SOLIDWORKS: Symbol Library File Missing (gtol.sym)

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When SOLIDWORKS has been recently updated to a newer release, sometimes we receive questions about symbols not showing up correctly (most commonly, the diameter symbol). Symbols that once showed up correctly, now appear as a short description/syntax. So how did this happen and how can this be fixed? SOLIDWORKS has many different paths/file locations for many different items within the software: one of which is a Symbol Library File. Sometimes we see that after an upgrade, the File Locations on […]

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Design Intent: Part 1

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Part I I am working with a client who sees the power and value from SOLIDWORKS over AutoCAD Inventor. How to deal with legacy data is always a massive pain point for customers, however. They soon will no longer be able to access data that is still in the native Inventor file format (.iam, .ipt) that their previous CAD software utilized and must find other methods of retaining their intellectual property. Where possible, I suggest converting the files into Parasolid […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Applying All Uppercase to Dimensions and Hole Callouts

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Ever since the 2014 release, SOLIDWORKS has had the capacity to automatically capitalize all text in an annotation note. In 2018, this functionality was expanded, as users were given an additional option to set all uppercase for table entries. Now, SOLIDWORKS 2020 is giving our Caps Lock keys yet another break by letting us apply uppercase to dimensions and hole callouts too. SOLIDWORKS 2020 users exploring their Document Properties will notice a new checkbox in the Uppercase section of the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Creating Alternate Position Views for Parts

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In SOLIDWORKS 2019, the designer would need to create multiple model items or sheets to depict different configurations of a part. As SOLIDWORKS continues to improve, our goal is to also improve how effectively we can communicate designs in a collaborative environment. With SOLIDWORKS 2020, drawings get an important upgrade. You are now able to overlay an additional configuration in the same model view. These modifications can give others a clear indication of different stages throughout the manufacturing process of […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Detailing Mode

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Do you have drawings that take a long time to load? Do you have large assembly designs, mold designs, or other intricate, complex designs with drawings that require multiple sheets with resource-intensive views, and many dimensions and annotations? If so, Detailing Mode in SOLIDWORKS 2020 is for you. With Detailing Mode, users will no longer have to wait for long open and rebuild times in order to start working. Detailing Mode allows users to do most drafting functions in a […]

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How to Display Multiple Units of Mass on a Drawing

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Let’s say I want to display Kg. and Lbs. in my drawing title block but SOLIDWORKS only allows the default units to be displayed. To work around this issue, you will need to start in the part file. This can be built into your part template. STEP 1. Create a Test Part and add a material to it. (could be a random block) STEP 2. Create a Global Variable in the part file that converts the default units to the […]

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Clear Up Your Drawings in SOLIDWORKS with Break Lines

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Drawings can range from very simple, with just a few dimensions, to extremely complex, with multiple views and sheets and too many dimensions to count.  If yours fall into the first category, you might not have to do too much to display everything you need clearly.  However, if you are in the second camp, or somewhere in between, that can be a challenge.  Luckily, SOLIDWORKS drawings offer some great tools for this. One issue is when displaying dimensions that are […]

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Adding Custom Details to Balloons in SOLIDWORKS Drawings

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The more detailed we can make our drawings, the less likely we are to have incorrect parts or assemblies created. In this blog, we will discuss how to: 1) Easily add the Quantity of each ballooned part to its respective balloon 2) Override this “Quantity” to type any text we wish next to the balloon. 3) Grouping other custom properties of the part with the balloon. Adding Quantity to SOLIDWORKS Balloon: To add the quantity of a part to a […]

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DimXpert Your FREE First Step to a Model Based Enterprise

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The day is coming. I can see it on the horizon. What exciting futuristic day am I speaking of? The day where the 3D Model rules all. That’s right, the day is coming when as designers and engineers, we all will be only using 3D models to communicate our designs. We’ve been progressing that direction for quite some time and if you think about it SOLIDWORKS Drawings are trying to accomplish that very feat. Only SOLIDWORKS Drawings live in a […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Projected vs. True Dimensions

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When creating drawings in SOLIDWORKS, you may have noticed two types of Dimension Types available when inserting Drawing Views: Projected and True Dimensions. So, what exactly are the difference in these two Dimension Types? The two different Dimension Types, Projected and True, can be found in the Drawing View PropertyManager when inserting or editing a Drawing View under the Dimension Type section. Typically, True Dimensions are accurate model dimensions. If you create a model and measure the length of an […]

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