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Make your BOM Worth a Thousand Words in SOLIDWORKS 2019

SOLIDWORKS 2019 increases the clarity and usability of exported BOMs by enabling the inclusion of component thumbnails

Creating a bill of materials to document the different components in an assembly is a near universal task. For caution of the word all, let’s stick with saying that most designers will need to perform this potentially time-consuming activity during their careers. Therefore, it is no surprise that designers everywhere rejoice when they discover SOLIDWORKS…

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How to change a SOLIDWORKS Bend Note angle to be Complementary or Inside

What is a complementary angle? What am I referring to with changing the bend note angle to be complementary? Unfortunately, this won’t mean that your flat patterns will praise how great of a designer you are, but it certainly could help impress the manufacturing department! Check out the image below describing the difference between the…

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Need to create a non-standard SOLIDWORKS Drawing View?

I have the following tube I need to detail: Wouldn’t it be nice if I had a view normal to the hole pattern to add my dimensions? Try a SOLIDWORKS Auxiliary View: Simply select a reference edge (or quickly sketch one): The end result is a view looking normal to the hole pattern that you…

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How to show a Deformed Shape as an Alternative Position View in a SOLIDWORKS Drawing

In a part or assembly environment we can show the deformed shape of a model, from SOLIDWORKS Simulation analysis results, alongside the original model before the load was applied, an example is shown in the figure below. However, if you need to show the deformed shape in a drawing in order to add dimensions measuring…

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How to attach additional leader lines to SOLIDWORKS Balloons

Messy drawing views

Does your company require you to have every part in a drawing identified to avoid confusion? This blog post will show you how to identify every item in your drawing view without requiring extra SOLIDWORKS balloons. When you identify every item in an assembly drawing do your views end up looking like the example below…

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Help DS SolidWorks Improve the Performance of Large Assemblies and Drawings

Submit SOLIDWORKS Software Performance Reports (SPR) and Enhancement Requests (ER) Have you encountered SOLIDWORKS software performance that has hindered your workflow and caused frustration? One of the less known techniques for bug reports and performance enhancements requests is getting Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corporation attention by reporting issues directly to them and voting for enhancements. The…

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How to bring back the SOLIDWORKS Dimension Palette Icon after moving your Mouse

When you select a dimension in a drawing, the SOLIDWORKS Dimension Palette icon pops up. This allows you to hover over to bring up the palette to make quick formatting edits. You need to move your cursor straight to the Dimension Palette icon.  If you move your cursor somewhere else, the icon will disappear even…

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SOLIDWORKS Virtual Sharp Display Options

Virtual Sharp - Dot

A SOLIDWORKS Virtual Sharp in sketches and drawings provide the ability to dimension to the imaginary point where two lines would intersect in space.  Our previous blog posts show how you can add a virtual sharp using the Point tool or using Find Intersection with the Smart Dimension tool. Did you know you can change…

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