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Manipulating SOLIDWORKS Extension Lines in your Drawings

SOLIDWORKS Extension Lines

In this article, manipulating SOLIDWORKS extension lines after being added by dimensions is examined. It is shown that the extension lines could be treated as a separate entity in drawings and we can even decide to show or hide them. Some settings existed under Tools > Options dedicated only for extension lines. You can slant the extension lines, flip the direction of a leader, and drag extension lines between the center, minimum, and maximum attachment points of arcs and circles. In the following, some of the adjustments that could be done to extension or dimension lines are demonstrated. Change Attachment Points of SOLIDWORKS Extension Lines You can change the existed attachment point of dimension extension lines. In the following screenshots, it is shown that an extension line is reattached from the left edge to a shaft in the middle. While the dimension is highlighted, a tiny square shows up at…

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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 Arrows in SOLIDWORKS In SOLIDWORKS the Multi-jog Leader command allows you to draw arrows with various end shapes. This command can be found from Insert > Annotation > Multi-jog Leader. This command works very similar to the Line command. The default for the command is to continue adding lines until it is selected to end. To end the line you either double-click or righ-click and select end leader. When finished the result is a line with two arrow heads, one on either end. In case you need to have only one arrow head, right-click on one end and change its end shape to Plain Line. To add more arrows one…

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How to Combine SOLIDWORKS Hole Callouts – Part 1

SOLIDWORKS Hole Callouts

I had an interesting question from a customer the other week: They wanted to know how to combine multiple SOLIDWORKS hole callouts. I created a simple example on my system using two different Hole Wizard features: An M6 counterbore with an M8 tapped thread inside it. Unfortunately, if I simply copied and pasted the text from one hole callout to the other, the result wouldn’t be dynamically linked to the first hole. I figured I had two solutions. In this post I’ll discuss the first solution. Inserting and aligning the Callouts I created a drawing with two separate callouts: As the above image shows, I then switched the text positioning on both callouts. I set both to be left-justified (or left-aligned). Then I chose one callout to be my top callout (in this case, the counter-sink), and I set that to be bottom aligned. I set the other callout (the tapped…

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Creating Multiple Leaders from a SOLIDWORKS Annotation [VIDEO]

Sometimes you may need to assign multiple leaders from a single annotation.  There are several different ways of creating multiple leaders depending on what type of annotation you are using. 1) Pre-select when adding note If you are adding Notes that need to point to multiple locations, pre-select the vertices, edges or faces and then use the Note tool 2) Ctrl-select before placing the annotation When using an annotation tool like Balloon, select the location for the first leader, then hold Ctrl and select as many additional leader locations Then click to place the annotation 3) Ctrl-drag existing leader attachment points to other locations If an annotation has already been placed on the drawing with a leader, Ctrl-drag the leader attachment point and drop it on another location   Here is a video demonstrating the different options:

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