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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Are you using Smart Fasteners in your SOLIDWORKS assemblies?

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When creating assemblies in SOLIDWORKS, the Smart Fastener Feature can be a huge help to designers. When the Hole Wizard Feature is used in an assembly, just simply click the Hole feature and Smart Fasteners will populate hardware automatically, including options for a Top and/or Bottom Stack of washers and nuts. The hardware comes from the SOLIDWORKS Toolbox. Toolbox is in SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium packages. Let’s explore this feature. Here is an assembly with 4 Countersunk holes added as […]

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SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager “A Windows reboot is pending…” Message

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When installing SOLIDWORKS software, oftentimes the following warning appears: Have you seen this message? Quite often(myself included) we click OK and keep going with the installation. If everything installs without error, why is it even there? Here is the reason: To help assure a successful installation of the SOLIDWORKS software, the Installation Manager checks to see if there are any pending reboot requests on your system. A pending reboot request occurs when a program or installation makes a change to […]

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