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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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Beta 1 is Out!

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Today is the day, SOLIDWORKS 2020 Beta is available. It’s time to take SOLIDWORKS 2020 for a test drive, check out the new enhancements and participate in the Beta program. What is the Beta Program? Participating in the Beta program is more than just taking the next release of SOLIDWORKS for a test drive. It’s about connecting with the BETA community, interacting with the SOLIDWORKS R&D team to provide your feedback on the new functionality, and flexing your SOLIDWORKS skills […]

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SOLIDWORKS Submenu is missing!

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If you are working on a computer that has SOLIDWORKS installed and you right-click on a SOLIDWORKS file (*.sldprt, *.slddrw, *.sldasm) in File Explorer/Windows Explorer you should see a SOLIDWORKS “submenu” appear in the dropdown list. (shown in the screenshot below) Sometimes after a SOLIDWORKS upgrade or a change on a computer, that right-click SOLIDWORKS submenu will go missing. Here are the steps you can take on your computer to fix this issue and get the SOLIDWORKS submenu to reappear within […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Hole Callout Quantities

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I just had a customer ask me why the hole callout quantities were wrong on a Part Drawing. The hole callout quantity did not match with the physical part. Often, we hear…” Something is wrong with SOLIDWORKS” or “Must be a bug”. Here’s the scenario…. The part model was a tray like the picture below. The part features were simply: 1 extrusion Feature, 1 Hole Wizard Feature, and 1 Cut – Extrude Feature. When the drawing was created, the Hole […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Advanced Component Selection Tool

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When working in large assemblies, sometimes it is useful to be able to select all instances of a specific type of component. This is a scenario where the ‘Advanced Component Selection’ tool can come in handy. Before diving into the advanced component selection tool, you will find there are some useful predefined selection groups. These are located right under the cursor menu at the top toolbar of SOLIDWORKS. Simply click the drop-down arrow on the cursor icon as seen in […]

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Just in Trace: SOLIDWORKS Autotrace tool

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In this blog, I wanted to talk a little about a SOLIDWORKS tool known as Autotrace. Autotrace is an add-in that allows you to trace and convert images such as .jpegs and .bitmaps into sketch geometry – pretty handy when you don’t want to spend a lot of time switching between sketch tools to freehand a quick trace. Although this tool is not meant to be a highly detailed and accurate trace, it does a good job in a pinch. Autotrace works best with […]

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3D Printing Jigs and Fixtures

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When you need to put complex assemblies together that have a lot of different pieces it can be a challenge to do it efficiently, let alone easily. What makes a job like this much better is creating a custom fixture to hold of your parts in place while you do the assembly. This allows you to put the parts together much safer, quicker, and more efficiently, which is what matters when working on a high capacity assembly line or even […]

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SOLIDWORKS Helical Parts Don’t Have to Be Round

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There are a few different ways to make helical parts in SOLIDWORKS. Most of these will leave you with cylindrical parts. Sweeping along a Helix, or sweeping along a path using ‘Twist along Path’. Using a touch of surfacing and the ‘Intersection Curve’, it’s possible to make helical parts that aren’t cylindrical. Let’s start with the shape we want to make a helix from: With this shape, the first thing to do is create a Surface-Extrude the length of your […]

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Customer Story: Goebel & Co. Furniture

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Most people think of top-end, bespoke handcrafted furniture as in opposition to the quick work SOLIDWORKS makes of prototyping and design. For Martin Goebel, president and design director at Goebel & Co. Furniture in Saint Louis, Missouri, the two go hand in hand. Martin has made it his mission to marry traditional, analog furniture-making to modern, digital design. He started out with a traditional European apprenticeship in northern California when he was 19, working under a renowned handmade furniture maker, […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Beta is coming!

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SOLIDWORKS just announced that the Beta version of SOLIDWORKS 2020 is scheduled to go live near the end of June. Like previous years, SOLIDWORKS will have a Beta program that will allow users to test the new software. What is the Beta Program? As a Beta Tester you have the opportunity to impact the quality, performance, and reliability of this new version before it is released. All Beta Testers submit their feedback to win different prizes and awards. The only […]

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