppo....

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Monday January 28, 2013 at 1:40pm

SOLIDWORKS 2013 has a new option to allow intelligent dimensioning of sketches automatically. It basically allows you to sketch as normal, but if you know the size of the sketch entity you are adding, you can type in what size it should be. If you don't know, simply do not enter a value. The option of adding dimension whilst sketching has been around for a few releases now, so if you are not on the latest version (2013) then you can still use the option, but you will need to control m....

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Wednesday October 10, 2012 at 10:13am

For those of you that have ever registered online for one of our training courses, you may have come across the term "Training Passports". This doesn't mean we require photo ID for you to attend but instead the Passport gives a SOLIDWORKS user access to the majority of our training modules over a 12 month period. This gives you the ultimate flexibility for when you take courses, gives the chance to retake and refresh your skills, and most importantly gives you great value for money. Th....

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Tuesday October 2, 2012 at 4:24pm

As the SOLIDWORKS 2013 commercial launch is just weeks away, plans are in place to roll out our new training schedule. From January 1st 2013 we will be using the 2013 training manuals and software, and so i am pleased to annouce we have began to upload the schedules online. Next year we are running more courses than ever- nearly 1500 man days across the whole country, making your access to local SOLIDWORKS training easier than ever. See the calendars begin to fill up via www.solidsolutions.co.u....

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Friday September 21, 2012 at 11:26am

I have found this useful on several occasions when I have wanted to make the file size of a SOLIDWORKS part smaller - especially if I want to email it and I am tight to a limit. The method is dead simple - simply create a feature that encloses all other features. I usually use an extruded rectangle and extrude 'Through All' in both directions. Then save it and check the file size. The size will reduce a little for simple parts but by a lot for complex parts like mouldings or parts with lots....

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Monday September 17, 2012 at 11:31am

Our SOLIDWORKS 2013 Launch event guest speaker, Sir Ranulph Fiennes plans to set another world record. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19609293 Sir Ranulph will be giving an inspirational presentation at our main launch event which will be held at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire. The event takes place on Thursday 8th November where you will get the opportunity to listen to his speech, see a fabulous collection of British vintage cars and meet our team here at Solid Solutions. T....

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Friday September 14, 2012 at 5:03pm

One of our customers DeGross Design & Innovation have produced this inspiring video to show how they use SOLIDWORKS to create their bespoke and innovative lighting products: UTREM-LUX from DeGross Design & Innovation on Vimeo.

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Tuesday September 4, 2012 at 12:18pm

SOLIDWORKS have always had a strong community of users across the world sharing ideas, tips and tricks. You may have seen within SOLIDWORKS, on the right side of the screen, that you can access Community resources such as the Forums and User Groups. Did you know that here in the UK we have SOLIDWORKS User Groups in operation up and down the country. The SWUGoCE (Central England) is hosting an event on 10 September in the Midlands and it would be great to start building a strong user community ....

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Wednesday August 8, 2012 at 1:15pm

Graham Harris from Blatchford Products explains how SOLIDWORKS Simulation helped them design a state of the art carbon fibre leg for Stuart Hughes, a torch bearer for the London Olympics. What does an Oscar Pistorius-style blade feel like? www.blatchford.co.uk

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Wednesday August 8, 2012 at 10:04am

“SOLIDWORKS 2012 is the last release that will run on Windows XP.” “SOLIDWORKS 2013 will NOT INSTALL on computers using Windows XP.” SOLIDWORKS 2013 is not supporting the Windows XP Operating System and therefore an upgrade is required to guarantee stability with the new release. This is not all “doom and gloom” as the Windows 7 64bit operating system actually opens up many new doors. We would strongly recommend, if you haven’t done so already, that you....

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Friday August 3, 2012 at 10:16am

You know the one about waiting for a bus - then 2 come along? Well after posting a blog earlier this week that we had 2 more Elite Application Engineers at SSM, I can now report that another 2 have come along!!! Congratulations to John Bean and Richard Farries who have just achieved this exclusive status and who join our team of 'Elites' - now 16 in total. We will continue our policy of development of staff and investment in training as we know that this has a real benefit to our customers.....

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Tuesday July 31, 2012 at 5:12pm

Congratulations to Craig Hudson and Dave Ashford, two of our technical team who have just been awarded the exclusive 'Elite Application Engineer' status by SOLIDWORKS. This is achieved by proving a high level of technical expertise across the full range of SOLIDWORKS tools and is tested by examination. In fact, to achieve Elite status requires sitting a total of 15 separate exams many of which are over 2 hours long. Subjects that must be passed are: Technical Support; CSWP; SOLIDWORKS Expert, Si....

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Tuesday May 1, 2012 at 10:16am

Dassault Systems today announced the launch of the long awaited and much anticipated eDrawings App! This new App is only available for the iPad and costs £1.49. View, share, and collaborate from anywhere with this easy-to-use, email-enabled software trusted by engineers and non-CAD users worldwide. >>DOWNLOAD TODAY   Key Capabilities include... Review AutoCAD® DWG and DXF files, native SOLIDWORKS® parts, assemblies, and drawings Open files from email,....

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Tuesday April 10, 2012 at 4:52pm

We are always looking to give our customer base more access to our SOLIDWORKS training faciities and with this in mind we are pleased to announce a new training venue in Bristol. Just a short walk from the floating harbour we have based oursleves in the Orega building off Victoria Street, with fantastic board room facilities and refreshments. You will find details of the up and coming training schedules via the following link. Adam Hartles Training Manager

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Wednesday March 28, 2012 at 4:00pm

SOLIDWORKS has always had a fantastic certification program, designed to test the most proficient of users' skills. In recent years SOLIDWORKS has revamped its Certification Program to allow users to specialise in key areas of the software. The most popular and established of exams is the CSWP (Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional). This has been around for a number of years and has gone through a number of revisions. Currently the exam is split into 3 segments, ranging between 40 and 90 minut....

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Friday February 24, 2012 at 11:11am

“Motivation is what you need to keep going to achieve short term goals. Inspiration changes your perception about what you want out of life. Work towards a goal simply because you believe it is the right thing to do.”Craig HudsonApplications Engineer

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Thursday January 5, 2012 at 12:25pm

Each release SOLIDWORKS adds hundreds of new enhancements. Most of these (over 85%) are those requested by the customer base. In preparation for the SOLIDWORKS World event next month in San Diego, ideas have been proposed to the SOLIDWORKS developers and voting has now commenced. Have your say on what should be added to future releases by voting now (link). Adam Hartles Training Manager

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Tuesday December 13, 2011 at 10:33pm

We now have the SOLIDWORKS 2012 training schedules online and available for bookings. We start teaching from the 2012 release straight after the Christmas break so book now to ensure you have your place during January which is a busy time for the training team. Next year we are running more courses than ever to meet the growing demands of our customer base. To gain the full benefit of training enquire about our SOLIDWORKS Training Passport- this gives you access to almost all of our course offe....

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Tuesday December 13, 2011 at 11:41am

I was teaching the SOLIDWORKS Motion course recently and was surprised by a comment made by a trainee. He said he had not appreciated beforehand how sophisticated Motion was as a tool for solving engineering problems. Other trainees agreed. It seems that many customers regard Motion as a means of creating animations. This may be true for the 'Animation' and 'Basic Motion' options but certainly not for the full 'Motion Analysis' tool (available for all SOLIDWORKS Premium users). The Motion tool ....

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Monday December 5, 2011 at 4:47pm

If you missed our launch events across the country, this Wednesday there will be a live Webcast going through the highlights of the 20th release of SOLIDWORKS. To register for this webcast, go to http://www.solidsolutions.co.uk/solidworks-Training/Webcasts.aspx At the launch days, we also launched a new website, exclusively for Solid Solutions Subscription customers www.solidsolutions.tv  As the URL suggests, it is mainly video tutorials, video tips and tricks, as well as archived Webcast....

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Saturday November 5, 2011 at 4:41pm

Have you reserved your seat to see SOLIDWORKS 2012? The two midlands events at the Heritage Motor Museum, were attended by over 250 of Solid Solutions' customers# As well as seeing all of the new features in SOLIDWORKS 2012, many engineers took part in the hands on challenges and four winners took home some excellent prizes# The "Model Mania" competition was a test of modelling speed and accuracy and the winning times were very impressive, both win....

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Tuesday October 4, 2011 at 10:14am

SOLIDWORKS 2012 is now available to download from the SOLIDWORKS Customer portal (http://customerportal.SOLIDWORKS.com) Want to see what's new? Register for a Solid Solutions Launch Event by clicking the banner above or if you can't wait until then... take a look here SOLIDWORKS 2012 DVDs have not been produced yet. As soon as we receive the shipment from SOLIDWORKS Corp, you will receive them automatically as part of your SOLIDWORKS subscription with us. Not on subscription? Se....

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Friday September 30, 2011 at 12:53pm

The Solid Solutions SOLIDWORKS 2012 launch events are just over a month away, but I'm sure that is too long to wait for many keen SolidWorkers out there! So, if you want to take a look at some of the new functionality why not take a look at the SOLIDWORKS 2012 Launch site?  Click here to go straight there. You can also register here for the launch events themselves but if you just want to register you can go to www.solidsolutions.co.uk/SW2012

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Friday September 23, 2011 at 6:07pm

Unlike our usual customer only Webcasts, this one is open to anyone. So feel free to register through this link and join us next Wednesday. Look forward to presenting it to you, Oliver Duncan - Presales ManagerSolid Solutions Management

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Wednesday September 14, 2011 at 4:39pm

Over the last year or so I have been asked more and more about "apps" for viewing SOLIDWORKS files. Now, there are many options available. There are two which I would recommend looking at. The first one, is a partner product of SOLIDWORKS, called CADFASTER. It doesnt make your machine run any quicker unfortunately but does allow you to show off your designs on your ipad (not your iphone though). The app itself is free and you have 100mb of space on "the cloud" where you can....

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Wednesday September 7, 2011 at 12:28am

Registration for the SOLIDWORKS 2012 Launch events are now open! Here at Solid Solutions, we are proud to announce registration for the SOLIDWORKS 2012 Launch events is now open. This year we are pulling out all the stops to make the events for the 20th release of the 3D MCAD package our best yet. Click the image below to register now! Want to be a part of our customer showcase? Email mrushton@solidsolutions.co.uk

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Thursday September 1, 2011 at 5:21pm

As more and more SOLIDWORKS products are developed to meet the design world's needs, have you ever thought, can't someone just give me an overview of what it's all about, in, say, 10 minutes? We thought so, so I did just that: Enjoy, Oliver Duncan - Elite Applications Engineer Solid Solutions Management

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Tuesday August 23, 2011 at 5:43pm

I've just uploaded a more detailed version of our head office in Leamington Spa. Click on the link below to take a virtual walk around. If someone else clicks the link on their computer, they will be in the office with you! Try it out!http://www.solidsolutions.co.uk/Products/Scenes.aspx The technology behind this is 3DVIA Scenes, which will be incorporated into a new product coming soon to the SOLIDWORKS suite - Post3D. http://www.post3d.com/http://www.3dvia.com/products/3dvia-scenes/ Oliver Du....

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Wednesday August 17, 2011 at 5:13pm

Did you know that you can advertise your job vacancies for free on our website? Simply select the "Products" page and then "Advertise Yor Vacancy" on the left hand side, which will allow you to enter your details!

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Friday August 12, 2011 at 2:41pm

It's Friday, have a new background on us. Download here This was modeled in SOLIDWORKS by Daniel Herzberg. You can download the model for free from GrabCAD.com. It's worth taking a look at the design tree to see how it was put together (or rapid prototype it for an instant R8). Of course, rendered in PhotoView 360 in SOLIDWORKS 2011. Enjoy, Oliver Duncan - Elite Applications EngineerSolid Solutions Management

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Monday August 8, 2011 at 9:34am

We are always looking at ways to share our experiences with using SOLIDWORKS. Our Webcast Wednesday initiative has been a massive success with nearly 150 sessions hosted and over 3500 attendees. We have just launched our new schedule for the second half of the year and this months can be seen here. Taking this a step further we are currently working on creating a brand new media driven website to allow our customer base full access to the whole archive of Webcasts as well as ....

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Thursday July 14, 2011 at 9:29am

The Launch of SOLIDWORKS 2012 is fast approaching, and we are already planning our best ever launch events around the country. However, we need your help. We would not be able to put on these enjoyable and informative results if it wasn't for you, so we want to know what you would like to get out of a launch event. What we want to know is what sort of things would you like to see? What have you thought of our previous launch events? If you have 2 minutes to spare, we would really appreciate it i....

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Thursday June 2, 2011 at 10:56am

Dassault Systèmes is proud to present the Made in 3D Challenge, a 3D print ready design contest opened to the global designer community!Announced today at the Cumulus Conference “Crossing Talents” in France, the Made in 3D Challenge invites designers to submit their best 3D models in one of three categories: Mechanical Design, Architectural and Ergonomic Function. The challenge is open to all 170 design, architectural and art colleges from around the world, as well as any memb....

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Wednesday March 23, 2011 at 4:04pm

Since the video content on the Solid Solutions Website was looking a little tired and messy, I decided to have a spring clean and tidy up the demonstration videos. I have broken down the videos into 3 separate sections, demos for people who have not seen SOLIDWORKS before and want a quick intro to see what it's all about, Tips and Tricks Videos for existing users and What's New videos from 2010 and 2011. Take a look and see what you think here...http://www.solidsolutions.co.uk/solidworks-Demo-Vi....

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Thursday September 23, 2010 at 9:20am

Solid Solutions Management Ltd has outgrown the offices at the Innovation Centre on Warwick Technology Park and has now moved, less than a mile down the road, to Olympus House in Leamington Spa. The new offices have given us 3 new training rooms and a purpose built webcast room for the popular Webcast Wednesday. The new Headquarters is also equipped with a new phone system allowing technical support to be delivered in an even more streamlined manner linking all of our offices together. As a res....

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Tuesday August 17, 2010 at 7:00pm

Here at Solid Solutions, we pride ourselves on giving you, our customers, the best value for your subscription of any reseller, of any CAD vendor as possible. Our Launch days for new major releases of SOLIDWORKS have become one of the largest events of its kind in the UK. This year is no different. There will be the similar, much enjoyed format of previous years. The morning will be filled to the brim with presentations and demonstrations of the highlights of the new functionality in all the pro....

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Tuesday August 17, 2010 at 6:38pm

Angelic Bulldog is the unlikely name for a world record breaking project. The aim, to break the outright motorcycle land speed record. The team is made up of volunteers and sponsors, one of which being SOLIDWORKS. Recently, part of the team attended SOLIDWORKS training at Solid Solutions' Sheffield Office and were so impressed, chose to write about it on their blog! For more details of this typical SOLIDWORKS customer go to www.angelicbulldog.org.uk To see what the team had to say about the t....

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Monday August 16, 2010 at 2:27pm

Elite Reseller Status: What does it mean?SOLIDWORKS Corporation sets standards of excellence to ensure technical competencies within their support, sales and training functions. These standards measure the competencies through formal and rigorous examinations covering ten certifications. An engineer that attains seven key passes qualifies with 'Elite' status. The Elite status is highly coveted and requires extensive theoretical and in-depth practical knowledge.At Solid Solutions we have over twe....

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Tuesday May 11, 2010 at 2:43pm

The Solid Solutions SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks page has been updated!It has been redesigned to load faster to get you to the tips and tricks you want to see as quickly as possible. There are currently 4 pages full of useful hints, tips, tricks and techniques you can use with SOLIDWORKS to become a more productive user.http://www.solidsolutions.co.uk/solidworks-Demo-Videos/Tips-and-Tricks.aspxThese are all also on the Solid Solutions Management Ltd YouTube channel. If you are a registered user of....

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Monday April 19, 2010 at 3:53pm

New Solution Helps Designers Calculate and Reduce the Environmental Impact of Their Materials and Production MethodsA top design industry publication has named SOLIDWORKS® Sustainability software as one of the most innovative products of 2010. The editors of Design News magazine chose SOLIDWORKS Sustainability as a Golden Mousetrap Award Best Product winner based on its ability to help designers create more environmentally-friendly products. SOLIDWORKS Sustainability helps users determine th....

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Monday March 29, 2010 at 5:43pm

SOLIDWORKS has been driven predominantly by user enhancement requests for many years. This is not set to change and in addition to what is being included in SOLIDWORKS® there are a number of other products and services SOLIDWORKS® are looking into providing to assist you with your work on a day to day basis. In order to focus the development, a short survey is currently online to find out what you think. This could make a real difference to you so is well worth the short time to fill in ....

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Thursday March 25, 2010 at 5:37pm

Beginning with SOLIDWORKS 2010 SP3, the 2D editor formerly known as DWGeditor will be re-named to SOLIDWORKS 2D Editor. In addition to the re-naming, this product will no longer ship as part of the standard SOLIDWORKS installation. SOLIDWORKS 2D Editor will now be available to most SOLIDWORKS customers via a quick and easy download from the SOLIDWORKS customer portal. Click LINKS at the top of the page to access the Customer Portal. The license entitlement to this 2D editor capability for exist....

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Tuesday March 16, 2010 at 12:38pm

All of the Solid Solutions Demonstrations, What's New and Tips and Tricks videos are hosted by YouTube. New videos are added regularly onto www.solidsolutions.co.uk and many can be found on the Demo Videos page (see the link at the top of the page). However, Solid Solutions has a YouTube channel! If you register with YouTube, you can Subscribe to the Solid Solutions YouTube channel all for free, and you get an email every time a new video is uploaded. This could be a new tip for any of the Solid....

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Tuesday March 16, 2010 at 10:50am

Technical Support from Solid Solutions has been recognised by SOLIDWORKS as being a very proactive, comprehensive service. By calling the support line (01926 333777), you are straight through to one of the dedicated Technical Support engineers. By using email and technologies such as GotoMeeting and GotoAssist, we can be on site, virtually, seeing your screen in a matter of minutes. We can even take control of your PC with your permission. All of these services will continue, but as of October ....

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Monday March 1, 2010 at 6:54pm

SOLIDWORKS CAD software, with over 1.2millions licenses sold to date, is without a doubt the most used 3D CAD software in the world. You only need to search on job websites, Google Trends or even YouTube to see how much it is being used. However, over the last few years, SOLIDWORKS Corporation has a lot more strings to its bow. SOLIDWORKS Simulation (formerly known as CosmosWorks) has been around a long time now, and is a well established, well proven suite of tools. It really add value to a lot....

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Monday February 22, 2010 at 5:20pm

2010 CAD COMPETITIONFebruary saw the launch of a CAD modelling competition to find the best Student SOLIDWORKS modeller. The competition is split into 4 categories; • Automotive and Transportation• Consumer Products• Electronics• General, and the brief, is simply to submit an excellent SOLIDWORKS model (part or assembly), ideally, based on an existing product (since the competition is about modelling, not design). The competition is open to any age of University student in th....

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Thursday December 3, 2009 at 9:21pm

Following the Solid Solutions’ SOLIDWORKS 2010 Launch days, there has been huge interest in 3DVIA Composer. This is the tool which allows you to create graphical content for all of your Technical and Marketing Documentation directly from your 3D CAD data and when the design changes, the graphical content updates accordingly. This link to the original CAD means that the technical documentation (used for anything from assembly instructions to user manuals to marketing) can be started at a mu....

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Friday November 27, 2009 at 12:13am

It's the busiest time of the year at Solid Solutions right now, so not a lot of time for blog updates! After some very successful SOLIDWORKS 2010 launch days around the country, there has been a real spike in interest in 3DVIA Composer. As a result, a demostration video has been added to the 3DVIA Composer page on our website. (Here).  This provoked a thought. Some of our videos on the website have text callouts instead of a voice narration. This is so that they can be watched in an office ....

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Friday October 30, 2009 at 2:59pm

This week is has been announced that SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD design and engineering package was extensively used to help develop the squeezy bottles now used for Marmite and Colman's Mustard. Key to the designer’s choice to use SOLIDWORKS for this project is SolidWork’s capablity of assembling and also testing the design in a virtual environment, enabling engineers to analyse in detail the design and perfect it prior to releasing the product into production. SOLIDWORKS photo-realisti....

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Sunday October 25, 2009 at 8:19pm

You may have seen the video on the news of the Maldives Government holding a meeting six metres under water. The reason they did this was to show what would happen to the Maldives should sea levels continue to rise. We all need to be doing whatever we can to reduce carbon emissions. As Designers and Engineers, we have a much greater impact on this than many of us are probably aware. A small change at the Design stage can have a huge impact across the full life of a product. Its recyclability, ho....

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Tuesday October 20, 2009 at 8:31pm

SOLIDWORKS 2010, the 18th version of the MCAD software was released today. It is a slight change of focus from what has been seen in the past. Previous versions of SOLIDWORKS have seen unprecedented levels of new tools and features which have grown into the vast and comprehensive set  available today. Earlier this year, SOLIDWORKS reached a major milestone of 1,000,000 licenses sold. With such a large customer base, with a very large percentage of these users actively engaged in the SolidWo....

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Friday October 9, 2009 at 12:33pm

Over the last few years, SOLIDWORKS has become a very powerful Industrial Design tool capable of creating some very complex geometry. A few years ago, if someone had asked you to design a car in SOLIDWORKS, you may have struggled with the few surfacing tools that were available in 2006 and earlier versions. But the power and robustness of these tools has come along way and with new additions like the boundary surface, much more is possible. Take a look at http://www.SOLIDWORKSaudir8.com/ for a ....

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Wednesday October 7, 2009 at 12:38am

It's very nearly that time of year again already. It seems to get faster every year! The next version of SOLIDWORKS is almost upon us. For the first time, have a sneak preview of some of the new features and enhancements directly on the Solid Solutions website. Click on the Demo Videos link at the top of the screen and then choose the What's New link. Also, registration for the Solid Solutions 2010 Main Launch Event is open. This year, Jeff Ray, CEO of Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS Corpora....

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Wednesday September 30, 2009 at 5:28pm

CAD files can get to quite a size. Sending them to other people can be a nightmare. There are a number of ways they can be sent to view and review but sometimes you just need to send the actual native files. There are a number of options. You could use a tool like Skype or Windows Live Messenger to send the files over but this is not very convenient if the recipient is not online at the time you need to send them. FTP sites are a useful alternative but they are not always that simple to use. The....

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Thursday September 10, 2009 at 3:31pm

The End of PhotoWorksSOLIDWORKS 2010 will be the last release to include PhotoWorks. PhotoView 360 will be its replacement and the photorealistic solution for SOLIDWORKS software. There are many more features to PhotoView360 in 2010 and by 2011 I expect there will be a full suite and be at least as rich as PhotoWorks is today without the depth of knowledge required to use it. Will you miss it? Let us know. What else would you like to see in PhotoView360? Leave a comment below.SOLIDWORKS Viewer C....

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Friday August 28, 2009 at 12:21pm

Being able to transfer your activation of SOLIDWORKS to your home computer is a really useful way of getting that last bit of work done or honing those CAD skills in some more comfortable surroundings. However, I was reading an article on another CAD blog and got me thinking what this home activation may have been used for. SOLIDWORKS is a very versatile products used in all kinds of industries from Consumer Product Design to Architecture, Furniture to Aerospace, Marine to Machine....

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Friday August 28, 2009 at 9:33am

Here at Solid Solutions we're starting to get a lot of interest from our customers to find out what the new features are going to consist of. We could have written a review ourselves, but you might think it was a little biased. Enhancement requests, logged by users through the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal have always been the main source for the new features and functionality in the new versions of SOLIDWORKS and this year is no exception. For the 2010 release, more development time than ever....

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Monday August 17, 2009 at 9:43pm

With more and more SOLIDWORKS users everyday, you want to be able to stand out from the crowd. There is no better way to do this than with the CSWP exam. "SOLIDWORKS certifications can be used as a benchmark to measure your knowledge and competency with SOLIDWORKS software. Exams focus on the fundamental skills necessary to ensure your company’s overall success using SOLIDWORKS." Great for your CV, great for your employer to show they hire the best people. Usually, this exam cos....

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Friday August 14, 2009 at 4:25pm

One of the questions I get asked most on Technical Support is "Do I have to download GotoMeeting again??!!" and the answer is usually yes. However, it is possible to have it installed fully so that you do not need to even open a web browser to join a meeting hosted by our Support guys. To do this, go to www.gotomeeting.com and click on Host a Meeting.Then download the software and install it. You will be asked to Log in but at this point simply hit the "X" to Cancel. You will....

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Thursday August 13, 2009 at 2:14pm

One of the most innovative new features to be included in SOLIDWORKS 2010 is the ability to conduct Product Life Cycle Analysis. This basically tells you how "green" your design is before you have produced a single drop of Carbon Dioxide (apart from getting to work, and turning your PC on). The feature is called SustainabilityXpress and will ensure that you have the most sustainable, environmentally-friendly design possible. However, you probably will not want to wait to save the plane....

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Wednesday August 12, 2009 at 5:48pm

Following the launch of our new FREE* Training program in April, we are pleased to announce the addition of 2 new courses "Use SOLIDWORKS to help Generate New Sales” and “Improve your Document Management Process”. So if you’re interested in finding out how to create stunning sales and marketing documents and/or improve the way you manage your engineering data these two courses are just the ticket!Contact nsibly@solidsolutions.co.uk for further information*The FREE tr....

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Thursday July 23, 2009 at 4:02pm

Solid Solutions has just completed a major upgrade of its website http://www.solidsolutions.co.uk/. Our new website is a much improved resource for all of our valued customers and will be a backbone of many more improvements in the months to come.

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