SOLIDWORKS: Hole Callout Quantities

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I just had a customer ask me why the hole callout quantities were wrong on a Part Drawing. The hole callout quantity did not match with the physical part. Often, we hear…” Something is wrong with SOLIDWORKS” or “Must be a bug”. Here’s the scenario…. The part model was a tray like the picture below. The part features were simply: 1 extrusion Feature, 1 Hole Wizard Feature, and 1 Cut – Extrude Feature. When the drawing was created, the Hole […]

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SOLIDWORKS: How to Display Notes for X & Y Coordinate Points in a Drawing

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Drawings………can’t live without them. For drawings that need a lot of dimensions, this can clutter the entire document making it hard to read. The standard dimensioning schemes are: To avoid dimensions clutter, here’s an alternative method for you. How about adding a note that will show the X & Y coordinates instead of placing Model Items, a Horizontal or Vertical dimension on the drawing like this? Let me show you how you can create a note and link it to […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Part and Sketch Origins: Do you know the difference?

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7 years ago, in 2011, Ketul, one of our Application Engineers, did a blog on the fact that there are two SOLIDWORKS origins: 1 red and 1 blue. Have you noticed? Here is the original link if you’d like to read it. https://www.cati.com/blog/2011/03/why-is-there-two-origins-in-a-sketch-one-red-one-blue/ Now that we’ve established that there are truly 2 origins, have you ever tried to select an origin and it would not select it? Happened to me recently. Here’s the plain truth…. Red Origins (located on a […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Cosmetic Thread Improvements – #SW2019

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The Cosmetic Threads Command has seen some improvements in SOLIDWORKS 2019. There were many issues with how cosmetic threads were created, updated and displayed when there are child references in downstream features. This has been resolved. The cosmetic threads feature has a more robust architecture so that they behave more consistently. The improved behavior provides more stable references for edges and faces, along with correct parameters for assemblies, drawings, and graphics.   Some improvements that users asked for were to […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Improved Problem Capture in SOLIDWORKS Rx – #SW2019

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When SOLIDWORKS is not behaving properly, SOLIDWORKS Rx is the best tool to understand crashes and other problems and find how to address those problems head on. For SOLIDWORKS 2019, the Rx Problem Capture portion of SOLIDWORKS Rx was enhanced. Let’s check it out! Go to START > All Programs > SOLIDWORKS 20XX > SOLIDWORKS Tools > SOLIDWORKS Rx. Where XX is your version year. You can also access SOLIDWORKS Rx from the Task Pane inside the SOLIDWORKS application under SOLIDWORKS […]

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“Edit All” System Option for File Locations in SOLIDWORKS

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Every new software version has so many new features that sometimes, very cool features get overlooked. The Edit All System Option for File Locations was one I missed and it’s SO handy. This function is when you need to change multiple File Locations to different locations. Instead of going through each and every folder, this tool will allow us to edit all the locations in 1 single screen. Pretty cool? Let’s check it out! Open a session of SOLIDWORKS 2017 […]

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Updating Standard Views in SOLIDWORKS

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Often, we like to use the standard views that SOLIDWORKS offers. Other times, in order to work smarter not harder, we want to change things up and customize SOLIDWORKS to work in our favor. Back in 2013, SOLIDWORKS added the functionality of Updating Standard Views. With many “What’s New” blog posts with each release of SOLIDWORKS, sometimes features slip through the cracks. Let me introduce you to, or rather, re-introduce you to Updating Standard Views. Open a model in SOLIDWORKS. […]

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone – Supported 2D files and OCR

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection is a robust and feature rich First Article Inspection (FAI) tool that greatly simplifies and automates the process of creating inspection drawings and quality inspection reports (AS9102, PPAP, etc). Here is a look at the 2D files that are supported by the SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone application. In SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2017 and earlier versions, SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone utilizes SOLIDWORKS drawing files, PDF and TIFF documents to capture inspection data by using searchable text or Optical Character Recognition (OCR). What […]

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection: Simplify and Automate your First Article Inspection Process

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection: Simplify and Automate your First Article Inspection Process Paperwork….UGH! It seems never ending when designing new products. One of the most important tasks after designing is the in-process or receiving Inspection process. What if there was a software to make that task easier, faster and with minimal errors? We have the tool for you! Introducing SOLIDWORKS Inspection. This tool is a First Article Inspection (FAI) tool that will simplify and automate the process of ballooning inspection drawings and […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – New Draft Symbols – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – New Draft Symbols – #SW2018 For Detailing and Drafting, the SOLIDWORKS 2018 Annotations Symbol Library has a new category called Draft. The descriptions of the symbols are: NOTE: The Parting Line symbol is not new but it is different than the symbols that is in the Modifying Symbol Library. First things first, make sure the Symbol Library File is pointing to the correct location. To do this, go to Options > System Options > File […]

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