Using a DWG or DXF for SOLIDWORKS Drawing Borders

Would you like to reuse your title block and border information from an already completed .DWG or .DXF file? You can easily import that .DWG or .DXF into SOLIDWORKS and create your new SOLIDWORKS Drawing taking only the information you need copied over. First, we’ll start with a .DWG with a border and title block included. Now, our goal is to get this imported into SOLIDWORKS. To import a .DWG or .DXF file, simply open SOLIDWORKS and go to File […]

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Using a Macro Button to toggle the CAM Add-In on the Add-Ins tab

So, you’ve installed SOLIDWORKS CAM and you’re excited to start using it, but when you navigate to your Add-Ins tab, there’s no CAM Add-In. To manually activate the CAM Add-In, you need to navigate to Tools > Add-Ins or use the Options drop-down and select Add-Ins. By selecting the checkbox next to SOLIDWORKS CAM and selecting OK, you will now have a new SOLIDWORKS CAM Tab on your Command Manager. However, it would be nice to have an Icon like […]

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Exporting from SOLIDWORKS to Visualize using the Visualize Add-In

Exporting from SOLIDWORKS to Visualize using the Visualize Add-In So, you’ve installed SOLIDWORKS Visualize on the same machine as SOLIDWORKS and you have a 3D model ready to go. Your next step is to export your model into Visualize to start rendering. There are a few different ways to export your model both directly and indirectly from SOLIDWORKS using the Visualize Add-In. I’ll break down your options here and clarify which option to use and when. Start by activating the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS MBD: 3D PDF Enhancements – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS MBD: 3D PDF Enhancements – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS MBD 2018 has added some great enhancements to the 3D PDF experience. I’ll break down a few of the more exciting enhancements below. To start us off, you can now select and insert Notes, such as your GTOL, from a part or assembly into their own fields in a published 3D PDF. You can access this new Note field in the 3D PDF Template Editor. When you […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS MBD – Importing 3D PMI – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS MBD – Importing 3D PMI – #SW2018 With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2018 come some great enhancements to MBD. SOLIDWORKS MBD now supports the import of 3D PMI (Product Manufacturing Information) with your STEP AP242, NX and Creo files. To import your PMI information, go to File > Open and filter out one of the supported file types for PMI import. In this Open dialog, you will now see a checkbox that says “Include […]

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SOLIDWORKS DRAWINGS – Hiding and Showing Annotations and Dimensions

So, you’ve hidden a dimension on your drawing but now you want to bring it back. Wait, where’d it go? To bring back any hidden dimension or annotation in your drawing, you’ll need to activate the Hide/Show Annotation command found under View > Hide/Show > Annotations. First, let’s hide some dimensions. If you select one or more dimensions, you can Right Click on a dimension and select Hide. Tech Tip: If you hold down the Ctrl key while you select […]

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SOLIDWORKS: MBD Template Editor – Adding Custom Properties

MBD Template Editor – Adding Custom Properties   So you’ve added Custom Properties to your Part or Assembly in SOLIDWORKS and now you want to bring those Custom Properties into your MBD Templates for creating 3D PDFs.   Tech Tip: If you need help setting up Custom Properties in your Part or Assembly in SOLIDWORKS see our tech blog on Adding Custom Properties here.   Shown below is a snapshot of the Custom Properties set up in this part. The Custom Property […]

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SOLIDWORKS: MBD 3D PDF – Enable 3D Content by Default in Adobe Reader

Enable 3D Content by Default in Adobe Reader   If you’ve either created or received a 3D PDF, you’ve probably seen this message across the top of your Adobe Reader:     3D Content in Adobe Reader is disabled by default, and if you select Options, you can ‘Trust this document one time only’ or ‘Trust this document always’.   If you select ‘Trust this document always’, the next time you open this specific 3D PDF the message will be […]

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SOLIDWORKS MBD 3D PDF – Enable 3D Content by Default in Adobe Reader

SOLIDWORKS MBD 3D PDF – Enable 3D Content by Default in Adobe Reader If you’ve either created or received a 3D PDF, you’ve probably seen this message across the top of your Adobe Reader.     3D Content in Adobe Reader is disabled by default, and if you select Options, you can Trust this document one time only or Trust this document always.   If you select Trust this document always, the next time you open this specific 3D PDF […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Weldments – Creating Curved and Nonstandard Miters

Weldments – Creating Curved and Nonstandard Miters   Using SOLIDWORKS Weldments is a huge time saver when it comes to creating welded structures, frames, and structural members, but if you’ve used Weldments long enough, you’ve probably found out that the End Miter Corner Treatment only applies a 45-degree miter.   This is great for right angled beams using the same Weldment Profile but not so great for multiple profiles of different sizes and nonstandard edge angles.   Let’s look at […]

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