SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – eDrawings Updates

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A handful of changes were made with eDrawings 2022 to simplify the interface and streamline workflow. This gave eDrawings a sleeker appearance and increased ease of use. Along with workflow efficiency, SOLIDWORKS has added some notable functionalities that improve technical communication. Custom Properties The first notable addition to this year’s release is the ability to include or exclude custom file properties. One way to do this is from within a SOLIDWORKS document into the resulting eDrawings file. Once you have […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Rotating a Section View About a Hole or Axis

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SOLIDWORKS section views just became even more flexible and customizable. You may now create your own section plane and move it rotationally around a selected axis or hole center to get that exact section view you are looking for. To find this feature go to your Heads-up View Toolbar> Section View> Section 1> Rotate About Axis How to Rotate a Section View About a Hole or Axis To use this feature, and create your own plane, you must make 2 […]

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Coincident Vs. Pierce Sketch Relation in SOLIDWORKS

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Understanding how your sketch relations affect your model will help you avoid errors and unwanted results. Without the proper sketch relations, some commands will fail, results will twist or deform, or break later on in the editing process. The two sketch relations that most commonly get misused or mixed up are Coincident and Pierce. It can be challenging to know when to use the coincident or pierce relationship because in some situations they do appear to behave the same way. […]

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Create Custom Appearances in SOLIDWORKS

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Save yourself time and avoid unnecessary modeling by creating or adding custom appearances to your SOLIDWORKS models. Trying to 3D model something as complex as netting, knurling, or mesh can be very time-consuming to design. These designs also take a lot of SOLIDWORKS computing power and greatly impact rebuild time and performance. So, if netting is something you’re not manufacturing in-house, I strongly recommend using SOLIDWORKS appearances. How To Search Appearances To quickly locate an appearance, I suggest doing a […]

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Using Selection Filters in Assemblies

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I recently came across a question in a SOLIDWORKS forum and I’ve gotten many similar questions while providing tech support or during training classes. So I’d like to address this question, “Is there a way to select all my surface bodies or solid bodies in an assembly?”. I realized this question comes up often because there isn’t a specific option for this under the select tools that are commonly used for assemblies. There is a fast and easy way to […]

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How to Quickly Create a 3D Sketch From a Solid Body in SOLIDWORKS

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3D sketching can be very challenging to do quickly. Whether you struggle with dimensioning, over-defining, or not sketching on the correct plane, I have a simple trick for you to try. I am going to show you a way to speed up the 3D sketching process and still work with-in the comfortable realm of 2D sketching. Here is how I took a single sketch entity and quickly made a 3D sketch of a decahedron. First, I placed a single line […]

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How to Use Selection Sets

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If you have come across a model or assembly where you are repeatedly making the same selection of bodies, entities such as faces or edges, or even components then it is time to utilize Selection Sets. Selection Sets allow you to choose items from your model or assembly and group them together as a single set. Selection sets are used in editing commands, changing appearances, hiding and showing components, making configurations, simulations and the list goes on! How to get […]

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Importing .DWG files into SOLIDWORKS: Part 2

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Note: If you missed Importing .DWG files into SOLIDWORKS: Part 1, we looked at the beginning process of importing .dwg files into SOLIDWORKS. I covered how to choose only the layers that included the information that we needed and looked at how to center, position, and scale our imported sketch entities into a drawing file. Working with an imported .dwg file can create some unique obstacles. We no longer have drawings views to manipulate or a part model to reference. […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Transferring Materials for Inserted Parts

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SOLIDWORKS has introduced some extra flexibility when it comes to transferring material properties of inserted parts into another part file. Previous versions of SOLIDWORKS offered one option: Insert > Part > Transfer> Material. In SOLIDWORKS 2021 this option has been updated to specify Body Material and Part material. This may seem like a minimal change but it packs a powerful punch when used correctly. So, what is the difference between Body Material and Part Material? Part Material is defined by […]

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Importing .DWG files into SOLIDWORKS: Part 1

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Importing DWG files into SOLIDWORKS can be time-consuming and a bit tedious. This blog will offer you some basic pointers to help ease the importing and editing process. Before importing your .dwg file, look at how many layers your file contains. Try to limit yourself to only the necessary layers. By limiting the layers imported into SOLIDWORKS you’re also simplifying the drawing file you’ll be creating and improving performance speed. You can use eDrawings to navigate through the different layers […]

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