SOLIDWORKS 2016

Tech tips for SOLIDWORKS 2016

Using the SOLIDWORKS Save Bodies command without creating multiple copies

SOLIDWORKS Save Bodies
Have you previously used the SOLIDWORKS Save Bodies command on a weldment feature only to find that all of the identical parts were made into individual files? Why use the SOLIDWORKS Save Bodies command? The SOLIDWORKS Save Bodies command can be used on any multibody part which allows you to create an assembly at the…
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Customized SOLIDWORKS Section Views using Parallel to Screen Planes

The SOLIDWORKS Section View is a great tool to investigate the details of complicated parts and assemblies. For instance you can use the section view when: A Shell command is used with or without multi-thickness checked, A Hole wizard is used to make sure holes are aligned, Assembling many parts and you need to make sure they…
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SOLIDWORKS Composer Animation Timeline Enhancements

SOLIDWORKS Composer like all other SOLIDWORKS products is constantly being improved from year to year.  One of the biggest enhancements for the 2016 release in my mind has been the improvements made to the animation timeline. In previous versions, the animation timeline had a limited number of rows representing the animation keys.  There was a row for…
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Why you should be using a SOLIDWORKS Hole Table

SOLIDWORKS Hole Table
A SOLIDWORKS hole table is an excellent way to convey hole information in a convenient and organized manner.  Columns can be created to show such information as hole tag, size, location, and more. SOLIDWORKS has an automated function to help you generate your hole tables faster and easier than ever.  All that is needed is…
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How to Link SOLIDWORKS Flag Notes to Balloons or Notes in a Drawing

One of the great new features that has been introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2016 is “Flag Notes”. Flag notes are a method of cross-referencing one area or feature of a drawing to a list of notes. In order to add SOLIDWORKS flag notes to a drawing you have to follow these steps: Add a Note to…
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How to control the visibility of SOLIDWORKS Bodies with your mouse & keyboard

Hide a solid body
Last year during the launch of SOLIDWORKS 2016 we showed you the new component visibility toggle functionality to quickly hide and show components in your assembly. Well did you know that this functionality also applies to bodies? Here is an example of a SOLIDWORKS weldment comprised of solid bodies. I’ll use the SOLIDWORKS bodies visibility tools…
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How to bring back SOLIDWORKS Classic Icons & Colours

For those that have been forced to undertake a change to your SOLIDWORKS User Interface in 2016, there is good news – The COLOURS ARE BACK! in SOLIDWORKS 2016 SP3. In order to return the Icons to their “Classic” colored styling, do the following: Navigate to the new option “Icon Color” (Tools > Options > System…
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SOLIDWORKS PDM Set Revision

Do you have a special workflow for migrated data? Does it look something like this: Or this: New Set Revision function These workflows aren’t necessary anymore with the new Set Revision function in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2016. Let’s take a look… In this example, all the data cards have the appropriate revisions and need to be synced…
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