Category Archives: Solidworks

Show your SOLIDWORKS API Skills to Win $100

CADSharp is happy to announce the second SOLIDWORKS API programming contest!

The problem is simple and you need to write the codes to achieve the desired results. Hurry up to submit your codes before July 1, 12:00AM EST.

Get Contest Details Here

Three winners will be chosen based on the number of lines of code in their macro.

First prize: $100 gift card at Amazon.com.
Second prize: $50 gift card at Amazon.com.
Third prize: $50 gift card at Amazon.com.

Note: The Amazon gift cards can only be awarded to entrants who may purchase Amazon.com or one of its affiliates in Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Netherlands, China, Brazil, India, Mexico, and Japan. Otherwise, a 2-month Power User membership (valued at $199) will be awarded instead. Optionally, a winner that is entitled to a gift card may choose to receive the 2-month CADSharp Power User membership instead.

SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP 4.0 EV (Early Visibility) is available for download

SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP 4.0 EV is available for download

This service pack is now available to Subscription Service customers. To download, click here or log into the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal at https://customerportal.SOLIDWORKS.com and click Download Software and Updates to get access to the update.

Also make sure you’re registered for Early Visibility Program*

For registering for Early Visibility Program, log into your SOLIDWORKS Portal account, go to my profile and select the option “Notify me for EV (Early Visibility) access” under My Preferences.

*P.S: Login required for access. Full access requires an active Subscription Service contract.

Notes:

– Performance reporting is turned on for EV releases.
– Report critical problems to SOLIDWORKS Technical Support at evis@SOLIDWORKS.com
– The full version is scheduled 3-4 weeks after the EV version and is subject to change without notice.

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 Beta Arriving Soon!!

Each new release of SOLIDWORKS is preceded by a beta program. The idea is to allow users to try the new functionality, and lets SOLIDWORKS gather the feedback before the release is finalized. DS SOLIDWORKS is gearing up for releasing SOLIDWORKS 2016 Beta (will be launched in late June 2015).

SW2016 BETA

You are under a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) during the Beta period. You cannot share any information about the prototype SOLIDWORKS products during this period.

SOLIDWORKS 2016 includes hundreds of new user-driven enhancements that will help you:

  • Design – Focus on your design, not the software
  • Validate – Solve complex problems faster and easier
  • Collaborate – Streamline your parallel design processes
  • Build – Fast-track your designs to manufacturing

But “Why one should Participate”??

The Beta Program is your opportunity to influence the quality, performance, and usability of SOLIDWORKS products. The R&D and management teams want to hear from you, and they are available to listen and react to your feedback in the Beta Forum. SOLIDWORKS beta team appreciate the valuable time you invest in testing SOLIDWORKS software. And as a way of thanking you for your efforts, there are several exciting contests where you can win valuable prizes.

DS SOLIDWORKS‘s Team’s objective is to provide you with early access to the next version of SOLIDWORKS so you tell them about issues specific to your environment, data and workflows that would impact your migration experience.

But what Else??

How to Participate

SOLIDWORKS 2016 Beta programs will be listed on this page as they become available. Register for Beta by creating a Customer Portal account or update your existing account settings to join Beta. Select “Notify me of Beta Programs” in your Customer Portal profile.

Your SOLIDWORKS Subscription Service status must be valid and active in order to participate in Beta Programs.

What is included?

  1. Access to Beta Downloads
  2. Beta Forum access where you can contribute to public discussions with other participants and SOLIDWORKS staff
  3. Problem reporting

SW2016 BETA

Get more details here and join today. If you have any questions then please email the SOLIDWORKS Beta Team at beta@solidworks.com or visit http://www.solidworks.com/beta

Fixing eDrawings SOLIDWORKS Document Manager Issue

eDrawings is free software that lets you view and print eDrawings (eDRW, ePRT, eASM), native SOLIDWORKS documents (sldprt, sldasm, slddrw) , DXF, and DWG format files.

Download eDrawings

The eDrawings Viewer is intended primarily for people who do not use CAD software and thus do not need to publish eDrawings files themselves. This means people can use this program even if they don’t have SOLIDWORKS. But some people might see following error while running eDrawings on their machine.

eDrawings SOLIDWORKS Document Manager Error Message

If you get similar error then it is possibly related to either SOLIDWORKS Document Manager older version or SOLIDWORKS Document Manager is not installed on your machine. As per SOLIDWORKS Knowledge base* (SPR #: 627955), this issue is related to mainly x64 machines. To fix simply install the latest version of SOLIDWORKS Document Manager. You can download latest version of SOLIDWORKS Document Manager here.

Please report back to your VAR if you’re still getting the error message even after installing/updating SOLIDWORKS Document Manager.

*Active subscription required to access SOLIDWORKS Knowledge base

SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP 3.0 EV (Early Visibility) is available for download

SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP 3.0 EV is available for download

This service pack is now available to Subscription Service customers. To download, click here or log into the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal at https://customerportal.SOLIDWORKS.com and click Download Software and Updates to get access to the update.

Also make sure you’re registered for Early Visibility Program*

For registering for Early Visibility Program, log into your SOLIDWORKS Portal account, go to my profile and select the option “Notify me for EV (Early Visibility) access” under My Preferences.

*P.S: Login required for access. Full access requires an active Subscription Service contract.

Notes:

– Performance reporting is turned on for EV releases.
– Report critical problems to SOLIDWORKS Technical Support at evis@SOLIDWORKS.com
– The full version is scheduled 3-4 weeks after the EV version and is subject to change without notice.

Fixing Diameter Symbol Displaying As MOD-DIAM instead of ø in SOLIDWORKS

I have seen that lot of people are having issues where symbols have changed to the scripts instead of display as symbols specially the Diameter symbol which instead of showing as ø, show up as <MOD-DIAM>.

Diameter Symbol as MOD-DIAM

OR even getting error message for missing Gtol.sym file.

Missing Gtol.sym File

Where as this is the correct behavior.

Correct Display

So let’s talk about different options to fix it.

1. Save and close all active files in SOLIDWORKS and restart it. This should fix the issue.

2. If you’re seeing the issue again then make sure there is no another instance/session of hidden SOLIDWORKS running in the background (could be a session that didn’t closed completely).

3. If 1 and 2 doesn’t help then either Gtol.sym file is missing OR corrupted.

For system running versions older than 2014, make sure that Gtol.sym is under C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp 20XX\SOLIDWORKS\lang\English folder (path may vary in different version of SOLIDWORKS but make sure it located under \SOLIDWORKS\lang\English folder).

For versions 2014 and above, the default path is C:\Program Data*\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKS Corp 20XX\lang\English folder but you can opt for any folder location and map the path under Tools > Options > System Options > File Locations > Symbol Library File. In case there are multiple users, once can place the file in a common place that everyone can access.

Setting File Location

Program Data is a hidden folder by default. So make sure you’ve “Show Hidden Files, Folder, drives” checked as shown below.

Program Data Folder

 

In case you’re unable to find the file in the location mentioned above then you can copy it from different machine OR download here and copy to your machine in appropriate folder. Further make sure that you’ve mapped the file path correctly under Tools > Options > System Options > File Locations > Symbol Library File