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SOLIDWORKS Drawing Tech Tips and Tutorials

Using Colour & Layers to make SOLIDWORKS Drawing detail stand out

SOLIDWORKS drawing colour

This article shows a trick for making your drawing dimensions and annotations stand out from the model edges in SOLIDWORKS using layers and colour. In the next image, all model edges and dimensions are black except for a couple of driven dimensions from the Hole…

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Simplify Your SOLIDWORKS Assembly Drawing with Display States

Assembly Drawing Display States

One use of display states is to help improve the clarity of information conveyed in a SOLIDWORKS assembly drawing. In the example below, we have a u-joint assembly drawing with a bill of materials. What if we want to include a view of one particular…

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Clean up your SOLIDWORKS Drawings with the Auto Arrange Dimensions Tool

A helpful SOLIDWORKS tool for organizing dimensions and annotations in a drawing is the Auto Arrange Dimensions tool. This can be activated several ways: By selecting the tool from the Align Toolbar (enabled by right-clicking the CommandManager and selecting Align from the Toolbar drop-down menu)….

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Save time detailing bodies in SOLIDWORKS with Relative To Model view!

So you’ve got a multibody part, such as a weldment or other non-welded design (doesn’t even need to use Weldment tools) in SOLIDWORKS, and it’s time to detail each body as it would appear before being welded or assembled.  With assemblies, common practice is to…

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How to Fix a Corrupt SOLIDWORKS Drawing

Corrupt SOLIDWORKS Drawing

Oh no, your SOLIDWORKS drawing appears to be corrupt!  It either won’t open properly, won’t save, throws a corruption message, suggests a repair or contacting technical support, etc.  What steps can you try to fix it before calling in the cavalry? This article serves as…

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How to link Balloons to Custom Properties in a SOLIDWORKS Drawing Template

Recently a customer wanted to know if it was possible, in a SOLIDWORKS Drawing Template, to link Custom Properties to balloons, without the need to edit each balloon? After providing a solution to this customer I thought that other users may find this useful. Link…

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A new method for applying Callouts to External Cosmetic Threads in SOLIDWORKS 2020

Cosmetic thread callouts

In prior years of SOLIDWORKS, cosmetic thread callouts were added into drawings either automatically on view creation, or manually this way.  Now in SOLIDWORKS 2020, the cosmetic thread callouts can be shown like dimensions, but the prior method is still available.  The new functionality in…

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Custom Scales for Drawing Sheets and Views

SOLIDWORKS 2020 makes it easier to assign custom drawing scales for both the overall sheet properties and individual drawing views.  Now you can type in the custom scale size directly into the User Defined dialog. Setting Custom Scales for Drawing Sheets In SOLIDWORKS 2019, the…

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SOLIDWORKS Macro to create Drawings for All Configurations with Updated BOM

Create SOLIDWORKS drawings macro

Have you ever had a part with tens or hundreds or thousands of configurations? And you’re responsible for creating a drawing for EACH of those configurations with a correct BOM? Well fear no more! We’ve got a SOLIDWORKS Macro for you in which all you have…

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