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Many SOLIDWORKS users ask, "How do I add a column to my Cut List that is tied to the Balloon Callouts?" This tutorial walks you through the steps necessary for balloons to be tied to a Custom Cut List Property. In this example, we'll walk through this process for a Weldment Cut List. Let's get started.


Have you ever received a SOLIDWORKS warning message that a journal file could not be created? There are a couple of possible reasons we will address in this article. Every time SOLIDWORKS is opened, it creates a journal file that records everything you do in that active session (in the form of code). This is the reason why auto recover can recover your files in the event of a crash.
SOLIDWORKS comes with two premade block libraries for Electrical and Hydraulic schematics. This article outlines how to download and setup file locations to access the blocks from the Design Library. In the Task Pane, click Design Library and expand the SOLIDWORKS Content folder. Click the Blocks folder.
When working with SOLIDWORKS appearances, it is important to understand the order in which appearances are applied to the model. Let’s explore the appearances for this Mouse Trap Race Car. Existing appearances can be found in the FeatureManager Design Tree or DisplayManager. Here is an explanation of the appearance icons.
If you have experienced the SOLIDWORKS Open dialog or Windows Explorer dialog not displaying the thumbnail preview picture, there are a few reasons that can cause their loss. In this article, we SOLIDWORKS thumbnail previews and share some solutions to remedy the issue.
Cosmetic Threads in SOLIDWORKS describe the attributes of a specific hole so you don’t need to add real/feature threads to a model. A cosmetic thread represents the minor (inner) diameter of a thread on a boss or the major (outer) diameter of a thread on a hole and can include a hole callout in drawings.
It is possible to copy every Custom Property in a SOLIDWORKS file to another document. If you are familiar with Microsoft Excel, it will be just like copying and pasting a range of cells. To Copy SOLIDWORKS Custom Properties to other files, follow these steps.
Want to add emphasis on your SOLIDWORKS drawing with custom colors and create a unique drawing by controlling more than just the title block or annotations? SOLIDWORKS lets you specify the color of paper, borders, lines, and sketches as well as allowing you to customize the colors of sketch lines in a part file.
By default, SOLIDWORKS creates two configurations of any weldment part. It names these configurations “As Welded” and “As Machined,” with “As Welded” being a derived configuration. The reason behind this is simple: so you can model the part before and after the machining process!