Open Assemblies or Drawings Without Referenced Part Files
Missing File References
Have you ever received a drawing or assembly file from a colleague, but the referenced part files were not included? It is an easy thing to overlook and can cause major delays in getting the rest of the files. Luckily there are a few workflows that will allow you to open drawing files without references to view them, make minor edits like notes and dimensions, and even export as PDF files.
Detailing Mode (previously called Quick View) and Large Design Review both open files without any reference documents. Options and operations are limited in these modes, but it can help you get access to the file without waiting on the rest of the files. eDrawings also opens SOLIDWORKS files without references but does not support saving drawings as vector PDF files.
Multiple Methods to Open Empty Files
Pro tip: use Pack and Go to create an efficient package or zip file containing all necessary files, including things like appearances or library features if they are linked.
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While Marcus has been a SOLIDWORKS Applications Expert with MLC CAD Systems in Oklahoma for over a decade, his knowledge extends into all product lines MLC offers. More than once, he has held the prestigious title of the world’s most certified SOLIDWORKS AE. He actively supports the user group community and is known for his improv comedy tips and tricks sessions. Connect with Marcus on LinkedIn to discuss your project.