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SOLIDWORKS Assembly

How to quickly show ALL hidden components in your SOLIDWORKS assembly

Have you ever gotten a little trigger happy with suppressing components in your assembly? It can be tedious sometimes to make certain that all the components are turned back to a visible state once you’ve done what you needed to do. Either you used CTRL + SHIFT + TAB to show all hidden components, then have…

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Using SOLIDWORKS Named Views in Exploded Assembly Drawings

SOLIDWORKS named views

Is the Exploded view in your drawing appearing differently to your model view?  It might not be referencing a SOLIDWORKS Named View. Ever had this happen?  I have created an exploded assembly configuration with all the components spaced consistently apart, but in the drawing the exploded view doesn’t look that way.  Unlike the model, the…

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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…

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Mate a Component of a Rigid Sub-assembly to a Component of the Top-level assembly

SOLIDWORKS Rigid Sub-assembly

A question came in recently about constraining a moving component of a SOLIDWORKS rigid sub-assembly to a component of the top-level assembly.  The sub-assembly was fully constrained in the top-level assembly, so a mate between sub-assembly component and another component in the top-level assembly would not work.  The sub-assembly was also not suitable as flexible,…

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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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Projection Type to Show Multiple SOLIDWORKS Viewports in Parts and Assemblies

SOLIDWORKS Viewports

Showing multiple SOLIDWORKS Viewports in the part and assembly environment is helpful for advanced part modeling and also drawing 3D sketches. To examine how an advanced Sweep or Loft command has worked out, showing four different views of the part in the graphics area at the same time would be beneficial. The following image demonstrates how…

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Save time by using a SOLIDWORKS Hole Series in your assemblies!

If you have an assembly where you would like to create a counter-bored hole in one part, a clearance hole in another, and end it all off with a threaded hole, a SOLIDWORKS Hole Series is a quick and easy way to accomplish all of these holes in one task! As an added bonus SOLIDWORKS…

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How to adjust the amount of Transparency applied to SOLIDWORKS Assembly Components

SOLIDWORKS Transparency Amount

Have you ever wondered if you can have a different amount of transparency applied to different components in your assembly? I was asked that question recently and fortunately the answer is yes and there is a quick way to do it. In order to have different transparency levels for your assembly components you have to…

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