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Justin Flett

How to repair a Corrupt SOLIDWORKS Electrical Drawing file

If an electrical schematic drawing ever becomes corrupt you may see the SOLIDWORKS Electrical Unknown File Format error messages shown below when attempting to open the drawing file. These error messages are an indication that there has been some form of file corruption within the…

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Inserting additional components into an existing SOLIDWORKS Composer file

In many cases you may find the need to insert additional actors/components to an existing SOLIDWORKS Composer file.  Luckily there is a very simple process to add as many additional SOLIDWORKS Composer actors as you may need. In this case let’s say we wanted to…

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical Revision Clouds

New to SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2017 is the ability to easily draw various revision clouds.  Revision clouds are commonly used in all industries to help call attention to certain areas where a revision was made, or should be made on a specific drawing. These revision clouds…

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SOLIDWORKS Composer File Open Options for importing geometry

SOLIDWORKS Composer File Open Options

When creating a new SOLIDWORKS Composer file you may notice a few different options for opening your 3D CAD files.  The three options on the right-hand side of the Open dialog are “Open”, “Merge into the current document” and “Merge into a new document”.  In…

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What happened to AssemblyXpert in SOLIDWORKS 2017?

SOLIDWORKS Performance Evaluation

If you have recently upgraded to SOLIDWORKS 2017 you may have trouble finding the AssemblyXpert tool.  Not to worry DS SOLIDWORKS has not removed this functionality; but simply renamed it to the more suitable “SOLIDWORKS Performance Evaluation” tool. If you are not familiar with the Performance Evaluation…

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How to create a SOLIDWORKS PCB Custom Title Block and Sheet Template

SOLIDWORKS PCB Custom Title Block

In this article we will run through the general process of creating a SOLIDWORKS PCB custom title block and sheet template. The first step to creating your own custom title block is to open an existing title block (in this case let’s start with the B.schdot…

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How to Edit SOLIDWORKS Electrical Projects with DraftSight Professional

DraftSight Professional is a 2D design and drafting solution provided by Dassault Systems that lets you create, edit, view, and markup 2D drawings.  DraftSight has a familiar user interface and minimal learning curve which provides an easy transition from AutoCAD®. With this in mind, DS…

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How to exclude hatching in SOLIDWORKS Section Views using Section Scope

In some cases, it may be necessary or beneficial to exclude hatching from particular features of a part or components of an assembly.  Most notably, ribs and similar features can be removed from a section hatch to help add clarity to drawing views.  Thankfully there…

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How to create a SOLIDWORKS Composer Executable (.exe) Package [VIDEO]

SOLIDWORKS Composer Package

There are a number of options to help export final outputs for your Composer projects. Perhaps one of the most useful options to save out your composer projects for customers or clients viewing is the Save as SOLIDWORKS Composer Package option. This option saves an…

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SOLIDWORKS Composer Animation Timeline Enhancements

SOLIDWORKS Composer like all other SOLIDWORKS products is constantly being improved from year to year.  One of the biggest enhancements for the 2016 release in my mind has been the improvements made to the animation timeline. In previous versions, the animation timeline had a limited number of…

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SOLIDWORKS Composer Documentation Update Best Practices

Assembly Instructions

One of the greatest features of SOLIDWORKS Composer is the ability to update documents.  Imagine your technical documentation team generates a 100-page instruction manual.  Just days after completion, the engineering and manufacturing team makes some minor or major changes to their components and assemblies.  Does the…

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Why you should be using a SOLIDWORKS Hole Table

SOLIDWORKS Hole Table

A SOLIDWORKS hole table is an excellent way to convey hole information in a convenient and organized manner.  Columns can be created to show such information as hole tag, size, location, and more. SOLIDWORKS has an automated function to help you generate your hole tables…

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Checking for electrical panel interference detection with SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D [VIDEO]

Electrical Panel

One question we are commonly asked when it comes to electrical panel layouts is… How can I tell if there will be any interference or collision within my electrical enclosure? Within a SOLIDWORKS assembly there are two very useful methods for electrical panel interference detection between components: interference…

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SOLIDWORKS Composer Import Options

Choosing the correct SOLIDWORKS Composer Import Options is a crucial step when importing your CAD files into a Composer project.  This will help optimize your project down the line when it comes to annotating components and creating bill of materials within Composer. When importing CAD…

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SOLIDWORKS PCB: Changing Net Colour [VIDEO]

SOLIDWORKS PCB changing net colour is just one of a number of great tools to help highlight and control specific aspects of your Projects.  You can use the PCB panel to highlight specific nets, components, polygons, and more which helps give complete and easy control over…

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