Discover the DraftSight® 2019 Desktop Portfolio

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The recent release of DraftSight® 2019 has many changes but many improvements as well. In my humble opinion, DraftSight® has been an awesome 2D CAD tool ever since it came on the scene back in 2010. Since then, DraftSight® has only improved every year and DraftSight® 2019 is no exception! DraftSight® 2019 Standard So, let’s talk about the elephant in the room. The FREE version of DraftSight® is no longer free. For 2019, it is now called DraftSight® Standard and […]

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How to View SOLIDWORKS Files in Virtual Reality Using eDrawings 2019

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During the SOLIDWORKS 2019 Launch event, the director of eDrawings Applications announced Extended Reality would be in eDrawings 2019. Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality, (MR) have been combined in what SOLIDWORKS calls XR, Extended Reality. We have been getting some support calls asking about this new technology and questions about how to get eDrawings Virtual Reality (VR) to work. Well, first of all, the new direct VR mode in eDrawings 2019 is available beginning with eDrawings […]

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SOLIDWORKS Technical Communication: Inspection Reports

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Traditional workflows for creating an inspection report consisted of having a 3D model and its appropriate drawing before starting the report. First, you need to manually balloon the necessary dimensions on the drawing and then manually start an Excel sheet containing the list of those dimensions. From there you still need to manually type in the nominal values in their cells and then calculate the upper and lower tolerance limits for each of the values. Depending on the complexity of […]

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Can’t eDrawings and DimXpert just DO MBD for FREE?!?!?!

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Whoa there champ. A bit aggressive with the all caps and exclamation marks don’t you think? But to answer the question, no DimXpert and eDrawings can’t do model based definition. SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition or MBD is a separate piece of software that does incorporate DimXpert and eDrawings, but SOLIDWORKS MBD is not really all about DimXpert OR eDrawings. Clear as mud, right? MBD is really about organization (unlike this blog I think). At its core, what SOLIDWORKS MBD really […]

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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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