DraftSight

Master Layers in DraftSight with Layer States Manager

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If you have ever attended a play at a theater or on Broadway, you may have noticed that the lighting, scenery and backdrops move and change as though choreographed around the performance. This precise choreography is accomplished by planning out every detail of each scene of the performance. There may be many changes required during the performance with everything fitting onto the same stage. By managing the layers and views in DraftSight, your designs can flow as though choreographed in […]

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Collaborative Designer for DraftSight Enhancements

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Many organizations are adopting DraftSight to create robust 2D CAD geometry. Among these organizations many are choosing DraftSight over their previous 2D CAD due to DraftSight being more affordable and that it can connect to the 3DEXPERIENCE cloud data-management platform. The Collaborative Designer for DraftSight and 3DEXPERIENCE connects your DraftSight software, your colleagues, and your data, without the need to set up and maintain a local database. With the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, Dassault Systèmes, together with SOLIDWORKS, protects and backs up […]

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DraftSight Electrical Symbol Library Free Download

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Whether you are new to DraftSight user or a seasoned user, did you know that there is an Electrical Symbol Library for your schematic drawings? Free downloads are available for ANSI and IEC Symbols through the SOLIDWORKS website. Download the library and place the content of the zip files into: “C:\ProgramData\Dassault Systemes\DraftSight\Examples”. In DraftSight, start a new document or open an existing Go to Insert > Insert Block and select the block needed. Not familiar with how to insert blocks […]

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Inserting Blocks in DraftSight is SO Easy. Read on to Learn How!

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Blocks are a part of life when using DraftSight. Blocks are used to reuse geometry. This process is simple. Let’s check it out…. To Insert Blocks: Click Insert > Insert Block (or type InsertBlock). In the dialog box, in Name, select a Block. Click Browse to locate an external block drawing. Under Position, for X, Y, and Z, specify coordinate values, or select Specify later to specify the insertion point on screen after the dialog box closes. Under Scale: For X, Y, and Z, specify the scale factor for each axis. – or – Click Specify later to […]

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Using Image Tracer in DraftSight

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Have you ever run into the problem where you need to duplicate a floorplan or a logo onto your cad document and you can only get a screen capture, or a pdf to use? Well, I have discovered a very useful tool in DraftSight called Image Tracer. “The Image Tracer tool lets you convert raster images in .bmp, .png, and .jpg formats to vector format. The images can be architectural plans, floor plans, logos, and curved images” I would like […]

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Borrowing a DraftSight Enterprise License for Non-SOLIDWORKS Users

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DraftSight Enterprise and Enterprise Plus licenses are network licenses. DraftSight users pull a license from a pool of licenses on a server. DraftSight users (Clients) can also borrow licenses for a select period of time. Once borrowed, users don’t need to access DraftSight through a VPN or network. DraftSight will act as a standalone license. When DraftSight is installed, there is a Dassault Systemes Folder that contains the DraftSight Program and a SolidNetWork License Manager. For Non-SOLIDWORKS users, this is […]

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Resetting (and saving) the DraftSight User Interface

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Happy New Year! Even though it is the third week of January. With the new year comes more of the same, most of us are still working remote a majority of the time. Likely, you are like me and moving your laptop from one location to another and neither location has an identical hardware setup. I was recently working with a customer in a similar situation, three monitors at home and two at the office. Upon moving the computer from […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Install Guide – Part 5 Draftsight

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There have been many exciting features implemented in DraftSight 2020 including Auto-dimensioning, full support of AutoCAD Dynamic Blocks, etc. A full list of What’s New can be found here: What’s New – DraftSight 2020 This article will be focusing on Installing DraftSight Enterprise and DraftSight Enterprise Plus. These products require the installation of a network license manager, in this case, the SOLIDWORKS SolidNetwork License Manager (SNL) for the following scenarios: Installing SNL for the first time Adding the DraftSight Enterprise or […]

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“To Power Trim, or To Power Extend? That Is The Question”

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While sketching inside SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks user interface you invoke the Power Trim command and use it as normal. As a refresher, the SOLIDWORKS Power Trim tool allows you to hold down your Left Mouse Button (LMB) and drag the mouse over any sketch entities you want to trim to the nearest entity. The Power Trim command can also extend sketch entities as well.  This is simply done holding down your Shift Key to convert from trimming to […]

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DraftSight Enterprise 2019 – Installation

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DraftSight 2019 was launched this past March with a plethora of new tools and features. There have been many updates to the leading 2D software package, including the phase-out of the free version and the transition into new offerings such as DraftSight Enterprise and DraftSight Enterprise Plus. For this article, we’re going to focus on the installation of those Enterprise offerings. These products require the installation of a network license manager, in this case, the SOLIDWORKS SolidNetwork License Manager (SNL). […]

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