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How to confirm your DraftSight Enterprise serial number

Draftsight enterprise serial number

At times when troubleshooting your DraftSight Enterprise installation with your reseller, you may be asked to confirm which DraftSight serial number and product you have. DraftSight Standard, Professional, and Premium use a standalone serial number (with a 0 in the third digit place), but DraftSight Enterprise uses a network serial number (with a 1 in…

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DraftSight 3D Modeling Part 3 – Working with Solid Bodies

weld profiles together

In this series we’ve been looking into the 3D modeling capabilities offered by DraftSight Premium, Enterprise Plus, and Mechanical. In Part 1 we moved out of the 2D world of the XY plane and started working with the Z-axis. We also looked at different ways to display models on screen. In Part 2, we looked…

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DraftSight 3D Modeling Part 2 – Creating Solid Bodies

creating solid bodies

DraftSight Premium, Enterprise Plus, and Mechanical offer users the ability to create non-parametric 3D models. Non-parametric models, often known as ‘dumb solids’ lack a feature history. Users of parametric systems like SOLIDWORKS or CATIA may have encountered them by importing models from neutral CAD formats, like Parasolid, STEP, and IGES. Parametric CAD applications have tools…

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DraftSight 3D Modeling Part 1: Views and 3D Navigation

move the model in space

Working in 3D with DraftSight can take some getting used to for those only familiar with working in 2D. Users of parametric modeling applications like SOLIDWORKS, built from the ground up for 3D modeling, will also need to take a little time to familiarize themselves with the DraftSight 3D Modeling view and navigation commands. This…

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Can You 3D Model in DraftSight?

Boolean Modeling

Dassault Systèmes offers a full range of 3D CAD solutions to match every user’s needs. SOLIDWORKS, CATIA V5 & V6, the 3DEXPERIENCE xApps, and DraftSight are all powerful 3D modeling tools. Yes, that’s right, DraftSight is in that list. Many CAD users aren’t aware that you can 3D model in DraftSight too, not just a 2D drafting…

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SWOOD Design Basics

SWOOD Design final view

If you are a SOLIDWORKS user in the cabinet industry you may have heard of an add-in called SWOOD Design. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s designed to make cabinetry and shelving design as easy as possible and ties in with another product for programming wood working CNC machines called SWOOD Cam. This article…

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Using PrintStyle Tables in DraftSight

draftsight PrintStyle tables

PrintStyles, also known as print styles, are tables containing a collection of overrides for entity properties. These include LineColor, LineStyle, LineWeight, dithering, screening, gray scale, end styles, join styles, fill styles, and pen assignments for pen plotters. This gives you precise control over what printed or plotted output looks like. PrintStyle tables come in two…

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Dark Mode in DraftSight

Dark mode in DraftSight

If you’re the type of person who finds using white and light grey backgrounds, menus, and palettes in your Windows applications to be a bit of a strain on your eyes, kind of like reading text off the lens of a flashlight, you’re in luck! As of 2022 we have the long-awaited, and much-requested answer…

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Color Fills and Gradients in DraftSight

color and gradients

Hatching drawings is easy in DraftSight. Creating color fills and gradients, like the below example, is just as easy. We’ve already covered using the HATCH command in a previous article. Now we’ll turn our attention to the FILLAREA command. Hatch vs Fillarea command The HATCH and FILLAREA commands launch the same dialog box with two…

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