After the latest crash, all my material assignments are corrupted somehow.
I've seen two different embodiments of this. The first renders the material
completely clear (the part looks like a wireframe). The second simply shows
it completely black. The material is 6061 aluminum.
Removing the material, saving and re-attaching it seemed to work. But it
proved not to be a reliable fix. I also tried "Save As".
Service packs are not usually that tricky, since they don't often have
backwards compatibility problems. If you run into insoluble problems, just
roll back to the previous version.
Tripod Data Systems
"take the garbage out, dear"
I just don't have the time to experiment right now. I wish I could. I'd
love to see SW crash a little less. Not that it is crashing all the time.
Maybe every three or four days. The sad part is that I've seen it enough
times that now I know when it will crash. It's almost like the proverbial
calm before the storm. It's the way it responds to the last command after
crashing, the peculiar hard-drive activity...something, I don't know. But I
haven't failed to call it the last few times. Pretty sad if you think about
So, is there a way to fix this problem with materials? If I create new
parts and assign materials all is good. The issue is with the part that was
up when SW crashed. And, the part had been saved prior to the crash, way
prior. No new work had been done. I was just spinning it around and taking
some measurements when it crashed.
If you don't want to take the risk and upgrade, at least send the
problem in to your solidworks VAR and or directly to SW. Also, if you
are having reproducible crashes, document them and send them in using
SW RX. It really is the only way to improve the product.
I'm keeping them busy. They've been working on a sheetmetal problem for me
for nearly two weeks now. No solution yet.
I'll try. Most of the time you just want to get going with the work as soon
as possible. There's a well-known saying in the US that goes something
like: "When you're up to your ass in alligators, it's hard to remember
you're there to drain the swamp."