My Notebook

March 12th, 2015

This page contains all the quick tips I have come across and hope to remember. This page will be updated constantly, as opposed to creating a new post for small notes.

  • eDrawings: Open an Assembly. Even if there is no Exploded View/Configuration, press “CTRL+e” on the keyboard for an automatic exploded view.
  • Double left clicking on a section line in a drawing, flips the direction of the section.
  • Windows Key + Pause/Break Key = System Properties in Windows
  • Debug SolidWorks with Microsoft Visual Studio: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/a329t4ed(VS.80).aspx
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\currentversion\image file execution options
    Create New Key called SLDWORKS.exe
    Create New String Value called debugger with the value vsjitdebugger.exe
    Make sure vsjitdebugger.exe is in your System Path. If not set it in Environment Variables inside System Properties.
    Start SolidWorks (or double click on a solidworks part file)
  • Open a PDF in SolidWorks. Convert to Sketch lines: rename document.pdf to document.ai, and go File -> Open in SolidWorks. This may not work with all pdfs. [Reference]
  • Export SolidWorks Parts/Assemblies to Google Sketchup. Save as ACIS version 10. Open in Draftsight using ‘importsat’ command. Save DWG. Open DWG in Sketchup.  [Ref]

Windows Tips & Tricks

Set 3GB Switch on x32 bit Operating Systems

  • Vista:
    Command Prompt:
    BCDEDIT /set increaseuserva 3072
    (source)
  • XP:
    Edit boot.ini in notepad
    Add in /3GB
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS=”Microsoft Windows XP Professional” /FASTDETECT /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /3GB
    (source)

SolidWorks Simulation Notes, and Training Exercises (external link)
This University website has some useful notes, and information on learning SolidWorks Simulation FEA. It contains information from a previous Cosmos Companion website also.

Finite Element Analysis Concepts via SolidWorks by Rice University (local)
Well put together document with lots of background, and useful information such as “Geometry Checks” which can cause Mesh Failure (see page 17).

Major Release Numbering for SW

SW2017 = 25
SW2016 = 24
SW2015 = 23
SW2014 = 22
SW2013 = 21
SW2012 = 20
SW2011 = 19
SW2010 = 18
SW2009 = 17
SW2008 = 16
SW2007 = 15
SW2006 = 14

Discovering File Versions of CAD Formats

Use Notepad – open the file.
For SolidWorks, search for “V E R S I O N _”  (note the spaces!)
SolidWorks 2015 = Stay tuned! 2015 SW changed the file format. Viewing in notepad shows compressed file code. DocEdit.exe won’t work anymore either. :-(
SolidWorks 2014 = V E R S I O N _ 7 0 0 0
SolidWorks 2013 = V E R S I O N _ 6 0 0 0
(Reference)

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