Sometimes when you open an Iges or Step or other non-native file that you received, it has an error next to the imported body feature in the tree. Very often times you can simply do a Save As and save the file as a Parasolid and then reopen it and this will cause the error to disappear.
You’ve probably seen files in your file folders with tildes (~) in front of them like this:
If you’ve always wondered what these files are, read on. From Wikipedia: “The tilde symbol is used to prefix hidden temporary files that are created when a document is opened in Windows. For example, when you open a Word document called “Document1.doc,” a file called “~$cument1.doc” is created in the same directory. This file contains information about which user has the file open, to prevent multiple users from attempting to change a document at the same time.”
So if you have the option set in Windows Explorer under Folder Options to “Show hidden files and folders”, when you open a file, you see another file open as described above with a tilde in front of it, and the icon in front of this file name is grayed out (this is the standard operation for most, but not all programs). If the program crashes or “terminates early” then these files will often times be left over and look as shown above. If you see a group of files like this in your folder and you know that the related files are not open, they are perfectly safe to delete. They don’t take up much space – they are only 1kb in size, but it is good housekeeping to get rid of them.
This is a very simple test that you can run in just a few minutes to compare your computer speed with your peers. More information is in this PDF: SolidWorks CPU Benchmark.pdf
After running the benchmark, compare your
results to other users by clicking on the link below:
Every die designer that starts to use SolidWorks runs into this issue. And there are several different methods that we see people use to try to get around it. I will never forget when I experienced it – how frustrating it was. As you start to draw a rectangular die block on the Front plane so that the Z axis is pointing at their nose as they are looking at the screen, just like it will be sitting on the CNC, you realize that this is actually the “top” in your mind. You are looking down at the top of the die. “Why is SolidWorks calling it the Front View?“ When you look at what you consider the “front” of this block and this die, SolidWorks is calling this the “Bottom View”.
People spend hours trying to figure out how to work around this issue when in fact, it is very simple to do. Click on the PDF below for a simple solution that works perfectly!