SOLIDWORKS – Large Drawing File Size in SOLIDWORKS 2020/2021

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For some people and companies, this might not be a noticeable increase; but for others this could be a cause for alarm. Let me get to the problem: If I take a reasonable sized drawing, it might have a size ~5mb in an earlier version of SOLIDWORKS 2019 or later. When I take that same size drawing, open, do not change anything but just save in SOLIDWORKS 2020/2021 it balloons up to ~70MB! That is a huge increase, but from […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Vary Pattern Instances

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Have you ever needed a similar pattern of an object, but needed a dimension to slightly change? Or maybe increase in value every time it was patterned? There is a way to do this in SOLIDWORKS, and it is quite easy once you know the tool is there and maybe a little knowledge about how to use it. We are going to try and keep this as simple as possible to get the base understanding, but I am sure you […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Lost a Drawing File?

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Have you ever had a customer come back with an old drawing print out or just a PDF of one, and for whatever reason, you just could not find it? Let me try and help you fix that problem! As we know, SOLIDWORKS Drawings has the option to link text to the part properties. From here you can call in your custom property fields like, description, part number, color, who designed it, revision, dates…. Whatever you want really, it is […]

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SOLIDWORKS Tab and Slot for Hobbies

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SOLIDWORKS – Using SOLIDWORKS Tab and Slot for Hobbies SOLIDWORKS is not just for the professional user, but can make some of our home projects, hobbies, or “honey-do-Lists” easier. For me, or us, this was a combined project that required a small box for a windowsill. I do dabble in the wood working space a little and figured this would be easy with some 1×2 for the insides to tack against with some left over flat panel to form the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – REDO Support for Part Features

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Like many of you, if I can undo something in SOLIDWORKS, I want the ability to redo some of my functions that I did an undo on. We’ve all been there, we go to the drop-down list a pick a large list of things to undo, only to find out we went WAY too far. A redo will step us forward to the correct spot in time. Finally, in SOLIDWORKS 2021 the redo function is useful. In the Past, the redo […]

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Olympic Lifting Platform DIY Planning with SOLIDWORKS

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SOLIDWORKS – Olympic Lifting Platform DIY Planning with SOLIDWORKS Hello All, hope everyone is doing well! Like some of you I have been at home doing some home improvement projects as well as some interesting hobby projects. One thing we have missed at our house is the gym. We were able to scrap together a few things but were finally able to procure a home power rack that can be used for multiple things. Now, where to put it? How […]

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SOLIDWORKS Component Preview Window

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SOLIDWORKS – Component Preview Window Many SOLIDWORKS users have dealt with large assemblies and sometimes trying to mate parts together can be quite tricky when you cannot see a part or it’s hard to select the face you want. That’s where the option Component Preview Window comes in and can really help us out. I’m going to use the U-Joint Assembly from our SOLIDWORKS Essentials class. It has what we need in order to show you how to use the […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Performance Gain with Saving to a New Version

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We often get asked “What can I do to make my models open up faster”? One of our answers is to ask if everything is saved into your current version? There is a performance hit when SOLIDWORKS must translate a previous version into the current version, but how much? I was able to get a hold of a big assembly model from 2019 and ran a few tests with it. Things to note first was that I loaded everything fully […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Custom Scales for Drawing Sheets and Views

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Setting up your drawings can be a tedious task. Especially if you must create custom drawing scales though the sheet properties.; going back and forth until you find one that works to your liking. Once you find one that works well, wouldn’t it be nice to save it for future use for quick access? In SOLIDWORKS 2020 it’s possible to quickly define custom drawing scales AND save them for future use. To compare, this is what 2019 looked like: This […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Sketching Silhouette Entities

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Have you ever wanted to use the convert entities feature for the outline of your part, but it was not exactly easy to use for your purpose? SOLIDWORKS has made a great new tool for this called SILHOUETTE ENTITIES. Once you are in a sketch in either a part or assembly, navigate to Tools > Sketch Tools > Silhouette Entities. From there, select your bodies you would like for the exterior shape and SOLIDWORKS makes a projected sketch of your […]

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