Save Each Sheet as its own Drawing, or Combine Multiple Drawings into a Multi-sheet Drawing [VIDEO]

drawing-sheet

Some companies like to have one drawing file with multiple sheets, where each sheet contains the detail drawings of each part. Other companies prefer to have a single drawing file for each part. Both methods are acceptable practice, so on rare occasions you may find yourself in a ... Read More

SolidWorks Tutorial: Flip and Rotate Flat Pattern Drawing View

Sheet Metal Part

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 ... Read More

SolidWorks EPDM: Write Drawing Card With Part Card Variables

SolidWorks Enterprise PDM is capable of copying values from a part or assembly card and writing them to a Drawing card.  The setup to do this is actually quite easy. To set up this link do the following: Open the drawing card in the card editor Select the control with ... Read More

Who Printed This Drawing? And When? And Where is it Stored?

PRINTED ON 2013-08-22 BY jpeltier    C:\Users\jpeltier\Desktop\Draw1

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 ... Read More

Reuse Letters from Deleted Views [VIDEO]

Detail View Letter

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 ... Read More

Custom Views For Drawings [VIDEO]

Other side

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 s ... Read More

Refreshing the View Palette [VIDEO]

View Palette

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 t ... Read More

Alin’s SW2013 Pick of the Day – Convert View to Sketch

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 ... Read More