Recent Blog Posts

Black Boxes
Friday January 30, 2015 at 2:38pm

Simple tips for creating and using Black Boxes in SOLIDWORKS Electrical.

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Dragging Dimensions
Friday January 30, 2015 at 2:14pm

When creating smart dimensions in drawing views, we occasionally want to reposition certain dimensions. Rather than deleting a dimension and creating a new one on another view we can simply hold "Shift" and drag the desired dimension to the desired view.

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Dimension Names
Friday January 30, 2015 at 10:55am

One query we get a lot on the support line is what are these bracketed names appearing after my dimensions in a drawing file? Dimension names are automatically created for every dimension you have produced, but whether you have them displayed is up to you. They can be toggled on and off using > view > dimension names.

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Relationship Popup
Friday January 30, 2015 at 10:07am

When you select more than one sketch entity using the "Ctrl" key a relationship menu appears. However after you select one relationship the popup disappears. Hit "Ctrl" to get it to reappear.

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Automatic Sketch Relations
Friday January 30, 2015 at 9:43am

Hold "Ctrl" to turn off automatic sketch relations.

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Flow Simulation 2015
Wednesday January 28, 2015 at 4:36pm

This wasn’t included in the release notes for Flow and is just another example of the really cool gems that SOLIDWORKS give away when you start digging around!

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How to Populate Drawings with Custom Properties
Wednesday January 28, 2015 at 4:21pm

Populating drawings with custom properties (from parts or assemblies for example) can help you save time, improve consistency and reduce errors. Once setup correctly you only need to enter your custom properties once and SOLIDWORKS will automatically repurpose the relevant information as defined in your template.

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How to set up Drawing Templates & Sheet Formats
Wednesday January 28, 2015 at 12:48pm

Setting up Drawing Templates and Sheet Formats can be a little tricky without prior knowledge or training. This 20 minute webcast is designed to give you a brief insight and enough information for you to configure your own custom templates.

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Normal To
Monday January 26, 2015 at 11:37am

Most SOLIDWORKS users have their N button setup as a keyboard shortcut to their normal to feature, however most haven't stumbled across this tip. Press N once to go normal to your selected entity, press it again to go normal to the reverse side of the same entity.

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Make Block
Monday January 26, 2015 at 9:49am

Blocks are a very useful tool, however most SOLIDWORKS operators don't use them as efficiently as they could. This tip will save you valuable time in your production process.

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