SOLIDWORKS Custom Property Builder Work Around

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I have been asked several times if there is a quick way of populating custom properties into drawings, parts, and assemblies outside of using a data management system.  SOLIDWORKS has created a custom property builder to speed up the process.  You can create a drop down list for any custom property so that it can be easily selected.    The problem is that when you save the property template out it only allows you to save this for a part file […]

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SOLIDWORKS IIF equal’s to “the syntax is wrong” error workaround

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    Ever try creating an if-then statement in SOLIDWORKS to control a feature. Well if you ever want to then you need to use the IIF function. Yes there are two I’s.   Background: The syntax of the Visual Basic IIf function is:  iif(expression, truepart, falsepart)   where: ·expression is the expression you want to evaluate ·truepart is the value to use if expression is true ·falsepart is the value to use if expression is false   ex: · The […]

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Swept Thin workaround.

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A couple months ago I posted a blog on the differences between a solid sweep and a swept thin (http://blog.cati.com/2011/05/sweep-solid-vs-sweep-thin.html). There is a work around to create a swept thin.  Surface sweep is the answer. Note: For all these examples, the “pink” sketch will be used as the path, the “green” as the profile. So, just as before, this is the shape we are after.  The sketches will be set up as so…   Instead of using a solid sweep […]

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Watermark Work Around

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To trick SW into printing drawings with a watermark you need to use the following work around steps Open a new or existing drawing file Right click on the drawing sheet and select –Edit Sheet Format– Now that you can edit the sheet format you want to insert a MS Word Document. Do this by going to –Insert — Object – In the Insert Object panel check -Create New- and select -Microsoft Office Word Document- as the Object Type. Click […]

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