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SOLIDWORKS: Automatic Break in SOLIDWORKS Dimension Lines

Automatic Break in SOLIDWORKS Dimension Lines   The other day I was on the phone with a customer that was looking for a setting to create automatic break lines in his dimensions. Well we unfortunately found that there is not system or document settings that will control this. There is an enhancement request in process for this functionality. SPR 627519 – Automatic creation of break lines when drawing dimension leaders cross each other (document property setting).     So what is the easiest way to achieve this? Of course you can select each dimension separately and select to break the dimension.     However, this would take some time to

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SOLIDWORKS World 2017 Hightlights – 2018 Sketch Enhancements

SOLIDWORKS World 2017 Highlights – 2018 Sketch Enhancements   Many of you got out to LA for SOLIDWORKS World 2017. For those who didn’t, we are glad to bring you some of the highlights. Here are a couple of things that they previewed coming in SOLIDWORKS 2018 for sketching. Yes, sketching…I know, right?   Mirror 3D sketch: For many of us, this ability has been long awaited. Using planes as the symmetrical reference, we will soon be able to mirror 3D sketches like seen below.     Thus making these shapes easier to create.     Freehand images and sketching really had not crossed my mind as a productivity booster. The

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SOLIDWORKS: Essentials of DraftSight – DraftSight for the SOLIDWORKS User

Essentials of DraftSight – DraftSight for the SOLIDWORKS User   At SOLIDWORKS World this year, George Brañes and I teamed up to present the Essentials of DraftSight. Our presentation covered the key items that all DraftSight users need to get started with DraftSight. We also looked at choosing the best DraftSight product and installation. Most importantly, we presented on the ten essential topics that we think are necessary for all DraftSight users. Those ten topics we recorded and have put them on the CATI YouTube channel under DraftSight for the SOLIDWORKS User. Below are links to each of the videos. The entire presentation as well as all the other CATI

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SOLIDWORKS: Critical Hotfix for DraftSight 2017

Critical Hotfix for DraftSight 2017   There have been many reports from the DraftSight community of the application not launching, or receiving messages about the service that will terminate on March 1, 2017.   Unfortunately, that was due to an expired Windows certificate. This affects all Windows* 32 & 64-bit versions of DraftSight released from 2012 to 2017.   However, Dessault Systems has made available a critical hotfix to resolve this issue before that date.   To avoid usage interruption, please make sure to immediately download and install this critical hotfix, which can be found on the main product download page.   PLEASE NOTE: Mac and Linux versions of DraftSight

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SOLIDWORKS: 2017 SP2 Now Available

2017 SP2 Now Available     SOLIDWORKS 2017 SP2 now available   Get your copy today by downloading it from the SOLIDWORKS customer portal, or the CATI ftp site.   If you need information about installing SOLIDWORKS 2017 be sure to check out CATI’s installation guide.   Customers are often asking what SPRs have been addressed in each service pack. Below are several of the SOLIDWORKS specific fixes that have been resolved in service pack 2.   To see a list of all fixes, please log into the SOLIDWORKS customer portal.     Hopefully this service pack fixes any of the issues you are seeing. If you need any assistance

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SOLIDWORKS: Utilizing the Power of Macros in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

Utilizing the Power of Macros in SOLIDWORKS Electrical   Macros in SOLIDWORKS Electrical are a way to utilize objects several times. In a way, it’s a fancy way of doing a copy and paste. A macro can contain everything from circuits to block. Within the software there are several areas where macros are utilized but the most common one is located in the macros window:     To create a macro, we want to first create a group for us to house the macro in an easily accessible area. Simply right-click the empty space in the macros window and select “New Group”:     From here you can create a

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SOLIDWORKS: Spline Tangency – Who’s Driving?!

Spline Tangency – Who’s Driving?!   Have you needed to modify a spline in SOLIDWORKS and found that even after relaxing the spline and resetting all handles that some handles are still constrained to something? Today I want to talk about an option in splines called “tangent driving” and how this option could help or hurt you depending on the way you need to control your spline.   First, lets recap splines. There are 4 simple rules you should always live by:   Keep it SIMPLE! Too many points will make manipulating the spline difficult to keep smooth. Use Curvature Combs tool to see how smooth the spline is. Use

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SOLIDWORKS: Composer 2017 – Moving Actors Precisely

SOLIDWORKS Composer 2017 – Moving Actors Precisely   Recently I presented a SOLIDWORKS Composer Hands-On session at SOLIDWORKS World 2017 in Los Angeles, California. One of the common questions from this session was, “How do I move actors to an exact distance away from their current position?”   Well the task is actually very easy but not the most intuitive to start. So here is an example on how to do this task. We start with an imported assembly:     Next we select the 4 hex bolt actors that we want to translate to another position and Right Mouse Click to select the Translate command from the pop up

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SOLIDWORKS: Macros Redux For the SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic Project

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Macros Redux For the SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic Project   Several years past, I took a look at macro functions within the SOLIDWORKS Schematic tool.  Macros are a predefined section of symbols and circuits that speed up our design with reuse of existing work. The advantage being that instead of having to open an existing project and copy – paste, users can simply place a macro on any project from the library panel and place on a page.   A new addition to the software in recent years is the Project Macro. Project macros fill in the gap where regular scheme macros fall short. A project macro can be made up

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SOLIDWORKS 2017: Making a Decal Transparent

Making a Decal Transparent   This blog article will walk you through how to make your Decals transparent.   We start by placing our decal on our part model.   Below is an image of the property manager and decal placement (prior to making any changes).   In the property manager, you will see a section called “Mask Image”.   In this section, there are four mask options; No mask, Image mask file, Selective color mask, and Use decal image alpha channel.   The default setting is No mask, however for our transparency we will want to select the option “Selective color mask”. As shown in the image below.  

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