Available Tables in SOLIDWORKS Drawings

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I get asked about the different tables in SOLIDWORKS drawings.  I’ll go over some of these as a high level overview.  This will cover BOM, Hole Table, Revision Tables, Weldment Cut List Tables, General Table, Weld Table, Bend Table, and Punch Tables. BOM The Bill of Materials is a list of the components and the quantities of each needed to manufacture the end product.  This can be customized a lot to be able to show different properties, different fonts, etc. […]

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Available Tables in SOLIDWORKS Drawings

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I get asked about the different tables in SOLIDWORKS drawings.  I’ll go over some of these as a high level overview.  This will cover BOM, Hole Table, Revision Tables, Weldment Cut List Tables, General Table, Weld Table, Bend Table, and Punch Tables. BOM The Bill of Materials is a list of the components and the quantities of each needed to manufacture the end product.  This can be customized a lot to be able to show different properties, different fonts, etc. […]

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Multi-language in Enterprise PDM

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In SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM, I do not like the idea of mixing languages within the same Enterprise variable. I want to be able to run reports and see BOMs in a chosen language.  Multi-language reports and BOMs are difficult for users. I like adding a suffix to each variable name for each language, i.e. “Finish” is broken in to multiple languages: “Finish-English”, “Finish-French”, etc… Then define different BOM column sets pointing to each corresponding language. Same concept for search cards, […]

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Multi-language in Enterprise PDM

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In SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM, I do not like the idea of mixing languages within the same Enterprise variable. I want to be able to run reports and see BOMs in a chosen language.  Multi-language reports and BOMs are difficult for users. I like adding a suffix to each variable name for each language, i.e. “Finish” is broken in to multiple languages: “Finish-English”, “Finish-French”, etc… Then define different BOM column sets pointing to each corresponding language. Same concept for search cards, […]

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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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SOLIDWORKS 2015 What’s New – Drawing Zones #SW2015

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The enhancements of SOLIDWORKS 2015 keep coming. Engineering drawings have always had drawing zones around the outside of the title block to communicate what areas of the drawings are being referenced in documentation. SOLIDWORKS 2015 allows you to define the zones on a sheet format for providing locations of drawing views and annotations. Right click on the sheet and select properties. There is a new tab for Zone Parameters. The visibility of the zones can be controlled under the View […]

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Have you “Inspected” SOLIDWORKS Inspection yet?

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SOLIDWORKS released SOLIDWORKS Inspection just over a month ago, so have you looked at it?  If you need to do any type of manufacturing validation and create inspection sheets for First Article Inspection then you should be using this tool. SOLIDWORKS Inspection has 2 versions: Standard and Professional.  If you want the ability to import CMM data or manually enter measured values to keep everything in one project then Professional is the version you need..   Every license of Inspection […]

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