Synchronizing Item Numbers Across Multiple Cut Lists or BOMs

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I was recently presented with an interesting request from someone on a SOLIDWORKS support case. They had designed a weldment model and wanted to break it up into several subgroups to highlight specific regions, so they created additional part files by selecting groups of bodies and using the Insert Into New Part tool. A problem then arose when they created drawings for their models: The cut list item numbers in the groups didn’t match those in the top-level model. Since […]

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SOLIDWORKS: “My files keep printing when I try to open them from Windows File Explorer”

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Since the launch of SOLIDWORKS 2020, our Technical Support team has gotten multiple reports of a very strange-sounding behavior: After installing SOLIDWORKS 2020, double-clicking a part, drawing, or assembly file from File Explorer will not properly open the file, and instead it will send that file to a nearby printer. This is still an issue we are learning about, so we don’t yet know all of the causes, but we have at least found a couple fixes that can get […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Make Sketching a Snap with Snapping Tools

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Everyone who designs parts in SOLIDWORKS likely spends most of their time in the sketching environment. Sketching is the basis for most of the common features in SOLIDWORKS, so being a good sketcher is essential to becoming a good modeler. SOLIDWORKS fortunately provides plenty of resources to both simplify and expedite the sketching process. Appropriately defining dimensions and relations in sketches can be a time-consuming challenge, especially for users still familiarizing themselves with SOLIDWORKS. These tasks can be made easier […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Becoming a Sketch Expert with SketchXpert

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Imagine: You are putting the finishing touches on a complex sketch, proud of your work. All that is left is one relation to give you the profile you need. Then, red and yellow fill the screen. Something has gone horrifically wrong; the sketch is over defined and unsolvable. There are dozens of relations and dimensions in this sketch—where do you start? Rather than trying to sort through the potential points of conflict on your own, let SketchXpert do it for […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Applying All Uppercase to Dimensions and Hole Callouts

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Ever since the 2014 release, SOLIDWORKS has had the capacity to automatically capitalize all text in an annotation note. In 2018, this functionality was expanded, as users were given an additional option to set all uppercase for table entries. Now, SOLIDWORKS 2020 is giving our Caps Lock keys yet another break by letting us apply uppercase to dimensions and hole callouts too. SOLIDWORKS 2020 users exploring their Document Properties will notice a new checkbox in the Uppercase section of the […]

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