In SOLIDWORKS 2016, you now have the ability to create a break in your model (also known as an interrupted view). This tool can create views that accurately depict images of a pipe break, so that other views such as the isometric view can break correctly.
You begin by adding a break step. This is what sets the amount of tubing or piping to remove the break as well as the alignment of the break based on one of the existing planes within the model. The following images show a horizontal alignment on vertical members of the assembly, as well as a vertical break on a horizontal member. You can also add multiple break steps on the same member.
You will also have to select what style to display as your break. Depending on the type of piping or tubing being used in the model, the result will vary according to that geometry. The following images show a straight break as well as a single zig-zag style on square tubing. The gap size, and in the case of the zig-zag, the intensity of the finished break can also be set as well to adjust the break to your liking.
Once you place it into the drawing, you can have an isometric view that displays your break correctly based on the configuration it was created for.
Please note: You will have to create additional model break views for each configuration that you want to use in your drawing.
We hope this part of the What’s New series gives you a better understanding of the new features and functions of SOLIDWORKS 2016. Please check back to the CATI Blog as the CATI Support Team will continue to break down many of the new items in SOLIDWORKS 2016. All of these articles will be stored in the category of "SOLIDWORKS What's New." You can also learn more about SOLIDWORKS 2016 by clicking on the image below to register for one of CATI’s Design Summit’s.