How to Modify your SOLIDWORKS Installation

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Modifying a SOLIDWORKS install is a procedure that is commonly used when certain changes are needed. The two primary examples are: When your serial number changes and when you need to install an additional product or add-in. In order to modify your installation, you will need admin privileges to your machine. You start by navigating to your ‘Programs and Features’ in windows. You can access this from your control panel and going to ‘Uninstall a program’ (For Windows 10 you […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Multiple Parts In a Single Drawing

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The standard method for documenting your design is to create a drawing file for the assembly, and several other drawing files for each individual component. Alternatively, it may be ideal to have the component information contained as separate sheets in a single drawing file. This method is more common with smaller assemblies but could also be scaled up and applied to larger ones. With this approach, you might have the assembly shown on the first sheet and the various components […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – eDrawings Enhanced Views – #SW2019

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SOLIDWORKS eDrawings is a great multi-tool for viewing and interacting with 3D models. The program was first released in 1999 and has been enhanced every year since. eDrawings is much more than just a viewer. Its functionality includes configurations, playing animations, exploded views, section views, and we can even take measurements from the model. Despite being much more than a viewer, eDrawings received some cool viewing enhancements in this 2019 release. You can now view your model more realistically with […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Opening Part Configurations in Quick View – #SW2019

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Starting in SOLIDWORKS 2019 you will have the ability to view configurations of your parts and assemblies while a file is loaded in Quick View. This functionality is controlled on a file-by-file basis. To view a configuration in Quick View, the file must first be opened normally. With the part or assembly open, go to the configurations tab where your configurations are listed. Right click an existing configuration and choose “Add Display Data Mark” as seen in the image below. […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Creating Partial Chamfers and Fillets – #SW2019

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When using a fillet or chamfer in SOLIDWORKS 2019, you will find there is a new section in the Property Manager called “Partial Edge Parameters”. Starting with SOLIDWORKS 2019, you can now specify an offset to the start or end of your fillets and chamfers to create a partial fillet or a partial chamfer. To do this, check the box for the new section called “Partial Edge Parameters” that is in the property manager. For a Fillet, the Partial Edge […]

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Customizing View Orientation in SOLIDWORKS

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I am sure everyone has run across the scenario before when you are trying to look at your SOLIDWORKS model and the orientation is not how you want it. This can be frustrating, as you have to continually rotate the model and not use the standard views. There are two possible ways this could happen. First, you could have got yourself into this situation by not paying close enough attention when you started your model. Hopefully this is not the […]

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Simple Methods for Editing Imported Solids

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As an Application Engineer with Computer Aided Technology, I often work with customers who have received files with intermediate file formats like; IGES, Step, Parasolid, etc., and they want to know how to either modify or re-engineer the solid models or assemblies in SOLIDWORKS. Here are a few simple steps that can be performed to prepare the model for modification: Perform import diagnostics. Remove cosmetic fillets. Remove unwanted holes. Before opening any of these intermediate file types check in the […]

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SOLIDWORKS: 3D PDF Files For Technical Communication

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SOLIDWORKS provides several fantastic solutions for technical communication. You can use SOLIDWORKS Visualize to create high quality photo-realistic images of your product. Another great option is to create interactive product instructions using SOLIDWORKS Composer. SOLIDWORKS Inspection, eDrawings, and even 2D prints are all ways to successfully communicate your design information to others. In this article, we are going to look at a lesser known option, 3D PDF files. We’ll look at how to create the file and also what you […]

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Using a DWG or DXF for SOLIDWORKS Drawing Borders

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Would you like to reuse your title block and border information from an already completed .DWG or .DXF file? You can easily import that .DWG or .DXF into SOLIDWORKS and create your new SOLIDWORKS Drawing taking only the information you need copied over. First, we’ll start with a .DWG with a border and title block included. Now, our goal is to get this imported into SOLIDWORKS. To import a .DWG or .DXF file, simply open SOLIDWORKS and go to File […]

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Updating Standard Views in SOLIDWORKS

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Often, we like to use the standard views that SOLIDWORKS offers. Other times, in order to work smarter not harder, we want to change things up and customize SOLIDWORKS to work in our favor. Back in 2013, SOLIDWORKS added the functionality of Updating Standard Views. With many “What’s New” blog posts with each release of SOLIDWORKS, sometimes features slip through the cracks. Let me introduce you to, or rather, re-introduce you to Updating Standard Views. Open a model in SOLIDWORKS. […]

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