SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Large Design Review – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Large Design Review – #SW2018 What is new in Large Design Review!? There are a couple new features/capabilities while in Large Design Review mode; you can create mates between both graphics only components and a component in resolved or lightweight, as well as work on components in Large Design Review Mode. Mate creation with Graphics-only Components You can create a mate or mate reference between a graphics-only component and a component that is either resolved […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Welcome Dialog Box – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 welcomes you in a whole new way! When you launch the software you are greeted with the Welcome Dialog Box .   The Welcome Dialog Box gives quick and easy access to open documents, view folders, access SOLIDWORKS resources, and view the latest SOLIDWORKS News. The Welcome Dialog Box has several helpful tabs; home, recent, learn, and alerts. To avoid redundancies some content was moved from the Task Pane to the Welcome Dialog Box. There are couple ways to […]

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DXF/DWG Import Wizard Questions

This blog is a compilation of frequently asked questions pertaining to the DXF/DWG Import Wizard and DXF/DWG importing and exporting options. Q: What is the reason that a DXF file with 2D/3D sketches might import with sketch entities when imported into a SOLIDWORKS Drawing, but not have entities when imported into a SOLIDWORKS Part? A: This may occur if the DXF file doesn’t contain “Mode Space” data, but has “Layout Space” data. To work around this issue: Open DXF file […]

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SOLIDWORKS: eDrawings Markups

eDrawings Markups This Blog article will walk you through adding markups to a drawing, saving those markups, inserting them into SOLIDWORKS, and then removing them from SOLIDWORKS. Publishing a Drawing to eDrawings You will find this option in the FILE pulldown menu of your open SOLIDWORKS document, it will say “Publish to eDrawings”. Once it is published to eDrawings, we can add markups with the option to add a comment. When directing someone to the view your markup is referencing, […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Account Activation Exceeded

Account Activation Exceeded   This blog article will discuss:   What this message means Reasons you might be receiving this message when trying to activate a license Steps to avoid getting this error What to do when your hard drive crashes   Let’s begin by defining what the message “Account Activation Exceeded” means.   If this message pops up when you are trying to activate a license in SOLIDWORKS, it is informing you that you are trying to use more […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017: Converting 2D to 3D

Converting 2D to 3D   This Blog article is going to be a picture heavy walk through of how to do a simple 2D to 3D conversion in SOLIDWORKS. This file is a DWG file, but this method works on DXF files as well.   Contents:   2D to 3D toolbar DXF/DWG Import tool Import options Converting 2D to 3D methodology     2D to 3D toolbar         We start by opening up our DWG/DXF just like […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017: Making a Decal Transparent

Making a Decal Transparent   This blog article will walk you through how to make your Decals transparent.   We start by placing our decal on our part model.   Below is an image of the property manager and decal placement (prior to making any changes).   In the property manager, you will see a section called “Mask Image”.   In this section, there are four mask options; No mask, Image mask file, Selective color mask, and Use decal image […]

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SOLIDWORKS: How to Customize SOLIDWORKS

How to Customize SOLIDWORKS   This blog article will discuss and show:   Where to find all the customization tabs Where to set keyboard shortcuts Give a few customizing tips How to customize your command manager/toolbar   Let’s begin!   Where to Find all the Customization Tab   *Please note that you need to have a SOLIDWORKS document open for all methods.   There are four different ways to get to your customization tabs:   Go to Tools > Customize […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Hide/Show Components on View creation or Manually

Hide/Show Components on View creation or Manually   Have you ever placed a section view or broken out section view and thought “something is missing”?  If there is a component or components missing from your view, it could be due to an insert option that you were unaware of.   This blog will show you:   Where to find that automatically insert on view creation option How to hide components in a view manually How to show components in a […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: What’s Wrong Enhancements – #SW2017

What’s Wrong Enhancements   What’s new with What’s Wrong?   There are a few new things this year when it comes to the What’s Wrong calls to action.    The call to action can now appear in the breadcrumbs.     2.  You no longer need to open the What’s Wrong dialog box to access that call to action.   3.  The call to action now includes an Edit Feature or Edit Sketch button depending on the needs. To have […]

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