SOLIDWORKS Annotations

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…

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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…

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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 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:…

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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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