Multiple Materials for Multibody Sheet Metal Parts

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Sheet metal models can make use of multibody design techniques. What is a multibody part? It’s 1 part file containing more than 1 solid body in 1 file. Did you know that in SOLIDWORKS sheet metal, each body can represent a different material gauge (thickness) and material? Let me show you how easy this is to do. Here is an example of a Shelf Bracket. This is a multibody part, not an assembly. In some cases, it makes sense to […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Composer

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Calling all SOLIDWORKS Composer Users! SOLIDWORKS Composer 2022 added 2 new updates to the software this year. Let’s take a deeper dive into each topic: Importing Decals from SOLIDWORKS Files Decals that are added to a SOLIDWORKS part file can now be added into Composer when the file is being imported. There are 3 ways to make this happen: 1. To open a file with this setting, click File > Open and select a SOLIDWORKS file. Under SOLIDWORKS, select Import […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Coordinate Systems

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Coordinate systems have been improved in SOLIDWORKS 2022 on how you define them and select them with the Using Numeric Values to Define Coordinate Systems option & Selection for Coordinate Systems. Let’s take a look! Using Numeric Values to Define Coordinate Systems in SOLIDWORKS 2022 First up is the Using Numeric Values to Define Coordinate Systems option. This option is available in Parts and Assemblies. Coordinate systems can be defined by entering absolute numeric values for position and orientation. In […]

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DraftSight Electrical Symbol Library Free Download

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Whether you are new to DraftSight user or a seasoned user, did you know that there is an Electrical Symbol Library for your schematic drawings? Free downloads are available for ANSI and IEC Symbols through the SOLIDWORKS website. Download the library and place the content of the zip files into: “C:\ProgramData\Dassault Systemes\DraftSight\Examples”. In DraftSight, start a new document or open an existing Go to Insert > Insert Block and select the block needed. Not familiar with how to insert blocks […]

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Inserting Blocks in DraftSight is SO Easy. Read on to Learn How!

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Blocks are a part of life when using DraftSight. Blocks are used to reuse geometry. This process is simple. Let’s check it out…. To Insert Blocks: Click Insert > Insert Block (or type InsertBlock). In the dialog box, in Name, select a Block. Click Browse to locate an external block drawing. Under Position, for X, Y, and Z, specify coordinate values, or select Specify later to specify the insertion point on screen after the dialog box closes. Under Scale: For X, Y, and Z, specify the scale factor for each axis. – or – Click Specify later to […]

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Borrowing a DraftSight Enterprise License for Non-SOLIDWORKS Users

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DraftSight Enterprise and Enterprise Plus licenses are network licenses. DraftSight users pull a license from a pool of licenses on a server. DraftSight users (Clients) can also borrow licenses for a select period of time. Once borrowed, users don’t need to access DraftSight through a VPN or network. DraftSight will act as a standalone license. When DraftSight is installed, there is a Dassault Systemes Folder that contains the DraftSight Program and a SolidNetWork License Manager. For Non-SOLIDWORKS users, this is […]

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Mapped Drives not shown after installing SOLIDWORKS?

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After a new installation of SOLIDWORKS, you may find something looks unfamiliar. One of those items might be mapped network drives under My PC not showing. I hate that helpless feeling of not knowing why….. but help is on the way. According to Microsoft, it’s the UAC that’s to blame. UAC stands for User Account Controls. Because of the UAC, the Shell runs with standard user permissions, and it cannot see the mapped drives that were configured by the SOLIDWORKS application […]

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How to Batch Print in SOLIDWORKS DraftSight

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Most often we create many drawings for a product or project. After we are done, it is time to print them out. No one likes the daunting task of open each drawing and print each drawing separately. DraftSight offers 3 ways to print: Quick Print, Print to file and Batch print. This blog focuses on the batch print option. Let’s check out how to use it… The Batch Print Command can be used without having any drawings open in your […]

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SOLIDWORKS Customization settings made easy

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Customizing the SOLIDWORKS Interface is designed to make it easier on the user. We all have our favorite commands and want those favorites to be easily accessible from a simple right mouse button click. Did you know there is a global Customization Window? To customize Menu and Shortcut bars, go to Tools > Customize Customize opens up the SOLIDWORKS Customize window. Users have a way to customize just about everything in SOLIDWORKS ranging from Toolbars, Shortcut Bars, Commands, Menu’s, Keyboard […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Composer: Saving Multiple Configurations

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A new enhancement to SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021 is the ability to carry over SOLIDWORKS part and assembly configurations into SOLIDWORKS Composer files. This new functionality gives users the ability to save multiple or all configurations from SOLIDWORKS files to Composer .smg files. Let’s take a look…. Open the SOLIDWORKS Composer application and go to File > Open. I will start by opening file: Ratchet.sldprt. Start by selecting the word SOLIDWORKS in the open dialogue box and the “Select the configuration […]

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