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 […]

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Weldments and Bill of Materials

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There are many different ways to create structural frames.  One method might be creating it as an assembly with many individual parts.  Another method, which is my preferred  way, would be as a single multibody part…as a Weldment. The Weldment way allows for easy design changes, automatic structural member trimming/extensions, and creation of cut lengths.  This however is typically just a portion of the overall design.  There might be many more pieces that go on the frame.  This is when […]

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How to Convert View to Sketch in SOLIDWORKS

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I’ve been asked a couple of times if there was an easy way to tweak, change, or ‘fudge’ a drawing view. Some people want to change a line style, some may want to change a thickness, and some may just want to hide a line or two to clean up a drawing view. Well, to change a style, a thickness, or hide an edge in a drawing, it’s as simple as selecting the line with the left mouse button. Here […]

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Compare images and drawings

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Surprise, surprise. You customer changed their design –again. He just sent you a new set of drawings…aaaannnnd as typical, did not bother to send you a list of changes. Now you need to check each dimension, one at a time, looking for who knows what kind of changes you just got stuck dealing with. Actually, there is a good chance you can use SolidWorks’ DrawCompare to compare the files. It is true that DrawCompare only compares SOLIDWORKS drawings; there is […]

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Parametric Notes

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When creating SOLIDWORKS drawings you may find you want to use a parametric value, such as a dimension or an instance count, in a note field. The advantage to using a parametric value in a note is if that values changes in your part it will be automatically updated in the note itself. The process is very simple. Start a new note on your drawing, then while the cursor is blinking in the note field click on the item you […]

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Auto Arrange Dimensions

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One of my favorite enhancements to drawings over the past couple of years has got to be Auto Arrange Dimensions. This might be as close as you get to an ‘easy’ button in drawings. See the image below to discover a drawing view with the dimensions in a complete mess. To fix this in flash, SOLIDWORKS introduced Auto Arrange Dimensions the the 2011 release. This function will automatically arrange the selected dimensions for you. The procedure is as follows: Box-select all of […]

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A Few Drawing Tips

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Here are a few drawing tips that might help you out. Save a rotated 3D view When you go to View>Modify>3D Drawing View, you can choose any view and rotate it any direction.  When you choose a view that you like, it will stay like that.  That way you can get a great view on the drawing with a short amount of time. Combine notes If you have multiple notes on your drawing but you want to combine them, before […]

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Update Properties from BOM

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Here’s a tip that you might not know about.  You can update component/sub-assembly properties from a Bill of Materials.  Why would you want to do this?  Well in case you forgot to add the property when you created the component, maybe you didn’t know what it was at that time, or you see you filled out the wrong information.  Now you can add or change the property without opening it up. All you need to do is double click in […]

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Search for Dimensions in EPDM

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Great Aunt Eleanor can do many amazing things. She can name and describe all RAID configurations, she can rewire an HDMI connection so her old black and white movies will be black and white again (she curses Ted Turner the entire time) and apparently she is the lead elf in her WOW guild…but she can’t cook. The lady can [and has] burnt water. Thus apparently it would be logical for her to buy an Indian restaurant. The nice thing about Indian […]

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SOLIDWORKS Sheet format

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Yesterday I caught Great Aunt Eleanor browsing on my computer. I hate it when she does that -she always finds a setting or something I am doing wrong and makes fun of me. Yesterday was no exception. “Why do you have so many SOLIDWORKS drawing templates?” she queried. I think I have her now, she thinks she is so smart. I explain to her that I need to have a drawing template for each sheet size (A, B, C, D, & […]

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