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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 into SOLIDWORKS 2015.   Creating Selection Sets is easy. Select the desired actors and click the Create Selection Set button on the Assembly tab. If you’re more of a keyboard

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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 of capturing only the property(s) they need based on several different settings. For example, if I only want to capture the location of a group of actors, this is the

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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 or added appearance is automatically saved. In this example, let’s make the canopy wireframe so we can see the internals of the frame. Expand the Display Pane by clicking the

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SOLIDWORKS: Transform Tips in Composer

Transform Tips in SOLIDWORKS Composer   SOLIDWORKS Composer has some very easy to use tools to create exploded views; the Translate and Rotate tools on the Transform tab come to mind. There are others, but those two are the main ones used and what I’d like to talk about.     In this example, I’m beginning to capture views to document the disassembly of the rotor head of this RC helicopter. You can see that when I select an actor (that’s what models are called in Composer), and then select the Translate command, a Gizmo (the triad) is made visible. The Gizmo is at the center of the bounding box

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Running FeatureWorks on Imported Parts After Adding References – #SW2017

Running FeatureWorks on Imported Parts After Adding References   In previous versions of SOLIDWORKS, running FeatureWorks on an imported part that was used in a drawing or assembly would cause those references to be lost. You’d have dangling dimensions and missing mate references to repair. How are things different in SOLIDWORKS 2017?   In the following example, we have an assembly created from imported parts. You’ll see that each component is fully mated within the assembly.     We’ve now determined that we need to make modifications to the end component highlighted in green. We’ll use FeatureWorks in place of recreating the part from scratch.     The result is

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Routing, Distinct Routes Through Clips – #SW2017

Routing, Distinct Routes Through Clips   SOLIDWORKS Routing is all about automation. As fast as you can click the mouse, you’re placing components in your assembly and directing the route through your assembly. If there’s a downside to this level of automation, it’s that sometimes you don’t have as many choices as you’d like.   One of those scenarios is when multiple routes are passing through the same clip. This screenshot shows what this looks like in SOLIDWORKS 2016 and previous versions. You’ll see the two routes pass though the clip center axis and therefore pass though one another. While this does control the route position, meaning if you move the

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Fixing balloons that aren’t attached in your SOLIDWORKS Drawing

What do you do when the Balloons in your SOLIDWORKS drawing are not attached to your models? Chances are you give us a call in Tech Support, because if you’re like me, you’ve not seen anything like this before. This question came into support a few months ago and I thought it was an isolated incident. It’s come up several times since so I thought I’d share it. If you look at the following image of a SOLIDWORKS drawing, you’ll see that something isn’t right with the balloons. These balloons were created with the Auto-Balloon command some of which I’ve removed and repositioned. No amount of dragging the arrows to

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