Promoting Components In a SOLIDWORKS Bill of Materials

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When inserting a Bill of Materials in our SOLIDWORKS drawings, we have three main options for how parts and subassemblies will be shown in the table. The BOM Type can be Top-level only, Parts only, or Indented. Top-Level only will show all the items listed in the collapsed feature manager of your assembly. This includes parts and the subassemblies, but not the components that these subassemblies contain. Parts only will show every part file in the assembly. This includes top-level […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Multiple Parts In a Single Drawing

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The standard method for documenting your design is to create a drawing file for the assembly, and several other drawing files for each individual component. Alternatively, it may be ideal to have the component information contained as separate sheets in a single drawing file. This method is more common with smaller assemblies but could also be scaled up and applied to larger ones. With this approach, you might have the assembly shown on the first sheet and the various components […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – eDrawings Enhanced Views – #SW2019

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SOLIDWORKS eDrawings is a great multi-tool for viewing and interacting with 3D models. The program was first released in 1999 and has been enhanced every year since. eDrawings is much more than just a viewer. Its functionality includes configurations, playing animations, exploded views, section views, and we can even take measurements from the model. Despite being much more than a viewer, eDrawings received some cool viewing enhancements in this 2019 release. You can now view your model more realistically with […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Specifying Tolerances for Hole Wizard Holes – #SW2019

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 is on the way and will be released in just a few weeks. We are always excited to show you the new features that will immediately change the way you design your products. Some of these new features will get lots of attention while other enhancements can be overlooked. While It might not be flashy, it can be just as useful when a longtime feature gets a subtle addition. This is especially true if it is a feature […]

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SOLIDWORKS: 3D PDF Files For Technical Communication

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SOLIDWORKS provides several fantastic solutions for technical communication. You can use SOLIDWORKS Visualize to create high quality photo-realistic images of your product. Another great option is to create interactive product instructions using SOLIDWORKS Composer. SOLIDWORKS Inspection, eDrawings, and even 2D prints are all ways to successfully communicate your design information to others. In this article, we are going to look at a lesser known option, 3D PDF files. We’ll look at how to create the file and also what you […]

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Work Smarter, Not Harder: Using Smart Components in SOLIDWORKS

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With the constant push to get designs completed quickly, anything you can do to speed up your SOLIDWORKS modeling is an advantage. Smart Components are a lesser known tool that has been available in all versions of SOLIDWORKS for many years. If you are looking for some tricks to increase productivity, Smart Components should be on your list. Everyone is familiar with setting up SOLIDWORKS part libraries to efficiently create new projects. A single file location for common parts can […]

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SOLIDWORKS: What happened to my toolbox during upgrade?

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SOLIDWORKS: What happened to my toolbox during upgrade? It is that time of year where many of us are upgrading to SOLIDWORKS 2018. With service pack 1.0 now released, the wave of upgraders just increased. If you overlook the installation options for hole wizard and toolbox, you might encounter an unwelcome surprise. Let’s take a closer look at the symptoms, how to repair the issue, and how we could have avoided this situation. After the upgrade, you might see an […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Zeroes – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Zeroes – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS 2018 now gives you more flexibility for displaying trailing zeroes in your dimensions. This delivers greater control of the precision of our dimension values. In SOLIDWORKS 2018 you can now independently control the behavior of the trailing zeroes for dimensions, tolerances, and property values. These new options exist under the file’s document properties settings. In the previous releases of SOLIDWORKS you can set the behavior of trailing zeroes. This is a […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Auto-Rotate View on Sketch Edit – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Auto-Rotate View on Sketch Edit – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS 2018 has lots of exciting enhancements. Some of this new functionality will benefit everyone, while other enhancements might be applicable to specific industries. Here is a small enhancement that will prove to be a large time saver for all SOLIDWORKS users. In recent SOLIDWORKS releases, starting a new sketch will automatically rotate your model view. It positions your model so that the active sketch plane is “Normal […]

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SOLIDWORKS DRAWINGS – Ballooning Exploded Views

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SOLIDWORKS DRAWINGS: Ballooning Exploded Views Assembly Drawings always contain an exploded view with the components ballooned to identify them in the Bill of Materials table. SOLIDWORKS has a great tool for automatically adding balloons to your assembly drawing view. This Auto Balloon command will make sure every component is ballooned and that no duplicate balloons are created. Another advantage of the Auto Balloon tool is that the balloon placement is neatly arranged around the view. You can specify the general […]

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