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Part I

SolidWorks Basics

FIGURE 1.4 The main Quick Tip window

FIGURE 1.5 Turning Quick Tips on or off

The first time you create a document, you will be prompted to select units for your default tem- plates, as shown in Figure 1.6. This is an important step, although you can make changes later if needed. SolidWorks stores most of the document-specific settings in document templates, which you can set up with different settings for each type of document — parts, assemblies, and draw- ings. More information on part and assembly templates can be found later in this chapter. Drawing Templates are described in detail in Chapter 20.

The main significance of this default template unit option is not so much the units as the dimen- sioning standard that is selected. ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standards use different methods of projecting views. ISO is typically a European standard and uses First Angle Projection, while ANSI is an American stan- dard and uses Third Angle Projection. The standard projection used throughout this book is Third Angle.

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