SOLIDWORKS Edrawings 2019 – Save as HTML 5 and no active X!

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HTML five you say, that sounds great…. What’s HTML 5? Well, it’s simple, “HTML5 is the latest version of Hypertext Markup Language that defines web pages.” In other words, it’s the lifeblood of modern web pages. HTML 5 is a very common language for all web browse big and mobile can see and use. If you have a mobile phone, PC, MAC or a raspberry pi, you are going to be able to view that content. As you can see by […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – eDrawings Enhanced Views – #SW2019

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SOLIDWORKS eDrawings is a great multi-tool for viewing and interacting with 3D models. The program was first released in 1999 and has been enhanced every year since. eDrawings is much more than just a viewer. Its functionality includes configurations, playing animations, exploded views, section views, and we can even take measurements from the model. Despite being much more than a viewer, eDrawings received some cool viewing enhancements in this 2019 release. You can now view your model more realistically with […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Free eDrawings Professional Features and Configurations in eDrawings 2019 – #SW2019

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Each and every year, SOLIDWORKS continues to listen to their customers and upgrade their products. SOLIDWORKS eDrawings 2019 is no exception. One of the biggest upgrades this year with SOLIDWORKS eDrawings 2019 is that all eDrawings Professional features from eDrawings 2018 and older are now available for FREE in the eDrawings Viewer. Note: This applies to eDrawings for Windows only (not mobile). Back in the 2018 version and earlier, an eDrawings file published in SOLIDWORKS Standard did not give access […]

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Using a DWG or DXF for SOLIDWORKS Drawing Borders

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Would you like to reuse your title block and border information from an already completed .DWG or .DXF file? You can easily import that .DWG or .DXF into SOLIDWORKS and create your new SOLIDWORKS Drawing taking only the information you need copied over. First, we’ll start with a .DWG with a border and title block included. Now, our goal is to get this imported into SOLIDWORKS. To import a .DWG or .DXF file, simply open SOLIDWORKS and go to File […]

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Document Detailed Issues in DraftSight or SOLIDWORKS with Steps Recorder

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If you’re a DraftSight user, or SOLIDWORKS user you’re probably wondering if there is a way to capture the steps that result in a problem with the software. Well, you’re in luck! There is a tool called Microsoft® Problem Steps Recorder (PSR.exe) that does exactly that! This handy recording tool is built into Windows® 7, 8, 10 and Windows Server 2008 R2 and newer. It greatly makes it easier to capture the steps that lead to a problem with programs such […]

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SOLIDWORKS MBD: Adding Balloons to an Exploded View

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SOLIDWORKS MBD is a wonderful tool for creating electronic representations of your designs that can be shared with fabricators and customers. You can create multiple 3D views with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T), datums, as well as customize your 3D PDF to include custom properties and bill of materials(BOMS). In many cases it can replace traditional drawings! Which are limited to two dimensional views of the model or assembly. Today I want to show you how to add balloon annotations […]

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Adding SOLIDWORKS Schematic Content – Electronic Content Portal

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Beginning with the SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2016 software, the ‘Local content’ folder for manufacturing parts is no longer available. To help ensure that customers use the most up-to-date manufacturer parts information, you must now log in to the SOLIDWORKS Electrical Content Portal (ECP) and download the latest content from there.   Default access to content will be to silver libraries.  Schematic users will be able to gain access to the ECP gold libraries through the “Update Subscription” feature. There is a general […]

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Using eDrawings with SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition (MBD)

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Using eDrawings with SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition (MBD) Before I explain how to utilize MBD in eDrawings, I am going to define MBD. MBD stands for Model based definition and is an integrated drawingless manufacturing solution. Basically, it lets you communicate your designs without the need to create 2D Drawings. You can define, organize, and publish 3D Product manufacturing information using industry standard formats such as eDrawings, 3D PDF and STP 242. SOLIDWORKS MBD also supports industry standards like Military-Standard-31000A, […]

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eDrawings — An Easy Way to Share 2D and 3D CAD Data

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eDrawings — An Easy Way to Share 2D and 3D CAD Data One of the most valuable free tools that is offered in the 3D CAD world is eDrawings. eDrawings comes in two flavors – the free Viewer version and the Professional version. Although the Professional version is not “free”, it is included with SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium. You are probably wondering — what makes this tool so valuable if I already paid for modeling software such as SOLIDWORKS? Well, […]

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Draftsight Highlights – Easily draw “Isometric Views” within Draftsight

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Draftsight Highlights – Easily draw “Isometric Views” within Draftsight Draftsight is a 2D CAD program, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create an isometric view. If you are in the process of creating a Draftsight drawing – and need to create a quick isometric view – you can follow the process below: Step 1: Switch your grid settings to Isometric. (RMB on the Grid icon on the bottom, hit Settings, then hit the Isometric radio button under “Orientation”.) Step 2: […]

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