DXF/DWG Import Wizard Questions

This blog is a compilation of frequently asked questions pertaining to the DXF/DWG Import Wizard and DXF/DWG importing and exporting options. Q: What is the reason that a DXF file with 2D/3D sketches might import with sketch entities when imported into a SOLIDWORKS Drawing, but not have entities when imported into a SOLIDWORKS Part? A: This may occur if the DXF file doesn’t contain “Mode Space” data, but has “Layout Space” data. To work around this issue: Open DXF file […]

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Creating Offset Section Views in SOLIDWORKS Drawings

Offset section views in SOLIDWORKS Drawings allow the user to create efficient, informative sections of a model. What may sometimes require two or even three linear section views can sometimes be accomplished in a single offset section view. This article will discuss the different ways we can create these powerful drawing views in SOLIDWORKS. We will start with a top view and an isometric view of the part, a mounting fixture. We want to use section views to show the […]

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SOLIDWORKS Composer Unblock Zip Files

Unblock Zip File in SOLIDWORKS Composer I received a Zip file the other day with some SOLIDWORKS Composer documents and the HTML file that I needed to show someone. I unzipped the files and kept getting errors with the HTML file. After trying to load the HTML doc in chrome I tried a few more times with Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer, but they each failed in their own way. Chrome gave me a Blank white screen, and IE gave […]

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Wondering how to copy a surface in SOLIDWORKS?

If you are new or inexperienced with SOLIDWORKS Surface functionality and are looking for some simple tricks to help enhance your skills, knowing how to copy a surface is critical. The actual commands are quite simple but can be a bit difficult if you don’t understand how to use them. The first way to copy a surface is to use the offset surface command and set the offset distance to 0. When you click the command offset surface, the property […]

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SOLIDWORKS DRAWINGS – Ballooning Exploded Views

SOLIDWORKS DRAWINGS: Ballooning Exploded Views Assembly Drawings always contain an exploded view with the components ballooned to identify them in the Bill of Materials table. SOLIDWORKS has a great tool for automatically adding balloons to your assembly drawing view. This Auto Balloon command will make sure every component is ballooned and that no duplicate balloons are created. Another advantage of the Auto Balloon tool is that the balloon placement is neatly arranged around the view. You can specify the general […]

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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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