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Communicating Designs Quickly and Effectively

Saturday June 7, 2014 at 6:19pm


There are a number of tools within SOLIDWORKS to speed up the process of communicating designs quickly and effectively to your customers. One of the most popular ways is through a free program called eDrawings

One of the major benefits with using eDrawings is that entire assembly files are flattened to an individual file which has the added benefit of reducing the file size allowing it easily to be sent via email. 

Within the eDrawings product, your suppliers, customers or manufactures can fully interact with your 3D designs, 2D drawings and even Simulation results, by rotating, zooming, and even measuring and sections if you allow this.

The software can open native SOLIDWORKS files, and also files can be published\saved to the eDrawings format where options such as measuring can be enabled/ disabled.


eDrawings is also available on iOS and Android devices allowing to you view CAD files on the go.

Downloads and Further Resources

Download eDrawings for your PC/ Laptop here

Download eDrawings for iOS from the App Store

Download eDrawings from Google Play

You can also view a number of previous blog posts and webcast videos by searching eDrawings on My.SolidSolutions.


As well as saving our 2D drawings to PDF files, another great way in communicating your designs is to use a 3D pdf. This will allow the document to be opened using a standard pdf viewer in its 3D state, but that’s not all, you can also rotate and zoom into the model. (Zoom in with with right mouse button, rotate with the left). Options are limited compared to eDrawings, such as no measure, section or explode functions.



So give it a go, and enhance the way you communicate your designs with your customers.

By Mark McVeigh

Applications Engineer


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