Motion Design Library Components

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I like tools that increase productivity by reusing existing work.  Using the Design Library for SOLIDWORKS Motion components is one example of a productivity enhancer that I think users should take advantage of.  I guess the best place to start would be a quick description of the two tools mentioned.  SOLIDWORKS Motion is an analysis tool that utilizes assembly mates, part contacts, and driving forces to accurately predict mechanism performance.  SOLIDWORKS Motion included in SOLIDWORKS Premium and all three SOLIDWORKS […]

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Creating SOLIDWORKS Library Features From Scratch

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6 Easy Steps to Create SOLIDWORKS Library Features From Scratch Creating Library Features from scratch is a VERY valuable technique to know. It can save you tons of time when you have “common features” that you want to reuse over and over again. In this case let’s say we have a drafted, filleted, pocket that we are tired of creating over and over every day. (Fig. 1) We would like to “capture” this feature into the Design Library so that […]

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Creating SOLIDWORKS Library Features From Scratch

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6 Easy Steps to Create SOLIDWORKS Library Features From Scratch Creating Library Features from scratch is a VERY valuable technique to know. It can save you tons of time when you have “common features” that you want to reuse over and over again. In this case let’s say we have a drafted, filleted, pocket that we are tired of creating over and over every day. (Fig. 1) We would like to “capture” this feature into the Design Library so that […]

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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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