Articles by: John Lee, CSWE

John Lee is inherently lazy in that he prefers to work smarter - not harder. A CSWE with fifteen years of experience using SOLIDWORKS and a background in mechanical design, John has used SOLIDWORKS in various industries requiring design for injection molding, sheet metal, weldments and structural steel.

SOLIDWORKS Composer Callout Exponent Shape Option

Clarity-enhancing callout option

In the past, SOLIDWORKS Composer has offered the option to call out quantity as an exponent on an annotation.  Now, in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2020, that exponent can be set to utilize a new clarity-enhancing callout option.  It’s controlled by a property called Exponent shape. In…

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New basic attach type for Annotations in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2020

New SOLIDWORKS Composer basic attach type

New in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2020, is a basic attach type for labels.  It is simpler than some of the other attach types, for example, it has no Properties > Label (even though it is a label).  True to its name, it is rather basic.  There…

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Upload STL files to 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace with eDrawings 2020

In a previous article, we demonstrated how to access the 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace from within SOLIDWORKS in order to get parts quoted for manufacture.  We can now use eDrawings Professional to get parts quoted using *.stl files.  STL (stereolithography) format is one of the most common…

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Callout-driven BOM ID visibility is new in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2020

A handy feature new to SOLIDWORKS Composer 2020 is the ability to filter the BOM table to show only the components which have visible callouts.  The setting is a checkbox found in BOM Properties > Filter > Visible Callouts Here are the results of checking…

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A new method for applying Callouts to External Cosmetic Threads in SOLIDWORKS 2020

Cosmetic thread callouts

In prior years of SOLIDWORKS, cosmetic thread callouts were added into drawings either automatically on view creation, or manually this way.  Now in SOLIDWORKS 2020, the cosmetic thread callouts can be shown like dimensions, but the prior method is still available.  The new functionality in…

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Simplify Cosmetic Thread Callouts with SOLIDWORKS 2020

New in SOLIDWORKS 2020 are simplified callouts to cosmetic threads.  In prior years, the callout would automatically include the type of thread. Thread type display is now optional in the callout, thanks to a control checkbox that is available from the Cosmetic Thread Property Manager:…

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Offset Surface now much easier to use!

Remember that time you tried to offset faces as new surfaces, only to receive an error message that it failed?  This can be frustrating, especially when many faces are involved and it is unclear which ones are the culprit.  Troubleshooting can become time-consuming as you…

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New ways of specifying the Up Axis for View Orientation in SOLIDWORKS 2020

For years now, SOLIDWORKS has included many useful tools in the View Orientation window.  Now in SOLIDWORKS 2020, we can use that same window to specify whether to use Y or use Z for the Up Axis.  This will redefine all of the standard views…

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SOLIDWORKS File Utilities replaces SOLIDWORKS Explorer

SOLIDWORKS 2020 has retained critical functionality from SOLIDWORKS Explorer, and has discontinued the SOLIDWORKS Explorer application. SOLIDWORKS File Utilities Functions The retained functionality is now called SOLIDWORKS File Utilities and is a must when renaming SOLIDWORKS reusable data (such as parts and assemblies) from outside…

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