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5 Productive SolidWorks Tips (REV-2)

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


1. You can assign colors to selected feature types. Click Tools, Options, Document Properties, Model Display. Then select a feature type from the list, and click Edit to choose a color.


2. You can always press Esc while editing a sketch to get the Select cursor back.


3. In a fully defined sketch, all the entities are black. In an under defined sketch, entities that are not fully defined are blue.


4. The first component of an assembly is fixed by default. To move it, right-click the component, and select Float.


5. Section line can include arcs. When you can create the section view, the view unfolds by rotating the appropriate view segments into the plane of projection.

Have a great day!

5 Productive SolidWorks Tips (REV-1)

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


1. You can add comments to Equations in SolidWorks. When you are in the Edit Equations dialog box, use the notation ‘(single quote) at the beginning of a comment. Anything after that quote will be ignored by Equations evaluation.


2. If you have the option ‘Single command per pick’ selected, you can still use the command multiple times by double-clicking a tool.


3. You can add configuration specific custom properties to a design table with the column heading $prp@custom property name.


4. You can use hide/show bodies to control file size. When the body is hidden, the display information is minimal, resulting in a smaller file size.


5. You can dynamically rotate about planar faces, linear edges, and vertices by selecting the entity with the Rotate View tool active.

Have a great day!

A couple of useful tips regards SolidWorks Dimensions

SolidWorks has a couple of really great functions most people miss rushing to get some dimensions on their models.

I think we all have a tendency to get stuck in our set ways and many do not use some of the great less known buttons and functions SolidWorks has.
Here is 3 favorites in regards to dimensioning.
Dimension names…
Probably the most known and yet not often used. If you do a lot of equations or Design Table you might use it frequently, but what about an easy way to earmark a dimension for easy recognition.

Insert Tolerance in your model dimensions…
Practice is to model too normal and then apply tolerances on the SolidWorks drawings. However applying the tolerance on critical dimensions on the model and use Model Items on the annotation toolbar to make them appear in your drawing secures that important information is on the actually part file. This will help raising a red flag when making one of those hectic design changes when under a time crunch.


Dimensions Read Only…
If there is a dimension in your design that absolutely never should change, make it ready only. You are really doing everyone a favor by not giving someone an opportunity to screw up.

Just a couple of things to possible add as standard “Best Practices” in your daily design routine.