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.

Managing formed feature information in SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal, the easy way!

SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Formed Feature

When manufacturing sheet metal parts from a SOLIDWORKS model and drawing, how can we ensure that raised features (also commonly referred to as formed features) will protrude from the correct side/face of the part? This article guides you through how to control and communicate, in…

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Minimize SOLIDWORKS Drawing save time when working with Shaded With Edges display style

New in SOLIDWORKS 2020 is the ability to open drawings in Detailing Mode (File > Open > select the drawing > Mode > Detailing > Open) for high performance when loading and saving, without loading model data. However, when loading in Resolved mode with views…

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How to transfer your DraftSight Custom Settings between versions or computers

A common DraftSight question we receive is how to transfer custom DraftSight settings between installations? This situation might crop up when upgrading versions, switching between computers, or cleanly uninstalling and reinstalling DraftSight. Standard procedure is found by searching for “Migrating Preferences” in the DraftSight help. …

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Why you should use Restart (instead of Shut down) with SOLIDWORKS

When troubleshooting unwanted behavior on a computer, especially when running SOLIDWORKS, there are a couple of simple steps worth trying early in the process.  Restart SOLIDWORKS, and if that didn’t resolve it then restart/reboot the computer. But beware…Restart may not mean what you think it…

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Two settings to customize after a new SOLIDWORKS Installation

Two settings worth customizing right off the bat after a new SOLIDWORKS installation (not necessarily an upgrade) are reviewing backup settings, and ensuring that Sheet Properties are easy to access in any drawing. It’s something you’ll do once and then not have to worry about…

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How to Delete a Hole in a SOLIDWORKS Surface

SOLIDWORKS Delete Hole

Every now and then we learn something new in SOLIDWORKS that is so simple and yet so powerful.  Delete Hole is one of those.  It is a time-saver compared to patching techniques. When working with a surface model in SOLIDWORKS, a hole can be deleted…

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How to fix Empty SOLIDWORKS Drawing Views

SOLIDWORKS drawing empty views

Are you seeing empty views when opening a SOLIDWORKS Drawing?  Where did the Views and Annotations go? In this tech tip I’ll describe the blank view problem and provide a solution. Why are my Drawing Views empty? If the urge to swear out loud is…

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The power of Move Face in SOLIDWORKS!

SOLIDWORKS Move Face

Editing geometry created in the SOLIDWORKS model is usually easy, but what if the geometry belongs to an imported model from some neutral file format?  Even if the model were created in SOLIDWORKS, sometimes modifying the geometry gets tricky, such as when adding draft.  For…

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Searching the Help in SOLIDWORKS Composer

Greetings, users of SOLIDWORKS Composer! In our previous article we explained how to access the Help for SOLIDWORKS Composer. In this article, we explain how to get the keyword search function working in the Help.  The difference it makes in our productivity is like night…

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