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Nonlinear Analysis Troubleshooting 101

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Tech Tip

Written by: Shaun Bentley, Application Engineer

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium includes two complex analysis types: Nonlinear and Dynamic. Nonlinear analyses can be the most challenging type of analysis to run. After years of experimenting and running my own nonlinear studies, I’ve made a list of the most common tricks that helped get me through some of the trickiest simulations. This is not a comprehensive list (to write such a list would take many pages), but hopefully should give you some general starting points to kick off from.

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How To Prevent Duplicate File Names in SOLIDWORKS PDM


Written by: Gordon Pursel, Application Engineer

Duplicate File Name SettingsDifferent parts with duplicate file names can be a real file management problem. Fortunately, SOLIDWORKS PDM has a Duplicate File Name Check that can prevent saving duplicate file names into the PDM Vault while also providing immediate feedback to locate files with the same name.

To enable the PDM Vault Duplicate File Name Check settings:

  • Start the PDM Administration tool and log into the Vault
  • Right-click File Types, select Duplicate file name settings.

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Backing Up PDM Standard


Written by: Michael Nolte, Application Engineer

With more and more companies using SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard, it’s a good idea to go over how to make your PDM server backups. Some companies are already using ‘snapshots’ of their virtual server environment software as their backup, but if you ever need to move your PDM server, you’ll need these steps for that process also. It is still good to have a manual backup just in case something happens with your virtual server environment ‘snapshots’; maybe once a week or once a month. Better safe than losing years of work.

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Totally Integrated: Model Based Definition Throughout SOLIDWORKS 2018

SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition

Written by: Jared Spaniol, Elite Application Engineer

For those who attended one of our rollout events, update training sessions, or reviewed the What’s New document on your own, did you pick up on the Model Based Definition (MBD) themes in 2018? MBD has been around since SOLIDWORKS 2015 and in SOLIDWORKS 2018 the theme of MBD is overarching. MBD has been connected to many other modules of the SOLIDWORKS product line this year, such as Drawings, Inspection, eDrawings, CAM, and Assemblies. In the next few sections I’ll provide a brief overview of how MBD has been integrated into each of these modules.

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Archive Management and Relocation – Part 3 – Compression and Cold Storage


Written by: Bryce Hooper, Application Engineer

There are several methods that are capable of reducing the overall footprint of our vault on a hard drive. Here we will discuss 2 methods: Compression and Cold Storage. As noted below, each of these has their own benefit and caveat. It is important to keep this in mind before implementing either solution.

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