SOLIDWORKS, Hole Callout In A Section View

SOLIDWORKS Tutorial: How to Put a Hole Callout In A Section View Hello friends, listen up while I teach you a thing. Here is how you can put a hole callout on a hole inside of a section view. 1. Use the model items command to get the hole callout in the parent view. Model Items can be found in your annotation command tab. 2. Create a note in the section view. (Also found in the annotation command tab). 3. […]

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SOLIDWORKS DRAWINGS – Hiding and Showing Annotations and Dimensions

So, you’ve hidden a dimension on your drawing but now you want to bring it back. Wait, where’d it go? To bring back any hidden dimension or annotation in your drawing, you’ll need to activate the Hide/Show Annotation command found under View > Hide/Show > Annotations. First, let’s hide some dimensions. If you select one or more dimensions, you can Right Click on a dimension and select Hide. Tech Tip: If you hold down the Ctrl key while you select […]

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What temp is assumed when no temp is applied in SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

For those of you who do thermal analysis on your designs, it’s important to know the behavior to avoid an incorrect boundary condition. This can be said for every analysis you conduct but this time I’m speaking of the default temperature. When performing a transient thermal study SOLIDWORKS SIMULATION asks that you apply an initial temp so that it knows which direction the energy is flowing. Most of us, including myself, are used to selecting faces when applying a load […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Filtering the FeatureManager Design Tree

The SOLIDWORKS Filtering Option in the FeatureManager Design Tree is a great way to select items quicker than scrolling through the Feature Tree to look for an item. The Filter is used in Assembly and Part files. The Filter Option is located above the feature tree as shown below. For Assemblies, you can filter: Component and feature names Component Hide/Show status Tags that you add. When you want to search for an item in the Feature tree, just type in […]

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Using SOLIDWORKS ‘Split’ Feature with SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal

Using The SOLIDWORKS ‘Split’ Feature with SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Your detail drawings are released to the shop floor for manufacturing and the laser operator comes into your office and says, “Houston, we have a problem”. Ughhhhhhhhhh 😊 It turns out the normal stock sheet metal size is unfortunately not available. You were going to make the part out of a 60” x 144” piece of sheet but only 60” x 120” is available. So, now you need to make your […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Connecting the Dots – Inserting SOLIDWORKS XYZ Curves

Connecting the Dots – Inserting SOLIDWORKS XYZ Curves Most of us know how to create sketches in SOLIDWORKS, but what if we’re given a set of data-point coordinates that need to be connected by a curve path?  One common example of this is the importing of 2D coordinates for an airfoil profile – here’s how we do it. We’ll start at the UIUC Airfoil Coordinates Database, and select an NACA 4418 airfoil (see gif below). This database supplies X,Y coordinates […]

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Updating SOLIDWORKS Sheet formats

There are 2 ways to use drawings templates and sheet formats in SOLIDWORKS. The first way is the way SOLIDWORKS is setup by default. You select your drawing template and then select a sheet format. The second way is to have a saved template that already contains a sheet format. If you use the default way, then this blog article won’t apply to you. Have you ever tried to change something in your sheet format and when you start a […]

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SOLIDWORKS: How to Use 3DQuickTools – Sketch Tools

How to Use 3DQuickTools – Sketch Tools – 3 3DQPRESS and 3DQUICKSTRIP has always been the leading edge for customers looking to enhance SOLIDWORKS for Strip layout, Die, and Fixture design. In this Blog I am introducing some unknown feature called Sketch Tools. I will be explaining how to use Offset Face Boundary sketch function works, but as you can see, there are several sketch tools functions that the user can use to complete the task faster.   After creating a model as an example, start a sketch on […]

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SOLIDWORKS: How Do I Find My SOLIDWORKS Serial Number?

How Do I Find My SOLIDWORKS Serial Number?   What is your SOLIDWORKS serial number? This is a common question that we ask in Computer Aided Technology (CATI) Technical Support. You may be having an activation issue or an issue with the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal. Whatever the reason, there are several easy ways to find the SOLIDWORKS serial number that was used to install SOLIDWORKS on your computer. This blog will step you through a few of the most common […]

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SOLIDWORKS: What Is A Fit Spline?

Fit Spline…What Is The Difference?   What is the purpose for a fit spline? Well there are a few different reasons that you would choose to use this. The main reason people use a fit spline is to connect a number of sketch segments together to form 1 entity. This can become useful when using things such as path mates, etc.     Above is a simple sketch with a few entities. Below is the same sketch that I have […]

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