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Foreshortened Dimensions: How Do They Work?

Usually when detailing a drawing, we will add a detailed view. Dimensioning this view can be a difficult task, but SolidWorks is always working to make that task easier. One of the tools they have given is an option called foreshortened dimensions. This option allows for the dimension of a radius or diameter to be placed into the view, without regard to the center line or the center point of the part. Please watch the video attached to see how this option works.

SolidWorks Foreshortened Dimensions YouTube Video

SolidWorks 2013 Sneak Peek!

One of the SolidWorks 2013 Sneak Peek Features from the SolidWorks Blog…

In SolidWorks 2013, you can exclude selected components in Interference Detection. You can filter components with matching cosmetic threads from Interference Detection results and place them in a separate folder. You can exclude interferences involving hidden components, as well as exclude selected components from Interference Detection results. Optionally, you can specify to remember components to exclude from session to session. This video shows how this applies to cosmetic threads.

SolidWorks 2013 Sneak Peak Video

You can visit the new SolidWorks 2013 website to see all the major updates and check out more videos. In the meantime, if you want to learn more about how SolidWorks can help your business, check out the videos in the Demo library.

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Reducing Mouse Travel in SolidWorks

As I’m sure you all have noticed, the majority of systems require the user to deal with dialog boxes and windows. This means you are constantly going from dialog box to run your command, to your working area and then back to your dialog box.  SolidWorks has done a great job in getting out and the way and letting the user focus on their design rather than the software. I’m going to show you some tips and tricks to save you time on your design process while eliminating window washing.

The first thing I am going to show you to prove that SolidWorks is geared towards efficiency is by simply turning of interfaces.  If you push F9 and F10, SolidWorks will turn of your left and top interfaces. By doing this, you will more easily refrain from window washing and work in this area alone. You may be wondering, “How can I create my part if I can’t go and select my tools?” You can do this by using your pop up toolbar, shortcut bar, and mouse gesture wheel.

These three things house your commands at your fingertips, rather than window washing back and forth to dialog boxes and other commands. By turning off the interfaces, you no longer have to worry about letting the mouse follow your eyes to select the commands from the toolbars. Turning these off for a few weeks will help you to train yourself not to window wash across your monitor but rather to use the commands that automatically come to you. It’s not possible to do everything in SolidWorks without a dialog box, but you will be surprised at how much you can.

You remember me talking about the pop up toolbar, shortcut bar and mouse gesture wheel, but what are these three features? The pop up toolbar (pictured left) appears when you click on an existing item. It gives you quick commands such as “edit feature” and “edit sketch”. With the pop up bar, you know longer have to go into your design tree to edit the different aspects of your part. However, unlike the shortcut bar and mouse gesture wheel, the pop up toolbar is not currently customizable.


The shortcut bar (shown below) appears when you push the “S” key. This houses what you need to create a new part (Extrude, Revolve, Etc…).  This bar is fully customizable. To do so you simply push your “S” key> right click on the shortcut bar> click customize> drag and drop the items you wish to add onto the toolbar.








The mouse gesture wheel (pictured below) is used to run really frequent commands. To use this you simply hold down your right mouse and slowly drag is bringing up the mouse gesture wheel. This too is customizable. To customize this wheel go to tools> options> mouse gesture. There are many other ways to reduce mouse travel as well, these are just a few to get you started.







Adding Custom Weldment Properties

Do you use a lot of Weldments? Are there missing properties that you need to add? There are two ways to automatically add custom properties. The first method would be used if you are using multiple different weldment profiles at random depending on your application. For example, you use multiple sizes of square tube but also multiple sizes of rectangular tube. The first method would keep you from having to repeat the same steps on dozens of files. The second method is for users who only have a few weldment sizes that they use on a regular basis.

Method 1: You can have SoldWorks automatically add a custom weldment property to new cutlist item folders by right clicking on the weldment icon and choosing properties. See image left. Add properties to this dialog and then when new folders are automatically created SolidWorks will add the custom property to the new folder for this file. If you are doing this often enough, you can create a custom part template that already has the “weldment” feature in the feature tree with the standard property already listed in it. This will keep you from manually adding custom properties to many weldment profile files.

Method 2: Also, it is possible to add a custom property to your weldment profiles to get specific properties and values from the cross-section. To do this, open the weldment profile from your SolidWorks Common Data folder then setup the custom property as you would any other part file then save the library feature part as well.

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