SOLIDWORKS: What is “Title Block Fields”

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Title Block Fields in SOLIDWORKS is another way to create and add custom properties to a drawing and part. This tool allows you to define notes in the title block that can easily be edited by the user. The notes can be linked to properties or can be a static text. The Title Block Fields tool can only be accessed when editing the Sheet Format. Let’s get started. Click Edit Sheet Format from the Sheet Format command manager tab. And […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Cut List Item Folder Not Updated

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Have you ever seen this icon before? I had a customer call in to our SOLIDWORKS support line asking what this is. He was creating a sheet metal part and this icon was driving him nuts. This icon indicates that the Cut List needs to be updated. When creating a Sheet Metal or a Weldment part file, there is a Cut List automatically generated by default. It automatically organizes the sheet metal cut list items. However, this setting was turned […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Routing Electrical Enhancements

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SOLIDWORKS has done it again. Here are a few great Electrical Routing enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2022. The first enhancement gives you more options when creating a Flattened Route, specifically when creating a Manufacturing Type route. In the “Flatten Parameters Property Manager”, you have the options to: Create Flatten Route with Lines Only – Allows you to convert the spline to lines Horizontal Route Segments Selection – You can select several continuous route segments to appear as horizontal in the flattened […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – UI Enhancements

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SOLIDWORKS has done a great job over the years improving the User Interface and 2022 is no exception. SOLIDWORKS has made it even easier to navigate the User Interface, provide more information, and quickly search for tools and more. Let’s take a look. Dismissed Messages The first thing they have done is make it easier to find the Dismissed Messages. It now has its own tab. You will see the full information about dismissed messages. To view dismissed messages, click: […]

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SOLIDWORKS: SDK Template Files Missing

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I took a SOLIDWORKS support call the other day and the customer said, “I’m missing my SOLIDWORKS SDK Template files”. My response was, “I can help with that. Do you have a SOLIDWORKS Student Version”? He responded “No”. The reason I asked if he had a student version is the student license uses Student Design Kit (SDK) download files. The customer told me “I’m trying to use Visual Studio. After I installed SOLIDWORKS and the SOLIDWORKS API SDK files, my […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Interference Detection

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If there was a way to build a top-level assembly where every component and sub-assembly went together perfectly you would want to know about that, right? Well, the tool to use is Interference Detection. I think this is the most underused SOLIDWORKS tool. So, what is SOLIDWORKS Interference Detection? Interference Detection identifies interferences between components, sub-assemblies, and even multibody parts. This tool will help you to examine and evaluate those interferences. Interference Detection is useful in complex assemblies, where it can be difficult to […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Creating GD&T it’s easy

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What is SOLIDWORKS Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)? GD&T is the process of assigning dimensions and tolerances to features of a part in a way that makes it possible to manufacture, inspect, and assemble. It is used to add geometric tolerances using feature control frames to parts and drawings. SolidWorks drawing’s geometric tolerancing tools support the ASME Y14.5-2009 tolerancing guidelines. Back in the day when I was using AutoCAD, we were required to add GD&T to our drawings. GD&T was […]

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SOLIDWORKS:Design Checker

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SOLIDWORKS Design Checker is a tool that verifies settings in a part, assembly, and drawing. It checks for consistency in categories such as dimensioning standards, fonts, materials, and sketches to ensure that SOLIDWORKS documents meet pre-defined design criteria. The checker will produce a list of failed checks. A few years back some of my colleagues wrote a four-part series on Design Checker. They broke it down discussing the different area of the tool. I am going to check and make […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Custom View Orientation

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Sometimes Standard View Orientation, Projected Views or Auxiliary Views will not get you the view results your trying to accomplish. There are other techniques for creating custom view orientation. New View Relative View 3D Drawing View Let’s take a look how to create these other custom views. The first custom view is New View. The New View command can be found in the Orientation dialog or in the Heads-up under View Orientation. The New View can be saved and used […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Great Routing Enhancements Part 1

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Here are a few great Electrical Routing enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2021. Route Multiple Wires Through a Clip This is what SOLIDWORKS 2020 had to offer. You could select the axis of the clip, but could only select one wire at a time. Which means you would have to repeat the step and have multiple features. Now in SOLIDWORKS 2021, you can Route Multiple Wires through a clip. It is very easy to do. Click and then click . Notice, you […]

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