SOLIDWORKS Annotation

How to add Custom Information to a SOLIDWORKS Balloon

When adding a SOLIDWORKS balloon to a Drawing there is an option to show the quantity of the part. This a great way to give the reader additional information quickly, but what if you want to show other model details in the balloon, for instance the length or material? There is no readily available option, but we can link the desired properties to notes to make it happen! Why would we want to do this in the first place? Sure, I can just add a note and manually type in the length, but if there were any changes to the model or balloon position, that information would not be captured, so we need a way to link the values to the notes as well. In this example, we will be working with the base frame of a shed & the associated weldment cut list. We would like to show the length of…

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Manipulating SOLIDWORKS Extension Lines in your Drawings

SOLIDWORKS Extension Lines

In this article, manipulating SOLIDWORKS extension lines after being added by dimensions is examined. It is shown that the extension lines could be treated as a separate entity in drawings and we can even decide to show or hide them. Some settings existed under Tools > Options dedicated only for extension lines. You can slant the extension lines, flip the direction of a leader, and drag extension lines between the center, minimum, and maximum attachment points of arcs and circles. In the following, some of the adjustments that could be done to extension or dimension lines are demonstrated. Change Attachment Points of SOLIDWORKS Extension Lines You can change the existed attachment point of dimension extension lines. In the following screenshots, it is shown that an extension line is reattached from the left edge to a shaft in the middle. While the dimension is highlighted, a tiny square shows up at…

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How to draw Arrows in a SOLIDWORKS Drawing

On some occasions arrows are needed in a SOLIDWORKS drawing to point to a detail or highlight a feature. In such instances, some users take advantage of the “Note” command with arrows and leave the text box empty. However, there is not much flexibility with that solution. Draw Arrows in SOLIDWORKS In SOLIDWORKS the Multi-jog Leader command allows you to draw arrows with various end shapes. This command can be found from Insert > Annotation > Multi-jog Leader. This command works very similar to the Line command. The default for the command is to continue adding lines until it is selected to end. To end the line you either double-click or righ-click and select end leader. When finished the result is a line with two arrow heads, one on either end. In case you need to have only one arrow head, right-click on one end and change its end shape to Plain Line. To add more arrows one…

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How to Combine SOLIDWORKS Hole Callouts – Part 2

Select a Hole Callout

As I discussed in part one of this blog, there are two ways to combine SOLIDWORKS Hole Callouts. Our customer was happy with the first method for combining callouts by changing the text positions of the callouts, then overlapping the callouts. But here I’ll show you the second method. The other method is to create a regular note, then use the ability to link a note to multiple dimensions or hole callouts. Here are the steps to combine SOLIDWORKS Hole Callouts in a note: First I insert a Note into the drawing, SOLIDWORKS will prompt me to enter some text, but I’ll leave it blank for the moment. I’m going to select one of the Hole Callouts instead of entering text in the note. You’ll notice that when I select one of the Callouts, the entire annotation gets copied into the note. Repeat for the other callout. Format the note as desired. Finally, hide the original dimensions by…

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How to Add a Watermark to your SOLIDWORKS Drawing

Perhaps there are times when you want to add a watermark to your SOLIDWORKS Drawing. Let’s say you want to have a “CONFIDENTIAL” stamp on your drawing. When you add a note to your drawing view you may notice that the note covers the drawing lines and dimensions as shown in the figure below: To overcome this problem and display an annotation note behind the elements in your drawing sheet you have to add the note to the sheet format instead. So right click on the drawing and select “Edit Sheet Format” and then insert your note. At this point while your note is still selected you can see under the “Text Format” section of the property manager there is an option called “Behind sheet”. This option instructs SOLIDWORKS to display the annotation note behind drawing objects. Check the box and then right-click on the drawing sheet again and this time select “Edit sheet”. Now you can see that SOLIDWORKS has moved the note…

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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 the Note tool 2) Ctrl-select before placing the annotation When using an annotation tool like Balloon, select the location for the first leader, then hold Ctrl and select as many additional leader locations Then click to place the annotation 3) Ctrl-drag existing leader attachment points to other locations If an annotation has already been placed on the drawing with a leader, Ctrl-drag the leader attachment point and drop it on another location   Here is a video demonstrating the different options:

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Time Saver: Insert Sheet Metal Parameters in your Drawings

Before yesterday, I was sure I knew everything about custom properties and how to use them in parametric annotations. After all, if the information is already in the model, why not use it in Drawings, BOMs and other interesting places. Well… turns out I was wrong and… I am very happy about that! The values for some custom properties have to be input manually by the user, but a lot of them are filled in automatically by SolidWorks. The problem is that SolidWorks works in silence and does not brag about it. So imagine my surprise (a pleasant one, of course) when Michel Cloutier showed us how fast and easy is to populate a note with the sheet metal parameters of your part with just 2 clicks.

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