SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Costing – #SW2018


SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Costing – #SW2018

This year, SOLIDWORKS Costing has seen a few great new enhancements to help engineers and designers check the estimated manufacturing costs of their parts and assemblies, and avoid costly redesigns and production delays in the later stages of their product processes.

Material Class Dependent Custom Operations

You can now setup your templates with specific operations that can be automatically included in reports based on the class of material. In the example below, whenever a steel part is estimated, an additional custom painting operation will be added to the total cost rollup for machined parts. C:\Users\Alex Worsfold\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Word\01-Costing-arrows.jpg

Based on the template example above, when the part cost is calculated and the material is set to steel, SOLIDWORKS Costing will now automatically add the following operations to the part saving you time and eliminating errors when specific company standards need to be sustained.

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Tool Engagement Ratio

Another great new enhancement to SOLIDWORKS Costing templates is the ability to specify Tool Engagement Ratio. Previously Costing only used feed rate, surface speed, and cut depth to calculate the material removal rate. Now an additional parameter for Tool Engagement Ratio can be specified to make your machining estimates even more accurate.

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Template Limited Access Copy

In SOLIDWORKS 2018 when you save a Limited Access Copy of a Costing Template to send to your clients, SOLIDWORKS masks the following parameters in both the SOLIDWORKS UI, and any reports that are generated by your potential customers. By hiding these numbers, this helps keep you competitive by keeping your cost calculations secure when you send a costing template to a new customer.

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Assembly Operations

Now you can create operations specific to assemblies within your costing templates; just like costing for parts, you can override the operations directly in the Property Manager whenever specific needs need to be met.

Costing Pack and Go

Similar to the familiar Pack and Go already included with SOLIDWORKS; Costing now gives you a way to package all the CAD files, Costing templates, and Reports into a single zip file using the new Costing Pack and Go tool.

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I hope this part of the What’s New series gives you a better understanding of the new features and functions of SOLIDWORKS 2018. Please check back to the CATI Blog as the CATI Application Engineers will continue to break down many of the new items in SOLIDWORKS 2018. All of these articles will be stored in the category of “SOLIDWORKS What’s New.” You can also learn more about SOLIDWORKS 2018 by clicking on the image below to register for one of CATI’s Design Innovation Summits.

Alex Worsfold
Application Engineer, Tech Services

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