Sketch upside down? SOLIDWORKS has a tool for that.

I think this one of those great forgotten gems. With so many features in SOLIDWORKS, I find it impossible to keep track of them all. Usually it’s a command that you don’t use frequently, and you’ve found another way of getting your design finished. This week, I needed one of these forgotten gems: Modify Sketch. Another user had a sketch where the origin was upside down in relation to the part origin, and Modify Sketch was the answer. It’s located […]

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Reclaim Control of Your Routes

Reclaim Control of Your Routes SOLIDWORKS Routing makes it extremely easy to generate complex routes of rigid pipes, flexible tubing or electrical cables in your assemblies. One of the many tools that makes the process so fast is Auto Route. In this simple electronics enclosure all I need to do is select the beginning and end points of the connectors and Auto Route takes care of the rest. While this technique is fast, it’s not perfect and a just a […]

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Why is my Assembly invisible in SOLIDWORKS Composer?

Why is my Assembly invisible in SOLIDWORKS Composer? If there is one thing I’ve noticed over my years of supporting SOLIDWORKS is that products are becoming more complex.  Assemblies are continuing to increase in component number and the parts themselves are becoming more and more detailed. You may be wondering why I’m talking about SOLIDWORKS model size in detail when the blog title is Why is my assembly invisible? These larger assembly files can cause some strange behaviors in Composer, […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – New Hole Wizard Options to Match Size or Preserve Options – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – New Hole Wizard Options to Match Size or Preserve Options – #SW2018 With every release of SOLIDWORKS there always seem to be a few enhancements that go under the radar. I’d like to talk about a new option for SOLIDWORKS 2018 that will help control the sizing options you’ll see when using the Hole Wizard. These new options are located at: Tools, Options, System Options, Hole Wizard/Toolbox, Hole Wizard settings. Preserve settings for each Hole […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Mirroring Sketch entities across Planes – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Mirroring Sketch entities across Planes – #SW2018 If you’ve used SOLIDWORKS since the early days, you’ve seen some of the core commands change over the years. One of those commands is at the “center” of sketch productivity and that’s Sketch Mirror. In the early days, your sketch needed to contain a Centerline for the reference to mirror the sketch entities across. A few years back, Mirror Entities was enhanced to allow solid lines and linear […]

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A quick tip in SOLIDWORKS Composer

This post came to light from a SOLIDWORKS Composer support call I was on recently. The customer needed to move several geometry actors the same direction and distance as existing geometry actor. Based on the surrounding geometry actors, it was difficult to CTRL-select all the geometry actors and move them together. As an alternative I suggested translating one and use Copy Transformation on the rest. Let’s take a look at how we can use this. In this example I’ve translated […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Creating Links in Composer

Creating Links in SOLIDWORKS Composer   SOLIDWORKS Composer is a great tool to generate technical deliverables from your SOLIDWORKS files. Users are aware of the standard capabilities of exploding assemblies, adding the necessary annotations and creating the views. I want to talk about some lesser utilized functionality, which is the ability to create links within your SOLIDWORKS Composer document.   These links are properties like everything else in SOLIDWORKS Composer and can be applied to several types of collaborative and […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Speeding up selections in Composer

Speeding up selections in SOLIDWORKS Composer   There are many functions that can help speed up your workflow in SOLIDWORKS Composer, I want to talk about one called Selections Sets. Selection Sets have been in Composer since day one but I don’t come across many users taking advantage of them. They allow you to repeatedly select a defined group of actors with one click of the mouse. If this sounds vaguely familiar, it may be because Selection Sets were added […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Creating Custom Views in SOLIDWORKS Composer

Creating Custom Views in SOLIDWORKS Composer   Creating Views is core functionality of successfully using SOLIDWORKS Composer. These “Normal” Views capture all properties of nearly everything in the Viewport. Actor position, color, visibility, render mode, camera position, and the list continues. What do you do when you don’t want or need to capture everything in the Viewport? The answer is the Custom, or Intelligent View, accessed through the Views Workshop.     The View Workshop gives the user complete control […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Display States in Your SOLIDWORKS Drawings

Display States in Your SOLIDWORKS Drawings   This topic comes up from time to time on tech support where a customer would like to show a drawing view with some components shaded and some in hidden lines. A good way to accomplish this is to use Display States. Display States are created added through the Configuration Manager tab, by right clicking, and choosing Add Display State.     Upon creation, this new Display State is active and any visual change […]

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