Dimension Palette Disappears when I try to select it.

  When SOLIDWORKS 2010 released we got a great tool for modifying dimensions fast, the dim palette. SOLIDWORKS Help says, "The dimension palette appears when you insert or select a dimension so you can easily change the dimension's properties and formatting. You can change the tolerance, precision, style, text, and other formatting options in the palette without going to the Property Manager." Learning about the tool from the What's New doc, I tried it out. But it didn't work for […]

Read More

SCALE DETAILS WITH WINDOWS COMMANDS

SCALE DETAILS WITH WINDOWS COMMANDS Let’s just say for arguments sake that you have a drawing with multiple sheets. On one of those drawings you have your standard 3 views with an isometric thrown in for good measure. You're running out of room and you have a few (3) detail views that you have decided to put on another sheet. So you do the “add sheet” thing and you can now use your windows commands to do the rest. So […]

Read More

Knurl 2D Style!!

We had a couple of calls today regarding the addition of an area/hatch pattern on a cylinder in a drawing.Should be simple enough right? NOT!! You get this message instead!   So a customer came up with a work around until we can get this sorted out. Here are the steps: This is where we want the knurl to go.   Create a new layer called Knurl and draw a square where the knurled area is to be.   Hide […]

Read More

CUT LIST IN YOUR BOM!!!!!

I think one of the great features added to the 2009 SOLIDWORKS release is the ability to include a cut list in your top level assembly BOM. Let's say your assembly structure looks something like this.   The first component listed just so happens to be a weldment. Even though it does not really get welded-cause its wood. I like to use the weldments feature for lots of things that I want a cut list from (It groups like items […]

Read More

Modify your BOM to look the way you want it to

I have recently received several questions from customers regarding BOM’s.  There seems to be some confusion on how to modify your BOM.  If you would like to change the order of your parts in your BOM but you don’t want to change the order of your parts in the assembly, all you need to do is make sure that your BOM is not set to “Follow Assembly Order” when you insert your BOM.  As long that is not selected you […]

Read More