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SOLIDWORKS Drawing Tech Tips and Tutorials

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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How to apply a SOLIDWORKS Hole Callout to Non-Hole Wizard Hole

In SOLIDWORKS 2020, you can now add Hole Callouts to non-hole wizard holes that have a cosmetic thread. In the following example we have created a hole in a plate and applied a cosmetic thread to the hole. In order to insert a hole callout…

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How to apply All Uppercase to SOLIDWORKS Dimensions & Hole Callouts

In SOLIDWORKS 2020, you can set the dimension characters or hole callouts to show as all uppercase characters in the graphics area for drawings. This can be done for a single dimension by selecting that dimension, going to dimension property manager, and clicking on All…

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Overlay Configurations in Alternate Position View with SOLIDWORKS 2020

SOLIDWORKS 2020 Alternate Position View

With SOLIDWORKS 2020 you can now overlay two configurations of a part in a single view in your part drawings using Alternate Position View. This is very useful for comparing two configurations that are made from one another. For example, you may purchase a part…

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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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