Resetting (and saving) the DraftSight User Interface

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Happy New Year! Even though it is the third week of January. With the new year comes more of the same, most of us are still working remote a majority of the time. Likely, you are like me and moving your laptop from one location to another and neither location has an identical hardware setup. I was recently working with a customer in a similar situation, three monitors at home and two at the office. Upon moving the computer from […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Install Guide – Part 5 Draftsight

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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DraftSight Enterprise 2019 – Installation

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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). […]

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Using Image Tracer In DraftSight 2019 Professional

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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

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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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