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One way is to “Fix” parts within the assembly feature tree. Do this for all  items you know do not need to be moved in the near future, it will help speed up the rebuild/load time. The “Fix” feature removes the need to resolve the mates for those items.

To do this all you need to do is right click on the part within the feature tree and select “Fix” from the drop down list. The mates for these items will be suppressed and the part names will be prefixed with (f) indicating that it is Fixed.

You can remove the “Fix” feature by right clicking on the item in the feature tree and selecting “Float”. This re-activates the mates.

The most likely reason is that you need to register your SOLIDWORKS license(s). Click “Register My Products”, type in your SOLIDWORKS serial number, click “Next” and then choose the latest SOLIDWORKS version in the list. Click “Ok” and then “Next” to complete the registration. Once this is complete please log out and back in again and you should see that all features have been unlocked.

Open a new part and click the “Display Manager” icon at the top of the feature tree
Click the “View Decals” icon
Right click in the empty space under “Open Decal Library” and choose “Add decal…”
Click the “Browse…” button and navigate to your image file
Click “Open”
Click “Save Decal…”

Delete the current Mirror Feature from the Feature tree.

Create a new Mirror feature.

Select the face/plane you want to mirror about as before.

Expand the Mirror Bodies drop down  in the Mirror Property Manager.

The Mirror Bodies option mirrors the complete geometrical shape of the solid body selected, rather than the specific features.

The bodies to mirror can be selected from the graphics area or from the Solid Bodies folder in the feature tree.

Under the Options drop down within the Mirror Property Manager, the ‘Merge Solids’ box may need to be unchecked if there is free space between the original body and the mirrored body.

If you select a component, it becomes highlighted in the feature tree. Additionally you can turn on 'Assembly Annotations' which tells you the part name under the cursor when you hover over a component in the graphics area. To turn on Assembly Annotations: Open an assembly and click [Tools -> Options -> Document Properties -> Detailing -> Tick Display assembly annotations].

Save the file as an eDrawings file and in the save options make sure “okay to measure this eDrawings file” is not selected.

The mesh probably failed because it was too coarse. In the run section click “Change settings” and then “Change mesh density” and try dragging the slider to the fine end of the scale. If the mesh still fails tick “Mesh Parameters” and manually enter a value for mesh element size. Ideally this value should be no more than half the minimum thickness of the part being tested.

This icon indicates that you have a selection filter applied. Some filter types have keyboard shortcut assigned to them so can be accidentally turned on. The default shortcut to turn off all filters is the “F6” key. If you want to see which filters are selected press the “F5” key to bring up the selection filters toolbar.

Use CTRL to select both lines/edges and then click the point tool on the sketch command manager.

There are several very useful keyboard shortcut keys:

'F' key to Zoom to Fit
'R' open recent documents
'G' magnifying glass
'Z' key to zoom out and Shift+Z to zoom in
'Spacebar' to select view orientations menu
'S' key to launch the shortcut bars within Parts, Assemblies and Drawing. Each one will bring up different options, which contain lots of common tools that you use. You can also customise these with a tool that suits you.

You can find many more keyboard shortcut keys by looking in the Solidworks help file.

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For instructions on how to install SOLIDWORKS 2016 read our Installation Guide

As SolidWorks 2013 has been released we want to ensure that all DriveWorks customers know that they can use DriveWorks with SOLIDWORKS 2013.

You must be on the latest release which is DriveWorks 9 Service Pack 2, which can be downloaded from the DriveWorks User Community:

DriveWorks User Community

The mechanism used for defect tracking is an SPR (Software Performance Report). SPRs are assigned for all reproducible defects which have been reported to SOLIDWORKS Technical Support.

A SPR number will be issued to NT CADCAM and attached to the Service Request and Ticket ID for the reported issue.

With SOLIDWORKS running, go to the "Help" pull down menu and select Transfer Licences. Now follow the onscreen instructions. When you run SOLIDWORKS for the first time on another computer you will be prompted to activate the licence.


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