Control If and How Child Components Appear in a BOM

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Maybe you downloaded the SOLIDWORKS assembly files for something that you intend to purchase for your design. The component files are all there (which is nice in case you need them), but when documenting the bill of materials for the overall design’s top-level assembly, you want this purchased sub-assembly to show in the BOM as a single line item. The problem is that you want to use a ‘Parts Only’ BOM for the overall design’s top-level assembly. What to do? […]

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What Controls Line (Annotation) Color in Drawings?

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A frequent question we get is: why are lines in a drawing not appearing the correct color? OR why do two computers show different color lines for the same drawing. There are a few different things that could be controlling the drawing entity color, some of which override others. By default, the colors of SOLIDWORKS drawing entities (lines, dimensions, notes, etc.) are controlled by System Options > Colors. If the drawing annotations (notes, dimensions, lines, etc.) are still appearing as […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Performance Improvements – Detailing and Drawings – #SW2019

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Performance Improvements-Detailing and Drawings – #SW2019 With the SOLIDWORKS 2019 release just around the corner, here is another great CATI article on some new Performance Improvements. This article focuses on Drawing and Detailing improvements specifically on working with parts that have a large number of holes and a drawing hole table attached. When opening, creating or editing hole tables, this performance speed will be noticed and produce less wait time for calculating tables with circular […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Showing Sheet Metal Bend Notes in MBD- #SW2019

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Welcome back to our SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New Blog series. Today I will be introducing an enhancement that will help significantly with the documentation of your sheet metal designs using SOLIDWORKS MBD. The latest enhancement for SOLIDWORKS 2019 will allow you to insert Bend Notes or a Bend Table into the Flat Pattern configuration of a sheet metal part. Then include them in the 3D views created by MBD. Shown here is a simple sheet metal model. Traditionally, a drawing […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Drawing Open Progress Indicator – #SW2019

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New to SOLIDWORKS 2019 is the Drawing Open Progress Indicator. The drawing open progress indicator will pop up when opening any drawing in SOLIDWORKS 2019 and remain open if the drawing takes longer than 60 seconds. The indicator shows you different types of information and gives you the ability to visually watch as it completes the process of opening a drawing document. Being able to visually see a document open instead of watching a wheel spin is a great thing […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Details and Drawing Tables – #SW2019

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Making the top enhancement list in SOLIDWORKS 2019, users voted and SOLIDWORKS listened. Improvements have been made to add new functionality that enables changing cell border thickness in your SOLIDWORKS Drawings. Changing Cell Border Thickness In tables, you can change the border thickness cells by selecting Groups, the Entire Tables along with removing Border Cell as shown below. To Change the cell borders thickness: 1. Select one or more cells. To select cells, you can: Click, Ctrl + click, or Shift […]

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“Edit All” System Option for File Locations in SOLIDWORKS

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Every new software version has so many new features that sometimes, very cool features get overlooked. The Edit All System Option for File Locations was one I missed and it’s SO handy. This function is when you need to change multiple File Locations to different locations. Instead of going through each and every folder, this tool will allow us to edit all the locations in 1 single screen. Pretty cool? Let’s check it out! Open a session of SOLIDWORKS 2017 […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018: Break View Drawing Tips

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As I was visiting with a customer the other day, the topic of creating a Break View or Broken Views in a SOLIDWORKS drawing came up. The question was, “Is it possible to control the distance from the edge of the model view to the Break Lines with some dimensional value?” Well, that was a good question and to be honest I wasn’t quite sure how we could handle that. So, sit back and enjoy the simple steps involved to […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Drawing Library Text

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Ever find yourself inserting the same pieces of text in a SOLIDWORKS drawing? What if we could make a library of these standard text blocks? Even better, we can create library text that brings in property information from the model! There is also a setting available that lets your drag a note and merge it to another. Options > System Options > Drawings > Disable note merging when dragging This short video demonstrates how to add your notes to a […]

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SOLIDWORKS: 3D PDF Files For Technical Communication

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SOLIDWORKS provides several fantastic solutions for technical communication. You can use SOLIDWORKS Visualize to create high quality photo-realistic images of your product. Another great option is to create interactive product instructions using SOLIDWORKS Composer. SOLIDWORKS Inspection, eDrawings, and even 2D prints are all ways to successfully communicate your design information to others. In this article, we are going to look at a lesser known option, 3D PDF files. We’ll look at how to create the file and also what you […]

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