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How to create a Jog in a SOLIDWORKS Weld Symbol Leader

SOLIDWORKS multi jog weld symbol

In this post I will show you how to create a SOLIDWORKS multi jog weld symbol. This is one of those neat options that can help a lot especially when dealing with complex drawings. Usually there are a lot of dimensions, notes, balloons and so on; and fitting all of that information into your drawing views can be challenging. One of the most common symbols in mechanical drawings is the weld symbol. The weld symbol feature has several options available. You can add a jog to your weld symbol while you are adding it to your drawing or after placing it in a view. Inserting a SOLIDWORKS multi jog weld symbol When you start the weld symbol command in SOLIDWORKS, it opens with the “Weld Symbol Properties” dialog. At the bottom left corner of the dialog box there is a check box called “Use multi jog leader” that you can…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Cleaning Utility

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Cleaning Utility

One of the lesser known tools that gets installed along with SOLIDWORKS software is the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Cleaning Utility. This utility tool can be used to permanently delete any simulation data, including simulation setup and results information, from any SOLIDWORKS part or assembly file. There are a few scenarios that this tool can be useful. For example, imagine that you want to share the files with someone else who does not need the simulation data. You can make a back up of your file and use this tool to quickly delete all the simulation data from it and then send it to them. Another situation that you can use the utility for troubleshooting purposes. I’ve seen a few cases where SOLIDWORKS crashes when turning on the simulation add-in. One possible reason for that is corrupted simulation data. Using Simulation Cleaning Utility, you can do a quick test and see if the problem…

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SOLIDWORKS exported STEP file only includes one of my assembly components?!

SOLIDWORKS STEP File

You have been asked to send a SOLIDWORKS STEP file of your assembly and you know that it only takes a few seconds. You open your assembly and save it as *.step. Of course, you open the STEP file to make sure that everything is OK.  But when it loads up you see that only one of the components is saved! You may think that you made a mistake at some point and will try again. But the result is the same. So what is going on here? The problem happens when you have a component in your assembly with the exact same name as the assembly. Although it is not a good practice to have the same names for different files but let’s see how we can fix this issue. To fix the problem open File Explorer in Windows and switch to View tab. Then click on Options >…

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 provides Hole Callout features for Advanced Holes

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Hole Callout

SOLIDWORKS 2017 introduced the Advanced Hole feature which is a powerful tool for creating complex multi-stepped holes. Now in SOLIDWORKS 2018 you can quickly and easily detail an Advanced Hole using the Hole Callout feature. Furthermore, as you place the callout, new “Reverse callout order” and “Switch near and far side messages” options in the property manager give you control over how the information is displayed. Now you can apply all the information necessary to multi stepped holes in an instant. View the options below

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Blank SOLIDWORKS Assembly?!!!

You start your day and open an assembly that you were working on and suddenly you freeze and panic because there is a blank SOLIDWORKS assembly?!!! For sure the first thing you do is try a Rebuild or Force-Rebuild but it doesn’t help. You try Zoom-to-Fit and it stays the same. You can see all the components in the design tree and when checking the assembly references from File > Find References everything is the way it should be. So what is wrong?!!! First of all don’t panic. Probably it is nothing and the fix is easy. Most of the times this problem occurs because there is a component in your assembly that was placed far way from other components. So when you press Zoom-to-Fit SOLIDWORKS will zoom out to make sure all the components are displayed in the graphics area. Because of the huge gap between your components SOLIDWORKS needs…

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Assembly Visualization is even better with SOLIDWORKS 2018

SOLIDWORKS Assembly Visualization

Without a doubt, one of my favorite tools is SOLIDWORKS Assembly Visualization. It provides different ways to display and sort an assembly’s components in a list and in the graphics area. One area where you can benefit from using this tool is improving the performance of your SOLIDWORKS large assemblies. There are three SOLIDWORKS Assembly Visualization properties that can help you to find the culprits of slow performance in a large assembly. These are: SOLIDWORKS Rebuild Time (SW-Rebuild Time), SOLIDWORKS Open Time (SW-Open Time) and Total Graphics Triangles (Graphics-Triangles) With SOLIDWORKS 2018 the Assembly Visualization tool has been enhanced. Now you can show all three properties at once by pressing a single button in Assembly Visualization tab to troubleshoot the slow performance of your assemblies. To Show these properties simply click on Performance Analysis button in Assembly Visualization tab and it will show those properties as three predefined columns as…

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 Mirror Part now includes Material and Visual Properties

Mirror Part PropertyManager

SOLIDWORKS 2018 provides a variety of new enhancements. One of the new enhancements is the ability to include the material and the visual appearance of the parent part in the derived part when using the SOLIDWORKS Mirror Part command (Insert -> Mirror Part). If you see that the Mirror Part command is greyed out that is because you should pre-select the mirror face or plane. The Material checkbox in the Mirror Components PropertyManager is selected by default and lets you propagate the material of the mirrored part from the parent part. Also, the Propagate from original part option in the Visual Properties section can be used to transfer colour assignments from the parent part to the derived part. The Material and Propagate from original part options are available only when you mirror a part or when you insert a part into another part for the first time. These options are…

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Why does my SOLIDWORKS Model look so dark?

Why does my SOLIDWORKS Model look so dark?

One of the questions that I often receive is “Why does my SOLIDWORKS Model look so dark?”. It gets even worse if you switch to a ‘Shaded’ display style. Our customers ensure they have a supported graphics card and driver, and in most cases there are no appearances assigned to the model. Fortunately, the answer is simple. The lights have literally been turned off!!! All you need to do is: Switch to the “Display Manager” tab. Click on “Scene, Lights, and Cameras” and then click on “Lights”. As you can see in the image below the “Directional1” light is grayed out which means it is turned off. To turn it on again simply right-click on the Directional light and select “On in SOLIDWORKS” from the shortcut menu. And your model starts to shine again like a diamond.

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