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As a SOLIDWORKS instructor, I am often asked, “Can I show cut list item information in an assembly BOM?” The answer is yes, but with a little work. Weldments and multi-body sheet metal parts utilize a cut list to call out individual component material and other pertinent information. Here is an assembly that contains a welded table and purchased components that are mounted before shipping.
Have you ever upgraded SOLIDWORKS and started receiving file location errors? Maybe your templates are invalid, or you see <MOD-DIA> instead of the diameter symbol? In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to find missing file locations in SOLIDWORKS.
Trailing Zeroes can be customized in SOLIDWORKS for Dimensions, Tolerances, and Properties. In my example, I have created a drawing on a widget and would now like to control the trailing zeroes. My drawing is set to two decimal places for the dimensions and four for tolerances. Here are the different results for the Dimension and Tolerance settings.
Have you ever attempted to perform an offset surface in SOLIDWORKS only to receive a Rebuild Errors dialog box? This error occurs because the Offset Surface tool fails when it cannot offset all the faces of a surface. Unfortunately, SOLIDWORKS 2019 and older versions can’t identify which faces are failing.