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Compare your drawing documents using SOLIDWORKS Draw Compare

Do you need to check a drawing if there are any unnecessary changes that have been made? Do you want to compare it with the previous drawing? You can do this in SOLIDWORKS by using Draw Compare. Draw Compare can compare all entities between the two drawing documents. You will be able to see the differences with the displayed color codes in a box labeled as “Differences”. To access Draw Compare, you must go to Tools > Compare > Draw Compare.

How to create SOLIDWORKS Configuration for a Part

Why create many SOLIDWORKS part if you could just create a configuration in a single SOLIDWORKS part? Using the part configuration in SOLIDWORKS, you can vary the design by modifying the feature dimensions and tolerances, suppress features, use different sketch planes, control the configuration of a base part, change the size of Hole Wizard Holes, etc. Here is a sample of using a configuration in SOLIDWORKS part:
  1. Go to Configuration Manager.
Using SOLIDWORKS Configuration for a Part Click this icon to access the Configuration Manager. You will see your part name and a default configuration.

Tips and tricks in SOLIDWORKS Dimension

Adding dimensions to your sketches is very easy in SOLIDWORKS. You can choose a different type of dimension like vertical dimension, horizontal dimension, etc. or you can simply use Smart Dimension that can perform all of these types. Here are some tips and tricks when you use dimension tools in SOLIDWORKS: Fully Define Sketch How easy it is if you can dimension all entities in your sketch with just a single click of your mouse? By right-clicking on the graphics area you can find Fully Define Sketch.

How to avoid missing references and components in assemblies using pack and go in SOLIDWORKS

When you send SOLIDWORKS files to your clients, some of your client probably have encountered problems like missing references or components in SOLIDWORKS assembly. One of the reasons it happened is because you might have missed a component when gathering your data set. One way to avoid it is by using a pack and go in SOLIDWORKS. Pack and go can gather all your components or related files of your assembly and part into a single folder or zip file.

How to use Undercut Analysis in SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS has many useful tools that can help us analyze our 3D model. One of these tools is called Undercut analysis. It is a tool that helps you find any trapped areas in your model that cannot be ejected from the mold which require a side core to create your casting or the solidified product. In-mold design, the core is the half of the product which fills the inner part while the cavity is the other half which has a hollow that has a shape for the remaining part.

Collision Detection in SOLIDWORKS Assembly

When you are working in SOLIDWORKS Assembly, you should be mindful of collisions for your moving components. After creating mates in the assembly, you can try to move a component that seems to be fine in the outside. You will probably not notice that some of them were interfering with the other component which are hard to be seen by just visual checking. But, you can easily check this by using a simple tool in SOLIDWORKS which is called as Collision Detection. It is basically part of the move component and rotate component tool from the assembly toolbar.

Viewing SOLIDWORKS part and assembly with pdf reader

Are you having trouble in opening a SOLIDWORKS 3d model because your current computer has no SOLIDWORKS installed? If so, you can use an application called Adobe Acrobat Reader to view your 3d models. In viewing the 3D pdf file, you can use a toolbar that automatically appears to rotate, spin, pan and zoom. You can change the appearance, background colour, lights and show the cross-section of the 3d model. Before you view your model in pdf, you must export SOLIDWORKS part or assembly as 3d pdf. There are two methods to export it as 3d pdf.