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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.)   […]

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