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Techniques For Opening Corrupt Assemblies

The Dreaded Error Message

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: “SolidWorks has encountered an error and needs to close”. Have you ever tried to open an assembly and encountered this error? Fortunately, it happens rarely, and many SOLIDWORKS users have never experienced this error. For those who have, it can be very frustrating.

The error is more common with assemblies and even more so with assemblies that contain components imported from other CAD programs or downloaded from the internet. In such situations, there are two techniques that can help you open the assembly and salvage most of your work. This blog will explain these techniques.

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Hobby vs. Commercial: Seeing 3D Printing Grow Up

I believe that anyone who has worked with a consumer-level 3D printer would tell you that 3D printing is not easy. Having worked with a variety of desktop 3D printers ranging in price and quality, including building a couple of my own kits, I would definitely agree. 3D printing as it currently exists for at-home users and hobbyists has a learning curve, and despite many companies claiming to offer plug-and-play solutions, can be very challenging if not frustrating at times.

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Safeguard your data from cyber attacks with SOLIDWORKS PDM

Cyber criminals no longer come in the form of Nigerian princes. The evolution of cyberattacks can be seen in news headlines across the world, such as “WannaCry”; the ransomware that locked up computers in an estimated 150 countries.

In 2016 alone, 1,209 data breaches occurred and resulted in 1.1 billion identities being exposed, according to the  Symantec’s 2016 Internet Security Threat Report. With worldwide cyber security threats increasing in number and strength, businesses are being advised to take action and increase company data security.

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Creating Custom Symbols in SOLIDWORKS

When thinking of symbols in SOLIDWORKS, your first thought may be blocks, or it may be symbols attached to a string of text. This blog will focus on symbols associated with text, inserted as a note. Specifically, we will discuss how to create your very own custom symbols.


Let’s start off easy with basic symbol insertion. We will assume you know how to insert a note into a SOLIDWORKS document. Once you have clicked the Note command and clicked somewhere to position the text box and are ready to start typing, you will gain access to the Add Symbol command, shown in Figure 1.

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