Shortcutting In SOLIDWORKS

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SOLIDWORKS software receives significant enhancements each release. Some of these are exciting new modeling functionality, some are performance increases, and others might be directed to the user interface. In this blog post we will review some of the great interface enhancements and customization options that you should be taking advantage of. MOUSE GESTURES SOLIDWORKS introduced mouse gestures back in 2010. Over the years the number of available gesture options has grown, and you can now assign up to 12 different […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Lost a Drawing File?

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Have you ever had a customer come back with an old drawing print out or just a PDF of one, and for whatever reason, you just could not find it? Let me try and help you fix that problem! As we know, SOLIDWORKS Drawings has the option to link text to the part properties. From here you can call in your custom property fields like, description, part number, color, who designed it, revision, dates…. Whatever you want really, it is […]

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Improving SOLIDWORKS Assembly Mating with Component Preview Window

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Mating your components into place is an important step in creating your SOLIDWORKS assemblies. This can be a simple process, but it can also get tough and be time consuming, as your assemblies get larger. Being able to efficiently add mates can really help you save time when creating your assemblies, and SOLIDWORKS has many tools to help do just that. In this blog, we are going to look at one of those tools: Component Preview Window. Let us look […]

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How to Center Text in SOLIDWORKS Drawings

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The title block of a drawing contains all the information necessary to identify the drawing and the parts involved in the drawing views.  To access all of this information automatically, linked text notes need to be inserted into the title block in “edit sheet format” mode. When adding text notes to a SOLIDWORKS drawing’s title block, it is desirable for the notes to appear like they “belong” there. Having notes centered in their cell of the title block will give […]

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SOLIDWORKS Property Tab Builder – Advanced

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The Property Tab Builder is a stand-alone utility for creating a customized interface for adding properties to SOLIDWORKS Parts, Drawings, and Assemblies. Why should I use it? It will make data entry for custom properties easier and more consistent, by removing redundancy, reducing data entry errors and by providing guided form for documentation. Using the Tab Builder will allow better and more consistent processes for design workflow. Starting the Property Tab Builder For a primer on the SOLIDWORKS Tab Builder […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Creating Internal Volume – Combine (Subtract)

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Previously there have been a few CATI blogs written regarding the process of finding the internal volume of a part. Such methods include the commonly known Intersect command to achieve this task as well as the Delete Face command. This blog will touch on one more approach to that end goal which might prove useful to your circumstance. An alternative approach to identifying the internal volume of a part in SOLIDWORKS is by use of the Combine feature, specifically Combine […]

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Does your PDF have faint edges when saved from a SOLIDWORKS drawing?

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I need to begin by saying this is one of those questions that I should have known the answer to. I was on a customer call working through an example of a drawing in which a particular view had very faint edges when saving to a PDF. Some of you who are reading this may already know the cause and the solution. Representative of the customer file, why the faint edges in the PDF? There is nothing overly complex about this […]

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Importing .DWG files into SOLIDWORKS: Part 2

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Note: If you missed Importing .DWG files into SOLIDWORKS: Part 1, we looked at the beginning process of importing .dwg files into SOLIDWORKS. I covered how to choose only the layers that included the information that we needed and looked at how to center, position, and scale our imported sketch entities into a drawing file. Working with an imported .dwg file can create some unique obstacles. We no longer have drawings views to manipulate or a part model to reference. […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Cleaning Up Drawings by Adjusting Dimension Extension Lines

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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 […]

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Common Workflows for Getting SOLIDWORKS Geometry INTO the 3DEXPERIENCE “xApps”

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In the 3DExperience Platform, when we speak of an “xApp” we are referring to the xDesign, xShape, xSheetmetal apps (and more coming all the time) that run in a browser and are available anywhere, anytime, on any device. Today I am going to discuss some different workflows of getting CAD data into the 3DExperience “xApps”. Which method is the “best” all depends on what you need to do with it. Sometimes you may just be wanting to “build around” an […]

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