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SOLIDWORKS: Indent Feature

Indent Feature     Among all the features SOLIDWORKS has to offer, the Indent feature is often forgotten. What is it, how do you use it and why would you want to use it? I hope to answer those questions in this blog.   Working with multi-body parts, the Indent feature creates an offset pocket or protrusion on a target body using a tool body or bodies. The contour of the tool body is removed or added to the target part, also allowing a thickness and clearance value to create the feature. The Indent feature can be used with solid and surface bodies. The Indent feature is different than the

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SOLIDWORKS: Defeature Tool

Defeature Tool   Have you heard of the Defeature Tool in SOLIDWORKS? Many users have not. Read on for all you need to know about this tool and why you would use it.   The Defeature Tool allows users to remove details form a part or assembly and save the results to a new file that is a dumb solid. What’s a dumb solid, you ask? It’s a solid body without any feature definition or history. This less-detailed model is saved to a separate file and maintains references to the original part or assembly. Why is this type of file beneficial? You can share the model with customers, suppliers, and upload

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SOLIDWORKS: Weldment Document Properties

Weldment Document Properties   There are some weldment default behaviors that go unnoticed. This blog will explain them in detail.   There are a few Document Properties we are exploring. To get to these options, go to Tools > Options > Document Properties tab. Or, use the Options Icon located in the Menu Bar.   The properties are separated into 2 sections: Cut List options and Weldment options.     Let’s dig into the Cut list options first.   Nothing Checked:     This model has 1 weldment structure with 3 groups. When no cut list options are checked, the items are listed separately and not organized by size or

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SOLIDWORKS: Drawing Dimension Colors

Drawing Dimension Colors   Happy New Year everyone! The first blog of 2017 and I’m starting with a customer support call regarding dimension colors on drawing.   One of our customers called wondering why the same drawing would open on different machines with a color change for dimensions. This was something I had to look up myself.   The first reason a dimension might appear 1 color on one machines and a different color on another is because of the Color Display Mode being turned off in the Line Format toolbar.   Let’s explore a little…   Here is the Line Format toolbar:     Here is my model with the

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SOLIDWORKS Drawing: How to Show Multiple Sheet Numbers in the Title Block

How to Show Multiple Sheet Numbers in the Title Block   Often drawings consist of multiple sheets. Most users like the drawing templates to automatically update with the correct sheet and total number of sheets our drawings consist of.  It’s a very simple process to link those properties.  Here’s how it’s done! This drawing is 1 sheet. The lower area of the title block verifies that it’s Sheet 1 of 1. Most often, users want to add more sheets to a drawing. When adding more drawing sheets, often we want the first sheet to reflect SHEET 1 OF “total number of sheets”. The second sheet reflects SHEET 2 OF “total number of

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Composer– #SW2017

Composer   SOLIDWORKS Composer software streamlines the creation of 2D and 3D graphical contents for product communication and technical illustrations. Here are 3 new features for SOLIDWORKS Composer 2017. 1. New View Name Templates in Document Properties   The View Name Template lets you define a template to use for view names when creating views. You can use alphanumeric characters, as well as the following optional variables:   %filename%: inserts the name of the file containing the model, without its extension. %viewnumber%: inserts the number of the view based on the creation order in the current session. For example, 1 is used for the first-created view, 2 for the second-created

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: eDrawings Professional – #SW2017

eDrawings Professional   There are 2 enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2017 eDrawings Professional and 1 enhancements in the free version of eDrawings.   (NOTE: eDrawings Professional is available in SOLIDWORKS Professional and SOLIDWORKS Premium.)   In eDrawings 2017 Professional, there is a new Read Only options available when opening files. You can set an option to always open files in eDrawings as read-only.   In Tools > Options, on the General tab, select Open files read-only.   When selected, this option also selects the Open as read-only option in the Open dialog box. Clearing the option in the Open dialog box does not affect the option in the Options dialog box.    

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How to manage the SOLIDWORKS Dimension Spacing Options

When dimensions are put on a drawing, they are placed where we click or where the Rapid dimensioning (Dimensions Assist Tool) puts it. When tolerances are added, the dimensions move. This is frustrating because more time is spent cleaning up the dimension spacing. The good news is that there is a checkbox for that! Go to Tools > Options > System Options > Drawings   Uncheck Reduce spacing when dimensions are deleted or edited (add or change tolerances, text, etc.)   If you prefer to leave that option checked, you can control the dimension spacing yourself. Go to Tools > Options > Document Properties > Dimensions.  Change the Offset distances to

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Invisible External Reference in a SOLIDWORKS Drawing

SOLIDWORKS Drawing I bet that title caught your attention! It did mine when I was on a support call with a customer who had a part listed as an external reference on the drawing but it didn’t exist in any view. The scenario was this: A drawing was created of an assembly. This was a small 5 part assembly with only 1 exploded view configuration. There was a part that showed up when selecting Find References but, this part was not part of the assembly or in any view on the drawing. Say what?!?! It’s actually a very simple fix for this. I’ll show you. Here is an assembly with 12 parts. The

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Creating Splines in SOLIDWORKS made easy

Creating organic shapes in SOLDWORKS can be a little intimidating….especially working with splines. After reading this blog, I hope to relieve the anxiety forever! Here are a few tips to help create and manipulate splines easier. SOLIDWORKS supports two types of splines: B-Splines and Style Splines. These sketch commands are considered to be “sketched curves”. These sketch curves are found in the Sketch Command Manager or under Tools > Sketch Entities > Spline or Style Spline The definition of a Spline (B-spline): B-Splines are used to create complex curves that have a continuously changed curvature. They are created by placing points through which the curves interpolate its shape. They look

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