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SolidWorks 3D CAD

SolidWorks Quick Tip – Save As Copy and Open

If you have been using SolidWorks for some time, I’m sure you have come across this very annoying situation- I know I have:

You’re working on a design, and suddenly get a great idea that you’d like to tinker with but don’t want to modify your existing models just yet. You perform a “Save as Copy” (since that does not replace references on open documents like a “Save As” does). So you save as copy, and start making changes, things look good so you click save… That’s when you realize you were working on the active document this whole time.

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SolidWorks and CAMWorks: The Dog ID Tag Project

Have you ever bought something only to realize it’s so poorly designed you could have made a better one yourself? That’s exactly what happened to me when I paid $20 for a “custom engraved” dog ID tag from one of the pet store chains. My dog Chimera (pronounced KY-MEE-RA) only wore it for 6 months. It was so scratched, bent, and corroded I could hardly tell what it said.

I needed a dog ID tag that was sturdy enough it wouldn’t get damaged in a wrestling match. It had to be easy to clean and refinish after several months of use. I also wanted something unique. Stock designs are somewhat cliche; everyone has a dog ID tag shaped like a bone, heart, or disk (I bet you do, too). So what would any like-minded engineer do? Why, enlist SolidWorks and CAMWorks, of course.

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NVIDIA GRID VCA – What Does SolidWorks Really Look Like?

If you caught my webinar introducing NVIDIA GRID VCA to use SolidWorks in the cloud, around the 18 minute mark you would have seen the issue that I outlined in this blog article, a laggy user experience when using SolidWorks over GoToMeeting. In the case of the webinar I wasn’t affected because I was using my system locally and the GRID “locally”, but if I had given you control of my system, even with the 50 Mbps connection we have in Mountain View, you would have still had to fight through the lag inherent to GoToMeeting because it isn’t optimized for delivering a high-fidelity 3d graphical experience. But what did it look like from my system?

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SolidWorks Performance – Ready, Set, Test Your Hardware!

You spend your days in front of your computer, designing diligently in SolidWorks. You take every measure to effectively visualize and communicate your 3D concept. Have you ever wondered if your hardware may be slowing you down? Maybe you could be getting twice the amount of work done in the same amount of time, enabling your company to speed up product development and increase ROI.

Fortunately for you, starting in 2011, SolidWorks came equipped with a performance test.

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