Articles by: Scott Durksen, CSWE

Scott is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and is based in our Dartmouth, Nova Scotia office.

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Weldments Bounding Box Description Property Customization

The default Cut List Description property for a SOLIDWORKS 2018 Weldments Bounding Box can now be customized.  The default Description value is the same as previous releases. Sheet Metal bodies will automatically have Bounding Box properties added, including Description.  For a regular solid body, you will need to create the bounding box to have these…

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 All Uppercase Characters in Tables

SOLIDWORKS 2018 all uppercase characters is a new option that can be applied to tables.  All table types have this option.  Previously you could only set Note annotations to be ‘All Uppercase’. As an example, if your components are named with lowercase characters in an assembly, this carries over into the BOM table by default. You can…

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 Import and Export Hole Wizard Data with Excel

You can now import and export Hole Wizard data with Excel files in the Configuration tool with SOLIDWORKS 2018.  Previously this could only be done with SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Hardware.  This provides an easier way to add custom Hole Wizard sizes within the Excel interface. The Hole Wizard/Toolbox Configuration tool is found under Tools > Options…

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 Drawing Block in Break Views

A new option in SOLIDWORKS 2018 allows you to choose if a block added to a drawing view will be broken or not when a Break View is added.  Previous versions would not break the block so only the model would be shortened but the full block was still shown. Now SOLIDWORKS 2018 has an…

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SOLIDWORKS Treehouse List View

SOLIDWORKS Treehouse List View

SOLIDWORKS Treehouse is a great application where you can generate new assembly structures or open existing assemblies to visualize the layout.  This is found under Start > SOLIDWORKS Tools > SOLIDWORKS Treehouse. Previous versions only had the tile tree view.  While this is a great visual tool, the tiles would make it difficult to see…

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How to Change Transparency of ALL Components or Bodies in SOLIDWORKS 2018

You can now quickly change the transparency of the all components in an assembly or all bodies in a multibody part.  SOLIDWORKS 2018 has added a Transparency option that applies all components.  Right-click on the top level feature in the FeatureManager Design Tree and choose Top Level Transparency. For components that were already set as…

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 Drawing Area Hatch applied to Layer

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Drawing Area Hatch PropertyManager

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Drawing Area Hatch can now be assigned to a specific layer.  This provides more control over the colour of hatches in drawings, as well as the ability to Hide/Show and set Print On/Off. The PropertyManager of a selected Area Hatch/Fill has a Layer dropdown to select from existing layers.  This applies to both automatic…

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 Task Scheduler Includes Additional Import/Export File Types

SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler 2018 Import File types

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Task Scheduler has been enhanced to include more file types for Import and Export.  Import Files now has an additional 5 and Export Files adds 17 more. New file types added in SOLIDWORKS 2018 are shown in BOLD below. Import File Types Parasolid (*.x_t,*.x_b,*.xmt_txt,*.xmt_bin) IGES (*.igs,*.iges) STEP AP203/214 (*.step,*.stp) ACIS (*.sat) VDAFS (*.vda) SLDXML (*.sldxml)…

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