SOLIDWORKS – .SWB/.SWP file; Now what?

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So, you downloaded this file from a vendor and it’s not anything that you recognize. If you double click on it, nothing happens. So, what is it? This file type is a SOLIDWORKS Macro. A Macro is defined as a single instruction that expands automatically into a set of instructions to perform a particular task. What’s neat about these files is that a vendor can give you these files instead of a SOLIDWORKS file. It doesn’t limit you or them […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Sketch Settings

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With my time on SOLIDWORKS product support, I have come across many user’s settings when remoted into their machine. I always seem to find out that most users don’t dabble into the SOLIDWORKS sketch settings. A lot of people like SOLIDWORKS “Out of the Box”, but there are a few settings in there that we might want to change to make sketching a little easier. I’ll go over my favorite two options that I always make sure to check on […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New –Sheet Metal Tab and Slot Enhancements – #SW2019

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Tab and Slot SOLIDWORKS 2018 welcomed a great new feature called Tab and Slots designed for Sheetmetal and Weldments users. SOLIDWORKS 2019 enhanced the feature with group linking, the use of nonlinear edges, slot corner shapes, and through all cuts. Linking Groups Like Weldments, the tab and slot feature can link user chosen groups to apply uniform parameters. If you edit the parameters, the whole group will change together. Make sure you check the box “Link Groups Together”. Nonlinear Edges […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Automatic View Updates and Exclusions – Displaying Scroll Bars – #SW2019

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Automatic View Updates Automatic View Update option is not a stranger to SOLIDWORKS. As a matter of fact is one of the cool features that makes SOLIDWORKS… well… SOLIDWORKS! You could toggle this property on and off by right-clicking on the icon at the top of the Feature Manager Design Tree. In earlier versions it would only apply to the current session and wouldn’t save the option. In 2019 the option is saved within the drawing. Another bonus feature in 2019 is […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Drawing Library Text

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Ever find yourself inserting the same pieces of text in a SOLIDWORKS drawing? What if we could make a library of these standard text blocks? Even better, we can create library text that brings in property information from the model! There is also a setting available that lets your drag a note and merge it to another. Options > System Options > Drawings > Disable note merging when dragging This short video demonstrates how to add your notes to a […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Using Sketches for Drawing Centerlines

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Centerlines in your SOLIDWORKS Drawing have always been easy to add in, and that’s fine if you are done with your part, but what if it changes? Sometimes the centerlines are fine, other times you must rebuild them. With this trick, I’m going to show you how you can add the centerlines using your model’s sketch. That way if things change, your drawing will update. Here’s my simple part with the sketch turned on: Now, here’s my drawing: What I […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Utilities

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SOLIDWORKS – Utilities Many people don’t know about the Utilities add-in in SOLIDWORKS. Once turned on, we get new tools to help us compare our designs. This isn’t just for our models, but with documents as well. This helps troubleshoot your drawings if someone changes something, but you don’t know what changed. You can run the compare tool to find out. Similarly, you can do this with your models. In this example, I have added a fillet and changed a […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – All Uppercase Characters – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – All Uppercase Characters – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS 2018 has a new feature for tables with the “All Uppercase” options. In previous versions, the text format of capital letters came from properties of the part. In past releases this option was only for notes. This year they added the ability for tables as well. If you don’t always want this default option turned in in the document setting, the second way of making your tables with all […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Select Over Geometry – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Select Over Geometry – #SW2018 In older versions of SOLIDWORKS, to select edge geometry over a model you had to start in empty space. Panning or zooming out was the typical solution to start your lasso or box selection. SOLIDWORKS 2018 has a new feature selection that allows you to toggle on to avoid panning or zooming to find your blank space. The option is called “Select Over Geometry” and can be toggled on with […]

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SOLIDWORKS Composer Unblock Zip Files

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Unblock Zip File in SOLIDWORKS Composer I received a Zip file the other day with some SOLIDWORKS Composer documents and the HTML file that I needed to show someone. I unzipped the files and kept getting errors with the HTML file. After trying to load the HTML doc in chrome I tried a few more times with Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer, but they each failed in their own way. Chrome gave me a Blank white screen, and IE gave […]

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