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Mehdi Rezaei, CSWE

Mehdi is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert (CSWE) and works near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Show a SOLIDWORKS Sketch in a Specific Drawing View while Hidden in all other Views

Let’s assume we have a sketch drawn in a part file and we have not used it to create a feature. By default in SOLIDWORKS, this sketch will remain shown unless we hide them in the part level. Usually, designers hide those kinds of sketches…

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My SOLIDWORKS Transparent Part will not revert back to Shaded?

You have a SOLIDWORKS transparent part, but can’t convert it back to shaded? In this blog article we will review how to apply and edit transparency in a SOLIDWORKS model. The following image shows a part model which is set to transparent. Now we need…

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Projection Type to Show Multiple SOLIDWORKS Viewports in Parts and Assemblies

SOLIDWORKS Viewports

Showing multiple SOLIDWORKS Viewports in the part and assembly environment is helpful for advanced part modeling and also drawing 3D sketches. To examine how an advanced Sweep or Loft command has worked out, showing four different views of the part in the graphics area at the…

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How to disable the SOLIDWORKS SpeedPak Graphics Circle

SpeedPak Graphics Circle

SOLIDWORKS SpeedPak allows us to create a much lighter configuration from an assembly or sub-assembly so that we can handle large assemblies quicker. SpeedPak has been available in SOLIDWORKS since version 2009. Over the years SOLIDWORKS has added more functionality to this tool allowing us to focus…

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How to flip a SOLIDWORKS Section View Direction

As a designer or drafter we need to know the correct projection of the orthogonal views in drawings. There are two projection methods: First Angle and Third Angle. Depending on where on the globe we are living the projection direction will be different. For North…

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Add Dimensions Automatically while Sketching in SOLIDWORKS

Sketch Line

Did you know SOLIDWORKS can add dimensions to your sketch automatically? Adding dimensions manually can be a tedious job if you have to do it many times a day. SOLIDWORKS Automatic Sketch Dimensions makes this process much faster. Instead of finishing drawing a sketch entity, then selecting…

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How to use a Solid Body as a Profile for a Cut Sweep in SOLIDWORKS

Multiple Bodies

Did you know that you can use a Solid Body to perform a Swept Cut? If you usually work with multi-body parts, you will find this tool very handy to complete your designs. Under the SOLIDWORKS Cut Sweep command, there is an option which allows you…

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How to Hide/Show Dimensions in a SOLIDWORKS Drawing

In some cases instead of deleting a dimension, you might decide to hide SOLIDWORKS Drawing Dimensions. Now the question is how to make a hidden dimension visible again? This article demonstrates how to hide and then show a hidden dimension in the drawing environment. Step 1:…

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How to Hide/Show Dimensions in a SOLIDWORKS Part

Hide SOLIDWORKS Dimension

Do you ever hide SOLIDWORKS dimensions in the part environment? In case you have then you may be wondering how to make a hidden dimension reappear again.  This article will demonstrate how to hide a dimension and then make it visible again in the SOLIDWORKS Part environment. Step 1:…

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How to obtain a SOLIDWORKS Document Manager API License Key

SOLIDWORKS Document Manager license key

The SOLIDWORKS Document Manager API requires a license key. This license can be requested via the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal for SOLIDWORKS customers who are currently active on subscription service. Each user of the SOLIDWORKS Document Manager API must have a license key. Here is how you can…

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How to transfer SOLIDWORKS Weldment Profile Material Properties to a Part

Did you know it is possible to add material properties to custom weldment profiles. This allows you to transfer the SOLIDWORKS Weldment Profile Material Properties to the weldment design. If more than one profile is used in the design, the weldment members could be defined…

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Using a solid model as reference geometry for creating a SOLIDWORKS Weldment Sketch

There are a lot of techniques for creating a SOLIDWORKS Weldment Sketch on the web and in the help file. Despite that fact we are often asked what is the easiest and most effective method of creating a Weldment Sketch. In this blog article, I will…

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How to draw Arrows in a SOLIDWORKS Drawing

On some occasions arrows are needed in a SOLIDWORKS drawing to point to a detail or highlight a feature. In such instances, some users take advantage of the “Note” command with arrows and leave the text box empty. However, there is not much flexibility with that solution. Draw…

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SOLIDWORKS Imperial Dimensions Fraction Setup

The drawings in SOLIDWORKS are usually made using drawing templates which are specifically designed for each company. In the drawing templates, the unit system is preset along with many other settings to eliminate the setup steps for engineers and drafters. With respect to dimension units, the…

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How to obtain the dimension size of an image in centimeters or inches

In some instances, the actual image dimension size is required in centimeters or inches instead of the number of pixels. In this example the image is going to be imported at a 1:1 scale into a SOLIDWORKS sketch so it can be used for tracing and surface modeling. Image Properties…

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