In previous versions to insert a duplicate block or SHCS the user would select insert components drag and drop into the graphics area. With the new enhancement Copy Multiple Components the user can now select from the feature tree the components to duplicate in SOLIDWORKS 2016.
Copy Multiple Components
1. The components I would like to copy for this exercise is Items 1 thru 4 and place them at positions 5.
2. In the FeatureManager design tree, Ctrl + select or Shift + select the components to copy.
3. Ctrl+ drag the selected components from the FeatureManager design tree and drop them in the graphics area, new instances of the components are created as shown below in red box.
4. Mates that exist between the selected components are retained between the new instances.
Note: There is a limitation if the user decided to FIX the original SCHS instead of using mates, SOLIDWORKS will FLOAT them when the new files are copied. You will add mates as needed when the copied block is mated into position.
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.
You can also learn more about SOLIDWORKS 2016 by clicking on the image below to register for one of CATI’s Design Summit’s.
Ronnie Flaugh | Technical Analyst