Missing Templates After Updating SOLIDWORKS

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With each update of SOLIDWORKS, there’s always something missing. Missing templates is one of the most common problems. It’s also the easiest to fix. There are 2 places in the System Options to check: Default Templates and File locations. Default Templates Go to Tools > Options > Systems Options > Default Templates There are 3 default templates: Part, Assemblies and Drawings. These default templates are used for: Insert, Mirror Part Insert, Component, New Part Insert, Component, New Assembly Form New […]

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Jordan’s SOLIDWORKS Setup Package

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SOLIDWORKS 2014 has just been released, and it’s time for a fresh start.  With each new release, I usually tweak my interface layout and my settings just a bit.  This year, I think I’ve finally got it perfected, so it’s time to share these customization’s with the world.  Click the image below to access a 9-page package including all kinds of user interface modifications and helpful template files.  This is a great resource for someone new to SOLIDWORKS looking to […]

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Better SOLIDWORKS Templates

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I cannot count the number of times I have watched a designer work on a fresh new design, he’ll start with a blank part, create a rectangular sketch, extrude it…. then when he starts another part, he’ll start with a blank part, create a rectangular sketch, extrude it…. then when he starts another part, he’ll start with a blank part, create a rectangular sketch, extrude it…. then when he starts another part, create a rectangular sketch, extrude it… At this […]

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Creating a SOLIDWORKS Part and Assembly template with reverse isometric view

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I was in the good city of St Louis, MO yesterday and had a great question asked by a gentleman there. “How can I easily create a Reverse Isometric View I need to do that more times than not. So Here is how you go. Open a blank SOLIDWORKS Part/Assembly file. Hold Control Key and hit the 2 key on the top row of the keyboard. (This will put you in the BACK view) Hit your SPACE BAR key ( […]

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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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SOLIDWORKS Sheet format

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Yesterday I caught Great Aunt Eleanor browsing on my computer. I hate it when she does that -she always finds a setting or something I am doing wrong and makes fun of me. Yesterday was no exception. “Why do you have so many SOLIDWORKS drawing templates?” she queried. I think I have her now, she thinks she is so smart. I explain to her that I need to have a drawing template for each sheet size (A, B, C, D, & […]

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