SOLIDWORKS: Adding Text to Drawing Dimensions

Posted in: Mechanical Design
June 2, 2017

If you have ever dimensioned a drawing within SOLIDWORKS, you know how simple a task it is. Whether you are using the Model Items tool or manually inputting the dimensions with the Smart Dimension tool, SOLIDWORKS provides many easy-to-use tools to dimension a drawing. Despite this, there may be times where you want to add additional information to your dimensions to further clarify the notation. Today, we will see how we can add text to our dimensions.

You may be familiar with the Note tool in SOLIDWORKS. While this is a helpful tool, it doesn’t allow me to add text directly to my dimensions. If I had to relocate my dimensions, my note will not follow the new location of my dimension. By using our Dimension Property Manager, we are able to add text directly to individual dimensions.

Before we begin, a little background on dimension syntax. If you used the Hole Callout tool to dimension the hole in Figure 1, you’ll see three different variables in the Dimension Text field: <MOD-DIAM>, <DIM>, and THRU.

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The variables within the angle brackets (<>) are call outs for default symbols or callouts for the dimensions of the parametric model (Remember, SolidWorks is an associative software). In this case, <MOD-DIAM> generates the diameter symbol in our dimension, <DIM> generates the parametric model’s dimension value, and THRU is text automatically generated with the Hole Callout tool. We can see the results in our dimension within the figure below.

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But what if I wanted to add additional text to my dimension? Such as TYP? I can easily accomplish this by typing the text within my Dimension Text field.

Here’s how:

Start by clicking on a dimension to activate the Dimension Property Manager. Within the Dimension Property Manager window, there’s a section labeled Dimension Text. Simply type in your desired text within this field and it will display on your dimension.

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Additionally, you can use the Dimension Palette to add text to a dimension. Within the Dimension Palette, you have more control on the location of your text. You can add the text above, below, to the right, or to the left of your dimension value.

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What happens if I delete the <DIM> value? Your dimension will no longer display the model’s dimension value. You can easily replace it by either typing <DIM> back into the text field or by selecting the Add Value button within the Dimension Property Manager.

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So there you have it! Now you know how to Add Text to Drawing Dimensions. You now have another tool at your disposal to further clarify your drawings. For more information, check out our YouTube channel or contact us at Hawk Ridge Systems today. Thanks for reading!

June 2, 2017
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Good afternoon, How are you I watch your videos on youtube and I'd like to share with you my problem with Solidworks 2020 The problem is in the drawing sketch , whene I add the sizes and text and spisification tables but the all of them are not showing on the screen , I checked the colors and location file everything is ok Its showing me all functions when I save it the draw as a dxf file Pleas to help me to solve this problem Thank you so much Your faithfully.

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