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Tech tips, tutorials, and best practices for Drawings from the Javelin technical team

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…

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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…

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SOLIDWORKS Drawing Break View [VIDEO]

With the new Part and Assembly BREAK VIEW functionality available in SOLIDWORKS MBD 2015, the drawing is where it can…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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. …

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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…

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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…

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Order Item Balloons Sequentially

Do worries about non-sequential drawing balloons keep you up at night?  No?   Well you still might like a new enhancement…

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Cleanly Inserting Key Dimensions to a Drawing

When using “Insert Model Items” to import model dimensions into a drawing, the results sometimes be can be less the…

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Hierarchy of BOM Description References

The BOM Description column picks up the Description property from your models.  But if you are finding that modifying the…

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Reuse Common Annotations with the Design Library

If you’re constantly adding the same annotations to your drawings, save some time and add them to the Design Library….

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“Shift-Drag” Drawing Dimension Trick

While teaching a SolidWorks Essentials course, I had a student show me a drafting trick that I had not seen…

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How to edit SOLIDWORKS Drawing Notes that are linked to File Properties

As you may know, SOLIDWORKS linked drawing notes can be connected to the file properties of the drawing and/or components….

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