SOLIDWORKS Support Monthly News – August 2020

Hello to all,

Welcome to the new edition of the SOLIDWORKS Support Monthly News!  This monthly news blog is co-authored by members of the SOLIDWORKS Technical Support teams worldwide.

SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks: “Working with in-context feature and derived configurations”

This problem is a frequent customer reported issue. Usually is reported in different “flavors”. But, in general, it always has a feature in the context on an assembly.  In this particular example, the feature has an in-context relation with another component feature. At other times, the feature has an in-context relation with an assembly sketch. The other common denominator of this problem is the derived configuration. This does not have to be a sheet metal issue, as any derived configuration will produce the same result.

The customer goal is to create two flat pattern drawing views, each showing a separate configuration. Because these are flat pattern drawing views, the configurations will have to be derived flatten configurations. The video shows how to resolve the problem, you must pair a specific assembly configuration with the part derived configuration. This must be done for as many derived configurations as it exist in the part.


Is your Remote Desktop Connection freezing often when using Windows 10 1903 or newer?

Remote desktop sessions started to freeze in many case after upgrading Windows 10 to 1909 version and became really annoying.

There is a way to avoid this frustrating situation by following the steps below on your main machine and on the machine you are connecting to. Please follow the below steps:

  1. Start Local Group Policy Editor (Start > type ‘group’ or ‘mmc.exe’)
  2. In Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Remote Desktop Services click on Remote Desktop Connection Client
  3. Double click “Turn Off UDP On Client” and set it to Enabled

 If you want to read more about this, please visit this link:

Noteworthy Solutions from the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base


icon - SW In the SOLIDWORKS® software, why can I not separately choose to save a file in either the ‘Parasolid (x_t)’ or the ‘Parasolid (x_b)’ format?
The release of the SOLIDWORKS® 2020 version combines the option to save the Parasolid as “binary(x_b)” and “text(x_t).” To learn about possible workarounds and solutions, see Solution Id: S-077765.

icon - SW After installing SOLIDWORKS® 2020 SP03, why is the ‘Help’ menu item missing?
Effective with the release of SOLIDWORKS® 2020 SP03, the ‘Help’ menu item no longer appears on the menu bar. To know more about this behavior, please visit the solution Id: S-077849

Icon - EPDM Is there a SolidPractice available on the topic of network and hardware considerations for implementing the SOLIDWORKS® PDM Professional software?
The SolidPractice document attached to Solution Id: S-077819 provides information about network and hardware considerations for implementing the SOLIDWORKS® PDM Professional software

In a SOLIDWORKS® Simulation nonlinear study, how do I export the steps results for stress, displacement, strain, velocity, or acceleration in a Microsoft® Excel® file format?
SOLIDWORKS® Simulation saves the step results in binary files with the LCN and STN file extensions. You can extract the results from the binaries for any step in the SOLIDWORKS® Simulation study by using the ‘List Stress, Displacement, Strain’ tool. For more details about this, see Solution Id: S-077985

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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Bishwaraj Roy

Mechanical Engineer with overall 9 years of experience in consultation and Technical Support of Computer Aided Design and PLM Products, 7+ Years experience in Supporting SOLIDWORKS suite of products. Certifications: 3DEXPERIENCE® Collaborative Industry Innovator, 3DEXPERIENCE® Industry Innovator, 3DEXPERIENCE® 3D Creator