Improve your efficiency with Drawings

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One of the biggest pain points in SOLIDWORKS is drawings.  It’s not that creating a drawing is difficult – far from it.  Creating multiple drawing views is as easy as dragging and dropping predefined views from the View Palette. I believe drawings are perceived as difficult due to the amount of time people spend trying to make their drawing “just right”.  As an Engineer or Designer you spend a lot of time creating your CAD models, adding dimensions and sketch […]

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Automatically Align Broken Views

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I like having things done automatically – except for shifting the transmission in my car and having funds removed from my bank account. In the world of SOLIDWORKS Drawings, however, the more automatic, the better. I recently discovered a little trick with broken views that I thought I would pass along. Ever want to line up the breaks on 2 broken views of the same part? If the second view is a projected view, you are in luck. The steps […]

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Keep Balloon Numbering Consistent

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Recently, I received a call from a customer in Columbus, OH, that designs and manufactures a variety of sheetmetal components for shelving and fixtures.  As you can imagine, a complex shelving design may require several drawing sheets to adequately describe the product to the shop floor.  The Shop wanted the Engineer to maintain balloon part numbering from the first drawing sheet to the last drawing sheet.  Personally, I don’t blame the Shop for wanting their information as clean and concise […]

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eDrawings…3 Useful Tricks

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Here are some great tips when using eDrawings. 1. Open any SOLIDWORKS assembly inside of eDrawings and press the “E” key. The assembly explodes without an exploded configuration. You can rotate the assembly and measure it. Press the “E” key again and watch it collapse. 2. Something else you can do in eDrawings is hiding components in the assembly. If you Right Click on any component, you have the option to hide it. This will allow you to see inside […]

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Stable Balloon Numbers

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In the beginning (1995) Jon created SOLIDWORKS that had the ability to assign balloon [item] numbers to parts…and these numbers could be added to the bill of material. And Jon saw that it was good. The problem was that if you changed the order of your parts in the assemblies the balloon numbers changed. This wasn’t terrible because the drawings and BOM always stayed up to date, but a little bit bad because if you passed your BOM information to […]

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Keep your Drawing Views Rolling

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Have you ever wanted to rotate a model in a drawing view like you can in eDrawings? SOLIDWORKS should really add this functionality. Oh wait….they did. Inside your drawing, if you go to View>Modify>3D Drawing View, you will be asked which view you want to rotate. Once you choose the view, you will be able to rotate, pan, and zoom. Now you can see the back side of your model in real time. With it rotated you can open the […]

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Shun the drawing

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In the PDM world drawings are always seem to be the after-thought. Are they the parent or the child? Should they be revised if you need to add a missing dimension? Does meta data go in the part or drawing or both? If the meta data does go in both, how do you ensure the data is synchronized? Even red-headed step children point to 2D drawings and laugh. During a SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM install I did last week, we implemented […]

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Drawing Templates

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Since this is my first blog and because I have a goal of obtaining half as many fans as Mr. Sweeney already has, I have come bearing gifts. One of the most popular questions that’s asked during our training classes is, “Can you help me set up some drawing templates?” The reason this is a popular question is because it’s not fun! We’re 3D modelers; we’ve grown out of the phase of drawing boring lines and notes all over the […]

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