Can I modify the Hole Callout in SOLIDWORKS?

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You sure can! It is easy. Understanding the symbol code (<MOD-DIA> = Ø) and Variables (<hw-diam> = Diameter, is the hard part. First, what is a Hole Callout? Hole Callout is information from the Hole Wizard or circular extrude cut. Such as description, diameter size, depth, quantity. You get the gist. I always use the Hole Wizard, even if it is just a hole. That way you do not have to manually enter the quantity. The default format file for […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Costing a Weldment (MultiBody)

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If there was a way for you to get a more accurate cost out of your weldments, you would like to hear about it, right? Well, SOLIDWORKS Costing is the way to go. Weldments include multi body and single body structural members, and the Costing tool will calculate the members as extruded parts. If a multi body template is used, weld bead and fillet bead cost information can be accounted for as well. Keep in mind that the Costing tool […]

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Convert a DWG file to a SOLIDWORKS part file

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I have this customer that has thousands of DWG files. They don’t want to redraw all of these. They’d rather take the profile view in the DWG file and convert to SOLIDWORKS part file. Luckily this can be done very easily. Open a DWG file in SOLIDWORKS and you will get this dialog box. Select Import to a new part and 2D sketch, then click next. This dialog box gives you the options to change units, add constraints, and import […]

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Favorite SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal feature: Tab and Slot

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One of my favorite features in SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal is Tab and Slot. When it was introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2018 (https://www.cati.com/blog/2017/10/solidworks-2018-whats-new-creating-a-tab-and-slot-sw2018/). I was like man, I could have used this back in the day. It reminds me when my mom and dad would buy me model cars for Christmas. You may remember the cement glue that you had to use, and it would get all over the carpet. Well, mom and dad didn’t appreciate that. So, they started buying the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Create Multiple Connection Points

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In SOLIDWORKS 2020, you can now create multiple connection points in a part. It’s really easy to do. Let’s get started. Click Tools>Routing>Routing Tools and click Create Connection Point. To create multiple connection points, select the following parameters. A sketch that has sketch points. The number of connection points is equal to the number of sketch points in a sketch. Multiple circular edges. Multiple circular and cylindrical faces. You can also assign a port ID or pin information to the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Installation Summary

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In SOLIDWORKS 2020, there are many enhancements dedicated to Performance, focused on getting your tasks done quickly and easily. The Installation Manager downloader has improved performance in the following areas. Downloads are faster than ever before The Installation Manager uses parallel threading for downloading and extraction process. The greatest benefit will be seen for users downloading more than one product. SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager also makes it easier to install the SOLIDWORKS PCB Viewer You can install the viewer concurrently with […]

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Breaking the link to a custom Toolbox Library part

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I wanted to create a custom part from the Toolbox Library. Specifically, a Structural Member (W Section). Which is in an assembly. I created the custom part, thinking it would be separate from the original toolbox Structural Member. I saved the assembly and the custom part. Since it was originally a read-only part, I needed to rename it. I renamed it, W14x426x60 TEST. Notice the new part has the toolbox icon symbol. We don’t want that. We want the link […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Creating Route Specification Templates

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Last year in November, I blogged about How to Create Piping Route. In the process of beginning the route, I selected a default template. Let me show you how easy it is to create a Route Specification Template. First thing is making sure our SOLIDWORKS Routing Add-in is checked. Let’s get started and launch Routing Library Manager. You can Click Options, on the System Options tab, click Routing File Location and click Launch Routing Library Manager. Or, Tools, Routing, Routing Tools […]

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How to Create a SOLIDWORKS Electrical Route

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I showed you how easy it is to create a simple Piping Route last month. Let me show you how easy it is to create an Electrical Route. First off. What is an Electrical Route? SOLIDWORKS Routing is the creation of electrical wiring, cabling, conduit and tubing routes. SOLIDWORKS Routing is a package that is available with all Premium Licenses. The first thing we need to do is drag and drop a connector from the design library to an existing […]

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How to Create a SOLIDWORKS Piping Route

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Let me show you how easy it is to create a simple Piping Route First off. What is a Piping Route? SOLIDWORKS Routing is an add-in that allows you to completely automate the process of routing pipework, tubing or even cabling, saving you many hours of modelling against traditional methods. SOLIDWORKS Routing is a package that is available with all Premium Licenses. First thing we need to do is drag and drop a slip on flange from the design library […]

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