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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EPDM Migration Case Study – Migrate Twice?!

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It is many company’s goal to fix their data as they migrate it into SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM. – No broken references, data cards accurately populated, no missing files, etc. If companies choose to do their migration themselves, they’ll typically choose to either dump the data into the vault (via drag/drop) and fix it “later”, or they’ll bring the files into the vault as needed. The downsides to these are that a good percentage of the files never get fixed (people […]

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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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SOLIDWORKS Drafting Standards

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Occasionally you find a drawing that doesn’t look right. What I mean is that the dimension size, fonts, etc. don’t match what everyone is used to seeing. This might be a really old drawing, it might be that someone used an incorrect drawing template (local versus networked template file). Either way its just not fitting in as we’d like it to. Now at first glance of the Tools, Options, Document Properties is seems like there is a lot of settings […]

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