Articles by: Sanja Srzic
Creating Aligned Views in SOLIDWORKS can have different results, depending on the geometry of the model being sectioned and the settings selected in the process of creating the Section View. The SOLIDWORKS Foreshorten view option that appears during creation of Aligned Views makes a big difference in the view projection. The two images below show the effect of the option ‘Foreshorten view,’ which is only available during view creation. Note the difference in the resulting height and the placement of the ‘thru’ hole in the section view. Both options are valid – different users will have different preferences, practices and requirements for creating aligned section views.
In SOLIDWORKS, instances of mirrored or patterned assembly components are not limited to the current configuration of the original part or sub-assembly. As for any other component, the SOLIDWORKS Reference Configuration of a patterned or mirrored instance can be changed using the Quick Configurations toolbar or Component Properties. When a part is inserted into another part, its configuration can also be changed: right-click on the inserted part, select ‘List External Refs…’ and use the pull-down menu to select the required configuration.
SOLIDWORKS keeps a reference of the location and file names of images used to create decals. When multiple SOLIDWORKS files need to be updated with a new version of a decal, one option is to rename the old image and apply the original name to the new image. In the following example, a decal named ‘Barcode’ has been added to a part file. An updated image that displays the word ‘SolidWorks’ below the barcode is placed in the folder of the current decal image: Pretending that in multiple files that reference D:\Tutorials\Decals\Barcode.bmp the image needs to be replaced with SOLIDWORKS Barcode.bmp, the original file has been renamed and the original name ‘Barcode’ has been applied to the new image: Next time the part file referencing D:\Tutorials\Decals\Barcode.bmp is opened, the model will include the update SOLIDWORKS decal:
Two settings determine if part colours are displayed in a SOLIDWORKS assembly set to wireframe, HLR or HLV mode; one set in the part, the other in the assembly. In this image, there are several components with different colours applied at the part level; however, only one has edges displayed in the part colour. In the assembly View menu, under Display, the option ‘Use Component Color in HLR/HLV’ enables part colour in SOLIDWORKS assemblies set to wireframe, HLR or HLV mode. In a part file, if the option ‘Apply same color to wireframe, HLR and shaded’ is selected under Tools > Options > Document Properties > Model Display, then the part colour overrides the colour setting for Feature Colors – Wireframe/HLR, also found in the Model Display options. Back to the first image in this article, we can tell that the assembly document has the option ‘View > Display…
Users of SOLIDWORKS network license that includes SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional may find that despite SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional license being available in the License Manager, SOLIDWORKS CAM starts as the Standard edition. Users of Simulation Professional and Premium licenses may have similar issues. When two levels of the same product are present in the same SOLIDWORKS network license, users need to set their preference in the License Order tab of the SolidNetWork License Manager Client. When CAM Professional is placed above CAM Standard in the license order, CAM Professional license will be requested first. Only if CAM Professional is unavailable, a CAM Standard license will be used, if it is available.
In SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2018 Standalone, numbering sequences can be applied to characteristics to differentiate machining methods, drawing views, drawing sheets, etc. Starting with the first number of the range, balloon numbers are incremented by one. Numbering sequences are specified in project options and can be saved in a template. To add a sequence to the project, go to Home tab, select Options > Project Options > Characteristic > Numbering Sequences. Click plus (+) button to add a sequence. To change sequence name or starting value, double-click in the corresponding field and type in. Default sequence cannot be changed. Select a sequence and click minus (-) button to remove it. Numbering sequence can be selected before dimensions and annotations are ballooned: Numbering sequence can be changed for existing characteristics using the pull-down menu in the Sequence field:
Starting with SOLIDWORKS 2018, the SOLIDWORKS Inspection Add-in supports creating reports from SOLIDWORKS part and assembly models. Balloons can be added to model dimensions, notes, GD&Ts, and hole callouts created in SOLIDWORKS MBD or using DimXpert. Inspection reports can be exported to Excel, eDrawings 2D PDF and where SOLIDWORKS MBD is installed, to 3D PDF. Supporting new file formats SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2018 Standalone supports new 2D and 3D file formats: DWG/DXF; CATIA V5 CATPart, CATDrawing and CATProduct; PTC and Creo Parametric files; 3DXML. The following images show file formats that can be added to a project in SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2017 and 2018.