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Using the SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Bounding Box to create Flat Pattern Data

Several times in my career I’ve had rush jobs that need an estimate right away, or, the material might be a long lead request/special order coming from another city or in some cases a different country. Having the basic dimensions of a part can help…

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SOLIDWORKS VBA Macro Code to Save Drawing as a PDF

save solidworks drawing to pdf

Usually when we want to speed up process tasks in SOLIDWORKS, we tend to search for Macros that can do the task for us so we can decrease our process time. A lot of these Macros are published online by various users, but be mindful…

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How to Align Breaks in a SOLIDWORKS Projected View with a Parent View

A customer recently contacted me with a strange situation: they were unable to drag the breaks in a SOLIDWORKS projected view in their drawing. See the image below as an example: the bottom view is the parent view and the top view is the projected…

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How to automatically create a SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Flat Pattern Configuration

If a job can be automated in SOLIDWORKS and reduces the amount of time it takes to create I say do it, especially if it works every time. The flat pattern can be created automatically while making a drawing and since most parts require a…

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How to change the SOLIDWORKS Drawing background appearance

SOLIDWORKS Drawing Background

While model-based definition (MBD) is gaining momentum in industry, many companies currently rely on drawings, which brings us to this article.  Are you staring at SOLIDWORKS drawings a lot?  Ever wanted to spruce up those drawings for a bit of realism in the sheet’s appearance…

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How to link SOLIDWORKS Drawing Sheet details to a PDM Data Card

Sheet Details Mapping - Complete

In SOLIDWORKS PDM we can map SOLIDWORKS Drawing Sheet details directly to a Data Card, making the information easily accessible to users.  In this article we’re going to look at how to create that relationship within the vault. How to map the SOLIDWORKS Drawing Sheet…

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Creating a Checklist for Dangling Dimensions in Drawings using the SOLIDWORKS Design Checker

One of the most common drawing questions that users ask if there is a way to list all the dangling dimensions that are in their SOLIDWORKS drawings. Looking for them on a couple of sheets with simple parts is not so bad, but what happens…

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How to include SOLIDWORKS files in the SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Content Search

After enabling the content search in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional, by default the Windows Search Service supports indexing the following files types: Microsoft Office files HTML files MIME messages Plain-text files We can include other file types by installing its corresponding third-party iFilter.  After a new…

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