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SOLIDWORKS 2016 Sheet Scale Control in Status Bar

Starting with SOLIDWORKS 2016, working with drawings is a little easier.  In previous versions of SOLIDWORKS, the Status Bar showed the current sheet scale in Drawings, now in 2016 the sheet scale can be controlled from the Status Bar. The popup sheet scale list allow users…

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How to update SOLIDWORKS Annotations linked to the wrong Model [VIDEO]

In a SOLIDWORKS drawing that references multiple models, annotations sometimes get linked to the wrong part or assembly.  In the example shown below, the title block is linked to the top-level assembly that is displayed in the upper left corner as a reference, and not the shaft assembly that is…

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SOLIDWORKS Drawing Break View [VIDEO]

Model Break View

With the new Part and Assembly BREAK VIEW functionality available in SOLIDWORKS MBD 2015, the drawing is where it can all come together.  Similar to an exploded view, SOLIDWORKS Drawing Break View can be selected from the view properties and included in your drawing if…

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Rotate SOLIDWORKS Drawing View to Align an Edge to Horizontal [VIDEO]

Ideally when you are creating a part in SOLIDWORKS, you want to setup your sketches and features in such a way that the part is oriented as it would be when used in the assembly or how it would be naturally positioned in reality. This…

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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…

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Magnetic Lines [VIDEO]

SolidWorks has learned a pretty neat new trick from the Composer: balloons can now be attached to Magnetic Lines in SolidWorks 2012, giving designers more control over the alignment and spacing of balloons in drawings.

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Reuse Letters from Deleted Views [VIDEO]

You may have seen this before, create a detail or section view and it is automatically named View A, great.  Except oops that wasn’t the view I wanted so I delete View A and start again … except now the new view is automatically named…

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Custom Views For Drawings [VIDEO]

Whenever you go to make a drawing of a part or assembly you have created in SolidWorks, you are presented with a set of predetermined views to chose from, front, top, isometric etc. But what if the view you want to use isn’t in that…

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Linking Sheet Format References in Drawing Templates [VIDEO]

As you may know, a Drawing Template stores all of the Document Properties settings that you need.  It also contains a Sheet Format file containing your border and title block information.  For more details about these two file types, you can read through http://www.javelin-tech.com/blog/2012/01/drawing-templates-sheet-formats/. The Drawing Template actually stores the Sheet Format in any active sheets when the template was saved.  However creating a new sheet in a drawing will look to the Sheet Format reference.  If this reference cannot be found, it must be updated in the Sheet Properties.  Watch the video below to see how to relink the reference.

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