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  • ws2 2:36 pm on March 12, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Hi Guys .

    Can I view 2 drawing sheets of the same drawing simultaneously ?


  • guido 5:09 pm on January 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    With regards to surface shading and simulating contours, there’s nothing carved in stone on this. If you look at 10 drawings you will see it done 10 different ways, and they are all acceptable. I use the “Hidden Lines Removed” tool after modeling in Solidworks, print out the line drawing and add my shaded lines in by hand to simulate the radius on a cylinder for example, (I use a straight edge and a French curve), then I take a screen shot of the printing with my hand additions and submit the final drawing as a .jpg, .bmp. or .tiff. The USPTO has yet to bounce one on me.
    Good luck,

  • Gary 3:25 pm on January 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  


    I hope someone can help me with the following problem. I have wiped and formatted my hard drive and reinstalled Windows XP Professional. When I try to install SolidWorks, I receive the message, “The Installation Manager encountered a problem with the Microsoft Web Browser control and must be shut down. Notify your local support representative. If you are running XP, check that you have the latest service pack installed. The latest version of Internet Explorer is also recommended”. I have Solidworks Premium 2009 SP0 with no SolidWorks subscription; Windows XP Professional Version 2002, Service Pack 3; and I have Internet Explorer 8 installed, but I normally use Firefox. I have installed Solidworks from the same Solidworks CD, onto this same hard drive, in this same computer and this same Windows XP Professional CD, before, but can’t do it now. Please help me.

    Thank you very much.

    Gary Skinner

  • tlarkin 2:08 pm on January 15, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
    Tags: application, black and white, CAD texture, , line shading, patent, , , texture   

    Hi Folks, I was on youtube going thru a mountain of tutorial vids on Solidworks and found this place. I never found my answer on youtube so i am hopeful that somebody here can point me the right way.

    I have a novice SolidWorks operator in my office and we are in the midst of working with a legal firm on a patent. we tried to produce drawings for the patent application but the Patent office only accepts line drawings with “hash-mark”, “line” and “dotting” to indicate surface shading and contours. The standard surfacing that solidworks applies, is the shadowed color and grey-scale surfaces with that sort of directional lighting effect.

    SolidWorks being the comprehensive tool that it is, MUST have a surfacing option that complies with the black line drawing type surface renderrings needed for patents…

    Can anybody guide me to a command or name a function that should accomplish the goal?

    Thanks All!

  • Gary 12:33 pm on November 6, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Greetings Everyone –

    I just received an e-mail from “PayPal”, informing me that “MountainWave” has cancelled my annual automatic payments. Although it doesn’t specifically state so; I believe it to be regarding my subscription to “Using SolidWorks”. Have any of the rest of you received the same notice? Is Ben closing the “Using SolidWorks” web-site? More importantly; is he okay?
    Ben, if you’re reading this; how are you? If you’re dropping the “Using SolidWorks” web-site, I’ll miss your tutorials, but if it has ceased to be rewarding, enjoyable, and/or profitable, and/or has become a burden to you; I am, for whatever it’s worth, in favor of your stopping it. Otherwise, I don’t wish to cancel my subscription, if you are continuing to produce the tutorials.

    Thank you for all of the help that you have given to me, directly and indirectly; and best wishes.

    Gary Skinner

  • erin 8:34 pm on September 20, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Thank you,Sir.

  • guido 7:28 am on September 13, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    On the command line type: SELECTIONAREAOPACITY, and set to 0

  • erin 6:14 am on September 13, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    I am truly sorry to be asking this question on this forum, as I know it is not an Autocad Forum, however I am desperate. I don’t know what the feature is actually called, so I can’t look it up anywhere. Anyway I get a green shaded rectangle and three small windows with dimensions in them when I select anything and would like to know where to toggle this feature off, as it is very confusing.
    Thank you,
    Erin Shaunessy

    • Neil 9:11 am on September 13, 2014 Permalink

      I’m pretty sure someone could help you better if you added a link to somewhere we could see a screenshot of your issue.


    • Neil 9:12 am on September 13, 2014 Permalink

      guido 7:28 am on September 13, 2014

      On the command line type: SELECTIONAREAOPACITY, and set to 0

  • Matt Freeman 7:43 pm on September 12, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    I am trying to modify one of my sheet formats. I edit the sheet and make the changes to the format, but when I try to save the format it gives me an error message. Then when I try to use the format in a new drawing this is what I get and I can not use the format and I cant create or save a new one. Where are these files with the “~” on my computer. I want to delete them. Please helpCaptureCapture

  • Matt Freeman 7:02 am on September 2, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    all of a sudden he middle mouse button does not work when I try to rotate my model. Not sure if my mouse failed or if my co-worker changed some setting in solidworks. Any ideas?

    • Neil 9:14 am on September 13, 2014 Permalink

      The middle mouse button function for SolidWorks is controlled in the Windows Control Panel. Make sure the middle mouse button is set to middle button or something of that nature.

  • dbeljan 1:52 pm on August 14, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    I try to create some Candle holder with Arabic pattern on it.
    Something like this on image

    But i need to pattern be on whole surface and must be fluent.

    Link for dwg with pattern is here.

    How to do that.

    Holder can be different shape.

  • ws2 7:23 pm on August 13, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Hi Guys !

    Can I copy a cut list into excel ?


    • Neil 2:57 pm on September 2, 2014 Permalink

      Right click on the cut list and choose Save As… you can choose excel as the type and your finished.

    • ws2 7:35 pm on September 7, 2014 Permalink

      Great tip . Cheers Neil !

  • guido 12:34 pm on June 28, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    If anyone here has a reliable Hardware Firewall that they would recommend, I would appreciate knowing the product name.
    Thank you

  • regina 6:51 am on May 28, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Thank you Neil!

  • regina 9:33 am on May 5, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    I hope that this site is still working.
    If it is, can someone tell me please if there is a way to go into a model that has allready been extruded
    and save the sketch only as if it were never extruded? If this is possible in Solidworks, please give me
    the procedure.
    Warmest wishes,
    Regina Alden

    • Neil 3:57 pm on May 5, 2014 Permalink

      You should be able to select the sketch name in the feature manager tree and use ctrl + c to copy it. Then you can select a plane or face on the same file or a new file and ctrl + v (paste) it down and work from there.

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