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How to Change Units in SOLIDWORKS

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Today I want to talk about how to change the unit system in SOLIDWORKS. Before you can learn how to change the unit systems in SOLIDWORKS you should know how it stores and uses the unit system. If you want to skip past the background info and go straight to customizing or changing the unit system in SOLIDWORKS, click here. Access the unit system in SOLIDWORKS The unit system is stored in the System Options – Document Properties tab – […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – DimXpert and MBD updates

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 has some new updates in the area of MBD (Model Based Definition) and DimXpert annotations. The first couple updates are just to the DimXpert tool which EVERY SEAT of SOLIDWORKS has regardless of whether you own the MBD add-in or not… The names of the DimXpert annotations now follow a new format which adds the feature name and dimension value (@feature_name(value)). Individual annotations are now listed in subfolders for each annotation view to help visualize the relationship between […]

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SOLIDWORKS DRAWINGS – Hiding and Showing Annotations and Dimensions

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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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Changing languages on drawings

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I know companies that spend a lot of money translating drawings. Typically it is a slow, tedious, manual process. Since often times the translators aren’t engineers, you can sometimes get embarrassing translations. If your standard notes are blocks, translating these notes can be done very quickly. SOLIDWORKS’ blocks have a “FileName” property that a macro can easily change. Change the “FileName” property and the block immediately changes to the new block. So if you are clever about your block naming strategy, a […]

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Changing languages on drawings

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I know companies that spend a lot of money translating drawings. Typically it is a slow, tedious, manual process. Since often times the translators aren’t engineers, you can sometimes get embarrassing translations. If your standard notes are blocks, translating these notes can be done very quickly. SOLIDWORKS’ blocks have a “FileName” property that a macro can easily change. Change the “FileName” property and the block immediately changes to the new block. So if you are clever about your block naming strategy, a […]

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Store common notes as blocks

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A library of drawing notes for your drawings: Helps save time   Avoid confusion with groups outside of engineering   Makes training easier for new hires   Make things easier if in the future you need to make changes to your notes through automation. I like turning my common annotations (notes) into blocks, then saving the blocks into my design library. Now when I am ready to add common notes to my drawings, I can drag and drop my notes […]

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Store common notes as blocks

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A library of drawing notes for your drawings: Helps save time Avoid confusion with groups outside of engineering Makes training easier for new hires Make things easier if in the future you need to make changes to your notes through automation. I like turning my common annotations (notes) into blocks, then saving the blocks into my design library. Now when I am ready to add common notes to my drawings, I can drag and drop my notes from the SOLIDWORKS […]

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Creating Multiple Leaders in SOLIDWORKS Help

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Recently someone saw me Ctrl+drag a leader attachment point to create a second leader for the same note and said, “Hey, wait! How did you do that?”  I explained. Later I wondered if this was a well-documented feature or a super-secret trick that’s been passed along over the years.  I decided to do a quick search in SolidWorks Help for ‘multiple leaders‘ and was happy to see that the first result was exactly what we’d want: an article called ‘Multiple […]

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