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    Here's another gem from the SW forum. ;) My...

    Here's another gem from the SW forum. ;)

    My collection of tips, tricks and best practices. | SOLIDWORKS Forums

    Lots of best practice advice as well as tips and shortcuts. Kudos to Henk de...
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    Aaaaaand a few more........:D These are...

    Aaaaaand a few more........:D

    These are helpful when working with multibody part files. Some of you might find these tools obvious, but I decided I'm grossly under-utilizing the following...
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    Here's a few more tricks I started using. (I...

    Here's a few more tricks I started using. (I can't take credit for all these, I learned about them on the SW forum.)

    :typing:

    - Hold Alt when dragging a drawing view. This allows you to select...
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    I've had that happen to myself even with being up...

    I've had that happen to myself even with being up to date on maintenance.

    What I've done is chase down a folder that shows up on your local "C" drive called "Flexnet". It's buried pretty...
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    What I am doing is modeling a cord going from...

    What I am doing is modeling a cord going from point A to point B. I wanted to just make a spline and drag it to position and then fix it. It's nothing fancy, just a visual connection for assembly...
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    No, don't have 'tube access at work...... :( ...

    No, don't have 'tube access at work...... :( Probably a good thing sometimes, but it can be highly beneficial, too.
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    I'm largely self-taught, too. I've found that CAD...

    I'm largely self-taught, too. I've found that CAD jockeys all have different ways of doing things but they all work fine. :D

    Like a colleague said: There are at least three different ways to do...
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    That does it. Makes me feel like a real dunce for...

    That does it. Makes me feel like a real dunce for not figuring it out.......:bowdown:

    Thanks Tom.
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    Yes, I've done what Len said, but that is still...

    Yes, I've done what Len said, but that is still constrained to a plane.

    I would post pics but will a blank screen help ya? :D

    I'm basically just trying to draw a freeform line or arc with no...
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    Any of you wise guys out there know how to draw a...

    Any of you wise guys out there know how to draw a free-form line through space?

    Think a cord or hose. I've tried splines and arcs but they want to align to a primary plane or axis.

    It's got me...
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    Nice, I'll have to check that out.

    Nice, I'll have to check that out.
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    So a design table keeps all your dimensions and...

    So a design table keeps all your dimensions and equations organized, right? And you can copy and paste values from cell to cell?
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    I like the Alt+F shortcuts. However, I have...

    I like the Alt+F shortcuts. However, I have hot-keys for most of that.
    Ctrl+S for save (obviously), Ctrl+Spacebar for Open, Ctrl+Shift+Spacebar for Close, Alt+Z for Save-As.
    Also, if you hold...
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    You can assign part numbers and descriptions to...

    You can assign part numbers and descriptions to toolbox components. When you add one, click on "Add" under the part numbers box in the menu (as seen in the picture).
    Then add your part number and...
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    It is a modular extruded aluminum rail system....

    It is a modular extruded aluminum rail system. Good for a lot of things, very pricey though.

    I have a paper catalog from them, 3" thick...... :eek:

    80/20 T-slot Aluminum Building System
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    You know what weldment profiles are, right? You...

    You know what weldment profiles are, right? You could make one for each 80/20 profile and apply it to sketch lines to automatically extrude.
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    Here's a few more favorites: -Use Tab to hide...

    Here's a few more favorites:

    -Use Tab to hide components or bodies that are under your pointer (hovering, not clicking). To show, hover over the hidden part and press Shift+Tab. This works for...
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    I'm still waiting for the mind reading CAD...

    I'm still waiting for the mind reading CAD plug-in.........................
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    Yes, that's what I mean. It can even ignite your...

    Yes, that's what I mean. It can even ignite your computer. :D

    I personally don't like 3D sketching because of the difficulty of defining entities and aligning to the desired axis. The only time I...
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    SolidWorks can do anything. You just need to...

    SolidWorks can do anything.

    You just need to find the right button. :D
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    You can fill out cutlist properties for each body...

    You can fill out cutlist properties for each body such as Desc., Mass, Revision, Material, etc.
    (Expand the Cutlist folder in the FeatureTree, right-click on an item and click "Properties". )
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    One vote here. It is the best way to keep...

    One vote here.

    It is the best way to keep design intent for multibody parts IMO.
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    It's a Lenovo. Whad'ya expect.....:stirthepot:

    It's a Lenovo. Whad'ya expect.....:stirthepot:
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    You do know how to backup your settings, I...

    You do know how to backup your settings, I hope..?? Make sure you select all the check boxes to save all your settings.
    It's not bulletproof, but it has always kept my customization intact even when...
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    Ah, now I see. It's just a trackball with some...

    Ah, now I see. It's just a trackball with some extra buttons. :D

    I like my Logitech MX Master....... :stirthepot:
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