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Isometric Section Views

  
  
  
  
  

Can you make an image like this in a SolidWorks drawing?

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Sure you can.  All you have to do is:

  1. Open your assembly.
  2. Make a configuration.
  3. Create an assembly feature that cuts away the outer casing.
  4. Make a drawing of that configuration.
  5. Apply the hatching as a drawing feature.

While you were doing that I added shadows to mine.

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How about adding a parts list that cross highlites to the geometry and can be viewed in a web browser?  Like this one. 

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If you are browsing with Firefox you can view an interactive version of the file.  I don't have the web skills to make it work on other browsers, but since I can view the SVG file in IE I can't imagine its that hard to do.

I made these images while preparing a webinar we just ran on the new features in 3DVIA Composer V6R2012, the latest release that came out this summer.  This release now support the multiple section planes that I used in the earlier images.  Prior to that I could only have one section plane in an SVG image. These views are great for service manuals, product documentation, or spare parts catalogs.  And best of all the tool is designed for anyone to use.  You don't have to be a SolidWorks user, so you can let the person who needs the image create it based upon your designs instead of creating it for them.

If you missed the webcast we'll be doing it again so keep an eye on the schedule.

SolidWorks Tips & Tricks Archived Webinar

  
  
  
  
  

In case you missed this week's SolidWorks tips and tricks webinar, you can view it here. You name it- we covered it!

You can also view our other archived webinars here.

2011 Webinar Schedule

  
  
  
  
  

We are stepping it up this year webinar wise.  We know you are busy and don't often have time to come out to us to learn about the new product offerings.  You might also just be interested in learning a few new tricks to make you more productive.  The CADD Edge 2011 webinar series is here to help.  We have weekly webinars scheduled on a range of topics including: Regulatory Compliance with Enterprise PDM, SolidWorks Simulation, and Design Automation.  The schedule is posted for the first quarter along with descriptions of the events here.

Next week we will be exploring how 3DVia Composer can be used to create paperless assembly instructions.  Traditional manufacturing documentations can be tedious to create, difficult to interpret and painful to maintain.  With 3DVia composer you can document the manufacturing processes of your products, faster, more accurately and earlier in the development cycle.  Careful you might even find yourself enjoying it.

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