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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Error loading SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Library or add-in tools

Sometimes when you launch SOLIDWORKS and try to load SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Library or Utilities add-in, SOLIDWORKS delivers a message stating “You appear to have experienced problems the last time you loaded the SOLIDWORKS Toolbox add-in”. This issue is only experienced in SOLIDWORKS 2017 SP3.0
Error loading Toolbox Library 

  • If you pick yes, continue to load Toolbox, SOLIDWORKS possibly stops responding!
  • However, if you pick No, disabling Toolbox, everything seems to work fine.
To fix this error you should delete the ‘tb_default.sldedb’ from ‘<C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKS 2017\Toolbox\data’.
In Windows 7/Vista a  user can open his/her application data folder by running the command ‘appdata’ from Run window.

Navigate to the specified path and delete ‘tb_default.sldedb’.

Then launch SOLIDWORKS, you should have no issues adding the Toolbox Library or Utilities add-in.
This issue has been fixed in SOLIDWORKS 2017.

Monday, March 12, 2018


SolidWorks help
You can view models through one, two, or four viewports.
To open four viewports:

  • Click Four View   (Standard Views toolbar) or Window > Viewport > Four View.
SolidWorks Viewports -Other Display Style

You can choose the following viewport arrangements from the Window menu or the Standard Views toolbar:

Views Displayed
Single View
Two View - Horizontal
Front and Top
Two View - Vertical
Front and Right
Four View
Front, Right, Top, and Trimetric (Third Angle), or Front, Left, Top, and Trimetric (First Angle). Specify First Angle or Third Angle in Tools > Options > System Options > Display .

The lower left corner of each viewport displays the current orientation.
To choose a different orientation, click the View Orientation   (Heads-up View toolbar).
When you switch from multiple viewports back to a single viewport, the model displays the orientation of the active viewport. If you then switch back to multiple viewports, the orientations are the defaults again.
You can change the orientation or rotation of a model in any viewport independently as long as the viewports are not linked.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

SOLIDWORKS System Requirements

These requirements apply to all SOLIDWORKS products except where noted. Use this information to ensure you are always working with a SOLIDWORKS supported and optimized system for hardware, operating system and Microsoft products.

Operating Systems
Windows Vista>
Windows 7 64-bit (SP1 required for
Windows 7 32-bit (SP1 required for
Windows 8.1 (64-bit only)
(2014 SP1)
Windows 8 (64-bit only)
Windows 10, 64-bit
(2015 SP5)
8GB or more recommended<
Video Card
Intel or AMD with SSE2 support. 64-bit operating system required
Install Media
DVD drive or broadband internet connection
Microsoft Products
Internet Explorer
IE 8, 9, 10
IE 8, 9, 10 ,11
IE 9, 10 ,11
IE 10,11
IE 11
IE 11
Excel and Word
2007, 2010,
2007, 2010, 2013
2010, 2013
2010, 2013,
2016 (SW2016 SP3)
2010, 2013,
2010, 2013,

Thursday, February 15, 2018

How to Disable and Enable the Meltdown and Spectre Patches from Slowing Down Your PC

How to Disable the Meltdown and Spectre patch

The Windows patches for Meltdown and Spectre will slow your PC down. On a newer PC running Windows 10, you probably won’t notice. But, on a PC with an older processor—especially if it’s running Windows 7 or 8—you may see a noticeable slowdown.

You can also disable the protection in the registry yourself, if you like. Run the commands under “To disable this fix” on this Microsoft support page. Restart your PC after changing the registry settings. If you change your mind and want to re-enable the protection in the future, run the instructions under “To enable the fix” on the Microsoft web page.

You can use batch files to enable or disable the fix.

  • disable_hotfix_Spectre_and_Meltdown.cmd
  • disable_hotfix_Spectre.cmd
  • enable_hotfix_Spectre_and_Meltdown.cmd
  • enable_hotfix_Spectre.cmd

Execute the required batch file and restart Windows.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

SolidWorks: Autotrace a Sketch Picture

Very useful function, but many do not know about its existence.

 AutoTrace sketch

Solidworks help
Sketch Picture includes the following capabilities:

  • Insert pictures (.bmp, .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .tif, .tiff, .wmf, .png, .psd) on a sketch plane.
  • Use pictures as an underlay for creating 2D sketches.
  • Convert raster data to vector data using Autotrace.

A sketch picture is inserted with its (0, 0) coordinate at the sketch origin
If you insert a sketch picture of a .tiff file, the resolution is limited to 4096 x 4096. Files that exceed this limit are cut in half until both dimensions meet the limit. For example, if you insert a .tiff file that is 5000 x 3000, the file is reduced to 2500 x 1500.

Autotrace is an add-in that allows you to trace and convert images such as .jpegs and .bitmaps into sketch geometry. This add-in works best with high-contrast images.
  • Source image should be hi-resolution, with a minimum of 300dpi. 
  • Line art should be pen on paper, with precise contours and high contrast.
  • Colors should be as uniform as possible within the area you select.
A sketch picture is inserted with its (0, 0) coordinate at the sketch origin:

The second page of the Sketch Picture PropertyManager is only available if Autotrace is enabled as an add-in. Click Tools > Add-Ins and select Autotrace in the dialog box.

Compatibility with Autotrace
  • You can use still image formats such as .bmp, .gif, or .jpg, but not animated formats such as animated gif or .avi files. 
  • You can apply Autotrace to part or assembly files (*.sldprt and *.sldasm), but not to drawing files (*.slddrw).

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Performance of SOLIDWORKS after applying the patch Specter and Meltdown

DS SOLIDWORKS is performing extensive testing in an effort to determine the potential impact of any solutions that are issued to mitigate the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities.
The SOLIDWORKS Knowledgebase solution S-074167 discusses the potential effect on performance upon systems that have employed the Microsoft® Windows® Update security patch released on January 9th, 2018 that was intended to address the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities.

DS SOLIDWORKS intends to report the results of their ongoing tests at SOLIDWORKS World (Feb 4th – 7th 2018). The report will likely be relayed to reseller staff and further updates can be expected by our customers during the second week in February.

SOLIDWORKS Knowledgebase solution S-074167


  • QUESTION: Why does my computer with an Intel® processor perform slower after installing a Windows® Update?
  • ANSWER: A critical security fault was identified with all Intel® x86 and x64 processors. The security fault was fixed by a Microsoft® Windows® Update security patch released on January 9th, 2018.For information about this issue, follow these links:

You should also review the following Microsoft article:
Windows 10 update kb4056892

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Running Feature Paint in SOLIDworks

Rarely used functional - Running Feature Paint. Beginners do not know, others forget. Feature Paint allows you to copy feature parameters from one feature to others. 


Feature Paint allows you to copy feature parameters from one feature to others that you select. For instance, you can select a boss-extrude from one part and apply its parameters (such as depth) to another boss-extrude on a different part.

You can also select two different features and apply feature parameters. For example, select a sweep feature to apply its parameters (such as the texture and transparency properties) to a dome feature.

Sheet metal features are supported. 
Parameters you can copy include:
  • depth 
  • color 
  • texture 
  • optical properties (including ambience and specularity)
  • Unsupported sheet metal features: bend, fold, unfold, and welded corner. 
  • If the source feature does not have texture but the target feature does, the target feature retains its texture properties. 
  • Reference geometry entities cannot be painted from one feature to another. For example, an end condition of Up To Surface that references a surface cannot be painted.
To run Feature Paint:

    Click Feature Paint (Tools toolbar) or Tools, Feature Paint.

    The Feature Paint Task Pane opens.

    In the graphics area, select the feature whose parameters you want to copy.

    <feature name>@<part name>.sldprt appears in the Copy properties from box.

    In the graphics area, select one or more features to which you want the parameters applied. You can select a feature in the current part, or select a feature from a part in another open window.

    1.<feature name>@<part name>.sldprt appears in the Paste properties to box.

    The Feature properties box lists the following feature parameter information:
  • Parameter. The feature property to be copied. 
  • Copy from 
  • Paste to
  • If there are no attributes listed in the Feature properties box, then no attributes are available to copy.
  1. Select Paste appearance properties to apply appearance properties (color, texture, and so on) only. 
  2. Click Apply. 
  3. The new attributes are updated immediately. 
  4. Click Close.

See this video