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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Error Saving Sketches to Neutral File Formats

In working support calls yesterday I ran into a issue that could easily get anyone stumped, a customer had a file open that had a 3D Sketch in it and when they tried to save it out as a STEP, IGES or and other format they got an error that the data could not be exported. The answer to this was actually pretty simple and the file that had the 3D Sketch in it was an Assembly file so I had the […]

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Retirement Announcement – SOLIDWORKS 2D Editor

To better align with Dassault Systèmes new 2D product – DraftSight™, DS SOLIDWORKS Corp. plans to retire SOLIDWORKS 2D Editor (formally DWG Editor). To allow an adequate transition period, the SOLIDWORKS 2D Editor download will continue to be available through the Service Pack cycle of SOLIDWORKS 2011, after which time the download link on the customer portal will be removed. To get started with DraftSight visit www.draftsight.com and follow download instructions. To access the DraftSight community, visit swym.3ds.com and create […]

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It’s All About Workarounds! Really? Yes Really!

In my experience it’s all about workarounds. Isn’t it? I mean really let’s think about it. In everyday life if there isn’t a given path or answer what do we do (especially designers and engineers)? We work around it. I can’t remember the last time something went off without a hitch or some sort of a “bump in the road. It isn’t supposed to be smooth. As the type of personality that expects perfection in most situations, I have come […]

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Dim Palette, get out of the way!

Go ahead, you can admit it.  At first, you didn't like the new dimension palette (and maybe still don't).  You know what I'm talking about.  You click on a dimension and the dimension palette dialog box pops up and you end up clicking in it.  The complaint we get the most is "It is just in the way".  I didn't like it at first either, but it is a good feature that really reduces the amount of mouse travel.  The […]

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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 […]

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