SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone – Supported 2D files and OCR

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

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

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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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Patterned Datums – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Patterned Datums – #SW2018 One of the many enhancements for DimXpert is the ability to assign datums to hole patterns, concentric holes with gaps between them, width patterns, and concentric bosses. You can create datums as individual features or patterns using counterbores and countersinks. Let’s take a look… Four-hole pattern used as secondary datum Here is a Feature tree of a part with 1 Hole Wizard hole and a pattern of that hole. Notice the […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Filtering the FeatureManager Design Tree

The SOLIDWORKS Filtering Option in the FeatureManager Design Tree is a great way to select items quicker than scrolling through the Feature Tree to look for an item. The Filter is used in Assembly and Part files. The Filter Option is located above the feature tree as shown below. For Assemblies, you can filter: Component and feature names Component Hide/Show status Tags that you add. When you want to search for an item in the Feature tree, just type in […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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