SolidWorks- Copy drawing sheet into another file

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What do you do when you need to copy a drawing sheet from one drawing file and paste it into another drawing file? It is actually a very simple process and you would expect that from SolidWorks. First, let's take a look at how to copy the sheet. All you have to do is right click on the sheet that you want and select copy. Once you copy the sheet, you can open the destination drawing and do a control-v […]

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SolidWorks- Similar Weldment Profiles

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What happens to your cut list when you add holes to your structural members? You can have structural members that are identical but if you add holes to these parts, SolidWorks will pull the component out that has the holes and make it a unique item. That's because it now is unique. Let's take a look. Here we see a Weldment that has two different items. Side Rails and Front Rails. The Side Rails are identical and the Front Rails […]

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What happened to my SOLIDWORKS Add-ins?

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Premium Add-Ins We recently had a customer who has a SOLIDWORKS Premium license but did not have any of the Premium add-ins. The customer installed and launched SolidWorks. It even launched as SOLIDWORKS Premium but did not have any of the add-ins. (Picture below is what SOLIDWORKS Premium Add-Ins should look like) I have seen this issue before and it is fairly common. The most likely cause of this is the add-ins were turned off during the install by accident. […]

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Custom Toolbox Part

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I have seen a few issues pop up recently while working on support. We had a customer create a few custom toolbox parts and place them in the assembly. Assembly looked great so they saved and closed the assembly and went on about their day. The next day, they opened up the assembly to work on it and realized that their custom toolbox parts in their assembly were changed to actual toolbox parts. There is an easy explanation for why […]

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Adding Bend Tables and Punch Tables in SolidWorks

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With the exciting release of SOLIDWORKS 2013 right around the corner, let’s take a look back at a couple of enhancements in 2012 that may have fallen through the cracks. The first one we will take a look at is the ability to now add Bend Tables into your SOLIDWORKS drawings.  SOLIDWORKS has always had bend notes and bend lines, but those notes can make the drawing look rather cluttered.  You can now add a Bend Table into your sheet […]

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Using the Costing Tool in SolidWorks

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The SOLIDWORKS Costing tool helps you calculate how much it costs to manufacture sheet metal and machined parts by automating the cost estimation and quotation process. The tool helps designers make design decisions based on the cost to manufacture, and helps manufacturers create quotes for customers. Whenever you change a design, you can see the new, updated cost immediately, along with a detailed cost breakdown. Additionally, you can generate automatic cost reports. To use this tool, you can go to […]

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Changing the offset distance of planes in multiple configurations in SolidWorks

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One issue that has seemed to pop up recently is how do you change the offset distance of planes in different configurations?  There is a very simple way to do it.  Right click the offset dimension of the plane and select Configure Dimension.   Once you select configure dimension, you will see a Modify Configuration dialog box.  The great thing about this command is if your configurations are already created they will show up in this box and all you […]

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How do you know if all of your components are ballooned in a SOLIDWORKS Drawing?

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How do you know if a component on your drawing is ballooned or not?  Obviously, if you use the Auto Balloon command it will automatically grab all of the components but what if you are just adding the balloons individually?  The only way to tell if a component has a balloon or not is to look at the BOM table on your drawing.  Let’s take a look at a simple example.  You can see in the diagram below that item […]

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Display Error Messages

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Have you ever wondered what happened to your error messages?   Nobody likes to receive an error message and if you are like me you like to get rid of them.  The way to get rid of them is to select the box at the bottom of the error message "don't prompt me again".   This will remove the error message for good but how do you get it back?  To get the error message back go to Tools, Options, System Options […]

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Dim Palette, get out of the way!

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Go ahead, you can admit it.  At first, you didn't like the new dimension palette (and maybe still don't).  You know what I'm talking about.  You click on a dimension and the dimension palette dialog box pops up and you end up clicking in it.  The complaint we get the most is "It is just in the way".  I didn't like it at first either, but it is a good feature that really reduces the amount of mouse travel.  The […]

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