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The “Easy Bake” recipe for Displaying Cosmetic Threads

Are SOLIDWORKS Cosmetic Threads a ‘Nice to have’, or a ‘Nuisance’? Depending on your organizations standards, SOLIDWORKS Cosmetic Threads can be a life-saver or a nuisance. The nuisance factor may be enhanced multi-fold, when you are unable to display cosmetic threads as intended in your drawings or assemblies. Given the difficulty that can ensue with the display of this annotation feature, many give up and elect to avoid using SOLIDWORKS cosmetic threads altogether. Our hope with this article is to guide you through the pinch points and have you confidently apply cosmetic threads as desired. Display settings for SOLIDWORKS Cosmetic Threads There are five main settings that will effect the display of SOLIDWORKS cosmetic threads within your parts, drawings or assemblies. The very first point to make regarding the visibility of cosmetic threads is: IF the cosmetic thread annotation in the component’s feature tree is set to HIDDEN, the cosmetic…

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Update Training that will help you become a SOLIDWORKS Power User!

When it comes to learning what’s new in SOLIDWORKS there are many resources available to you. There are literally 100s of what’s new videos on the internet, a multitude of reference books, and of course the What’s New PDF document included with each release of the software. These resources are great at providing you with an overview of the new SOLIDWORKS features and often include a step-by-step guide on how to use them. However the what’s new style of learning doesn’t really provide you with new skills or improve the way in which you use SOLIDWORKS; what’s new lessons tend to focus on helping you understand the new features but do not teach you best practices or time-saving techniques. If you are looking to become a SOLIDWORKS Power User with the latest software release then you need to take our SOLIDWORKS Advanced Update training course. Here’s why… Update training that will improve YOU The training course is based on the experience of our certified SOLIDWORKS experts who have…

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SOLIDWORKS Mirror Drawing View

SOLIDWORKS Mirror Drawing Views

In SOLIDWORKS 2017, you can Mirror SOLIDWORKS Drawing View, including display model, relative to model, and predefined drawing views without having to create the mirror components. Projected and other derived views carry over the mirror state from their parent view. How to Mirror SOLIDWORKS Drawing Views To mirror drawing views: In the drawing environment, select a Model, Relative to Model, or Predefined drawing view; In the Drawing view PropertyManager, in the mirror panel, select Mirror view; Under Mirror view, select Horizontal or Vertical. The following image demonstrates how to Mirror SOLIDWORKS Drawing View vertically, including the dimensions, which remain in their associated locations: SOLIDWORKS 2017 Resources Access our resources page to get everything you need to learn what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2017, including tech tips, demonstrations, and upcoming product webinars. WHAT’S NEW RESOURCES

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Using Location Labels in SOLIDWORKS Drawings

Location Label Example

A major difference between a good and a bad drawing is how well it can communicate the necessary information. A good drawing is easy-to-read and includes all the necessary information. SOLIDWORKS Location labels are a great way to make a drawing easy-to-read by building correlations between items that are related but apart from each other e.g. a detail view and its detail circle. The items that you can add a location label to are as follows: Section view Detail view Auxiliary view Cutting line Auxiliary view arrows How to insert a SOLIDWORKS Location Label You can add a SOLIDWORKS location label to these items by going to Insert > Annotations and select Location Label from the menu, and then click on one of the items that are mentioned above to add a label to it. As you can see in the picture below, a location label not only shows the sheet of the reference or detail…

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How to manage SOLIDWORKS Drawing Note bullet/number spacing

We recently received questions about how to adjust the spacing between a SOLIDWORKS drawing note bullet or number and the associated text. The problem is shown in the following image. This becomes even more annoying if there is a very limited space to fit the notes in the drawing sheet. How to Adjust the Spacing By double-clicking on the text, a Formatting toolbar pops up. In this toolbar, the font type and size can be set and also the alignment for the text. In addition, bullets or numbering, and also indent properties can be assigned to the text. These settings are essentially the same as the ones you will find in Microsoft Word. The last item is “Paragraph Properties“. Selecting that option brings up a new window in which the spacing can be adjusted. Another way of opening the Paragraph Properties window is by right-clicking on the text after being activated from a double-click.   Any changes either from the Formatting toolbar or…

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How to identify and label X & Y coordinate points in a SOLIDWORKS Drawing

In complicated drawings where there are many details to represent, you may want to label specific SOLIDWORKS coordinate points in your drawing views. If only a few labels are required then two dimensions can be used, one for horizontal and the other for vertical distance. Alternatively, Chain or Ordinate dimensions can denote XY coordinates with a measured distance from an origin point on the sides of a drawing view as shown in the example below: However, if there are too many points and you would like to eliminate the dimension lines in order to prevent crowding the view, there is another possibility to show the XY coordinate of any point in a drawing view with respect to a defined origin. Here is how: Add points to the desired locations in the model. Points could be added using 2D or 3D sketches. Then, dimension the points to an arbitrary origin. From File > Properties, add a custom property using the two…

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How to create an Angular Model Break View in SOLIDWORKS [VIDEO]

Angular Model Break View

In previous versions of SOLIDWORKS you could not make an angular break view in your drawings. For example if you have tried to add a break line to your isometric view you ended up with something like this: In SOLIDWORKS 2016, you now have the ability to create a break in your model using the Model Break View tool. This tool allows you to create configuration-based 3D Break Views (also known as interrupted views) of a model. In other words, it will generate a derived configuration in your part which shows your model in a break view. This allows angled parts and isometric drawing views to break correctly. You can create break views in a model of isometric orientation with traditional break shapes, including accurate depiction of pipe breaks. Later on you can use this configuration in your drawing to show an angular break view. To show a model break view within a drawing: Select…

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How to add a watermark to SOLIDWORKS Parts and Assemblies [VIDEO]

SOLIDWORKS Part Assembly Watermark

Before SOLIDWORKS 2016 it was only possible to add a watermark to a drawing. But SOLIDWORKS 2016 introduced new functionality that makes it possible to add a watermark to your Part and Assembly documents. You have the option to display the watermark on top of the model or behind it, with the ability to adjust the transparency. Applying a SOLIDWORKS Watermark To add a SOLIDWORKS watermark to a part or assembly document you have to follow these steps which are outlined in the tutorial video below: In the FeatureManager design tree, expand Annotations. Right-click Notes Area and click Activate. Click Insert > Annotation > Note. Create the note for the watermark. Right-click the note and click Watermark from the shortcut menu. In the PropertyManager, under Watermark you can set the watermark to be either on top of the model or behind it, and set a transparency value.

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