How to organize inspection documents by type automatically when exporting them from SOLIDWORKS Inspection?

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There are several organizations that would like to have their FAI/In Process reports separated by either dimensions or method of measurement. I am sure there are several other ways companies would organize their inspection documents, so this process can be used in other ways. Lets dive into the different ways documents can be separated. For those of you who are excel guru’s, you can use an IF and Then formula. Perhaps you can even write a macro to hide certain […]

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Tools for Understanding Dynamic Analysis in SOLIDWORKS

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I believe everyone needs a refresher on engineering mechanics and material science.  Especially when they are trying to virtually analyze their products.  When doing a dynamic analysis there are many things software is doing to the data you input before it can be used.  The help menu tells you the exact equations but not how and why they are being used.  Here are some of the videos I watched to help me better understand what it takes to do a […]

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How to Include Character Zone Information in SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone

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When dealing with drawings that have an excessive amount of ballooned characteristics and there is no logical order in which the balloons have been placed, it can become very difficult to locate the dimension on the drawing.  At times, it can even be difficult if it is a clockwise or counterclockwise progression of the balloons.  SOLIDWORKS Inspection allows the user to place grid lines on the drawing so that the balloons can be found quickly. Once you have ballooned your […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS InspectionXpert – #SW2016

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I know for there are a lot of customers that are looking to keep their old format for their FAI/inspection reports. SOLIDWORKS has now given the ability for users to output those forms in a transposed format. One can now output the results in a horizontal or vertical format. I'm sure there are times you say "why didn't we think of this before" to. The new update to the custom properties is very subtle but a huge time saver. SOLIDWORKS […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 What’s New – DimXpert – #SW2016

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DimXpert has gotten some new upgrades this year! I truly believe it will make the stack up analysis easier and really hit it home for the new model based definition. Let's check out some new changes. Basic dimensions can now be dropped in using the smart dimension tool. The dimensions will reposition itself just as a regular sketch dimension. Datums have been modified to show correctly on the screen and on the drawing. Here we see the "R" has been […]

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How to create a DXF of a sketch in SOLIDWORKS

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Several people have recently asked me how to take a set of sketch text and save it out as a DXF in SOLIDWORKS.  Here are a couple of methods that are fairly simple.   Let's look at the first method:  Direct from a part file 1) Create the sketch you are wanting and stay Normal to 2) Save as>DXF  3) In the property for DXF/DWG Output select Annotation view and Current view.  In the origin, select any point you need […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2015 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Inspection Install #sw2015

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We must say that SOLIDWORKS 2015 has made it easier to install SOLIDWORKS 2015 Inspection.  In the previous versions you had to download the installation files separately and run the installation after the installation of SOLIDWORKS.  Overall, this was not that terrible since the download file size was small but it still was inconvenient.     With SOLIDWORKS 2015 the installation files do not need to be downloaded separately, they are included with the rest of the SOLIDWORKS installation files on […]

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Sketch Text

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When trying to create text in a part with different orientations you can use centerlines.  For instance, if trying to create text in a circle just draw a circle and select "For Construction" in the property manager.  Once in the property manager for Text, select the circle and start typing the text.  It will populate along the circle. Another problem someone might see is that when you have straight centerline lines the text populates backwards and upside down.  This is […]

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