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

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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 […]

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What’s New: DraftSight 2019 – 2D Constraints

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There have been many updates to help with the 2D construction of drawings and objects within this year’s release of DraftSight. In this case, those are the tools on the Constraints Tab of the Command Ribbon. Geometric Constraints apply more flexibility to creating designs and thus making it more familiar to Solidworks’ sketching capabilities. You have the following Geometric constraints: Coincident: Defines a coincident geometric constraint to two points on entities or constrains a point on an entity to an […]

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What’s New: DraftSight 2019 – Standard and Professional

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DraftSight 2019 is finally upon us. There have been many updates to the leading 2D software package, including the phase-out of the free version and the transition into DraftSight Standard. For this article, we’re going to focus on new features and improvements for each offering. DraftSight Standard Import SVG file [Command: IMPORTSVG]. You can now import an SVG format file into DraftSight and insert it as a Block. Hairline Option for Printout. For laser cutter output, you can set a […]

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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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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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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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SOLIDWORKS 2017: Installation Guide Part 5 – DraftSight and eDrawings

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Installation Guide Part 5 – DraftSight and eDrawings In this section, we will cover the download and installation of the free version of DraftSight. The latest build is still 2016 and can be downloaded at this location. Select the version per the operating system that you’re running and your download should begin. In this example, we will launch the Windows 64-bit version and install that one. First thing that shows is the disclaimer. You can read the entire thing or just scroll […]

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100 Versions of eDrawings on the wall, 100 versions of eDrawings…

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How many versions of eDrawings do you suppose you have installed on your machine? 100? Likely not that many, but if your computer has been around a while, there is a good chance you have more than one. If your machine has the SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM client installed on it, you probably have several! I’ve seen a customer’s computer with six versions installed! Is it a big deal? If you aren’t a EPDM user, probably not, they are just taking […]

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A Few Drawing Tips

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Here are a few drawing tips that might help you out. Save a rotated 3D view When you go to View>Modify>3D Drawing View, you can choose any view and rotate it any direction.  When you choose a view that you like, it will stay like that.  That way you can get a great view on the drawing with a short amount of time. Combine notes If you have multiple notes on your drawing but you want to combine them, before […]

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LoadDraftingStandard

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Imagine you received a set of SOLIDWORKS drawings from an outside source. Unfortunately the people who created the drawings didn’t use your drafting standards. [The peasants!] You may be tempted to create a little macro that goes through every one of your settings, one at a time, setting user preference toggles, integer values, blah, blah… Not a bad idea, but doing this is slow, tedious and you’ll run into some “undocumented issues” that my lawyers don’t want me to get […]

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