Drawings

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 to select from any common scale options, or to quickly…
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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 shown in the foreground with a BOM and balloons. This…
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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 so desired. The video below will show you how to…
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Why do my SOLIDWORKS Drawing dimensions move after I placed them? [VIDEO]

When detailing a drawing, a common complaint for users first starting out with SolidWorks is that dimensions will seemingly arbitrarily jump around after they’ve been placed.  It isn’t that your SolidWorks program is trying to defy your commands, it’s actually that the program is following a drawing layout standard that it thinks you have already…
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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 has the potential to not work out so well for…
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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…
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SOLIDWORKS Tutorial: Step-by-Step Guide to Drawing Templates and Sheet Formats [VIDEO]

SolidWorks drawing template & Sheet Format
Many people get confused when it comes to creating custom Drawing Templates and Sheet Formats in SOLIDWORKS.  It’s not as straight forward as Part and Assembly templates due to the fact that each sheet can potentially have different sheet sizes and title blocks.  Because of this extra detail, the information is broken out into two…
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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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