SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Applying Layers and Colors to Hatches – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Applying Layers and Colors to Hatches – #SW2018 Section views are a convenient method of communicating additional information regarding the shape of complex parts. When applying a section view to multiple bodies, it can be difficult to differentiate between multiple components. A new feature that SOLIDWORKS 2018 adds to section view hatching, is the ability to apply layers to each section view hatch. These layers will apply the show/hide, print on/off, and color properties to […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Drawing Dimension Colors

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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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Invisible External Reference in a SOLIDWORKS Drawing

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SOLIDWORKS Drawing I bet that title caught your attention! It did mine when I was on a support call with a customer who had a part listed as an external reference on the drawing but it didn’t exist in any view. The scenario was this: A drawing was created of an assembly. This was a small 5 part assembly with only 1 exploded view configuration. There was a part that showed up when selecting Find References but, this part was not part […]

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How to set Part level sketches as different layers in your Drawing

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Recently a question was asked to myself and a coworker on how to set Part level sketches as different layers in a Drawing file in SOLIDWORKS.  We took up the challenge and started working it out.  When clicking on the sketch, no option is given to change the layer. That means the normal way of setting a layer is out, now it’s time to start thinking outside the box.  What we did was to use the sketch tools provided in […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Pictures on Models and in Drawings

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At times it's effective to use images or pictures on models to add a realism factor with minimal effort. Here I'll show two methods of getting images in or on your parts and also to their drawings. The first method will use a "Sketch Picture", the second will use a "Decal". The picture above shows a "Sketch Picture" of a Danger Label. Starting a 2D Sketch one can use Tools, Sketch Tools, Sketch Picture to add an image/picture to a […]

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Cosmetic Threads in a SOLIDWORKS Drawing

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Having threads in a part vastly increases the part size and hence increases the rebuild time considerably, lagging performance consequently.  For this reason, it is much more advisable to use cosmetic threads in the place of actual threading.  Cosmetic threads have the appearance of the actual thread and contain all the information needed to produce that thread.  Threaded or not, parts mate and act the same exact way in SOLIDWORKS so putting on a cosmetic thread gives you the best […]

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“Save As” vs. “Save As COPY”

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I know this may be “Basic Knowledge” to a lot of you, but I still see people struggling with this and screwing up their assemblies and drawings all the time because they don’t understand it. The only IMPORTANT thing to know about this in SOLIDWORKS is that if you have an OPEN assembly or an OPEN drawing and you do a SAVE AS on one of the files that the assembly or drawing is referencing, it will make the assembly […]

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Change Drawings to Reference New Models.

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Here’s a scenario that comes up quite often that should be shared with all. A person is about to try out a design change, they open the part and/or assembly models, and make some good idea changes. The models show us it’s going to work just fine. So update the drawing and get that out to the people who can make it a reality. Then reality sets in, you have an “Original” model(s) and “Original” drawing(s) and they are linked and […]

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