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Detail Views – How to create and utilize custom shapes in SOLIDWORKS

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Detail views are a great way to convey detail in a part or assembly. The tool in the software defaults to a circle shape to describe the model’s detail. However, there are many times that the shape used to enclose the detail calls for a more robust shape. To utilize a user-defined shape, unique options and setup steps are necessary. Let’s use this example, the body of an electric guitar. The body has many routes and holes for placement of […]

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SOLIDWORKS Smart Drawing Blocks – Using Attributes as Editable Text Fields

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Using Blocks in your SOLIDWORKS Drawings is a great way to re-use symbols and other sketch collections, so you don’t have to constantly draw them over and over. But what if you need those re-usable blocks to contain customizable information? Customize Blocks An often-overlooked capability of blocks is the ability to include editable Attributes. This allows you to designate any Notes in the block as a unique Attribute with its own Name and Value. You can then edit this Attribute […]

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Methods for Adding a Watermark to SOLIDWORKS Drawings

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Today I would like to present a couple of techniques to add watermarks into your SOLIDWORKS drawing files. The first method will show how to insert a static watermark into the drawing sheet format assigned to a specific layer. The second method will show how to insert a parametric watermark into the drawing sheet format that is driven by a custom property of the drawing. Static Watermark For a static watermark I will be inserting the text of the watermark […]

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How do I fix my scaling issues with SOLIDWORKS Drawings?

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I came across a very interesting issue recently (affecting some users starting in SOLIDWORKS 2020 and later) and have a solution should you come across it as well. One of our customers was having an issue with section views not scaling properly in their drawings, but this issue only happened for certain sheet scale sizes. If the sheet was scaled 1:2 there were no issues. If the sheet was scaled 1:5 or 1:10, the section view would be scaled smaller […]

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What’s (hopefully) New in SOLIDWORKS 2021 & Top 10 Enhancements Voting Results

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Anyone who has attended SOLIDWORKS World in the past knows that one of the most exciting times for a SOLIDWORKS user is when they preview what will be coming in the next release of the software as well as announcing the results of the Top 10 Enhancements voting. This year at 3DExperience World 2020 in Nashville, TN they shared what’s new in 2021 a little differently. Rather than a main stage presentation, they did it in small “pop ups” where they […]

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Promoting Components In a SOLIDWORKS Bill of Materials

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When inserting a Bill of Materials in our SOLIDWORKS drawings, we have three main options for how parts and subassemblies will be shown in the table. The BOM Type can be Top-level only, Parts only, or Indented. Top-Level only will show all the items listed in the collapsed feature manager of your assembly. This includes parts and the subassemblies, but not the components that these subassemblies contain. Parts only will show every part file in the assembly. This includes top-level […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – ISO Tolerance – Modifying Symbols – #SW2019

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Welcome back to our SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New Blog series. Today I will be introducing an enhancement that will help significantly with the documentation of your designs by improving the communication of your drawing tolerances. When you need to manufacture high precision parts, detailed tolerances are critical to ensure that the highest degree of accuracy is achieved. Therefore, SOLIDWORKS 2019 has added the ability to place ISO Tolerance modifying symbols and other text directly onto dimensions and tolerances. Let’s look […]

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Using a DWG or DXF for SOLIDWORKS Drawing Borders

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Would you like to reuse your title block and border information from an already completed .DWG or .DXF file? You can easily import that .DWG or .DXF into SOLIDWORKS and create your new SOLIDWORKS Drawing taking only the information you need copied over. First, we’ll start with a .DWG with a border and title block included. Now, our goal is to get this imported into SOLIDWORKS. To import a .DWG or .DXF file, simply open SOLIDWORKS and go to File […]

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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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SOLIDWORKS Drawing: How to Show Multiple Sheet Numbers in the Title Block

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How to Show Multiple Sheet Numbers in the Title Block   Often drawings consist of multiple sheets. Most users like the drawing templates to automatically update with the correct sheet and total number of sheets our drawings consist of.  It’s a very simple process to link those properties.  Here’s how it’s done! This drawing is 1 sheet. The lower area of the title block verifies that it’s Sheet 1 of 1. Most often, users want to add more sheets to a […]

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