SolidWorks 2014: Creating Angular Running/Ordinate Dimensions

Another cool enhancement in SolidWorks 2014 Angular Running/Ordinate Dimensions. No more workaround 🙂 Here are the quick steps: 1. Within an open drawing, click on Angular running dimensions under Dimensions (make sure you have view on which you want to do the Angular Running/Ordinate Dimensions). 2. Pick the center mark in the view. 3. Position the 0 value as required. 4. Select other center mark or points/edges and dimensions will be populated and placed  5. If you need the chain…
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Control your SolidWorks Designs with Auto-Configure

Auto-Configure  is a tool that allows you to have a better control on your SolidWorks data/files along with easy integration of CAD data with MS Excel.  It lets you maintain save model parameters of all components of an assembly in one Excel file thereby allowing user to drive easily drive dimensions of components from top assembly or vice versa. Additionally, it allows you to control configurations through this external Excel file. One doesn’t need knowledge of programming language or special Excel formulas…
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Display Mass in Dual Units in SolidWorks

Mission: Have the Mass in two different units Ingredients  Required: A part,  an equation, a conversion factor, file properties, some notes and a drawing with a view (optional). 1. Open the Part. 2. Right click on the Equation folder in the Feature manger tree and select “Add Equation“. 3. Equation editor will open up along with the Add equation dialog box. 4. Type: “Weightin LBS” = 5. Now expand the add equation dialog box. 6. Click on SW-Mass property once. 7.  “SW-Mass” will get…
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Hide or Show Annotations (Dimensions, Symbols)

As the tittle name says Hide or Show, we will become a magician in SolidWorks drawing and hide or show Annotations (Dimensions, Symbols). There might be requirements sometime while working in drawing to hide or show Annotations. One quick way is to delete unwanted Annotations (Dimensions, Symbols) (by selecting them and press delete) and insert them back when required (using model items). But this method might be tedious sometimes and also you may forgot as which one was unwanted and which was…
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Adding Sketch length to Part properties

This is a very simple example on representing sketch length (individual or total length of sketch) in the part properties. 1. Start a new sketch or edit exiting one. 2. Dimension the sketch as required. Make sure you add the chord/arc length to any radius entities (click here to see how to create an arc length dimension) instead of radius value (if required you can set the chord/arc length as driven dimension. 3. Within the sketch mode, start an equation…
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