SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – VDA Balloons

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 brings several great enhancements to help you effectively get your drawings done. One of those enhancements is the ability to tag inspection points according to VDA requirements. If you are not familiar, you must not be big into the German automotive industry; that is where VDA balloons are frequently used! If you are, or even if you are not and you need them, you are in luck. They work just like any other balloon or note leaders. Before […]

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Animating Textures in SOLIDWORKS Composer

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If you are reading this blog, you are likely aware of many of the great ways you can change properties of actors to clearly illustrate what you are trying to say in SOLIDWORKS Composer. For example, if you wanted to show a wall that was to be painted, you can easily change the color property to the new color and have before and after shots. However, what if you wanted to show the actual act of the wall being painted? […]

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Be Selective with SOLIDWORKS Composer

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SOLIDWORKS Composer is a great tool for repurposing your 3D engineering data to create awesome graphical content. Once your model is in Composer, there are lots of tools to help manipulate the actors to create these amazing visuals; like moving them or changing color or opacity. Each actor contains its own properties to easily make these changes, however, there are many times when it is not just one actor that you want to apply the same changes to. There are […]

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Create Multiple Balloon Sequences with SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone is a great tool to aid in creating your inspection documentation when you do not have a SOLIDWORKS drawing, or access to SOLIDWORKS. For some, what you may lose in having direct access to the SOLIDWORKS file itself, you gain in flexibility of how you can customize the ballooned drawing. In this blog, we will go over one of those things: Sequencing. When ballooning a drawing, even a simple one, it may be necessary to have different […]

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How Do I Find Out What SOLIDWORKS Version a File was Last Saved In?

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When you see this symbol in an open SOLIDWORKS file, you know that it is from an older version. Maybe it is something you created long ago, or maybe you got it from a vendor or customer who is on a version older than the one you are using. Either way, that is all that tells you. But what if you want to know what version the file was last saved in? Here, we will look at a couple of […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Creating Diametric Dimensions Using Centerlines

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When creating revolved features in SOLIDWORKS, our sketch must not cross the axis of revolution. Since we are working with only one side of the centerline in this case, dimensions to the centerline are the radius value. If you know the diameter, that is some pretty easy math to do. However, there is a way to create the diametric dimension, if you have a sketch with a centerline in it (acting as the axis of revolution in this case). In […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Searching for Materials

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Another great enhancement in SOLIDWORKS 2020 is Searching for Materials. Sometimes, not much explanation is needed, you just need to know that it exists. Such is the case here. This awesome enhancement can save you a lot of time when trying to find the material you want from the database. All you need to do is edit material just like you normally would, by right clicking Material and clicking Edit Material. From there, you will now see a Material dialog […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Create and Edit Component Patterns and Create Mates to Reference Geometry in Large Design Review

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 brought great enhancements with editing in Large Design Review mode. In 2020, SOLIDWORKS is adding to that capability. First, we now have the ability to create and edit certain component patterns in large design review. This is only available for top-level assemblies. Linear and circular component patterns can be created and edited, while pattern driven and sketch driven component patterns have some edit capabilities. See Table below: If the component pattern is driven by an unavailable entity, **LargeDesignReview** […]

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Clear Up Your Drawings in SOLIDWORKS with Break Lines

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Drawings can range from very simple, with just a few dimensions, to extremely complex, with multiple views and sheets and too many dimensions to count.  If yours fall into the first category, you might not have to do too much to display everything you need clearly.  However, if you are in the second camp, or somewhere in between, that can be a challenge.  Luckily, SOLIDWORKS drawings offer some great tools for this. One issue is when displaying dimensions that are […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Lesser Known System Options

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System Options are great for customizing your SOLIDWORKS instance. There are some common go-to’s here that most people are aware of, like ‘File Locations’ to define where things such as templates and tables are located, and ‘Auto-rotate view normal to sketch plane on sketch creation and sketch edit.’ However, going through the list, there are quite a few options to be had. Today, I wanted to make you aware of some lesser known options that have come up from time […]

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