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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SOLIDWORKS: How to Display Notes for X & Y Coordinate Points in a Drawing

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Drawings………can’t live without them. For drawings that need a lot of dimensions, this can clutter the entire document making it hard to read. The standard dimensioning schemes are: To avoid dimensions clutter, here’s an alternative method for you. How about adding a note that will show the X & Y coordinates instead of placing Model Items, a Horizontal or Vertical dimension on the drawing like this? Let me show you how you can create a note and link it to […]

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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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