Often times we create sheet metal works of art (or just really complex designs) and we want the design to be clearly shown on the drawing. I’ve shown a relatively simple part above (just tell that to the laser cutting machine operator) – just a bent plate with some mounting holes and cut-out text that reads “SOLIDWORKS!” I’ve had to use a stencil-like font in order to not have the centre of the O, D, and R fall out, but I was able to do this manually by right-clicking on the sketched text and saying “Dissolve Sketch Text”. Now I want to convey this in a drawing:
Not the most obvious text
This can be a bit hard to read as it is clearly backwards. As fortune would have it, SolidWorks has anticipated this scenario and has given me a button to press for flipping my view around. Behold:
With computers, file management is comparatively easy to real life. Windows can tell you with the timestamp how old a file is, which makes finding the newer file easy. All the files are stored in logical places and it’s easy to do a search for a specific filename. With PDM, you can get even more information about a file. Of course, when you go to print this drawing, all that organization goes out the window. You can’t right-click on a piece of paper to get its properties (and if trying to right-click on a piece of paper is your first instinct, you’re spending too much time on the computer). If only there was a way to do this…
SolidWorks has learned a pretty neat new trick from the Composer: balloons can now be attached to Magnetic Lines in SolidWorks 2012, giving designers more control over the alignment and spacing of balloons in drawings.
You may have seen this before, create a detail or section view and it is automatically named View A, great. Except oops that wasn’t the view I wanted so I delete View A and start again … except now the new view is automatically named View B. It’s not the end of the world, I can manually change the view name back to A, but from this point on each new detail or section view I create will automatically generate with the wrong letter. A new option in SolidWorks 2012 can now allow you to change this behavior.
Whenever you go to make a drawing of a part or assembly you have created in SolidWorks, you are presented with a set of predetermined views to chose from, front, top, isometric etc. But what if the view you want to use isn’t in that list? How can you get a drawing view on the sheet in a non standard orientation? One way to do this is to use a custom view.
The Drawing View Palette is a great way to add standard drawing views to your SolidWorks document. As you drag and drop the Top, Right, Front or other views onto the drawing sheet they disappear from the list. A common question that new users ask is how to get drawing views that have been placed on the sheet but later deleted to be available again on the View Palette.
Do worries about non-sequential drawing balloons keep you up at night? No? Well you still might like a new enhancement that was introduced in SolidWorks 2012 that allows you order the item numbers in drawing balloons sequentially.
I have to confess, this is one of the new enhancements in SolidWorks 2013 that, at the first sight, I considered less important than the others. Why would I ever need to convert a drawing view to a sketch???
Well… guess what! The other day a customer of mine called asking if there is any way in SolidWorks to mirror a drawing view. He wanted to avoid having to create the model for the opposite hand part, since the only thing needed on his detail drawing was an extra ISO view, as a visual indication that the main part was to be produced in pairs.
His request got me thinking about a new functionality introduced by SolidWorks 2013…
Options and Variants is a very powerful and yet easy to use design automation tool. In a short amount of time it helps designers configure systems to provide consistently accurate designs while saving an enormous amount of time and money.
There are so many E3 users raving about this functionality. Check out the video below to see how it works, how easy it is to add these options in your design and to control your design.
You can also check out the Options and Variants Blog series to get more details:
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