Robbie Liotta

SolidWorks Support Monthly FAQ – August 2011

Blog Post created by Robbie Liotta Employee on Aug 12, 2011

This month’s edition of SolidWorks Support News covers a few of the most common questions and issues handled by the support team over the past month, as well as recent updates to the SolidWorks Knowledge Base.


Top questions and issues


1.     The SolidWorks 2012 Beta Program is in full gear. It is not too late to sign up for the Beta Program to compete for prizes or participate in some of the modeling and rendering contests.  For more information on the contests taking place in August, go to .


Congratulations to those currently at the top of the contest leader boards and each of the contest winners so far.


2. What does the following  error message mean when trying to save?  "The docfile has been corrupted"


This error indicates SolidWorks is having trouble saving the data to the storage device being used. There can be multiple causes for this.  One known cause is attempting to save over the network to a NAS or SANS device while exceeding the disk space allowance.


To find out more, please go to S-055712.



New Knowledge Base articles


1. When working with files over a network, are there any known issues that could cause performance problems when opening models, unsuppressing (resolving) components or changing configuration in assemblies?


A problem has been identified which can adversely affect performance when opening files over a network.  Because unsuppressing components is similar to opening a file, the same problem can occur with that workflow.  Because changing configuration of an assembly can result in components being unsuppressed, the problem can also be seen with that workflow.


This issue was reported as SPR 569792 and is fixed in SolidWorks 2011 SP4.


To find out more, please go to S-055851.



2. How does the 'Bend calculation' method work in sheet metal?


Starting in SolidWorks 2011, there is a new way of calculating the Bend Allowance (BA) – by having a customizable calculation table based on Excel. This is the Bend Calculation method.

In the existing methods of Bend Allowance, we consider the K factor as a fixed value for all angles (For example, when creating a base flange, if you select .6 K Factor, then creating a 1 degree flange and 175 degree flange both will have the same K).


To find out more, please go to S-055856.



3. How is it possible to tell whether Flow Simulation HVAC Module functionality is available or not?


In the Flow Simulation drop down menu select Calculation Control Options command. Select the Advanced tab. There should be a Calculate Comfort Parameters command listed with the other commands.

To find out more, please go to S-055756.



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


The SolidWorks Support Team