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SolidWorks eDrawings is a powerful 3d data, viewing and annotating program. With one click of the mouse, a Solid Works user, can save a single file that can contain complex assemblies, and can compress that file down, to a size that's easy to work with, and easy to email. Saving out an e-drawings file, couldn't be any simpler. First off, notice this assembly here is made up of multiple sub assemblies and multiple parts. There's a lot of different hardware in here. It's a pretty complex assembly. I've got a whole hardware folder and a lot of components. And this is a lot of components all saved on the hard drive across multiple locations.
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eDrawings is a free design-review tool for viewing 2D drawings and complex 3D CAD models and assemblies in a compact format. And it's not just for engineers; eDrawings is designed for anyone who needs to review designs and doesn't have access to CAD software. In this course, Gabriel Corbett shows you how to view, print, and review files with eDrawings. Learn how to create and work with views, which give you better insights into your model; add annotations like notes, measurements, and shapes; and view and reply to comments from reviewers. Plus learn to view and share drawings on mobile devices with the eDrawings app for mobile devices.

Topics include:
  • Opening and saving eDrawing files
  • Working with AutoCAD, DWG, and DXF files
  • Touring the interface
  • Measuring a model
  • Creating section views
  • Looking at exploded views
  • Adding measure annotation
  • Drawing shapes
  • Replying to comments
  • Using the eDrawings app for iOS
  • Sharing drawings on an iPad
Subject:
CAD
Software:
SOLIDWORKS eDrawings
Author:
Gabriel Corbett

Saving an eDrawings file

SolidWorks eDrawings is a powerful 3d data, viewing and annotating program. With one click of the mouse, a Solid Works user, can save a single file that can contain complex assemblies, and can compress that file down, to a size that's easy to work with, and easy to email. Saving out an e-drawings file, couldn't be any simpler. First off, notice this assembly here is made up of multiple sub assemblies and multiple parts. There's a lot of different hardware in here. It's a pretty complex assembly. I've got a whole hardware folder and a lot of components. And this is a lot of components all saved on the hard drive across multiple locations.

When I save on an eDrawing, it's going to compress it all down to one file. First off, go up to File, go to Save As, and it lets you save as, instead of assembly, make sure you choose eDrawings. There's a couple of options when I'm working with e-drawings, one of them is okay to measure the e-drawing file. It's really important cause if you're working with other people, you want them to have the ability to see and measure and be able to comment on your files in the future. So click on that, and same thing with export XTL. There's a lot of 3D printers in the world now and 3D printing is becoming very, very popular.

So if you give them the option, they can save out a file to SGL, and that's perfect for importing into a 3D printer environment. Click OK, and we have that other option of adding a password if we want to. When you're ready, go ahead and save it into the correct folder and click on Save, and that's it. We've got an eDrawings file that's available to email. It's one small compressed file. I'm going to go ahead and take a look at that file, under chapter one, and there it is. It's 1.2 megabytes whereas this eDrawing folder, if I take a look at that folder, properties.

You can see it went from 18.8 megabytes down to a 1.2 megabyte file, and that's one individual file versus all these files you might see in this assembly that go and make up that engine assembly. I also wanted to point out that eDrawings is not only for SolidWorks. In fact, there is several different applications that can publish to the Edrawings format. Notice if you're at the downloads, free downloads version, we can download for SolidWorks, Autocad, Catia, ProEngineer, Inventor, Unigraphics, Solid Edge, and even Google Sketchup. Once you've created an eDrawings file, using either Solid Works or any of the other available CAD applications, you can open it using the eDrawings Free Viewer to open, share, collaborate and email.

Leverage the power of a simple interface in Free Viewer to review and collaborate on your designs. With simple tools for annotating, measuring and commenting, eDrawings is a perfect tool for working with a team of users in reviewing your design, and you sure can't beat the price.

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