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SolidWorks Support Monthly FAQ - August / September 2012

Blog Post created by Robbie Liotta Employee on Sep 5, 2012

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


Top Questions and Issues:


1. SolidWorks 2013 is almost here!

The Beta Program is winding down.  Visit the 2013 Beta site and click "Join Now" to keep updated on the latest Beta News. Participating in the 2013 Beta Program is an excellent opportunity to learn about the new functionality and how it can help your design process before SolidWorks 2013 is released. If you have any questions please email us at


2. SolidWorks 2013 and Windows XP

Just a reminder that SolidWorks 2013 will NOT install on Windows XP. Please take note of this prior to installing SolidWorks 2013 when it is released. For more information, go to S-059626 or click here to access additional information on moving to Windows 7.


3. SolidWorks Electrical Release - Where can I find more information about SolidWorks Electrical

Details on the new SolidWorks Electrical product are available on the product page: ttp://


4. S-060075 What is Flow Injection Factor in SolidWorks Plastics?

It is a way to define areas where you expect the flow to slow down due to the presence of many small holes (only for shell mesh), because the speed of plastic at melt front will be slowed down within the regions with many small holes. The value range is from 1 ~ 10, a higher value means the flow resistance is higher. The default value is 4, which is suitable for regions whose half area is empty holes. The value can only be determined empirically - after comparing simulation results to real world molding results. Only then can you fine tune the Flow Injection Factor value to get the simulation to match reality.


5. S-060235 - What are the capabilities of the new eDrawings® Pro for iPad®?

  • Open 2D (edrw, slddrw, dwg, dxf) and 3D (easm, eprt, sldasm, sldprt) files from any location: email attachments, cloud storage services (DropBox, Google Drive, Skydrive, YouSendIt…), email, web & ftp site, internal networks and through iTunes File Sharing
  • Zoom, pan and rotate your 2D or 3D CAD data using multi-touch gestures
  • Browse an assembly components tree, configurations and drawing sheets
  • Hide, show and make components transparent
  • Views mode selection: standard orthogonal views, shaded with edges, perspective view



New Knowledge Base Articles:


1. S-060039 - Why can't I choose entities or an origin in a drawing view when using Autodimension's "Selected Entities" setting?


If you can't selected specific entities in a drawing view, it's likely because that view has not been selected while the Autodimension PropertyManager is active.

When Autodimension is activated, it selects the last inserted drawing view by default. This is visible in the graphics area, where two edges of the last inserted view will have horizontal and vertical datums automatically selected (those datums will not be populated in the PropertyManager until an entity, in any view, is clicked on in the drawing).

In this state, selected entities can only be selected for the last inserted view. In order to select entities in other views, you must first select that view (click anywhere in its bounding box) from the graphics area.


2. S-060269 -When displaying the assembly structure column in a BOM, what do the brackets, [ ], around a component mean?


The brackets indicate that the component is virtual (saved internally, inside the assembly).


3. S-060299 - What is the maximum rendering resolution for  PhotoView 360 2012?


PhotoView 360 64 bit ->  20000 x 20000 pixels.

PhotoView 360 32 bit -> 11580 x 11580 pixels.


4. S-060117 -Why does the model rotate in reverse when it's upside down in 3DVIA Composer?


This is intended functionality.  By default, rotation is relative to the vertical axis in 3DVIA Composer.  To rotate freely, without respect to the orientation of the vertical axis, press Ctrl, hold down the right mouse button, and drag.


5. S-060154 - Keepout areas are not appearing on the correct side of the board when exported to CircuitWorks, what could be wrong?


Board features such as keepout areas should not be merged to the board outline feature, please make sure that the Merge result option is unchecked in the Extrude Property Manager in SolidWorks when the feature is created.


6. S-060193 - Why is a Factor of Safety (FOS) plot showing high FOS values in areas of the model that have low stress (often due to the fact that the material in these areas is not carrying much load)?


This is expected behavior based on the conventional definition of Factor of Safety. Taking the Maximum von Mises Stress Criterion as an example, the formula for FOS is:

Factor of Safety (FOS) = (Sigma_limit) / (Sigma_vonMises)

Where Sigma_limit is most often the Yield Strength of the material. Areas with a high FOS value indicate areas with a low likelihood of failure, while high values of FOS indicate potentially problematic areas due to higher likelihood of failure.



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.