SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal and Flat Pattern View Direction

One of the questions that came out of one of our training classes today is “How does SOLIDWORKS determine the direction of the view layout for the Flat Pattern view it automatically generates?” So we started looking and trying out different options and here is what we found, prior to SOLIDWORKS 2011 we were unable to specify a Grain Direction in a sheet metal part so the Fixed Face viewed Normal To was the direction for your Flat Pattern. With […]

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Sheetmetal/Wood Products DXF Workaround

I had a customer looking to streamline the process of outputting DXF files to the shop floor with minimal work. This is what we came up with..     Hope you can use something like this….   See you at SOLIDWORKS World!   Todd Werginz Technical Analyst Computer Aided Technology

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Changing Component Line Fonts

Not sure where you might see fit to use this, maybe it's been activated accidentally and you want to turn it off… but how? Well if you wanted to change the font of a drawing view of a component maybe for a tech pub showing where component would be might be useful and selecting every line in the component seems like a waste then I have good news for you. There are 2 other options. 1) navigate to your drawing […]

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Custom Broken-out Section Views

Sometimes you may want to show a broken out section view in a drawing to see the inside of an assembly.  The broken-out section view tool that you have in the view layout tab can be difficult to control and doesn’t show well in an isometric orientation.  This can easily be done by creating an assembly feature cut. I this case, I want to see the inside of the grill… First create a sketch where you would like the cutout: […]

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Watermark Work Around

To trick SW into printing drawings with a watermark you need to use the following work around steps Open a new or existing drawing file Right click on the drawing sheet and select –Edit Sheet Format– Now that you can edit the sheet format you want to insert a MS Word Document. Do this by going to –Insert — Object – In the Insert Object panel check -Create New- and select -Microsoft Office Word Document- as the Object Type. Click […]

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SOLIDWORKS Download

Discover How A SOLIDWORKS Download Enhances Computer Aided Design Drawings At the moment, SOLIDWORKS is the most common mechanical tool that is being used by manufacturers and designers worldwide. Designers are able to easily create drawings and designs more efficiently. Simple to obtain, the SOLIDWORKS download is an impressively powerful computer aided design tool, CAD. It improves product designs and helps to increase the productivity of any size company. The majority of engineers find it to be a superior design […]

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BOMs and Assembly Drawings

With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2010, SOLIDWORKS added some neat features when working with assembly drawings and BOMs.  First off, you will notice that when you select the BOM it now has a big, move icon that is now much easier to grab and move the BOM around.  The best of the bunch is the ability to move the BOM to a second sheet.  They have also added some nice visual cues to it… When you select a component out […]

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Hiding bodies in a drawing view.

I ran into a call today that I haven’t seen in a while.  So, I’d thought I’d share… Most people know how to hide a body in a multi-bodied part to focus or work on certain aspects of their design.  But, what about a drawing?  How do you hide a body in a drawing view?  The answer is quite simple:  Right-click on the drawing view and select properties.  A dialog box will open up like you see below.  Select the […]

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ISOMETRIC BROKEN OUT SECTION WITH CROP

        I had a question come up the other day with a cropped view. The customer was asking for a broken out section, (which BTW is an Awesome feature in Solidworks!) He had already cropped the view because it was a 95' long part and that did not look to good on the sheet. He was looking to get inside and show off some of the componentry in the detail if you will. The problem is that this a current limitation […]

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How to Show Sheet Metal Bend Lines in a Drawing

A customer had recently called in looking for a way to show his Bend Lines on the drawing of his sheet metal parts and while some people may say the answer is simple there are several ways to get the Bend Lines to show or not show in your drawing. The first thing that everyone needs to know is where the Bend Lines are stored/create/saved, or whatever you want to call it. So in a part generated with the Sheet […]

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