SOLIDWORKS: Cleaning Up Drawings by Adjusting Dimension Extension Lines

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

The amount of information displayed on our SOLIDWORKS drawings can be massive. It is easy to end up with a cluttered drawing, having dimensions and annotations all over the place. Let’s take a look at some options for the dimensions and their extension lines. These will give you some tools that are certain to help clean things up. Auto Arrange Dimensions Using the Auto arrange tool is a quick and easy way to organize dimensions. Select the group of dimensions […]

Read More

SOLIDWORKS 2021 Install Guide – Part 5 Draftsight

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

There have been many exciting features implemented in DraftSight 2020 including Auto-dimensioning, full support of AutoCAD Dynamic Blocks, etc. A full list of What’s New can be found here: What’s New – DraftSight 2020 This article will be focusing on Installing DraftSight Enterprise and DraftSight Enterprise Plus. These products require the installation of a network license manager, in this case, the SOLIDWORKS SolidNetwork License Manager (SNL) for the following scenarios: Installing SNL for the first time Adding the DraftSight Enterprise or […]

Read More

SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Updates to eDrawings

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

This year was a pretty good release for eDrawings. Accompanied by some useful compatibility and performance improvements, the biggest attention-getter was the full release of the Virtual Reality functionality. With eDrawings 2021, they turned to some long-requested enhancements, providing major improvements to the core functionality of the program. Of this year’s additions, I will focus on three, specifically in the areas of properties, measurement types, and Web HTML exports. File Properties A major development in eDrawings 2021 is the addition […]

Read More

SOLIDWORKS: Sheet Metal Flat Pattern Info in a Bill of Material

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

In a recent support case, we were asked if sheet metal flat pattern info, specifically the flat pattern area, can be shown in a SOLIDWORKS drawing bill of material. After a little research it turns out that the answer is surprisingly yes and it’s not that difficult to achieve. So, you are probably asking yourself, “Where do you start?” Well, you first start by creating a drawing of your sheet metal assembly. See Figure 1 below. Next, we will add […]

Read More

“To Power Trim, or To Power Extend? That Is The Question”

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

While sketching inside SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks user interface you invoke the Power Trim command and use it as normal. As a refresher, the SOLIDWORKS Power Trim tool allows you to hold down your Left Mouse Button (LMB) and drag the mouse over any sketch entities you want to trim to the nearest entity. The Power Trim command can also extend sketch entities as well.  This is simply done holding down your Shift Key to convert from trimming to […]

Read More

Convert a DWG file to a SOLIDWORKS part file

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

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 […]

Read More

DraftSight Enterprise 2019 – Installation

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

DraftSight 2019 was launched this past March with a plethora of new tools and features. There have been many updates to the leading 2D software package, including the phase-out of the free version and the transition into new offerings such as DraftSight Enterprise and DraftSight Enterprise Plus. For this article, we’re going to focus on the installation of those Enterprise offerings. These products require the installation of a network license manager, in this case, the SOLIDWORKS SolidNetwork License Manager (SNL). […]

Read More

SOLIDWORKS eDrawings – Save to Web HTML and How It’s Like the Swiss Army Knife® of CAD Viewers

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

Mention that something is like a Swiss Army Knife® to someone and the association is immediate – versatility. The Swiss Army Knife doesn’t just have a knife but can do other related tasks like opening a can of food or tightening a loose screw. No need to look for additional tools when you have one of these guys. In the CAD realm, SOLIDWORKS eDrawings is a (mostly free) CAD viewer that can open all kinds of file formats – no […]

Read More

Using Image Tracer In DraftSight 2019 Professional

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

Follow along with the video below as we explore using the NEW Image Tracer Add-in inside DraftSight 2019 Professional. I hope this makes you more efficient in SOLIDWORKS and to see the added value of DraftSight 2019 Professional.   Don Glaske Field Technical Services Manager & CAM Product Manager Computer Aided Technology, LLC

Read More

What’s New: DraftSight 2019 – 3D Editing, Modeling, and Mesh Tools

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

In addition to the many updates we’ve covered so far, DraftSight now has the capability to edit and create 3D models within this year’s release. In this case, these are the 3D modeling tools: You can create primitive shapes with single tools such as the following: Box: Creates a three-dimensional solid box. Cone: Creates a three-dimensional solid cone. Cylinder: Creates a three-dimensional solid cylinder. Pyramid: Creates a three-dimensional solid pyramid. Planar surface: Creates a rectangular planar surface. Sphere: Creates a […]

Read More