• Can someone help me with my school assignment?

    I, or someone else, will be glad to help.  Most of us here enjoy helping others learn more about SolidWorks, and some active forum members are teachers.  I can't speak for others, but while I've learned a tr...
    Glenn Schroeder
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  • How do I set a configuration specific dimension or value?

    If you have multiple configurations in your model, and edit a dimension that's shared by all configurations, by default that change will affect all configurations. I personally like it that way. If I haven't told the ...
    Glenn Schroeder
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  • Why am I having problems with the Pattern (or Mirror) feature in my Part?

    This is a broad topic, but I'll try to address several possibilities. One thing to keep in mind is that when you start a pattern or mirror feature, "Features and Faces" (red arrow below) will be selected by default, a...
    Glenn Schroeder
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  • Call for FAQs

    If you have a suggestion for an FAQ that should be added to this area, post the suggestion as a comment to this post. It will be reviewed and if it is FAQ-worthy, we will add it to the list of FAQs to be added.
    Jim Wilkinson
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  • My Drawing or Assembly can't find dependent files.

    If your Assembly shows some components suppressed and you can't un-suppress them, or if your Drawing is showing dotted line boxes instead of your drawing views, then it's lost the link to the dependent files. You or a...
    Glenn Schroeder
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  • How can I dimension to the intersection of two edges, such as at a fillet?

    With the Smart Dimension tool active, right-click on one of the edges and choose "Find Intersection" from the drop-down.     Then left click on the second edge.     That will insert a Virtual Sha...
    Glenn Schroeder
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  • Why is my mirrored component oriented wrong in my Assembly?

    I can't tell you why it's wrong, but I can help you fix it.  Edit the feature and click on the blue arrow at the top of the feature's PropertyManager (it's pretty easy to overlook).     That will take ...
    Glenn Schroeder
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  • How can I get Balloons to match a Bill of Materials instead of showing 1?

    If you have a drawing view of a single component, and want Balloons to match a BOM for an Assembly, just right-click on the drawing view of the component and choose "Properties..." from the drop-down.  Check the ...
    Glenn Schroeder
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  • I got an error message when I tried to open a SW file.

    Of course if you have a backup try opening it.  If you don't then try opening the file with a different method.  I typically open files by selecting them from Windows Explorer, but when getting that error I ...
    Glenn Schroeder
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  • Use Configurations or Display States to Hide Components?

    If the only variable will be the visibility of components I recommend hiding them with display states instead of suppressing them with configurations.  While it may not always be the case, using display states wi...
    Glenn Schroeder
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  • Why aren't the changes I made at Tools > Options > Document Properties saved when I start a new Part?

    When you make changes to the Document Properties those changes only affect the active document.  If you want to apply them to new Parts then open a new blank Part and make the desired changes.  Go to File &g...
    Glenn Schroeder
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  • What is the difference between viewing a thread in my Inbox and viewing it separately?

    Often, we see many users (both old and new) getting confused about the difference between viewing a thread in their inbox and viewing that thread by opening the thread separately.   Hopefully, this clears up mu...
    Dan Pihlaja
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  • How can I Get a Non-Standard Drawing View?

    Like most things in SolidWorks, there are several ways this can be done.  Probably the simplest starts with orienting the model the way you want the drawing view to be.  That can be done a variety of ways.&#...
    Glenn Schroeder
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  • Welcome to the SOLIDWORKS Forum FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

    This space in the forum is used to document FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) about the forum itself and the SOLIDWORKS software. Most blogs in the forum are limited to SOLIDWORKS employees posting. But, since Glenn S...
    Jim Wilkinson
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  • Why can't I move the first component I inserted in my Assembly?

    The first component (Part or Sub-assembly) inserted into an Assembly is Fixed by default.  It will have (f) in front of the file name in the tree, and it will remain fixed regardless of its position in the tree (...
    Glenn Schroeder
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  • How to use one Part to remove Material from another Part in an Assembly?

    In the Assembly, click on the one you want to cut and choose the "Edit Part" icon.  That will allow you to edit this Part in the context of the Assembly.     Now choose the Indent command (Insert > ...
    Glenn Schroeder
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  • Why are some sketch entities shown in a thick font and others in a thin font?

    In most cases, sketch entities are shown with a thick line font, but sometimes, you will see some of the entities with a thin line font. The image below shows examples of these thin entities: In early versions of S...
    Jim Wilkinson
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  • Why am I getting a "Future Version" error when I try to open a File?

    SolidWorks files can't be opened with an earlier version than the one they were last saved with, and they can't be saved back so an earlier version can open them (except as a dumb solid; see two paragraphs down). ...
    Glenn Schroeder
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  • Why is my model (or drawing sheet) thrown off to one side when I Zoom to Fit?

    If this is in an Assembly, you likely have a small Part that's a good distance away from the rest of your Assembly.  Click-and-drag a box on the apparently blank space to select anything that's out there, even if...
    Glenn Schroeder
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  • How do I change my view orientation to this, that, or the other using keyboard shortcuts or other methods?

    See this blog post that documents all of the methods to manipulate the view. How do I manipulate my model view; let me count the ways
    Jim Wilkinson
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