Configurations VS Display States in Assemblies

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Configurations and display states are very powerful tools to control how your SOLIDWORKS assemblies look. It is important to understand the differences of what you can control with each of them. Configurations control assembly feature, part, and sub assembly suppression. Dimensional changes for mates and reference geometry, alternate part translation and rotation, and the current configuration of existing parts and sub assemblies. In this example I am showing a configuration change for an assembly. The second image has one part […]

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Parametric Notes

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When creating SOLIDWORKS drawings you may find you want to use a parametric value, such as a dimension or an instance count, in a note field. The advantage to using a parametric value in a note is if that values changes in your part it will be automatically updated in the note itself. The process is very simple. Start a new note on your drawing, then while the cursor is blinking in the note field click on the item you […]

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Wrapping a decal on sheet metal

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Placing a decal on a sheet metal part is similar to any type of part file. The steps are as follows. Drag a stock decal from the Appearance task pane to a face. To do this click on the beach ball from the task pane on the right. Then browse to the decals folder. From here simply drag it onto a face.  Change the image file to your decal. Under the image tab there is an button to browse. Select […]

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