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  • 1. I can't open solidworks2001 files in solidworks2003
    Can you help me? Thanks. Lakaiurre
  • 2. Reopening the "slow saves" thread (was "Dell Precisions...")
    Guys We've struck slow saves of local assemblies and drawings (with entirely local referenced parts) as an incremental creeping degenerative sickness (never experienced prior to SWks 2003) As others have reported, the problem disappears when you don't connect to the network. The ratio of save times gets as bad as 40:1 when connected and logged on. What we also noticed though, was that if you log on as a different network user (with the same level of access priveleges) so that a new profile gets created on the local machine, the problem disappears. So what we look like having to do is regularly re-create our profiles. I can't explain why this seems to get worse over time. It is not just the accumulation of SWD123.tmp files, swxauto etc, because ditching these does not help us. Any thoughts?
  • 3. Feeling Philosophical about CAD...
    Where is CAD going? I know that when I'm in the retirement home, the kids out of college are going to be fitted with Matrix-like jacks in the back of their necks that allow them to directly create virtual designs simply by thinking about them. What I'm curious about is what you all think we might see in the next twenty years. What will modeling be like? I suspect that we won't be working with virtual lumps of clay, because I.D. folks don't do their concepts and prototypes in clay in the real world - so will we all be shaping virtual blocks of foam, or will we be using some other paradigm? How will we be creating drawings? After all, we will still need them for legal purposes, even if all of our vendors get online . What sort of input device will we use (until Microsoft develops that direct shunt into the brain)? What am I too tired (or dim) to ask that would be relevant? I ask this after spending 30 Hrs over a beautiful weekend slugging it out with a model that I've already got a hundred+ hours in. There are a lot of really smart, connected folks on this forum - I am hoping that some of you will chime in with an open-ended preview of what's to come, to give me a little hope that, in the next decade, I won't be pissing away gorgeous weekends struggling with software Thanks for your thoughts/insights -Ed
  • 4. Dell Precisions slow to save...
    We have just purchased (5) new Dell Precision 360's (P-IV 3.06 Ghz, 1 GB RAM, Quadro FX500) and are running Swx 2003 SP3.1. We purchased these machines because of time wasted saving models locally on our antiquated P-III 667's. My experience at home w/ a P-IV was one of significant speed increase across the board... but we're not experiencing this increase with these Dells. In fact, it seems to be worse. Any ideas? Are there any settings that need to be set in the bios? Drivers? We're running XP Pro SP1 and I've installed the Swx certified video drivers for the Quadro card. Is Hyper Threading a hinderance? Any help would be greatly appreciated as my users are getting pretty frustrated. Thx, Eric Swartz

40,000 models/drawings free at McMaster-Carr

Postby western1812 » Sat, 16 Apr 2005 01:33:32 GMT


Has most Solidworks models for direct download.

Very detailed and great for running COSMOS prior to construction.


Re: 40,000 models/drawings free at McMaster-Carr

Postby Mr. Me » Sat, 16 Apr 2005 10:18:36 GMT

I clicked on at least 20 assorted items and no models.  Do you have a 
specific example?

Re: 40,000 models/drawings free at McMaster-Carr

Postby Keith Streich » Sat, 16 Apr 2005 22:01:37 GMT

We had the McMaster boys in on 4-13-05 and they were asking about
suggestions, changes and how we used their website.  The first thing which
popped into my mind was to make their 3D models more accessible.

Instead of searching and searching down through all their items, then
entering given specifications, then showing if there was an available
models, just get me to the parts.  If something is exactly as I require,
great, they are number one on the vendor list.  If not, let me modify an
available model/solid for my requirements and I'll search for vendors later,
but I'll get my work done.

They could be a great source for part data and part dimensional

Give me your thoughts, I'm sure they are still open for suggestions and I'm
positive they don't watch this group.

I just thought it would be nice to see what everyone else thought.

Keith Streich
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Milwaukee, WI 53209

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