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  • mclosson 3:18 am on June 26, 2010 Permalink |

    In a die design I have some models that will have wire-cut openings. My models show the wire-cut profiles but in the drawing file I add a sketched circle to show where to drill a start hole for threading the wire. The model also has tapped holes and such that I call out in a hole table. Is there a way to add the sketched circles to my hole table?

    • AnnaWood 10:59 am on June 27, 2010 Permalink


      You need to model like you are going to manufacture. In other words, model in the wire starts, then add your cavities. Then create two configurations of your part, one for Milling and one for the Final part. You set up your hole chart to the Milling configuration.

      Here is a link to a blog post I did on the subject a couple years ago. There is a SW2007 you can look at.


      I will look around and post an example or two of some parts and drawings so you can see how we detail these types of parts.



    • Anna Wood 12:20 pm on June 27, 2010 Permalink



      Here is a link to some examples files of production die details that we send to our shop. We manufacture everything we design.

      The single sheet details have two plan views overlaid and Aligned By Origin, Vert and Horz. See views 1 and 5. One plan view shows the Milled configuration the other shows the Default configuration. Hide the Default view and set view focus on the Milled view, then create your hole chart from that.

      There is another example of a two sheet drawing with the Milled configuration shown on sheet 2. To get around the holes running into each other I use the same technique. Views 4 and 7 are overlaid. I have three configurations in that file.

      I hide lines in the views as needed to get the views looking like I want.

      Once you get used to modeling for manufacturing, it becomes second nature and is not that much extra work. Actually, it is the only way you will be able to show wire starts in a hole chart.



  • mclosson 2:26 am on May 15, 2010 Permalink |

    We received a bunch of drw files from a customer for quoting. Since it’s just a quote they didn’t give us models, only drw files. Does anyone know how I can open these files in Quick View mode to print using Task Scheduler?

    • CBL 12:55 pm on May 15, 2010 Permalink

      I’m assuming you mean the SolidWorks .slddrw drawing format files. If so you will not be able to open them unless they have been saved in the “Detached” format. This allows not having to have the solid models available.

      A better option would be to ask for the drawings to be saved in the eDrawing format. Then you will have access to the 3D model as well as the 2D drawings.

    • gupta9665 9:11 pm on May 16, 2010 Permalink

      You can open them with SolidWorks viewer or edrawings and print.

    • mclosson 3:10 am on May 17, 2010 Permalink

      Thanks for the replies. But I need to do this with Task Scheduler as there are maybe 200 files. As usual we are third or fourth down the food chain and going back and asking for more files or in another format is next to impossible.

    • CBL 10:56 am on May 17, 2010 Permalink

      First of all, can you open and read the “drw” files in ANY program? If you can’t then you won’t be able to make prints … period.

    • mclosson 12:39 pm on May 17, 2010 Permalink

      Yes, I can open them with SW in Quick View and see the intended sheet but all you can do is look and/or print.

    • CBL 4:50 pm on May 17, 2010 Permalink

      I don’t have PDM so can not batch print from Task Scheduler, but their are various Batch Print macros “out there”.

      Not sure why you are using Quick View, but if you the files can be opened in SW, why not just group select them in a Windows window, and select Print from the RMB menu?

    • gupta9665 12:52 am on May 18, 2010 Permalink

      What if you don’t select quick view option while opening them. If you getting crossed boxes instead of a view then you don’t have detached drawings. If this is the case, then I doubt if you can use the Task Scheduler. You can use a macro instead which will open the drawing in quick view mode, print & close them and repeat the process for next drawing.

  • mclosson 5:15 am on January 21, 2010 Permalink |

    I have already applied service pack 2 to SW10. Now I see this about SW pulling it back. Should I/Can I roll mine back to SP1?
    IF so, how?

    • CBL 5:38 am on January 21, 2010 Permalink

      Are you running Vist x64 or Win 7 x64? Do you have PhotoWorks?
      If you are there is no point in rolling back to SP1 … the problem exists with it and SW2009-SP5 also. Just apply the relevant hotfix.

      Meantime, do not activate or use PhotoWorks; that is the trigger.

    • CBL 5:56 am on January 21, 2010 Permalink

      Sorry, that should have been;

      Do you have PhotoWorks? If yes, don’t use it..
      Are you running a x64 version of SW? If you are there is no point in rolling back to SP1 … the problem exists with it and SW2009-SP5 also. Just apply the relevant hotfix.

      Meantime, do not activate or use PhotoWorks; that is the trigger.

  • mclosson 4:45 am on December 5, 2009 Permalink |

    This might be a dumb question. I’m looking at a sample assembly file given to me by a customer. While in the assembly, I made a section view and clicked the green check mark in the SectionView Property Manager.
    Now my assembly is visually sliced away so I can look inside. Next I wanted to move the slicing plane of the section view to a different place. Can I reopen the SectionView Property Manager while still in a section view? It seems I have to cancel the existing section view and start over. I guess I never tried this before. Hope this makes sense.

    • CBL 10:02 am on December 5, 2009 Permalink

      Unfortunately the Section View settings cannot be edited. Exiting and re-creating is the only method with that function.

      An alternative is to create a config which has an assy cut-extrude to create the section.

    • mclosson 3:58 am on December 7, 2009 Permalink

      That’s what I thought. Thanks.

  • mclosson 4:37 am on October 6, 2009 Permalink |

    Am I losing it? I thought if you pre-select two planes or planar surfaces and select Normal To in the Orientation box, one face would be parallel to the screen and the other would be horizontal. I’m not getting that. One is parallel but the other is still on some angle. This file came from a customer and I don’t want to Move the part because it is drawn in “car position”.

    • CBL 8:06 am on October 6, 2009 Permalink

      It works OK for me using SW09-SP4.1

      The first selection becomes the “Normal to” and the second selection becomes the “top”.

      Is it just the one file from the customer where this does not work?

      Are the two surfaces perpendicular?

    • mclosson 10:05 am on October 6, 2009 Permalink

      I think my problem was because I was trying to view Normal To two planes I created. It seemed to work as expected on another part file that had 2 planar faces on the model. Does that make sense?

  • mclosson 7:56 am on May 13, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: Blank video box   

    When I view the home page with the posts shown, I don’t see a picture where your videos are listed. For example, your post dated 6:55 on May 7 about phone-cords. There’s a blank box with a “X” in the top left corner that I assume should be the video. I downloaded the video but I thought this blank box should be the video and just click on it and watch the video while inside of SolidJott. Is that correct? Should I have some viewer associated to your link? I’m not sure what I need to do to see the full post.

    • admin 8:31 am on May 13, 2009 Permalink

      Yes you are exactly right it should be a inline player you can view the video in. Although the video is optimized for the SolidJott addin and is a small player. You may want to download it or go to http://SolidMentor.com to see the larger streaming version. But I digress The box with an x in it tells me that you need to either install flash or update the flash version you have on your computer you can do that here:


      If this does not work let me know and we will see what I can do to make this work better for you.

      Thank you for pointing this out I cannot make SolidJott better without feedback like this.


    • mclosson 9:50 am on May 13, 2009 Permalink


      Until recently, Flash Player did not support Vista x64, which I am running.
      I just finished a successful install but in SolidJott I still see a blank box with the “X” in it.
      I’m not familiar with viddler. Is that something else I should download?


    • admin 11:00 am on May 13, 2009 Permalink

      No that should not matter. Go to http://Viddler.com and tell me if you can see any videos on their site…


    • mclosson 11:32 am on May 13, 2009 Permalink

      Yes I can view the videos on viddler.com.
      BTW, I receive emails from you notifying me of new comments on my post. When I try to reply to the email it comes back undeliverable.
      I even tried to copy/paste your address in a new email and it also came back undeliverable.

    • mclosson 12:02 pm on May 13, 2009 Permalink

      Here’s a screen shot

    • admin 3:10 pm on May 13, 2009 Permalink

      Ok the emails are just to tell you that there is a post here. Replying to them will do exactly what you said be undeliverable. Come here (there is a link in the email) and reply here. It is a safety measure for spammers attacking my site.

      Can you try attaching a screen shot again although I am 99% sure I know what you are looking at and I will dig into why you are getting that. But you are the only one that I know of that has this problem.

  • mclosson 4:09 am on February 24, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: Security certificates   

    Using MS Vista Business x64 with SW09. Every time I start a new session of SW I get an annoying popup about Security Certificates. I click View Certificate and then install but then the next time I open SW I get the same popup. Ben, is this what your post dated 2/23/09 is referring to? If not, what can I do to fix this short of uninstalling SolidJott?

    • admin 8:13 am on February 24, 2009 Permalink

      Yes this is what I am talking about. There are a few things you can do/try:

      1.Select ‘yes’ on the security certificate and install the certificate. once you restart this should solve the problem.

      2.If you just go into tools-addins and uncheck the load on startup. This will keep the error and addin from loading.

      3. Uninstall the addin. The new one is forthcoming and ‘crossing fingers’ it should be out in a couple of weeks.

      Really sorry for the inconvinience but FWIW if you open SolidJott in Internet explorer you get the same errors. It is not SolidWorks, it is the Internet explorer instance and issues with the login process using facebook connect. And microsofts ‘lock everything down!’ recent update. I may just turn facebook connect off in hopes that it will then correct the issue temporarily, as this is doing nothing but cause me and you issues.

      For those out there that may be able to help please contact me Ben@SolidJott.com and lets get this thing fixed. I am also looking for someone to finish off some code on the addin.

      Again my apologies and it will be fixed as soon as possible.


    • Alan 9:15 am on February 24, 2009 Permalink

      When this was happening to me, I opened Internet Explorer and cleared my history. Since then I did not get the certificate pop up, but then I could not log in from SW, I have to open IE or my preferred browser to leave comments or to post a new question.

    • admin 10:20 am on February 24, 2009 Permalink

      Ok, I have done some removal of Facebook connect to see if that solves some problems. Alan can you login now via SW? and Mclossen does this solve the certificate errors you are getting?

    • cgroh1 10:24 am on February 24, 2009 Permalink

      I am using Windows XP and also have the same problem. I have loaded the certificate, added SolidJott to my trusted sites, rebooted and the problem remains. Also I have never used Facebook so don’t think that is the problem.

      I love what you are doing with this add-in so I am not complaining, just adding info that may be useful.

    • cgroh1 10:34 am on February 24, 2009 Permalink

      Everything is working fine for me now. Both thru IE and SW. I guess it was the facebook.

    • admin 10:37 am on February 24, 2009 Permalink

      Great thanks cgroh1! I appreciate your input. I have just removed Facebook connect and hope this is the problem that everyone is seeing. Do you still get the certificate pop up now?

      Not using facebook is good to know but if the problem was with facebook connect then regardless of you using it or not the certificate would rear its ugly head.

    • mclosson 10:38 am on February 24, 2009 Permalink

      That seems to have corrected the problem. Although, when I turned the add-in back on and re-started SW it kept crashing when I tried to open a file that I was previously working on.

    • admin 11:02 am on February 24, 2009 Permalink

      I am 99% sure that the addin is not the problem with the file opening and SW crashing. But could you turn off SolidJott and try opening it again to confirm?


    • Alan 1:18 pm on February 24, 2009 Permalink

      no Ben, I still have to go out to a browser to log in. When I try via SW, my username and password fields will just go blank.

    • admin 2:54 pm on February 24, 2009 Permalink

      Very odd Allen. What version of Internet exploere do you have?

    • Alan 7:19 am on February 25, 2009 Permalink

      My IE is version 7.0.5730.13. I use FireFox for my general browsing and only use IE for 3DContentCentral. So when I opened up IE to look at what version I tried to log into SolidJott, and I got the same thing as when trying to log in from SW. I’m guessing there is a newer version even though microsoft update doesn’t update IE.

    • admin 11:36 am on February 25, 2009 Permalink

      Man you have me stumped. Maybe try to clear your IE cache and or update IE but other than that I have no suggestions. I really would like to get things working for you but I am all out of ideas…

  • mclosson 5:03 am on December 22, 2008 Permalink |  

    Does anyone have a trick for hole callout notes to recognize c’bores on the opposite side?

    • Brian Cayer 6:29 am on December 22, 2008 Permalink

      I generaly edit the note by removing the ne from nearside and adding f

      It would be nice if the hole callout would recognise a farside feature.

    • CBL 7:42 am on December 22, 2008 Permalink

      The HW can create farside countersinks, which the callout recognises, so I assume it should be possible for SW to add a farside counterbore function.

      Have you submitted an ER?

      On the very rare occasion I’ve needed to do this, I’ve simply added a separate c’bore to the far side and used a separate callout on the view showing that detail.
      That way the information is on the view the machine shop is working from.

    • CBL 7:53 am on December 22, 2008 Permalink

      The hole callout recognises the dimensions of nearside and farside counterbores if they are created with a single revolved-cut; But the “Nearside” and “Farside” terms are not incorporated in the callout.

    • mclosson 5:40 am on December 23, 2008 Permalink

      I agree with your comments. This is a fairly common situation for me in working with fixture base plates and/or die sets to have holes c’bored on both sides of a plate. I’m just looking for a way to automatically callout cb’s on the opp. side without the need to edit the note.

  • mclosson 8:12 am on December 16, 2008 Permalink |
    Tags: SW Shell Extension Server quit working   

    I installed SW 2009 sp1.0 yesterday
    and now I keep getting a popup that
    reads “SolidWorks Shell Extension Server
    has stopped working.” Mostly when I’m browsing in Win Explorer. BTW, I’m running Vista Business x64

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