SOLIDWORKS Drawing

Adding Balloons to a Sub-Assembly in a SOLIDWORKS Drawing

Balloon Sub-Assembly

If you have been working with a SOLIDWORKS bill of material table (BOM) for a while, perhaps you have noticed that there are limitations when it comes to adding balloons to a sub-assembly and its components. For example, if you want to add a balloon to a sub-assembly SOLIDWORKS does not allow us, and no matter where we click it shows the item number of one…

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How to show SOLIDWORKS Sub-weldment Components in a Drawing Cut List

In SOLIDWORKS, a Weldment model usually includes many numbers of components which show in the cut list table. To reduce the rows in the cut list to a manageable number or to create sub-groups for the model, one can group components and save them under a sub-weldment folder. As a result, the cut list table in Drawings will show only one row for each sub-weldment….

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Custom Properties & Sheet Tabs

SOLIDWORKS PDM Custom Properties & Sheet Tabs

Drawings do not have sheet specific custom properties and because of this, in the SOLIDWORKS PDM Data Card,  their properties always appear under the @ tab. This can result in the @ tab and Sheet(s) tab(s) displaying differing information.   We can use the option Update all configurations in file data card, to ensure that sheet tabs and the @ tab show the same information, but this…

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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…

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SOLIDWORKS Multi-sheet Drawing Custom Properties Source

When a drawing annotation has a link to a Custom Property based on the ‘View specified in the sheet properties’, it references the Custom Property from a view on that sheet. The Sheet Properties by default is set to use the properties from the model in the drawing view which was first added to the sheet (Default).  Though you can choose a specific view on…

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How to define a SOLIDWORKS Detail View in a specific shape rather than a circle

SOLIDWORKS Detail View selection

When teaching the SOLIDWORKS Essentials course I often get asked “Can you make a SOLIDWORKS Detail View that is not a circle?” The answer is yes, you can! First create a closed contour sketch where you want the detail view using either an ellipse, spline, or any other sketch geometry. Select the sketch and then select Detail View from the View Layout Tab. You can…

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Show a SOLIDWORKS Sketch in a Specific Drawing View while Hidden in all other Views

Let’s assume we have a sketch drawn in a part file and we have not used it to create a feature. By default in SOLIDWORKS, this sketch will remain shown unless we hide them in the part level. Usually, designers hide those kinds of sketches because it can interfere their design process by showing unrelated sketch entities while drawing other sketches. Now, let us assume…

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Quickly and Easily Changing the SOLIDWORKS Drawing Scale

SOLIDWORKS Drawing Scale

I often feel that the best tricks and functionality in SOLIDWORKS, or any software package for that matter, are the subtle ones. The subtle tricks that aren’t covered in user guides or tutorials. Of course, if you watch how your colleagues use SOLIDWORKS or attend a User Group meeting or take a SOLIDWORKS Training course, you are going to pick up a lot of these…

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