SOLIDWORKS Support Monthly News – July 2021

Hello to all,

Welcome to the new edition of the SOLIDWORKS Support Monthly News!  This monthly news blog is co-authored by members of the SOLIDWORKS Technical Support teams worldwide.

Troubleshooting Tip: Why particular annotation view is not available in the list of possible annotations views?

By Mario Iocco

Frequently, a user wants to move a dimension to a different annotation view. However, sometimes that particular annotation view is not available in the list of possible annotations views. In the below video we explain the reasons why those specific annotation views are not displayed in the list.

Optimizing Visualize Project file size

By Richie More

SOLIDWORKS Visualize allows you to create stunning photo-realistic images and videos with the existing design CAD data.

Creating Visualize Project involves importing of 3DCAD data, applying appearances, scenes, adding cameras, etc.

While the user does a combination of addition of assets to the project, the Visualize Project File size may increase beyond expected. This is because even when the assets are not used for the Project, the ones added will be retained in the project.

We can easily optimize the Project file size with the following Process.

Procedure to optimize project file size

Step 1– Open the large file size Visualize Project. (file size for the test project is 91,948KB )

Step 2– Navigate to Project > Delete All unused Objects

Step 3– You may select individual entity and analyze, or select all and analyze the unused Objects to be deleted.

Step 4– You may select individual entity and analyze, or select all and analyze the unused Objects to be deleted. Also the option “Save after Cleaning” saves the project after hitting clean button.

Step 5– You may select individual entity and analyze, or select all and analyze the unused Objects to be deleted. Also the option “Save after Cleaning” saves the project after hitting clean button.

Once the Clean is complete, notice that the Visualize Project file size is optimized. (File size for the test project reduced to 34,333KB)

Note- Objects once deleted, cannot be restored. Thus kindly verify the objects selected after analyzing which are set for deletion.

Publishing multi-sheet PDF’s from DraftSight

By Gayatri Keskar

Batch print command in DraftSight allows users to send a set of drawings and Sheets to printers in few mouse clicks. It is very helpful when we are working on a big project and want to print multiple .dwg files to PDF format.

Using default settings we get multiple PDF files, with one sheet on each PDF. What if we want to create single PDF file from all the drawing sheets?

We can change it in Batch Print dialog by clicking on PDF Options:

  • Type BatchPrint in DraftSight command line to launch below window.
  • Click in Add files\Add folder to includes files to print
  • Click on PDF Options and select ‘Publish as multi-sheet PDF’ as below:

We can also enter the name of printed PDF file by unchecking option ‘Specify PDF file name on file dialog’ so that printing operation will be performed without user intervention.

In order to use Batch Print command model and all the sheets must have Print Configuration assigned. In this case we want to print sheets to PDF format hence default printer in print configuration should be PDF as below:

Note: ‘PDF Options’ button will be available only for sheets which are using PDF build in printer in print configuration. Hence while creating print configuration make sure to use correct printer.

DraftSight Professional, Premium, Enterprise and Plus packages have ability to Batch Print.

Noteworthy Solutions from the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base

 While opening SOLIDWORKS® using SolidNetWork License (SNL) Manager licenses, why I see the error ‘Could not obtain a license for SOLIDWORKS Standard. License does not support this version. (-21,126,0)’?

his error message may indicate the presence of a license file on the client computer. To get more information, see Solution Id: S-079217

 In the SOLIDWORKS® software, how can I customize sheet metal tables to avoid translation issues with the flatten feature for multinational companies with offices that speak different languages?
The attached PDF document in Solution ID: S-079218 shows the basic details for a recommended approach in SOLIDWORKS®.

 How do I filter the resource object within a SOLIDWORKS® Manage process?

To filter the resource object inside a process, create a field inside the resource object and the condition inside the process object. For a demonstration of how to achieve this result, see the attached video in Solution Id: S-079228

In drop test studies in SOLIDWORKS® Simulation 2021 and newer, why is the Blended Curvature Based mesher (BCB) not available for studies with more than one solid body?

For drop test studies with multiple solid bodies, the only available meshers are Standard and Curvature-Based (CB). For more information, see Solution Id: S-079234

That’s it for this month. Thanks for reading this edition of SOLIDWORKS Support News.

Originally posted in the SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog.

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