Articles by: Julian Wolf

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Simplify Your SOLIDWORKS Assembly Drawing with Display States

Assembly Drawing Display States

One use of display states is to help improve the clarity of information conveyed in a SOLIDWORKS assembly drawing. In the example below, we have a u-joint assembly drawing with a bill of materials. What if we want to include a view of one particular…

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Clean up your SOLIDWORKS Drawings with the Auto Arrange Dimensions Tool

A helpful SOLIDWORKS tool for organizing dimensions and annotations in a drawing is the Auto Arrange Dimensions tool. This can be activated several ways: By selecting the tool from the Align Toolbar (enabled by right-clicking the CommandManager and selecting Align from the Toolbar drop-down menu)….

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Changing the Direction of a Beam in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

When you model a beam in SOLIDWORKS, you can set up the cross section to align with the default coordinate system. The contrived beam shown below was modeled with the bottom face parallel to the x axis: If a simulation study is created and the…

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How to Align Breaks in a SOLIDWORKS Projected View with a Parent View

A customer recently contacted me with a strange situation: they were unable to drag the breaks in a SOLIDWORKS projected view in their drawing. See the image below as an example: the bottom view is the parent view and the top view is the projected…

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Weld Bead behaviour in SOLIDWORKS when selecting different entities

Say you have two pipes (as pictured below) that you want to weld together. SOLIDWORKS allows you to model a weld bead at the part or assembly level. In this case, we will add the weld bead in the assembly, by selecting Insert >  Assembly…

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What to do when SOLIDWORKS can’t find the “properties.txt” file

Have you ever tried to configure a feature and received the error message below…’The properties.txt file cannot be located’? Typically, this properties error is encountered after upgrading SOLIDWORKS to a new major release (year). Resolving this error is straightforward. First, check to make sure that…

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