I am new to SolidWorks in general. I have used Autodesk for the past 5 years since Highschool & college. My new job requires me to use Solidwoks, and it's difficult for me to convey the process that SolidWorks uses to create models. It is similar AutoDesk and at the same time, it is so much different. If you have to use complete "..for Dummies" terminology, I won't be offended.
To the Point* Problem: 1
I have been creating models as you should, sketch, extrude, create from planes, etc. Although, some of the drawings I work on are very complex, the assemblies consisting of under 10 parts, are for the most part, "Disappearing". I go to open a file I was working on previously yesterday and the file is there, but the model has dissappeared. This has happened to me twice already and I had to completely remodel multiple parts from scratch. A good few hours on each makes you realize that something is not right.
An error usally occurs saying that the model is unable to rebuild due to missing constraints/planes/or references. Usually this happens when I have them in an assembly. We have converted to 2013 from 2012 software, in the time that I started and I don't want this problem to continue. I am unsure if I'm constraining these incorrectly or this software does not like me one bit. I make sure that there are no errors/warnings with my sketches/models, and once the assembly was near finished, I save.. then this happens..
Problem #1:On the "Feature Manager Design Tree" (file that is Saved with around 500KB) is consisting of everything that you would originally have (origin, Top plane, Front Plane, Right Plane) and a couple Planes I created, but no sketches are there, Extrusions, Chamfers, or models. Just a blank page. I am assuming that I am saving these inccorrectly, although what doesn't make sense to me, is that if I trace the folder's location from 'my computer', the file shows that it has been saved to the current date & time.
I have another assembly(type=SolidWorks Application), similar construction and constraints. When I go to open the file, it shows all 5-parts except one. And that one part that doesn't show, is visiblie for half a second when I open the file, but then suppresses and dissappears. I go to unseppress the file and load the correct file, and I can't find it anywhere. (assumption = deleted file). Does the software just recognize the image of the missing part and flashes it for a moment or does it acutally have a location where I can find the "deleted/missing part"?
Any tips, hints, help?
P.S. we run out files through a Network, and I've been trying to keep up with placing the correct files in the network: from my desktop