Why can I not not modify SOLIDWORKS Sheet Properties?

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One topic that seems to frequently come up in SOLIDWORKS is the Drawing Template, the Sheet Format and how they work together to create a Drawing. This is an area of SOLIDWORKS functionality that causes a bit of confusion for newer, and experienced, SOLIDWORKS users. This held true recently while helping one of our customers who was trying to modify the Sheet Properties and select a new Sheet Format in an existing drawing. It was not the typical issue where […]

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Making Linear Patterns Work in SOLIDWORKS

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Today my challenge is to create a fixture to hold a part that has been machined using the lathe. It will be held in a tombstone mounting fixture for adding additional machined features. The tombstone feature needs to be able to hold 4 of the turned items. Here is the part that will be held in place. Here I have created the cavity for the fixture. When I look at this cavity in hidden lines visible style from the Top […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Basic Editing of Imported Parts

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Have you ever imported a part into SOLIDWORKS and wanted to simply change the type, size, or location of a hole? Let’s take a look at this imported mounting bracket. Pro Tip: Use Import Diagnostics to help identify and repair problem areas in the imported model before doing any editing. Even though this is an imported body and there are no features present in the FeatureManager Design Tree. The type, size, or location of the holes can be changed by […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Check Out These Check Boxes

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In a recent SOLIDWORKS User Group discussion, we were talking about cool new functionality enhancements that were added over the last several years. We then took the conversation in another direction. What are some little, but still awesome, enhancements that can be easily overlooked? Here are two little SOLIDWORKS sketch enhancements that are worth the reminder. They both happen to be “newer” options of long existing features that can be enabled with…… check boxes. Convert Entities -> Inner loops Convert […]

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Import your Company Logo Directly into Sketches!

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Tired of using sketch pictures and splines to map out your company logo? Can’t find the right font to match? If you have answered “yes” to either of these questions, then you are in the right place. The process of importing a company logo – or any image, for that matter – is simple and quick. By the end of this article, you will see a process workflow on how to import a picture into a SOLIDWORKS sketch as sketch […]

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Using the Selection Manager to Select PART of a Sketch/Curve in SOLIDWORKS

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I always think it’s amazing what you learn just by watching someone else “do something” in SOLIDWORKS. Last week during 3DEXPERIENCE WORLD 2021 I caught on to an “undocumented” (at least in my book) feature in the SelectionManager tool while watching someone else’s presentation. In SOLIDWORKS training classes (Advanced Part Modeling & Surfacing) we use that SelectionManager to either use many selections and treat them as one thing, or to “split up” a more complex sketch and only use part […]

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Ever want to show wires as a twisted pair in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D?

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Within SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic 2D you can specify wires are a twisted pair with a symbol. But how do you show a twisted pair within SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D if you need to take it to that level? I came up with a couple methods that may work for you. When you route wires, SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D creates a routing subassembly for each wire style. The above methods will work for showing a twisted pair of same wire style or wires within […]

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Don’t Close Yourself Off: Close Sketch to Model in SOLIDWORKS

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SOLIDWORKS users, after enough time learning the program, tend to get into habits. They use generally the same commands from one day to the next, browsing through the same toolbars and tabs or creating shortcuts to locate what they need. Aside from occasionally having to find an atypical command for a one-off kind of feature, our emphasis on efficiency and productivity makes it so that most users don’t spend much time exploring the program’s menus. As a result, there are […]

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How to Use Selection Sets

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If you have come across a model or assembly where you are repeatedly making the same selection of bodies, entities such as faces or edges, or even components then it is time to utilize Selection Sets. Selection Sets allow you to choose items from your model or assembly and group them together as a single set. Selection sets are used in editing commands, changing appearances, hiding and showing components, making configurations, simulations and the list goes on! How to get […]

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Share Same Technology Database For SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks

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I recently had a customer who asked me a few questions about the Technology Database when using SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks. Customer Question #1: Can they could use, or share, the same TechDB when they were either using SOLIDWORKS CAM or CAMWorks? Customer Question #2: If question #1 is yes, then how can this be accomplished? Customer Question #3: Can the TechDB be located on their network? My answers to all 3 of their questions… Answer #1: Yes Answer #2: […]

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