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Almost all drawings have some sort of notes calling information that cannot be relayed in the standard views. Common information is material, finishes, extra processes, special features, and packaging. SolidWorks has a note tool that allow us to type out the notes, and even has some auto indenting and numbering functionality. Additionally, these notes can be saved to the design library for future use. To use the note tool, just go ahead, under Annotations and click on Note. You just click wherever you want the note to start. You can choose whatever font you want, whatever size you want, and just start typing.
If you click, you can see, I can zoom in. If I go back, and I can double-click on this. Notice I have a spelling mistake, make some changes. Items. You can come in here. You can highlight it, you can bulletize it, you can number it, you can name it. We can make a bunch of different modifications to that note, and then you can move it around anywhere you want on your drawing. Very easy to work with. You can also give notes, specifically to a certain feature. For instance, over here, if I want to call out this connection between these different holes, I can add a note here, and I can say like, debur cross hole.
And notice that stays attached to my tooltip, then I can move it around later, and add it to something else. When I'm happy with what I have, or I want to add any more of those same notes. Hit Escape to turn that off. Couple of different notes, really easy to add, move them around your screen, whatever you need, you can place notes. I also want to point out that you can use that Balloon command, up here, and you can create a specialty little note box, so I can maybe like a hexagon and I can add maybe a quantity, or text, in this case, I'll call out, like, two.
And I can place that on my drawing. So then I can maybe place that next to something else like this, saying that I wanted to burr and refer up here to note two, remove all sharp edges. That happens to be one of the sharp edges that happens to be internal to the hole. When you want to reuse your same notes multiple times, and it's very handy to do that because a lot of times you're not going to remember all these specific standards you might be calling out in your drawing. For example, this ASTM spec for the material, as well as the mill spec for the anodized. You probably don't remember those off the top of your head. So what we'd like to do is actually save that over here to the Design Library.
If you open up the Design Library, you can see that I've got annotations, and all kinds of different things that are saved in here, and I want to put this note inside of this annotation folder. It's pretty easy to do. Go ahead and click on the Plus, add it to the Library. And, choose the note. So, I want Note One. That's what I want to add to the library. And, I'm going to call out something like AL with anno. Okay, it's going to save in this folder here. Click OK. And, now it's saved in that folder. Next time I want to use it, just go ahead and open up the Design Library. Grab that note and just drag and drop it into your design.
It stays active on your tool tip if you want to add it multiple times. If not, hit Escape. Turn it off and you can quickly add or remove those notes from your drawings. All good drawings should always have some sort of drawing notes. Use the notes to further explain complex operations or to call out specs for post finishing operations.
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