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How fast is your computer? SOLIDWORKS Benchmark Test

Ever wonder which computer will best suit your SOLIDWORKS need? How much RAM, which processor, how many cores, or which video card? Have no fear, I’m going to show you a tool that can help ease your mind.

In 2011, SOLIDWORKS released the Performance Benchmark Test for comparing multiple computers using a uniform testing strategy. The test has three areas; CPU, I/O, and Graphics. Each step of the test (described below) is meant to exercise a specific area of the computer using SOLIDWORKS. Out of the box, standard settings are used to insure consistent settings are used to run the tests. The general tasks for the areas tested in each dataset are as follows:

  • Open the file [I/O]
  • Force a rebuild [CPU]
  • Rotate and zoom [Graphics]
  • Open drawing [I/O w/Multi-Threading]
  • Rotate and zoom [Graphics]
  • Add sheet [CPU] & [Graphics]
  • Add view [CPU] & [Graphics]
  • Render (parts only) [CPU w/Multi-Threading] *If the license allows it

Before starting the Benchmark, it’s recommended to reboot the machine.  This will help ensure a consistent test.  After you have restarted the machine, keep all programs closed, yes even Pandora, as it can alter the results.  To start the Benchmark, we will need to first open the SOLIDWORKS Rx Tool.  Click on your start icon and type “Rx” in the search box at the bottom.  This will filter out the versions of SOLIDWORKS Rx that are loaded on your system. 

Creating Custom Weldment Profiles

At some point in your SOLIDWORKS modeling career you may find an urge to model your house, latest addition to your garage, or in my case, a stand for my reef tank sump. Before I could begin my build, I needed to create some weldment profiles that would represent the different sizes of wood that will be needed. Let’s get started by investigating one of the default SOLIDWORKS Weldment profiles.

First we need to find where your weldment profiles are stored. The default path is "C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english\weldment profiles." However, your path may vary. To verify the location on your computer, go to Tools > Options > File Locations and select Weldment Profiles from the drop down.

Weldment Profiles

Critical Alert - Windows update KB 3072630 leading to Installation Issues

Before installing or modifying your SOLIDWORKS installation, please take a moment to read through this blog post, or the full SOLIDWORKS document here, detailing reported issues related to Microsoft update KB3072630. This specific Microsoft update effects SOLIDWORKS 2011 through 2016 Beta. Common reported symptoms include: Missing Add-ins, GdtAnalysisSupport.dll error on startup, crashing using macros, instability using equations, and DWG document manager library is invalid or missing when launching.

You may notice the following message when installing or modifying your installation. Clicking the link for more details listed at the bottom of this error message will take you to the same document that I’ve linked above. 

SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager

How to Keep Your Decals Attached to the Model

Picture this, you spend time getting your part to look as realistic as possible by adding some decals. When you're finished, you sit back and think, "Wow, that looks great!" Then you send the file to your co-worker to show off a little, and when they opened it on their computer, all the decals are gone! If you've ever had this happen, then you're in the right place. I'm going to show you how to make sure those decals stay with your models so you'll never have that happen again.

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