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.
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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.
When you open an assembly or drawing in SOLIDWORKS, you are not just opening a single file, you are opening all the referenced files too. So if you open an assembly, SOLIDWORKS opens the assembly, as well as all the sub-assemblies and part files within it.
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.
This blog post came from a customer asking me a question about the colours on his drawings and in particular the use of this button on the Line Format toolbar.
Design automation in DriveWorks allows you to automate the creation of configurable products quickly and easily.
Alongside the automotive industry, aerospace and defence industries have been the driving forces behind 3D printing’s revolutionary growth…
The humble circuit board; green, rectangular and used to power the myriad gadgets we rely on in daily life.
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:
Cambridge Industrial Design (CID) recently moved a few doors down from our office on Vision Park, Histon, near Cambridge, so it was a great opportunity to meet and discuss the impact of SOLIDWORKS within industrial design.
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.
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.