eDrawings…3 Useful Tricks

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Here are some great tips when using eDrawings. 1. Open any SOLIDWORKS assembly inside of eDrawings and press the “E” key. The assembly explodes without an exploded configuration. You can rotate the assembly and measure it. Press the “E” key again and watch it collapse. 2. Something else you can do in eDrawings is hiding components in the assembly. If you Right Click on any component, you have the option to hide it. This will allow you to see inside […]

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Attention Greater Cincinnati

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Tuesday, April 20 is the Greater Cincinnati SOLIDWORKS User Group meeting. The meeting starts at 5:30 and is hosted by Balluf Inc. For more information: Click Here for the link to the GCSWUG page. I hope to see you there.

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Want to be more Flexible?

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I know you’re all good SOLIDWORKS user and use sub-assemblies all the time…right?  Sub-assemblies improve performance because SOLIDWORKS doesn’t need to solve all the mates of the sub-assemblies.  The less top-level mates the better you will be. Well let’s say you need to show some motion of a sub-assembly but you get the message that it is fully defined. You can make the sub-assembly behave like a top level assembly.  You will need to RMB on the sub-assembly and choose […]

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Keep your Drawing Views Rolling

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Have you ever wanted to rotate a model in a drawing view like you can in eDrawings? SOLIDWORKS should really add this functionality. Oh wait….they did. Inside your drawing, if you go to View>Modify>3D Drawing View, you will be asked which view you want to rotate. Once you choose the view, you will be able to rotate, pan, and zoom. Now you can see the back side of your model in real time. With it rotated you can open the […]

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Still stuck in 2D? It’s time to consider an upgrade.

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It’s that time of year when we all think about upgrading our software to the newest versions. For all you AutoCAD guys, I’ve got a question for you. . . Don’t you wish you could get as excited about upgrades as us 3D guys get? If you do, and I am pretty sure you do, its time to think about converting to SolidWorks. Here is just a sampling of the advantages that SOLIDWORKS has over AutoCAD: 1) All changes made […]

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