I do not have the paper layout feature, just Part and Assembly.

 

I've been using DimXpert but find it limiting.

 

Are there a lot of options in Part mode for displaying dimensions?


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Last comment By: Bjorn Hulman   Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:59:17 GMT
Re: What's the best way to do a print of dimensions from Part mode?

Why do you not have the drawing module for SolidWorks?

By: Anna Wood  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 01:47:47 GMT
Re: What's the best way to do a print of dimensions from Part mode?

Can you not make drawing from part like so

ScreenShot_20171108163328.png

By: Ned Hutchinson  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 03:03:18 GMT
Re: What's the best way to do a print of dimensions from Part mode?

SW comes with drawing templates...

use the create drawing as above, a list of templates should show up??

By: Jason Young  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:00:07 GMT
Re: What's the best way to do a print of dimensions from Part mode?

Is it even a module? Thought it was hard coded in there. My guess is someone has messed with the templates / template folder / default template settings.

By: Bjorn Hulman  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:03:51 GMT
Re: What's the best way to do a print of dimensions from Part mode?

First thing I notice is that there are no dimensions on your Sketch1.

Why are there no dimensions?

 

No Dimensions.PNG

By: J. Mather  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:25:47 GMT
Re: What's the best way to do a print of dimensions from Part mode?

I'm new to Solidworks.  Don't dxf files come in scaled?

By: Jeff Beller  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:59:44 GMT
Re: What's the best way to do a print of dimensions from Part mode?

Jeff,

It sounds like you are needing some training.  I'm not trying to be a jerk... Nobody can just automatically sit down and know how to run any software, much less a 3D modeling package.  If you just try to jump in and do stuff you will learn all the wrong ways to do things and end up frustrated and angry.  You'll waste far more time down the road than you save today by skipping the tutorials or training. 

By: Josh Brady  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:06:25 GMT
Re: What's the best way to do a print of dimensions from Part mode?

No, problem, I know I need training ha.  If you have any links on adding dimensions (not changing dimension to create a part) but dimension for print out. I'll check them out.

By: Jeff Beller  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 18:11:22 GMT
Re: What's the best way to do a print of dimensions from Part mode?

Jeff Beller wrote:

 

I'm new to Solidworks. Don't dxf files come in scaled?

Jeff,

 

We import DXF DWG files for our die blanks regularly. No they do not come in fully defined. They are just converted line entities from the original geometry.

 

The best way we have found is to fix the entities, all of them in position as is. From there you can manipulate the sketch,(moving,rotating etc.) as you need to. Typically we put some reference dimensions on it to validate there was no scaling issues in the format exchange.

 

If you go the route of dimensioning as you are talking about further down you will run into some serious issues. The first being dimensions are not enough. Is  the line vertical or horizontal? There are no relations that are defined on a converted DXF. It is just a bunch of lines arcs and splines.

Second problem would be unintended numerical input.Accidentally putting in a 2.50" radius instead of a 1/4" will give you some wonky results and the lines may snap back to where they were prior to input, but it has been our experience they do not.

You say you need some training, as far as I know there is not much in the way of formal training for converting DXF's.

Your question about dimensioning the part and not making a drawing, the short answer is yes. But why not make a drawing? You can use a sketch as a basis in a drawing, do it all of the time for die layouts. Click on file choose the option of make drawing from part. Or press "P", not sure if that is a shortcut I created or not.Then it will give you access to at least the default templates from which to make a drawing.

By: Paul Risley  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 18:43:48 GMT
Re: What's the best way to do a print of dimensions from Part mode?

Jeff Beller  wrote:

 

No, problem, I know I need training ha. If you have any links on adding dimensions (not changing dimension to create a part) but dimension for print out. I'll check them out.

 

Click on the drop-down arrow beside the question mark at the top right of your SW screen, then choose Tutorials.

 

By: Glenn Schroeder  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 18:50:51 GMT
Re: What's the best way to do a print of dimensions from Part mode?

Because of bend allowance - I think you are going to end up with some unexpected finished form parts using fold of a flat part.

 

It is better to model in the finished form with the dimensions that are critical to assembly and let SolidWorks figure out the flat pattern dxf for cutting.

By: J. Mather  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:07:18 GMT
Re: What's the best way to do a print of dimensions from Part mode?

I can't seem to do that action.  It's blank.solidworks.PNG

By: Jeff Beller  Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:46:28 GMT
Re: What's the best way to do a print of dimensions from Part mode?

Do they not show up if you click File - New?

By: Jason Young  Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:08:48 GMT
Re: What's the best way to do a print of dimensions from Part mode?

search your computer for *.drwdot and all the drawing templates will show up.

 

Add this location to the locations for templates

as follows...

 

http://www.javelin-tech.com/blog/2015/08/solidworks-default-template-location/

By: Jason Young  Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:11:53 GMT
Re: What's the best way to do a print of dimensions from Part mode?

Hi Jeff,

 

I agree with Jason, you need to find where your templates are stored and then point SW in their direction. If you do not have any *.drwdot files, you can find places online to download such as GrabCAD - CAD library.

By: Bjorn Hulman  Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:20:14 GMT
Re: What's the best way to do a print of dimensions from Part mode?

I have no drwdot files.  Where do I place the downloaded zip template files?

 

thank you.

By: Jeff Beller  Thu, 16 Nov 2017 01:34:13 GMT
Re: What's the best way to do a print of dimensions from Part mode?

you can put them anywhere,

 

you just need to add that location to the list of locations.

the link below should help

 

http://www.javelin-tech.com/blog/2015/08/solidworks-default-template-location/

By: Jason Young  Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:17:32 GMT
Re: What's the best way to do a print of dimensions from Part mode?

If they're going to be the default templates, it's good to add them as the default templates also.

By: Bjorn Hulman  Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:59:17 GMT
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