SOLIDWORKS: What happened to my toolbox during upgrade?

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SOLIDWORKS: What happened to my toolbox during upgrade? It is that time of year where many of us are upgrading to SOLIDWORKS 2018. With service pack 1.0 now released, the wave of upgraders just increased. If you overlook the installation options for hole wizard and toolbox, you might encounter an unwelcome surprise. Let’s take a closer look at the symptoms, how to repair the issue, and how we could have avoided this situation. After the upgrade, you might see an […]

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SOLIDWORKS DRAWINGS – Ballooning Exploded Views

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SOLIDWORKS DRAWINGS: Ballooning Exploded Views Assembly Drawings always contain an exploded view with the components ballooned to identify them in the Bill of Materials table. SOLIDWORKS has a great tool for automatically adding balloons to your assembly drawing view. This Auto Balloon command will make sure every component is ballooned and that no duplicate balloons are created. Another advantage of the Auto Balloon tool is that the balloon placement is neatly arranged around the view. You can specify the general […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Assemblies Slow to Open – Searching for References

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Assemblies Slow to Open – Searching for References   There are a few reasons why your SOLIDWORKS assembly file might take longer to open than you expect. It could be due to hardware, file management, or even some system option settings. One easy thing to check is the file reference setting in the SOLIDWORKS system options.   When SOLIDWORKS is opening an assembly file, there is a very specific order that the software is following as it searches for all […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Saving Selection Sets

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SAVING SELECTION SETS   Selecting geometry, as you model in SOLIDWORKS, can be time consuming. There are a few ways to speed up this process. You can box select, lasso select, control+click, or even use some of the advanced selection tools. Even with these options, It can still take a big chunk of your design time. If you must make the same selections frequently, it becomes both repetitive and painstaking.   To increase efficiency, you can save selection sets inside […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Inspection – Creating Custom OCR Dictionary

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection – Creating Custom OCR Dictionary     SOLIDWORKS Inspection is a very powerful tool used to speed up the inspection process. SOLIDWORKS Inspection exists in two different versions. There is a standalone version and a version that functions as an add-in inside SOLIDWORKS. The standalone version of SOLIDWORKS Inspection can open drawings in either PDF or TIFF file formats. Using SOLIDWORKS Inspection, you can balloon characteristics such as notes and dimensions. The program attempts to recognize the text […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Notes and Balloons – #SW2017

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Notes and Balloons   For most SOLIDWORKS users, creating 2D prints is still a necessity. SOLIDWORKS 2017 has some new functionality that gives more power and flexibility to the notes and balloons in drawings. These enhancements are sure to save time during the detailing process.     In addition to lots of dimensions, most drawings will contain a bill of materials or other table type. In SOLIDWORKS 2017, we can now link drawing notes to the information found in these […]

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