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 from the SOLIDWORKS […]

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Why is there an (SS) in my SOLIDWORKS Material?

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The Support call that I found interesting yesterday was the customer who called in andasked, "Why is there an (SS) at the end of my material name? This is causing confusion on the shop floor especially when the material is Aluminum."   Asking around the Support group no one seemed to have the answer to the question so weasked SOLIDWORKS why this was and below is the reply we received from them. “Please note that some materials in the SOLIDWORKS Materials […]

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