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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 2021 – Collapsible CommandManager

SOLIDWORKS 2021 Collapsible CommandManager

The SOLIDWORKS CommandManager is undoubtedly a well-designed interface for finding what tools you need in SOLIDWORKS, and is now collapsible in SOLIDWORKS 2021. After learning where SOLIDWORKS tools are, and also how to access them by shortcuts such as the “S” key, which also activates…

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SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021 – Highlighting of Invisible Actors

SOLIDWORKS Composer Highlight Invisible Actors

A new enhancement in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021, and the latest Composer Player, is the ability to automatically highlight invisible actors contained within the selected assembly. This can be very useful for keeping track of what is and what is not included in the assembly.  The…

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How to salvage imported sheet metal data the easy way in SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS Imported Sheet Metal Service

What if you receive an imported sheet metal model with weird abnormalities, like jagged edges or crazy surface shapes? Maybe it’s not even a solid, due to these issues.  I’ve seen a few such models while working in the sheet metal industry, where it was…

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How to dimension a spline in SOLIDWORKS

What if in SOLIDWORKS you need to model a wire, tube, or other path that has a predetermined length but you’re not sure exactly what shape it will take?  A spline might be the way to go, in preparation for a sweep, but did you…

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Customize your SOLIDWORKS model background!

SOLIDWORKS Model Background

Ever wanted a SOLIDWORKS model background that’s more pleasing to the eye?  Here’s how! There is a collection of .png image files of such backgrounds that gets installed with SOLIDWORKS.  The trick is to know where they are located and then point to them in…

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Using Colour & Layers to make SOLIDWORKS Drawing detail stand out

SOLIDWORKS drawing colour

This article shows a trick for making your drawing dimensions and annotations stand out from the model edges in SOLIDWORKS using layers and colour. In the next image, all model edges and dimensions are black except for a couple of driven dimensions from the Hole…

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Save time by linking Notes and Features to Custom Properties in SOLIDWORKS

Link Notes to Custom Properties

Why should you link notes and features to custom properties in SOLIDWORKS? Well have you ever needed to add a stamp to a SOLIDWORKS part to call out the same info that is already in your custom properties?  Ever needed to call that out on…

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How to know when the mouse is acting up in SOLIDWORKS

Checkboxes ignoring your clicks?  Seeing strange behavior when trying to sketch something?  No, you’re not necessarily losing your mind (well, hopefully not today, at least).  And it’s likely not a Cylon computer virus trying to learn your system, either.  In fact, as we learn on…

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Copy Settings Wizard strategy before and after a SOLIDWORKS registry reset fixed a problem

Restoring SOLIDWORKS custom settings is sometimes necessary, and if much time has been invested in setting them all then it’s not fun to imagine having to restore them all manually. This article discusses restoring custom settings if there was deemed to be a corruption in…

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Save time detailing bodies in SOLIDWORKS with Relative To Model view!

So you’ve got a multibody part, such as a weldment or other non-welded design (doesn’t even need to use Weldment tools) in SOLIDWORKS, and it’s time to detail each body as it would appear before being welded or assembled.  With assemblies, common practice is to…

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Why did SOLIDWORKS CAM or Visualize fail to obtain a license?

Are you experiencing a failed to obtain license error for SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard or SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard?  Noticed an expiry date regarding licenses for these products?  Why does this happen?  If other SOLIDWORKS products still launch, or if you are using SOLIDWORKS Term Licensing, then…

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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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