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(VIDEO) Hints & Tips: Fully Define Sketch

As well as our written 'Hints & Tips' series, we will be complimenting them with visuals uploaded on our YouTube page.

This weeks 'Hints & Tips' video is on Fully Defining a Sketch, taking a look at how we can use certain tools to help aid defining complicated sketches in SolidWorks.

Custom Stamps in eDrawings

eDrawings is a great tool to communicate your designs with non SOLIDWORKS users. If you have SOLIDWORKS Professional or Premium you will also have access to eDrawings Professional which will allow you to add mark ups to your eDrawing files.

One of the mark ups you have available for you is the stamp tool, and eDrawings comes with a variety of useful stamps built in. To place them simply choose the stamp and then click in the graphics area to place it. 

A lot of people however don’t realise that you can actually add your own stamp to eDrawings. To do this follow these steps:

1.       Create your stamp this can be in png, tif, gif, jpeg, bmp format.

2.       Save your stamp in the following location


C:\Program Files (x86)\SolidWorks Corp 2013\SolidWorks eDrawings\lang\english

3.       Start eDrawings

4.       Goto Stamps

5.       Choose your new custom stamp and place it in your document.

TIP: eDrawings Stamps will support the transparency in images such as png tif and gif

TIP: eDrawings Stamps will support the transparency in images such as png tif and gif.

Please note, once a stamp is added and the file is saved, it cannot be removed, hence you have just added a nice water mark with your logo to the file which may elevate some of the worries of sharing files online

TIP:  In models, stamps remain fixed in relation to the window when the models are scaled, rotated, or dragged.

You can change the location of where eDrawings looks for the stamp images, which is extremely useful in a multiuser environment where you all want the stamps available to everybody.  Simply go to Tools – Options and change the Stamp folder.

We recently published this article on our blog, giving you a link to a free eDrawings download! Get it HERE

Loowatt rethinks the toilet; desinged in SOLIDWORKS

Today we are going to take a look at one of our customers Loowatt, a company who has developed a waterless toilet system that generates energy from human waste, in SOLIDWORKS. 2.5 billion people don‘t have access to adequate sanitation, an issue which Loowatt’s revolutionary toilet system looks to address.
The Loowatt waterless toilet system uses a patented sealing mechanism to package human waste into an odourless cartridge wrapped in a biodegradable polymer film. The film, which lines the toilet bowl, is pulled through a mechanical sealer when the toilet is “flushed,” enclosing the waste in a removable cartridge. The cartridge is then emptied into a digester, which converts the waste into biogas and fertiliser. The system does not generate waste products or carbon emissions

Where can Loowatt be used?
1/3 of all water used in the household is flushed down the loo, so clearly there is a need in the home, to save money and resources. Loowatt can also be used as an alternative to the infamous portaloo, a rather unpleasant means of waste disposal at events and building sites alike. Portaloos have the waste sitting below (often visible which is unpleasant enough) and use chemicals and previous waste to flush, this is unpleasant and also environmentally unfriendly. Loowatt provides a much nicer alternative to the typical portaloo we’re accustomed to.
The Loowatt really comes into its own when we look at an alternative market, the developing world. As mentioned previously 2.5 billion people don’t have access to adequate sanitation, the majority of which are based in developing countries. Loowatt not only provides a clean and sustainable solution to inadequate sanitation but also helps generate electricity in the meantime. A Loowatt waterless toilet system has been in use in Madagascar since 2012 and it provides saleable energy products, such as mobile phone charging and hot water for bathing and cooking. A nearby compost facility converts waste matter from the toilet into high-grade fertiliser.

Loowatt have certainly developed a fantastic product, one which is ethically strong and is in high demand. As a result of this Loowatt have been recognised for their great work, and have been suitably rewarded with several accolades:
Rushlight Organic Resources Award 2013
Rushlight Resources Innovation Award 2013
Climate Change Week Award – Best New Product 2013
Observer Ethical Award - Big Idea Award 2013
ClearlySo – Social Business of the Year 2012

Loowatt Website



eDrawings software is a product design communication tool for sharing representations of both 2D drawings and 3D models. The electronic data format of eDrawings files is highly compressed to enable easily transmission via email. When viewed with the eDrawings Viewer, these files provide intelligent interpretation tools (3D Pointer, Virtual Folding, Animated Drawing Views) that help the recipient easily understand and navigate the data they receive. eDrawings files are created through the use of the eDrawings Publisher add-in, which works as a plug-in to many popular CAD products. Once created, an eDrawings file may be sent to anyone via email. To eliminate the frustrations normally associated with 2D and 3D design data, the viewer may be embedded directly in an eDrawings file. These files can immediately be viewed by anyone with a Windows operating system. No additional CAD software or viewers are required.

eDrawings App for iPad, available for free download from the Apple App store.

This is a fantastic tool when working with a business who doesn’t have SOLIDWORKS, they can view your creations quickly and easily. The best thing about eDrawings is that it’s completely free.

To download eDrawings CLICK HERE

Born to Design: MotoCzysz

SOLIDWORKS launched its Born to Design project in 2012, celebrating innovation and companies that have developed amazing products in SOLIDWORKS. It outlines how ideas and 2D sketches can be developed into real life working products.

In this episode of Born to Design, SOLIDWORKS looks at MotoCzysz founder Michael Czysz had a dream: to build the world's fastest electric motorcycle. He used SolidWorks to realize his dream.