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4 Things you need to know about SolidWorks Rx

  1. It can quickly determine if you are having a graphics card issues
  2. It is simply the best way to get the right graphics driver for SolidWorks
  3. It is a great way to assure your computer is a lean mean CAD machine
  4. It can provide the right info to solve possible problems you might experiencing

It has been almost 10 years since one of the main CAD influencers, Greg Jankowski from SolidWorks, wrote this intro for the Rx tool on The power of this tool is awesome. Here is 4 reasons why…
Where to start…

Simply hit your Windows start button and type “rx”, then it will appear at the top of the list…click it!

Starting SolidWorks in OpenGL mode will take you graphics card out commission. Result= If you still see weird graphics issues, it ain’t your graphics cards fault, so blame something else.

Second tab “Diagnostic” gives you a quick link to get your latest certified graphics card driver (Need internet connection, and a supported graphics card) Note: A Nvidia Quadro K2000 or similar should be plenty for most SolidWorks users.

Would Jeff Gordon or Kimi Raikkonen’s pit crew ever send them on the track without having checked the oil level and tire pressure? Well, I like to believe we are just as professional as they are. Don’t forget “CheckDisk” and “Defrag”, and with the enhanced options when hitting “Start Maintenance” such as schedule it to run at your convenience, there is no excuse not to keep that CAD machine in good shape my friend 🙂

If it is time to call a friend, and things are just not working right with SolidWorks. Your reseller will hug you when you let them know you can forward them a SolidWorks Rx Capture. This data holds no personal information, but gives them most of all the data they could ever ask for in regards your system set up. On top of that, if the reseller has to escalate things to SolidWorks, they will be just as thrilled to receive this.
It is a cool tool! You are cool!! You need to use it!!!

Engineering Technology, The year 1999

Fifth leg of the DE Desktop Engineering magazine inspired walk down CAD/CAM and engineering historie lane.
Check out 1995 and/or 1996 and/or 1997 and/or 1998.

Intel launches Pentium III

I am absolutely no hardware geek, but with a cool codename as Katmai, and containing 9.5 million transistors within dimensions of 12.3 mm by 10.4 mm Intel closed out the 90’s with this product.

Autodesk launches Inventor

No doubt this company made its biggest mark with its fabulous 2D AutoCAD, but after some stumbling in the 3D world 1999 was the year AutoDesk could join the table with the product Inventor. Codename=Mustang, did you know that when it comes to codename’s Inventor really cruises? Version2 Codename=Thunderbird, Version3=Camaro, Version4=Corvette and Version5=Durango.
Graebert launches PowerCAD CE

CAD in your hand! Graebert, a recently team player with Dassualt in creating DraftSight launching PowerCAD CE to run on Windows CE platform. PowerCAD is a mutation of Graebert’s FelixCAD.
NVidia launches first GPU in the Geforce 256

How big was this? well check out the article I found on nvnews from back in late 1999

“What makes NVIDIA’s GeForce 256 so revolutionary? For starters, it’s the first consumer based graphics controller chip that contains a Graphics Processing Unit, or GPU. A GPU can be thought of like a special processor”

What else…
The year 2000 problem known as the Y2K problem and the millennium bug was the most important thing on most companies minds in 1999.
My Space was officially introduced to the Internet.
Bluetooth announced.
The initial release of Napster
And 1999 The worlds population exceeds Six Billion.

Your chance to make your CAD/CAM sweeter looking.


So just as we got the looks of looking a little sweeter for your eyes, NVIDIA decide to give you a chance to make it even better. I received an email from Brian Harrison, the Director of NVIDIA’s Software Product Management, that for a short 5 minute survey his company would like to give someone the opportunity to win one of there new Quadro cards.

NVIDIA is conducting a survey about the usage patterns of SolidWorks. With the launch of SolidWorks 2011, we would like to gain a better understanding of how the application is used and what issues your readers have when using it~Brian Harrison

The importance of having a good graphics card when working with CAD and/or CAM can not be emphasized enough, so you better have a good excuse for not spending the next few minutes on this fairly painless survey that can be starts by following this link : -) (Survey will close on Tuesday, October 12th-2010)