SW2017

Flag Notes in SOLIDWORKS Drawings

Recently we have received a lot of questions on how to create and use a SOLIDWORKS Flag Note. In this blog article, some of the settings of flag notes are demonstrated in hopes that it will answer the frequently asked questions. What is a SOLIDWORKS…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Hide All Types of Reference Geometry in the Heads-up Toolbar

SOLIDWORKS 2017 gives you the ability to Hide All Types via the Heads-up Toolbar! The screen display can get cluttered when you have lots of annotations, sketches and reference geometry visible. We wanted an easy way to hide everything at once! Now the Hide/Show icon in…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Dynamic Reference Visualization Redesign

In SOLIDWORKS 2017 the Dynamic Reference Visualization has been redesigned! Dynamic reference arrows have been redesigned to improve clarity in the FeatureManager Design Tree. The white dot shows the originating feature, and the new arrows won’t get in the way of underlying text in the tree….

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Thread Feature Enhancements

SOLIDWORKS 2017 gives you new options with the thread feature! Thread features can now trim to start or end faces. This saves the extra step of creating a cut feature to trim threads. Threads can now also have multiple starts, so an extra circular pattern feature is…

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How to replace SOLIDWORKS Sub-assemblies with Multi-Body Parts while maintaining Drawing References!

As design evolves within SOLIDWORKS we find many customers have a desire to swap sub-assemblies for multi-body components.  We  could spend some time in this article to discuss why I think this may not be the best idea in regard to overall SOLIDWORKS performance, however…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Uninstall will complete even when DLL files cannot be unregistered

This little bit of functionality does not seem to be something that most folks would be interested in at all, until this SOLIDWORKS 2017 Uninstall message appears: Prior releases of SOLIDWORKS would ask you to pick up the saved log files and forward them along to…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2017 Converts DraftSight DWG/DXF to PDF Automatically

DraftSight to PDF Task

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2017 comes with some very useful new Tasks that can be big time savers for users.  One is the new DraftSight to PDF Task. This Task is able to convert DWG and DXF files to PDF format.  This requires that DraftSight Professional or…

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2017 Lock Inspection Balloons to Prevent Renumbering

By default, removing an inspection balloon results in the remaining balloons being renumbered according to the original order.  This change of balloon numbers associated with characteristics creates discrepancy with the existing inspection reports, which may lead to confusion or mistakes.  In SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2017, you…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2017 can automatically Convert Microsoft Office files as PDF

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2017 has introduced a new Task that can save Microsoft Office documents as PDF. The Task is able to convert Word, Excel and PowerPoint files to PDF. The system running the Task must have Microsoft Office 2010 or newer installed for the Task to work….

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