SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Applying Layers and Colors to Hatches – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Applying Layers and Colors to Hatches – #SW2018 Section views are a convenient method of communicating additional information regarding the shape of complex parts. When applying a section view to multiple bodies, it can be difficult to differentiate between multiple components. A new feature that SOLIDWORKS 2018 adds to section view hatching, is the ability to apply layers to each section view hatch. These layers will apply the show/hide, print on/off, and color properties to […]

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SOLIDWORKS Drawing – Empty View to contain 2D information

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SOLIDWORKS drawings often contain information that doesn’t involve a 3D Model View, Section View, Detail View, etc.  Maybe a 2D schematic or a floor plan needs to be added to a drawing format but it’s not information that would require a 3D Model. “Empty View” is the answer. In a drawing environment, go to Insert > Drawing View > Empty     An Empty view is placed in your drawing.     Within this view, you can create sketches, add […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2015 What’s New – Drawing Zones #SW2015

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The enhancements of SOLIDWORKS 2015 keep coming. Engineering drawings have always had drawing zones around the outside of the title block to communicate what areas of the drawings are being referenced in documentation. SOLIDWORKS 2015 allows you to define the zones on a sheet format for providing locations of drawing views and annotations. Right click on the sheet and select properties. There is a new tab for Zone Parameters. The visibility of the zones can be controlled under the View […]

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Creating a ‘New View’ and ‘Saved View’ in SolidWorks

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When creating drawings from part or assembly files, often users need alternative view other than the standard views: Front, Right, Left, Back, Top, Bottom, Isometric and More Views: Dimetric, Trimetric. When creating a drawing with a file already open, the Current Model View checkbox is an available option.            One option is to position the model in the part file and use Current Model View for a drawing view. This is a snapshot of the graphic […]

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Exploded view alternate directions

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When creating an exploded view in SolidWorks it is simple to move your parts in the local coordinate system along X, Y, and Z. What if you want to move a part in a different direction? In order to accomplish this we need to reorient the coordinate system. You will first select the component you want to move, then click in the box called z@(name of your assembly) You will then select a new reference. In this example I am […]

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Rotate about scene floor

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A brand new feature for SolidWorks 2013 is the option to rotate your model about a scene floor. This will lock the Y axis of your model vertically and keep your part file from flipping over. To access this feature right click anywhere in the view window and select rotate about scene floor. Right button menu option turned on. This image depicts four views of the same part file with the Y axis oriented up and down in each view. […]

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How to Use the New Orientation Dialog Box in SOLIDWORKS 2013

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Do you find yourself constantly changing views until you finally find the correct view that you wanted? Well, the Orientation dialog box received a nice new face lift for SOLIDWORKS 2013 that you will find very useful. Simply press the spacebar or to bring up the Orientation dialog box, (or click the View Orientation button in the Heads-up View toolbar and click More Options, or pull down the View menu and pick Modify – Orientation.)      The new Orientation dialog […]

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When creating a SOLIDWORKS sheet metal flat pattern drawing view, why is the view not flattened?

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Even though SOLIDWORKS has greatly enhanced the sheet metal tools, we still get the question asked: When creating a flat pattern drawing view, why is the view is not flattened? To understand this better, let's go through the steps of what is suppose to happen when you create a new SOLIDWORKS sheet metal flattened view. 1. Create a drawing from a SOLIDWORKS sheet metal part document.2. Insert the flat pattern view. 3. Right Click on the new drawing view and […]

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Default view mode in Composer

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While working on a recent support call, I have learned of a new setting in the default settings that will allow a user to set the default display mode to View rather that Camera mode when opening the 3DVIA Composer software.  This can be found by entering the Default Document Settings options, Selecting Project, and checking the option for View Mode. This is a great setting so we do not have to manually change the view each time.  

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