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SOLIDWORKS Drawing: How to Show Multiple Sheet Numbers in the Title Block

How to Show Multiple Sheet Numbers in the Title Block   Often drawings consist of multiple sheets. Most users like the drawing templates to automatically update with the correct sheet and total number of sheets our drawings consist of.  It’s a very simple process to link those properties.  Here’s how it’s done! This drawing is 1 sheet. The lower area of the title block verifies that it’s Sheet 1 of 1. Most often, users want to add more sheets to a drawing. When adding more drawing sheets, often we want the first sheet to reflect SHEET 1 OF “total number of sheets”. The second sheet reflects SHEET 2 OF “total number of

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Assigning SOLIDWORKS Views To Your Number Pad

Assigning SOLIDWORKS Views To Your Number Pad   Here’s a quick tip for assigning keyboard shortcuts for your standard views with 1 button click.   Instead of using Ctrl+7 for Isometric View, just hit your #7 button on your keyboard number pad to get your Isometric View.  Or the #8 button on your keyboard number pad to get Normal To View, instead of Ctrl+8.   Here’s how to set that up.   Have a Part or Assembly open in SOLIDWORKS open.   Right click on the grey header to get to ‘Customize’.     Click on the Keyboard tab, under the Show pull down, select ‘Commands with Keyboard Shortcuts’, find

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SOLIDWORKS: Hide/Show Components on View creation or Manually

Hide/Show Components on View creation or Manually   Have you ever placed a section view or broken out section view and thought “something is missing”?  If there is a component or components missing from your view, it could be due to an insert option that you were unaware of.   This blog will show you:   Where to find that automatically insert on view creation option How to hide components in a view manually How to show components in a view manually     Here is an example of the before and after of internal components being hidden in a view:   Hidden internal Battery components in the above view.

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Notes and Balloons – #SW2017

Notes and Balloons   For most SOLIDWORKS users, creating 2D prints is still a necessity. SOLIDWORKS 2017 has some new functionality that gives more power and flexibility to the notes and balloons in drawings. These enhancements are sure to save time during the detailing process.     In addition to lots of dimensions, most drawings will contain a bill of materials or other table type. In SOLIDWORKS 2017, we can now link drawing notes to the information found in these tables. The note can point to a specific cell in the table and becomes fully associative. If this table cell is modified, the note will update. In the past, this

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Change Sheet Format for Multiple Sheets at the Same Time – #SW2017

Change Sheet Format for Multiple Sheets at the Same Time   One of the enhancements in SOLIDWORKS Drawings in 2014 was to allow the use of a second sheet format as new sheets are added.  With SOLIDWORKS 2017, even greater flexibility has been allowed.  We can now use multiple sheet formats in Drawing files and can pick and choose which sheets receive the new format.   First, right-click on the Drawing sheet and select “Properties.”   Second, make the desired changes in sheet format.   Third, select “Select Sheets to Modify” and then choose which sheets will receive the change.     Last, select “Apply Changes.”   I hope this

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Fixing balloons that aren’t attached in your SOLIDWORKS Drawing

What do you do when the Balloons in your SOLIDWORKS drawing are not attached to your models? Chances are you give us a call in Tech Support, because if you’re like me, you’ve not seen anything like this before. This question came into support a few months ago and I thought it was an isolated incident. It’s come up several times since so I thought I’d share it. If you look at the following image of a SOLIDWORKS drawing, you’ll see that something isn’t right with the balloons. These balloons were created with the Auto-Balloon command some of which I’ve removed and repositioned. No amount of dragging the arrows to

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SOLIDWORKS- Linking Assembly Balloons to Notes

SOLIDWORKS- Linking Assembly Balloons to Notes SOLDWORKS offers many annotation enhancements to your drawings, one of them being the ability to relate the BOM to different drawing views by using balloons. SOLIDWORKS even goes a step further by automating the ballooning process with the Auto Balloon feature. But there are many other dynamic uses for balloons than the traditional part numbering. On occasion, when working with drawing assemblies, it would be nice to link the itemized balloons to a note. This comes in handy when working with multiple configurations of an assembly or listing out specific instructions on a drawing. Take the following Camping Flashlight for example: Adding in manufacturing

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How to organize inspection documents by type automatically when exporting them from SOLIDWORKS Inspection?

There are several organizations that would like to have their FAI/In Process reports separated by either dimensions or method of measurement. I am sure there are several other ways companies would organize their inspection documents, so this process can be used in other ways. Lets dive into the different ways documents can be separated. For those of you who are excel guru’s, you can use an IF and Then formula. Perhaps you can even write a macro to hide certain rows so that only the characters you want are shown. The only down point to this is, the user must be good at programming or have in-depth knowledge of excel.

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Posted in Drawings, General Info, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

How to manage the SOLIDWORKS Dimension Spacing Options

When dimensions are put on a drawing, they are placed where we click or where the Rapid dimensioning (Dimensions Assist Tool) puts it. When tolerances are added, the dimensions move. This is frustrating because more time is spent cleaning up the dimension spacing. The good news is that there is a checkbox for that! Go to Tools > Options > System Options > Drawings   Uncheck Reduce spacing when dimensions are deleted or edited (add or change tolerances, text, etc.)   If you prefer to leave that option checked, you can control the dimension spacing yourself. Go to Tools > Options > Document Properties > Dimensions.  Change the Offset distances to

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Controlling Sub-Assembly components in the Bill of Material

Sometimes when working with an assembly you have a desire for hiding or showing sub components in your Bill of Material. There are Configuration Properties that can control this for you. Take the following building block racecar for example: If your company is constantly designing new products using these pieces you will probably come up with some sub-assemblies. Possibly for the figure, axel assembly and steering wheel: Now imagine if your supplier has multiple wheels and tires that can be purchased and they sell them individually while they sell the figures as a whole. This can cause issues with your Bill of Material. If you do a Parts only BOM,

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