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What is the source of SOLIDWORKS Custom Properties in Linked Multi-sheet Annotations?

The source of SOLIDWORKS custom properties linked to drawing notes in a multi-sheet drawing can be the same for all sheets or sheet-specific.  This setting is found in Tools > Options > Document Properties > Drawing Sheets > Multi-sheet custom property source. SOLIDWORKS custom properties…

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How to Combine SOLIDWORKS Hole Callouts – Part 1

SOLIDWORKS Hole Callouts

I had an interesting question from a customer the other week: They wanted to know how to combine multiple SOLIDWORKS hole callouts. I created a simple example on my system using two different Hole Wizard features: An M6 counterbore with an M8 tapped thread inside it….

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Control the display of SOLIDWORKS Component and Top Level Annotations

Starting with SOLIDWORKS 2015, it is easier to control the display of SOLIDWORKS component annotations and top level annotations in an assembly file.  They now have separate display options in View > Hide/Show, which can help reduce the visual clutter in assembly models. These annotation display…

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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…

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SOLIDWORKS Group command is helpful but can also be annoying

Group Entities

If you create images or illustrations with Adobe or Microsoft products then you will be accustomed to grouping text and annotation elements together to make them easier to manage, move, or manipulate. Well when working with SOLIDWORKS Drawings you can use the same grouping elements technique with notes, dimensions,…

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SOLIDWORKS Quick Trick: Show Feature Dimensions for the entire part

In SOLIDWORKS, it has always been very easy to show the dimensions for a feature: just double-click on the feature and presto: all the dimensions for that feature are shown. This makes it fantastically easy to edit dimensions without having to edit the sketch or…

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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…

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Kiss your CAPS LOCK Key Good-bye with SolidWorks 2014 “All Uppercase”!

hAS THIS EVER HAPPENED TO YOU? Sorry about that. I left my Caps Lock key on after typing some notes on a drawing. Still, there are few nuisances as annoying as remembering if you have caps lock on or off. Especially if you’re like me and…

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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 before.

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