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Tips & Tricks

Did you know you can open an assembly without the parts...

If you want to open an assembly, you have to have all the parts, right?

Read on to discover how you can open an assembly without the parts via "Large Design Review"!

A common situation, which we have all experienced before, is when someone accidentally sends you an assembly with a few, or even all the parts that are missing.

When you open that assembly, you will get the message asking you to search for the missing parts. With the result that an empty screen remains.

But with the help of "Large Design Review" you can open the assembly, view it and make measurements yourself, without having the parts at your disposal.

This is not the intended use of the Large Design Review, but it is a great tip that can help you avoid costly downtime. 

In the following it is explained how to open an assembly in "Large Design Review".

Large Design Review

Use the "Open" window of SolidWorks to navigate to the location of the assembly you want to open. 

Select the assembly and then click on the option "Large Design Review".

The assembly is now opened and you can view the design, even though some parts are missing.


Reload // The OOPS-button

Ever experienced opening a model in SolidWorks and making a mistake?

With the result that most people close the file, without saving it, and then open it again.
To automate this and save time, you can use the Reload command to make the process much faster. 

Need this "OOPS button"?
Read on here where you can find the Reload command.

Break Lines

Does it happen regularly to you that dimensions overlap in a drawing?

Sometimes you can't avoid overlapping dimensions - knowing that this is not drawing  technically correct. This creates uncertainty when reading the size or it even looks chaotic. 

SolidWorks does have a handy function for this, namely "Break Lines", which enables you to avoid overlapping dimensions when dimensioning a drawing.

Read here how to use these "Break Lines".

Specific Views

Do you often use specific views that are not standard in SolidWorks

Would you find it useful to be able to save these specific views for later reuse in drawings or other models?

This is perfectly possible, because you can create a specific view in a Part or Assembly environment, which you can then use to place into your Drawing or reuse it in another model.

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