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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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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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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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – VDA Balloons

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 brings several great enhancements to help you effectively get your drawings done. One of those enhancements is the ability to tag inspection points according to VDA requirements. If you are not familiar, you must not be big into the German automotive industry; that is where VDA balloons are frequently used! If you are, or even if you are not and you need them, you are in luck. They work just like any other balloon or note leaders. Before […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Sheet Metal Flat Pattern Info in a Bill of Material

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In a recent support case, we were asked if sheet metal flat pattern info, specifically the flat pattern area, can be shown in a SOLIDWORKS drawing bill of material. After a little research it turns out that the answer is surprisingly yes and it’s not that difficult to achieve. So, you are probably asking yourself, “Where do you start?” Well, you first start by creating a drawing of your sheet metal assembly. See Figure 1 below. Next, we will add […]

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My Life in Drawings: SOLIDWORKS Dimension Palette

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When it comes to mass changes to dimensions on your drawings, one perfect tool to assist with this is the Dimension Palette! Whether you need to customize tolerancing or arrange dimensions, this underrated tool can help you achieve your goal in a zip. If you prefer to view content in video form, click here! First and foremost, Why? Personally, I like the accessibility of it. I know just about everything can be done in the property manager but the ease […]

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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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