SOLIDWORKS Support Monthly News – August 2017

Hello to all,

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

Spotlight on Feature: SOLIDWORKS Composer New Functionality – Mirror Animation

By Gayatri KESKAR

SOLIDWORKS Composer 2017 SP3 comes with a new functionality called Mirror animation.

In SOLIDWORKS Composer 2017 SP3, Mirror animation, has been introduced to improve the animation functionality.

With this new functionality users can mirror animation blocks that have been created using the, ‘Animation Library Workshop’. This reverses the order of the animation of the selected animation block, or of certain keys that have been selected within it.  For example, if a ‘Screw’ animation has been applied to an actor, performing the ‘Mirror animation’ functionality with create an ‘Unscrew’ animation.

This functionality only works for motion animations that have been created using the ‘Animation Library Workshop’.  Animations that have been created manually, using the animation keys, do not utilize this functionality.

To use the Mirror animation command:

  1. Go to ‘Workshop > Animation Library > Motion’
  2. Create a new animation sequence for example ‘Screw
  3. Right-click the animation block ‘Mirror > Selected Step(s) / Mirror Animation’

The command will mirror the selected animation sequence with the reverse/inverted action.

Before mirror operation:

After mirror operation:

The Animation library workshop makes use of .xml templates, which by default are located at:

C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS Composer\AnimationLibrary

Note: For the Mirror animation command to work correctly, you need to capitalize the .xml templates for Motion group available at above location.


SOLIDWORKS 2018 Beta testing is still underway – join in!

The SOLIDWORKS 2018 Beta Program has entered its second phase with the release of SOLIDWORKS 2018 Beta 2. There is still plenty of time to join in.

Become a tester and get a head start on all the new features of the entire product line

For more information on the Beta Program, please visit the Beta website. If you have any specific questions, don’t hesitate to email us at


Simulation Step-Up Series

Last month, Ramesh discussed the topic of Viewing results. This month, Brian talks about Correlating Simulation to Physical Tests.

Next month, Brian will discuss the topic of Linear Static Productivity.


Noteworthy Solutions from the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base

icon - SW What can cause the SOLIDWORKS® software to take a long time to start up during the ‘Initializing VBA Engine’ phase?

This behavior can occur if there are many ‘sldworks.exe’ events for loading files from ‘C:\ProgramData\FLEXnet’. These events appear in the Process Monitor log
In one known case, the user was able to resolve the issue by deleting the ‘C:\ProgramData\FLEXnet’ folder.
From Solution Id: S-072945.

icon - SW After installing Microsoft® .NET Framework 4.7 on Windows® 7 or upgrading to Windows 10 Creators edition, how do I resolve instability with .NET Framework functionality within the SOLIDWORKS® software?
SOLIDWORKS® users who install the Microsoft® KB3186497 or KB4104606 update to install .NET Framework 4.7 on Windows® 7 may see instability issues in SOLIDWORKS when using .NET functionality.  
See how to solve the problem in procedure in Solution Id: S-073322.

Icon - EPDM When I add, check in, or update the data card for a file in the SOLIDWORKS® PDM vault, why do I see the error: ‘Error 2709. The specific Component name (‘{96C9D8BC-A40C-45F4-919C-E73D649B93E3’}) not found in Component table’?
This error appears if the Microsoft® Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable package is not installed on the client computer. This commonly occurs when using the standalone installer ([SOLIDWORKS installation folder]\swpdmclient\setup.exe) to install the client software.
For more detailed information, see Solution Id: S-073194.

Icon - EPDM Does the SOLIDWORKS® PDM Status Report tool work with SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard?
Effective with the release of SOLIDWORKS® PDM Status Report 2016 – Build, you can connect the tool to SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard vaults.
From Solution Id: S-072971.

When I try to activate a SOLIDWORKS Xpress product with a code that worked previously, why do I see the error ‘The code you have entered is not valid for your serial number…’?
SOLIDWORKS® Xpress product codes are specific for each serial number, Xpress product type, and SOLIDWORKS version.
For example, if you are using SOLIDWORKS SimulationXpress in on one of your computers and you upgrade your SOLIDWORKS installation to a new version, you will need to request a new product code for SOLIDWORKS SimulationXpress.
To request a new product code, go to
From Solution Id: S-072940.

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.