Want to be more Flexible?

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I know you’re all good SOLIDWORKS user and use sub-assemblies all the time…right?  Sub-assemblies improve performance because SOLIDWORKS doesn’t need to solve all the mates of the sub-assemblies.  The less top-level mates the better you will be. Well let’s say you need to show some motion of a sub-assembly but you get the message that it is fully defined. You can make the sub-assembly behave like a top level assembly.  You will need to RMB on the sub-assembly and choose […]

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SOLIDWORKS to Adobe Illustrator

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Have you ever noticed you can save a SOLIDWORKS file as an Adobe Illustrator file (.AI)?  Well, it works, but it’s not exactly as good as it sounds.  The entire purpose of Adobe Illustrator is to edit vector graphics.  However, when you save a SW file as an .AI file, it’s the same as saving it as a .JPG and then dragging that into an .AI file (i.e. it exports a raster image – no vectors).  It’s OK though because […]

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EZ SOLIDWORKS Watermark

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I’ve seen quite a few strategies for putting a watermark on SOLIDWORKS drawings….putting them on their own layer, embedding a Word document, special fonts, etc. However they all have the common weakness of requiring either API or a manual process of removing them. My favorite watermark method is to use file properties instead: Open your SOLIDWORKS drawing template and create a file property called “WATERMARK”. Assign the value “FOR REFERENCE ONLY” for the value of this property. In your sheet […]

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