SolidWorks Support Monthly News – November 2013

Hello to all,

Welcome to this new edition of the SolidWorks Support Monthly News .

SolidWorksCare Twitter account

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Example of recent posts:

  • New in SolidWorks 2014: we now support Microsoft Word and Excel 2013 applications #swx2014
  • New in #swx2014: use Replace Entities to replace a sketch entity without breaking downstream references! 
  • Track Simulation results across all solution steps of a transient study with Transient Sensors. (FeatureManager tree, RMB Sensors)


Service Pack News

Service Pack 5.0 of version 2013 has been released. It fixes many issues and increases performance, but it also adds some usability improvements. They will improve your experience working with SolidWorks. Here is a short list of such enhancements:


  • SPR 685922: A ‘Don’t ask me again’ checkbox was added to the ‘A document named is already opened…’ prompt

SolidWorks Simulation

  • SPR 568098: Drag and drop of study objects (loads, fixtures, etc.) between 2D planar simplification studies are now allowed
  • SPR 575724: Fatigue S-N curve is now updated in the fatigue study when material is changed in the static study used in the event.

Motion Simulation

  • SPR 681389: Components won’t jump anymore after hitting the Calculate button.

To get the full list of fixed SPRs in any service pack of version, log in the Customer Portal and click on Fixed SPR list in My Support:

Fixed SPRs list

SolidWorks 2014 SP0.0 is also available.


The SolidWorks World 2014 Top Ten List is open for submitting ideas

Please visit the SolidWorks World 2014 section of the forum, click on the “Ideas” tab and submit your ideas (if they have not already been submitted) for the Top Ten list.

New idea submission will end on December 16, 2013 where we will enter into the voting phase (which will end on January 15, 2014).

To view a video that explains more, [CLICK" />[CLICK" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"> HERE]

We look forward to seeing your ideas in the SolidWorks World 2014 Top Ten List!


Noteworthy Solutions from the SolidWorks Knowledge Base

 icon - SW Will SolidWorks 2014 require Windows 7 SP1.0 or higher?

Yes, SolidWorks 2014 requires Windows 7 SP1.0 or higher service pack. If a user is not on Win 7 SP01, he will be missing some pretty important performance improvements and fixes in Win 7 OS..

From solution Id: S-063861.

icon - SW How is the SolidWorks Translator (Importer) 2014 downloaded and installed?

Starting in version 2014 SP0, SolidWorks Composer and Translator (previously Importer) are installed through the SolidWorks Installation Manager.  To download and install them, follow the procedure in Solution Id: S-064281.

Icon - EPDM What can cause “application is dispatching an input-synchronous call”, “‘Unable to open master database” and other similar errors when opening files from Enterprise PDM vault via a double-click or right mouse button click which open in SolidWorks 2013?

If you are using SolidWorks 2013 SP0-SP4 and double-click (or right-click, Open) files to open them into an existing running SolidWorks session you may experience random errors or hangs when the files are being opened.

SolidWorks 2014 SP0 and 2013 SP5 includes modifications to the way the SolidWorks file launcher works that should address all these problems.

For more information, see  Solution Id: S-064303

icon - Simulation How to properly take thermal effect into account on solid bodies

Some users have difficulties with this topic and ask questions like:

I am trying to simulate the thermal expansion of a heated solid body. I unexpectedly get very high stresses. What may be wrong?

The article available in pdf format, in the attachment tab of Solution Id:  S-063863, discusses how to properly apply the temperatures to be taken into account in static, nonlinear, frequency, and buckling studies.

icon - Flow Simulation I installed SolidWorks Flow Simulation 2014 SP0.0, but the “About Flow Simulation” still reads Flow Simulation 2014 PR1. Why?

This is intentional – it is not a mistake or problem with the installation files. For the official SolidWorks Flow Simulation 2014 SP0 release, the Pre-Released (PR1) version is being used instead of an SP0 version.

Therefore, after installing Flow Simulation 2014 SP0, the SolidWorks Help drop down menu “About Flow Simulation” will read Flow Simulation 2014 PR1. When the first service pack of 2014 is available, “About Flow Simulation” will read 2014 SP1.0.

From solution Id:  S-064178


Thank you for reading this edition of the SolidWorks Support Monthly FAQ for September 2013. If you have any questions regarding the solutions discussed in this entry, please contact your SolidWorks Value Added Reseller. If you have any comments or suggestions regarding the content of this blog, please see the link below.

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Julien Boissat

Julien Boissat

Sr. Technical Customer Support Engineer, SolidWorks, EMEA at DS SolidWorks Corp.
I have been a Tech Support engineer for Simulation products since 2002. I was previously a product manager at SRAC, the original makers of COSMOS for those who remember that time! ;-). I am currently in charge of the content of the certification exams for simulation products. I also initiated and still author the Simulation Knowledge Base and participate as much as possible in the expansion and evolution of the SolidWorks Knowledge Base. Finally, I handle the SolidWorks Support Monthly News blog.