SOLIDWORKS Support Monthly News – March 2015

Hello to all,

Welcome to this new edition of the SOLIDWORKS Support Monthly News, coauthored by members of the SOLIDWORKS Technical Support teams worldwide.

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 Top Ten List

Thanks to all of you who proposed ideas and voted massively this year. The final result of the SOLIDWORKS World 2015 Top Ten List is:

  1. Support Zero Thickness Geometry
  2. Bidirectional sweep
  3. Export Sheet Metal Parts of an Assembly to .dxf/.dwg in Flat State
  4. Selection List box too Small!!! Should be bigger or Flexible Size
  5. Display the Exact Item Causing the Error
  6. Ability to make Inferred relations Permanent in Sketch
  7. Selecting Inner Loops of a selected Face
  8. Both Direction Pattern
  9. Topology Optimization from Tosca for all engineers
  10. Variable Pull Direction Draft

The sneak peak of SOLIDWORKS 2016 given during SOLIDWORKS World announced that some of the above enhancement are currently being worked on: Bidirectional sweep and Internal loops selection for faces.

For the complete list of technology preview in version 2016, see the SOLIDWORKS World What’s New.

Service Pack News

Service Pack 2.0 of version 2015 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 402245 – It is now possible to select edges using “Select Loop”.
  • SPR 529749 – In a nonlinear with shells, it is now possible to create a Pin connector (selection of edges is unblocked).


  • SPR 523192 – It is now possible to output multiple views  in the Technical illustration workshop (just like in the high resolution image workshop).
  • SPR 557935 – It is now possible to edit the standard view name at view creation


  • SPR 653286 – Harness drawings now automatically scale in a way so that all entities are displayed on the drawing, and tables do not overlap.
  • SPR 557935 – It is now possible to edit the standard view name at view creation


  • SPR 837245 – A version of eDrawings for Mac has been released that can open SOLIDWORKS or eDrawings 2015 format files.

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

Shells in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015: Part 2 (Alignment and Offset)

In first segment, we went over some SOLIDWORKS Simulation shell basics – check out the post here in case you missed it. This time, we dive a bit deeper into the relevant data that accompanies shells in Simulation.
You will learn about the shell’s top and bottom faces, its thickness and the possibility to offset its virtual representation from the actually modeled geometry. You will be shown how to flip the orientation of the shell to switch the top and bottom faces.
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Noteworthy Solutions from the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base

icon - SW Is there a version of eDrawings® 2015, compatible with the 32-bit version of Windows® 7 SP1, that can open SOLIDWORKS® part, assembly, or drawing files?
Yes. eDrawings 2015 Special Edition (SE) is available, as a one-time-only release. You can download this version of eDrawings from the ‘FREE CAD TOOLS’ tab of the SOLIDWORKS downloads page.
NOTE: There will not be any future SE releases.
From Solution Id: S-068140.

icon - SW Why might Hole Wizard Favorites data be lost after upgrading to SOLIDWORKS® 2015?
Starting from SOLIDWORKS® 2015, earlier data must be converted because the copy of the earlier file “HoleWizardFavorites.mdb” in the appropriate folder does not work anymore. The procedure to follow is given in Solution Id: S-068042.

icon - SW When using SOLIDWORKS 2014 or SOLIDWORKS 2015, is it possible to import a DWG or DXF file type created in AutoCAD 2014 or AutoCAD 2015?
Yes, it is possible.
Autodesk does not change the DWG or DXF file format with each new release of AutoCAD. Autodesk typically uses a three year cycle when changing file formats. As of February 2015, the last time they changed the file format was with the release of AutoCAD 2013. More information in Solution Id: S-068098.

Icon - EPDM What should be configured after changing the server name where MS SQL server is running and used for hosting SOLIDWORKS® Enterprise PDM vault database?
When the server, where MS SQL server is running and used for hosting SOLIDWORKS® Enterprise PDM vault database, is renamed; then follow the appropriate sections in the chapter “Moving Server Components to Another System” in the “Installation Guide”. More information in Solution Id: S-067970.

Icon - EPDM What could cause the error “Could not login to SolidWorks Workgroup PDM. User “<users>” not found.” when trying to login the SOLIDWORKS® Workgroup VaultAdmin tool?
This error may be caused by the Workgroup service not finding user information of the vault, which is stored in the file “users.pdmw” under the folder “…\VaultData\pdmrc\”.  To troubleshoot this issue, follow these steps in Solution Id: S-068052.

icon - Flow Simulation Why is the Fan curve option “Free blowing pressure increase” option recommended when fan manufacturer datasheets usually use “pfs” the static pressure drop?
The Flow Simulation developers recommend the “Free blowing pressure increase” option (Pfa = Pstatic outlet – Ptotal inlet). See the mathematical and physical justification in Solution Id: S-068212.

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That’s it for this month. Thanks for reading this edition of SOLIDWORKS Support News. If you need additional help with these issues or any others, please contact your SOLIDWORKS Value Added Reseller.

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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.