SOLIDWORKS: MBD 3D PDF – Enable 3D Content by Default in Adobe Reader

Enable 3D Content by Default in Adobe Reader   If you’ve either created or received a 3D PDF, you’ve probably seen this message across the top of your Adobe Reader:     3D Content in Adobe Reader is disabled by default, and if you select Options, you can ‘Trust this document one time only’ or ‘Trust this document always’.   If you select ‘Trust this document always’, the next time you open this specific 3D PDF the message will be […]

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SOLIDWORKS: How to Create a Jog in a SOLIDWORKS Weld Symbol

How to Create a Jog in a SOLIDWORKS Weld Symbol   Drawings can often get cluttered and very busy. This can particularly happen when you have a large weldment drawing. Sometimes, you just want to complete the simplest task, but just can’t figure out how to accomplish it. We recently had a customer who had a very large drawing with several dimensions, balloons, and symbols. The customer just needed to adjust some of his weld symbols to fit them on his […]

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How to create a jog in a SOLIDWORKS weld symbol

Drawings can often get cluttered and very busy. This can particularly happen when have a large weldment drawing. Sometimes, you just want to complete the simplest task but just can’t figure out how to accomplish it. We recently had a customer who had a very large drawing with several dimensions, balloons, and symbols. The customer just needed to adjust some of his weld symbols to fit them on his drawing but could not figure out how to create a jog […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Adding Zone Location to Detail Views and Annotation Notes in Drawings

Adding Zone Location to Detail Views and Annotation Notes in Drawings   Adding to Views, such as Detail View. Select the Detail View, then go to Insert, Annotations, Location Label.     The symbol with the Zone Location will be added to the Detail View.     Notice the ‘Detail A’ is in B7 on Sheet 1.  The number ‘1’ is the drawing sheet number and the B7 is the zone location of ‘Detail A’     This format can be […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Time to Get Into the Zone, the SOLIDWORKS Revision Zone

SOLIDWORKS Revision Zone   Occasionally we get calls about revision zones not matching up with the drawing.     This is an issue that can occur when using legacy sheet formats. As you can see, revision A and B are both in column 8, but the zone shows column 4. This can be corrected by using SOLIDWORKS’ automatic border to update the zone information.   If you edit the sheet format, you can right click in the sheet and select […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Opening a Part/Assembly from the BOM

Opening a Part/Assembly in SOLIDWORKS from the BOM   One of the great advantages of using SOLIDWORKS is its ease of use. Just about everything you want to do is one or two clicks away. Often when you are in an assembly, you need to jump back forth between the drawing and the components in the assembly. One of our customers ran into an issue where they were trying to open a part from the BOM but could not. In […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Essentials of DraftSight – DraftSight for the SOLIDWORKS User

Essentials of DraftSight – DraftSight for the SOLIDWORKS User   At SOLIDWORKS World this year, George Brañes and I teamed up to present the Essentials of DraftSight. Our presentation covered the key items that all DraftSight users need to get started with DraftSight. We also looked at choosing the best DraftSight product and installation. Most importantly, we presented on the ten essential topics that we think are necessary for all DraftSight users. Those ten topics we recorded and have put […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Critical Hotfix for DraftSight 2017

Critical Hotfix for DraftSight 2017   There have been many reports from the DraftSight community of the application not launching, or receiving messages about the service that will terminate on March 1, 2017.   Unfortunately, that was due to an expired Windows certificate. This affects all Windows* 32 & 64-bit versions of DraftSight released from 2012 to 2017.   However, Dassault Systemes has made available a critical hotfix to resolve this issue before that date.   To avoid usage interruption, […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Display States in Your SOLIDWORKS Drawings

Display States in Your SOLIDWORKS Drawings   This topic comes up from time to time on tech support where a customer would like to show a drawing view with some components shaded and some in hidden lines. A good way to accomplish this is to use Display States. Display States are created added through the Configuration Manager tab, by right clicking, and choosing Add Display State.     Upon creation, this new Display State is active and any visual change […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Drawing Dimension Colors

Drawing Dimension Colors   Happy New Year everyone! The first blog of 2017 and I’m starting with a customer support call regarding dimension colors on drawing.   One of our customers called wondering why the same drawing would open on different machines with a color change for dimensions. This was something I had to look up myself.   The first reason a dimension might appear 1 color on one machines and a different color on another is because of the Color […]

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