Creating Custom Symbols for Drawing Annotations in SOLIDWORKS

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When working in SOLIDWORKS and creating your own symbols for use in Annotations such as Notes, Dimensions and Tables in Drawings, it is important to understand what is controlling these symbols and how to modify those symbols for your own use. Let’s start by taking a look at some common symbols: When adding these symbols in a Dimension, we can see the syntax typed out in the Dimension Text Box. So where is this syntax defined and how do we […]

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SOLIDWORKS Smart Drawing Blocks – Using Attributes as Editable Text Fields

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Using Blocks in your SOLIDWORKS Drawings is a great way to re-use symbols and other sketch collections, so you don’t have to constantly draw them over and over. But what if you need those re-usable blocks to contain customizable information? Customize Blocks An often-overlooked capability of blocks is the ability to include editable Attributes. This allows you to designate any Notes in the block as a unique Attribute with its own Name and Value. You can then edit this Attribute […]

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Creating and Adding a Macro Button in SOLIDWORKS

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Macros in SOLIDWORKS are a great way to save time from having to perform repetitive tasks. A single macro can range anywhere from performing a few simple tasks to complex programs that will change depending on user input. This guide will walk you through how to get started creating macros and how to assign your macro to a button on your user interface for easy access. CREATING A NEW BLANK MACRO To create a new blank macro in SOLIDWORKS, go […]

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SOLIDWORKS CAM – Waterjet, Plasma and Laser Cutting

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With SOLIDWORKS CAM, all active subscription users get access to 2.5 axis part machining directly inside of SOLIDWORKS. This includes the ability to customize your SOLIDWORKS CAM to work with your Waterjet, Plasma and Laser Cutters. Some things to consider when using SOLIDWORKS CAM for Waterjet/Plasma/Laser Cutting: Tool Setup Stock Material Machining Features Operation Plans Toolpaths Post Processor Tech Tip: Consider this a quick setup guide and not a replacement for training and/or support. If you need help or get […]

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CAMWorks Licensing Setup – Standalone and Network Licensing

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CAMWorks Licensing Setup – Standalone and Network Licensing The two main types of CAMWorks licenses are Standalone and Network, and both require a Flex LM license file be requested when setting up the CAMWorks License Manager. Tech Tip: A hardware dongle (USB) can be used in place of a standalone license file for additional security, however keep in mind that the USB dongle is effectively your license and a new license will need to be purchased if lost or stolen. […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – MBD Enhancements

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – MBD Enhancements – #SW2021 With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2021, we see some great added functionality to Model Based Definition. The first involves Datum Targets. You can now add Datum Target Symbols to your DimXpert Dimension Scheme. Why is this so important? Datum Target Symbols are used to define a point, line or zone which can be used to measure to/from during your inspection process. Tech Tip: You can customize the leader type, symbol orientation, […]

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Corrupted SOLIDWORKS File Tips

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Corrupted SOLIDWORKS Files Chances are, if you’re reading this blog, you’re dealing with a possible corrupted SOLIDWORKS file and you’re wondering why this happened and what you can do to fix it. First off, lets cover some of the reasons files get corrupted and how you can avoid these in the future. Power Outage While uncommon, a power outage or even power surge can cause all sorts of issues with all software and hardware. SOLIDWORKS is no exception, if you […]

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SOLIDWORKS SNL – Connecting to Multiple License Servers

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A common question we get on tech support is what to do if you have multiple license servers and can a client computer have access to more than one server’s licenses? The answer is YES. In this article, I’ll explain how to set this up as well as answer some other common questions that arise when connecting to multiple license servers. Tech Tip: This guide will walk through setting up the client computers to connect to multiple license servers and […]

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Using PBR Materials in SOLIDWORKS Visualize

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Using PBR Materials in SOLIDWORKS Visualize PBR or Physically Based Rendering materials are a set of shading models that attempt to create a higher level of realism and rendering quality and provide a standard for materials across multiple rendering programs. Tech Tip: It is possible to create your own PBR Material by going to Add > New Appearance and choosing PBR Material as the Appearance Type. However, it is highly recommended to use one of the many available PBR Materials […]

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Using the SOLIDWORKS Spin Box, Tips, Tricks and How-To’s

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If you’re unaware of the SOLIDWORKS Spin Box, it’s the Thumbwheel or Slider at the bottom of the Modify Dimension Dialog box that comes up when you double-click to edit a dimension. The Spin Box acts as a “fine-tuning” for adjusting your dimension value by certain increments. Tech Tip: You’ll see the Thumbwheel when editing non-bounded dimensions such as linear dimensions and the Slider when editing bounded dimensions such as angles (between 0 and 360 degrees). The Thumbwheel and Slider […]

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