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Geodesic Entities are new in SOLIDWORKS 2019

In SOLIDWORKS 2019, using the Offset on Surface tool, you can create Geodesic Entities. Within the Offset to Surface tool, you need to specify either you want a Geodesic Offset or an Euclidean Offset. The Offset on Surface tool can be accessed through Tools > Sketch Tools > Offset on Surface. Previously you were only able to create Euclidean Offset using the Offset on Surface tool. A Geodesic Offset creates an offset…

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How to start off with Pre-Made SOLIDWORKS Parts

Sheet Metal Part with Pre-made Features

The final chapter in my SOLIDWORKS Part Template Series is to start off with pre-made parts. If your company is one that has a set amount of jigs and fixtures, or creates similar parts all the time with some dimensional changes then pre-made SOLIDWORKS Parts is for you. One thing that could save time is…

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How to specify where SOLIDWORKS should look for Document Templates

SOLIDWORKS File Locations

So you created the much needed SOLIDWORKS Part template, but you can’t seemed to load it. Not to worry – I will show you how to add templates to SOLIDWORKS with an option called “File Locations”. With SOLIDWORKS open, pick on the top cog icon and click “Options”, or select Tools > Options At about…

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 Preview Blocks in the Design Library

The SOLIDWORKS Design Library is a great tool to keep all of your common parts, features, tools, etc.  This also provides access to your blocks for a quick drag and drop.  A SOLIDWORKS 2019 enhancement provides thumbnail previews of blocks in the Design Library.  This makes it easier to find the block you need. The…

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Automatic View Update option saved as a Document Property in SOLIDWORKS 2019

Now in SOLIDWORKS 2019, the SOLIDWORKS Automatic View Update option is saved as a document property. This property is stored within the drawing and it will be remembered for the future sessions when you open the drawing again. Previously, the selected option was only applied to the current session of SOLIDWORKS and did not transfer…

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How to add more Properties to the Standard SOLIDWORKS Custom Properties List

SOLIDWORKS Custom Properties List

The standard SOLIDWORKS Custom Properties List that is included with SOLIDWORKS are decent and cover most needs, but what if you want more? There is a solution that comes in two forms. The first is quite simple: in the “Property Name” field at the bottom of your already great list, click in the box and…

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SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Lock Rotation of new Concentric Mates to Components

In SOLIDWORKS 2019, any new Toolbox components can have their concentric mates rotation locked automatically. In order to activate the SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Lock Rotation for concentric mates option, you need to go to: Tools > Options > System Options > Hole Wizard/Toolbox and under Toolbox Mates, check the Lock rotation of new concentric mates to Toolbox components option. Once…

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Gotta pattern something in SOLIDWORKS? Reduce your effort with a Sketch Driven Pattern!

A SOLIDWORKS Sketch Driven Pattern is a great way to control instance locations, but did you know you can use the same sketch for both the instances AND the feature?  You can!  To demonstrate, we’re going to dive into the universe of one of my all-time favorite sci-fi novels and movies, “2001: A Space Odyssey”:…

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