Inserting PDFs in SOLIDWORKS Drawings

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You may have PDFs of legacy parts, technical specification sheets or some that customers have sent that you now want to insert into a SOLIDWORKS drawing to add clarity or update notes.  Linking PDF Files You could insert the PDF as a shortcut icon to a linked file.  This would allow anyone with the SOLIDWORKS drawing to open the PDF in the PDF viewer of choice.  This is useful for quick reference.  Here’s how: I. Open SOLIDWORKS drawing you would like to insert the PDF into  2. From menu bar select Insert>Object  3. “Insert […]

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Custom SOLIDWORKS Display Options

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Engineers can have a weird sense of humor… I was recently working with one of my colleagues in SOLIDWORKS when he opened up a new drawing template. What I saw was both hilarious and intriguing to me. His drawing didn’t look like a regular old drawing… it had a different background that looked something like this: This made me realize that us engineer’s have an appreciation for the small things, the details, the inside jokes, that lay people might not […]

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Jump-starting Custom Features with Library Mindset

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The Design Library in SOLIDWORKS is a great way to save time and standardize, but what may not be explicitly obvious is the possibility to use similar library features to jumpstart the design of custom features. Say your customer requests an undercut using tooling that your shop doesn’t typically use. Well, your library feature was developed with the standard tooling in mind so there is a discrepancy. At first glance it looks like you might need to manually develop all […]

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