SOLIDWORKS 2016 What’s New Costing– #SW2016


SOLIDWORKS 2016 continues to improve the costing tool. This year brings sheet metal costing improvements, assembly costing, and rules-based costing.

Sheet metal costing has several improvements this year. In SOLIDWORKS 2016 we are now able to cost a sheet metal part based on sheet size as opposed to material weight.

We can also do basic bounding box nesting. After inputting sheet size and offsets, calculating the bounding box and setting the total number of parts, SOLIDWORKS costing can give us a basic nesting layout as well as number of sheets required per lot.


Another new costing feature in SOLIDWORKS 2016 is Rules-Based Costing. Now we can setup rules using IF and IF/THEN statements. These rules are setup in the costing templates so that every time a part is costed, the rules are checked and the costing features are updated accordingly. Some examples of costing rules can be seen below:
-Converting drilled holes larger than x diameter to milled.
-Adding material to a stock body
-Adding custom processes based on material

SOLIDWORKS 2016 Costing allows the costing of assemblies. It does this by doing a costing rollup; costing all of the parts and then adding them all up along with custom operations of the top-level assembly. It classifies the parts into To be calculated, cost defined, purchased cost, and toolbox parts.

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.

Christian Maldonado

CATI Applications Engineer

Computer Aided Technology