In this section, we will look at the enhancements in the SOLIDWORKS utilities.
SOLIDWORKS has added some additional options to the compare tool that make it easier identify the volumes that have been added and removed in a model.
Before, it took a little effort to see what the differences were in the models besides looking at the 2 different models. SOLIDWORKS has addressed this by adding the option to keep the bodies when you close the file and add them to one of the models that you are comparing, as you see here.
Once the bodies have been added, you will now have a "Compare Volume" folder added to your current part.
Here, I selected to compare the Material to be removed, along with the common body. You can now see that there are 3 bodies in the file that I selected to add to. –The original, the common body, and the body for the material to be removed.
Here is a simple comparison of the 2 different size blocks.
You can see that showing the "Material to be removed" body (using a section view), you now have a body of the differences in the 2 models.
This makes it much easier to see the differences in the 2 models.
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.
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