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Drawing zone lines in SOLIDWORKS 2015

One of our favourite features introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2015 was zone lines. Most drawing borders I have seen include a grid style referencing on them – so around the border would be number and letters creating a grid. It would be good drawing practice to include the grid reference in any revisions you made, or for locating detail or section views. Prior to the 2015 release, this grid location would need to be added manually.

Using a map file when exporting to DXF/DWG

If you are looking to export a SOLIDWORKS drawing to DXF/DWG, it’s not necessarily just a case of saving as DXF/DWG. There are more considerations to be taken such as version, scale and layers. There are various things that can be controlled when going to Options within the save as dialogue.

Line thicknesses in SOLIDWORKS explained

We have found that some customers have been a little confused by line thicknesses. Specifically the line thickness displayed in SOLIDWORKS versus the line thickness that is printed. Below is a guide that explains the process.

Understanding Bend Allowance Options in SOLIDWORKS

When working in sheet metal, we need to be able take a folded sheet, flatten it, and have an accurate size flat pattern. In SOLIDWORKS this is achieved by selecting the relevant bend allowance options in the Sheet Metal tool. The three main options that you will select between are:

Custom cross hatch SOLIDWORKS tutorial

If you apply a material to a component – and then section that component – the default cross hatch for that material is applied to it. If you have no material applied, a default cross hatch is applied. Read on to find out how it works.

Drones: Not Just for the Sky Anymore

Everyone is talking about drones. Privacy advocates are concerned that drones will become an extension of “Big Brother.” Governments are reviewing drone legislation. Amazon, most famously, is looking into drones for deliveries.

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