Thursday, January 20, 2011

SolidWorks Rx – System Maintenance

Have you experience your SolidWorks performance is getting slower after a period of time even though you are using a new hardware?

Yes, this is the common behavior. When you are using SolidWorks, it will generate some temporary files in your system. These files will remain in your system until you clean them manually. Feel troublesome? I have the solution here. (I won’t post this if I have no solution)

You can try the following in order to clean all the temporary files and perform system maintenance for your hardware:

Go to Start Menu > All Program > SolidWorks 2011 > SolidWorks Tools > SolidWorks Rx. In SolidWorks Rx window, select the System Maintenance tab.

SolidWorks Rx act as a diagnostics tool and it can help you to do a series of maintenance for your system, which include:

• Cleaning of :
- SolidWorks Backup folder
- Temporary folders
- Windows Temp folder
- Temporary internet files
- Temporary files in data folders (~ files)
• Checkdisk to check for disk errors
- Checkdisk will help to check file system errors and bad sectors on your hard disk.

• Windows Defragmenter
- Disk Defragmenter consolidates fragmented files and folders on your computer's hard disk, so that each occupies a single, contiguous space on the volume. As a result, your system can gain access to your files and folders and save new ones more efficiently. By consolidating your files and folders, Disk Defragmenter also consolidates the volume's free space, making it less likely that new files will be fragmented

p/s: after this post, I'm going to format my notebook. ^.^

Application Engineer

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

SolidWorks Rx- Are you machine better than mine?

The hardware performance always a topic of discussion when a group of user hanging out. Want to know what is the level of performance of your hardware? Do your hardware performance meeting your expectation? Are mine better than yours? Purely compare with your mouth and ‘feeling’ is not a good approach i would say.

Introduce you the all new feature in SolidWorks Rx 2011 – SolidWorks Performance Test. You can find it by going to Start >All Programs >SolidWorks 2011 >SolidWorks Tools >SolidWorks Performance Test. Keep in mind that you will need to have SolidWorks 2011 and PhotoView 360 in order to run this test.

The test has three areas; CPU, I/O, and Graphics. Each step of the test is meant to exercise a specific area of the computer using SolidWorks.

This tool took merely took half an hour to perform a benchmark testing on your hardware, including time taken to open a SolidWorks file, rebuild a file, rendering, etc…. Total of 5 times it will run (in the half an hour time) and average result obtains to ensure the accuracy.

Benchmark result (HP Z400)

This is the result that I obtained from HP Z400 Workstation, what about your score? Try it now with SolidWorks Rx 2011. You can even share your score at SolidWorks website ( to let other SolidWorks user to do a comparison. Of course, you can view the result shared by other user with different hardware configure.

You next hardware? Do consider to refer “share your score” for the best performance and budget that suit your need.

Application Engineer

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Announcement: SolidWorks 2011 sp2.0

"Sorry for my MIA. Too much holiday le~"

SolidWorks 2011 recently (to be exact, yesterday) launched the latest service pack, sp2.0. Feel free to download it from below link.


More SolidWorks 2011 posts coming up, in this week. I promise.

Stay tuned.