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5 Productive SolidWorks Tips (REV-20)

5 SolidWorks Tips that may possible be helpful kick starting your 3D day.

1.To dimensions from tangent edges of an arc or circle, hold Shift and select the tangent edge closest to the desired placement.

2.You can create parts in the context of the assembly. This is known as top-down design.

3.If your default units are inches, you can enter metric values in value boxes (for example, enter 25mm). SolidWorks automatically converts the value to the default units.

4.You can copy all of the referenced files of an assembly to a new directory. Click File, Find Reference, Copy Files.

5.You can create a sketch point at the virtual intersection of two entities. Ctrl-select the entities and click Point(Sketch toolbar). To change the appearance of the point, click Tools, Options, Document Properties, Virtual Sharps.

5 Productive SolidWorks Tips (REV-19)

5 SolidWorks Tips that may possible be helpful kick starting your 3D day.

1.You can press the space bar to bring up the Orientation dialog box.

2.When dimensionsing, right-click to lock the orientation of the dimensions (inside/outside angle or horizontal/vertical/parallel). Then you can drag the value to position the text wherever you want without the orientation changing.

3.The entitity selection filter toolbar can be turned off/on by pressing F5, and active filters can be turned off/on by pressing F6.

4.In order to view multiple sheets in a drawing at once, go to Window, New Window, and then tile the windows. You can select a different drawing sheet in each window.

5.Use the filter field at the top of the FeatureManager design tree to search for features of a part, assembly, or drawing.

5 Productive SolidWorks Tips (REV-18)

5 SolidWorks Tips that may possible be helpful kick starting your 3D day.


1.When you create a new projected, section, or auxiliary view, by default it is aligned with the parent view. To break the default alignment, hold down Ctrl as you select a location for the view.


2.You can control whether you want to see the contents of a drawing view while dragging a view. Click Tools, Options, System Options, Drawings to set the ‘Show contents while dragging drawing view’ option.


3.You can specify whether drawing views update automatically when referenced model changes. Use the shortcut menu on the drawing name in the FeatureManager design tree to set the Automatic view update option.


4.You can format a dimension in a drawing using the heads-up Dimensions Palette. Select the dimension and hover over the Dimension Palette icon.


5.You can switch between diameter and radius dimensions on a circle or arc. Select the desired option in the dimension’s shortcut menu.

5 Productive SolidWorks Tips (REV-17)

5 SolidWorks Tips that may possible be helpful kick starting your 3D day.

1.You can create blocks from commonly used sketches and easily reuse them in sketches, drawings, and models to quickly copy a sketch.

2.Use the Sketch Picture command to insert a reference image into a sketch.

3.Pressing the G key to display the magnifying glass.

4.You can use derived sketch to copy an existing sketch into several locations.

5.You can click Window, New Window to open a new instance of the file you are viewing. You can now use one window to zoom in for precision work and see it update in the other window.

5 Productive SolidWorks Tips (REV-16)

5 SolidWorks Tips that may possible be helpful kick starting your 3D day.

1.Click the Show in Folder icon next to recent documents in the File menu to browse to their location.

2.You can pin files in the recently used documents list in the File menu.

3.You can pre select a specific entity type (e.g. faces, edges) and then use the Select All command (Ctrl+A) to select all instances of that entity.

4.You can change a documents units directly from the status bar.

5.You can Auto Insert Center Marks for all holes, fillets, or slots in an entire view.

5 Productive SolidWorks Tips (REV-15)

5 SolidWorks Tips that may possible be helpful kick starting your 3D day.

1.You can specify the defalt line font for many types of drawing items. Click Tools, Options, Document Properties, Line Font.

2.A sketch has a minus in front of its name in the FeatureManager desing tree if it is under defined, and a plus sign if it is over defined.

3.If you drag a part into the the FeatureManager design tree of an assembly, the origin of the part is made coincident with the assembly origin, and the planes of the part are aligned with the assembly planes.

4.When lofting between similar profiles, it is often useful to copy the sketches. Select the sketch from the FeatureManager design tree, or select one of the entities and use Ctrl-C to copy it. Then select a plane or planar face and use Ctrl-V to paste the sketch.

5.You can zoom to Fit by pressing the ‘F’ key.

5 Productive SolidWorks Tips (REV-14)

5 SolidWorks Tips that may possible be helpful kick starting your 3D day.

1.When editing a part in an assembly, you can force the other components to become transparent, making it easier to select the part to be edited. Right-click components and select Change Transparency.

2.Sketch relations (suppressed or unsuppressed) can be controlled on a per configuration basis

3.Feature definitions (like end conditions: Blind, up to surface, etc.) can be controlled on a per configuration basis.

4.You can check the degree of curvature in a spline. Right-click the spline and select ‘Show curvature.’ If the degree of curvature is too small or to large for the spline, you can change the display by selecting ‘Modify Curvature Scale’ on the same menu.

5.You can select the faces, edges and vertices that are created by section views created in a SolidWorks part or assembly. You can not open a sketch on the newly created faces.

SolidWorks Drawing Tips and Workarounds

SolidWorks wants to know about your drawing workarounds.

A while back Matt Lorono from SolidWorks started an interesting post on the forum. Looking for user feedback on what is most troublesome in regards using SolidWorks drawings.
One could think that the forum is exactly the right place for such a thread, as all of us users should favor that SolidWorks is listening instead of imagine the best develop time spend for upcoming releases.

I thought the time would be well spend on a small video highlighting some drawing tips and workarounds from Matt’s forum post.

http://youtu.be/IbXlyWpr3MA

Conclusion…
There is always some good drawing tips and workarounds to be found. I like one of the comments, “ANSI standard or not. If the boss wants it to look a certain way, that’s the way it has to look”. So I am all thumbs up for SolidWorks asking the question and helpful users feedback.
Link to forum thread:
https://forum.solidworks.com/message/383471#383471
Link to foreshorten arrow blog post:
http://www.fcsuper.com/swblog/?p=136

5 Productive SolidWorks Tips (REV-13)

5 SolidWorks Tips that may possible be helpful kick starting your 3D day.

1.You can use Interference Detection to make sure components in an assembly don’t intersect one another.

2.You can use Hide/Show Items on the Heads-Up View Toolbar to toggle the display of various types of items such as planes, axes and origins.

3.You can move, rotate or scale an entire sketch. Select the sketch and click Modify Sketch (Sketch toolbar) or Tools, Sketch, Modify.

4.You can create a customized drawing template, then save it by clicking File, Save As and specifying a template type for Save as type.

5.You can override dimensions when dragging sketch entities by clicking Tools, Sketch Settings, Override Dims on Drag/Move.

5 Productive SolidWorks Tips (REV-12)

5 SolidWorks Tips that may possible be helpful kick starting your 3D day.

1.You can use the Split Part feature to remove geometry from an imported body. This can be used in the place of trying to create a cut feature, which might alter the model geometry. It can also help simplyfy the model for use with FeatureWorks.

2.If the Ctrl key is held down while creating sketch entities, automatich Inferencing is disabled.

3.You can change a solid body to a surface body by deleting one of the solid’s faces.

4.You can specify a break in a dimension’s withess line if it overlaps another withess line. Select the dimension, and in the Property Manager select ‘Break Dimension Lines.’

5.Using the Reload/Replace tool, you can replace a part with an assembly, or an assembly with a part.