Sheet Metal Options In previous SOLIDWORKS versions, there were no Sheet Metal Bodies options. In SOLIDWORKS 2017, there is now a global setting that can control whether sheet metal bodies follow the parameters defined in the Sheet Metal folder in the FeatureTree. You can find these new selects in Tools>Options>Document Properties>Sheet Metal. Notice the new selections under New Sheet Metal Bodies. Override Default Parameter Override Bend Allowance Parameters Override Auto Relief Parameters When all options are cleared, all individual body sheet metal parameters are driven by the settings in the Sheet Metal Folder. When selected, these options override the Sheet Metal folder
Updating Toolbox Components in Assemblies You can save a lot of time by using Toolbox components in your assemblies. These parts usually contain hundreds of configurations to represent the many sizes of available parts. It is common to modify Toolbox parts by changing properties or dimensions. SOLIDWORKS 2017 makes it easier than ever to update toolbox components, if these type of changes require it. Updating Toolbox components, in previous versions of SOLIDWORKS, would often require opening the sub-assemblies or editing the Toolbox definition of the component. SOLIDWORKS 2017 adds the ability to update all Toolbox components with a single command. This action is found by right-clicking on the
Dimensions I’m here today to discuss dimensions, and basically let you know the future is now. Here’s what I got for you: -Arc Extension Line or Opposite Side: With the arc extension line or opposite side selected you can attach the leader to an extended radius. If it is not possible, the leader will attach to the opposite side of the arc. Option Unchecked: Option Checked: -DIN Ordinate Origin Circle Sizing: For those of you DIN ordinate dimensioners, you asked and SOLIDWORKS delivered. Now the origin circle size can be changed, just a quick click inside the leader tab can make
Searching for Externally Referenced Documents In previous versions of SOLIDWORKS, searching for externally referenced documents has been an option for finding component files inside assemblies and drawings. These locations are set in Options/System Options/ File Locations by setting “Show folders for:” to “Referenced Document.” We can choose to search these locations by selecting “Search file locations for external references” under Options/System Options/External References. Using this can be useful for when files are spread out over various file locations, especially when files are used for many projects. However, keeping it turned on can be a double-edged sword as it can affect opens, rotations, modeling, rebuilding, switching sheets, saves,
Prevention of Accidental Micro Lines A great new feature in the latest release of SOLIDWORKS is something that you probably will never even notice. This will minimize the unintentional sketched lines that occur when you create sketches. Have you ever created a sketch and when you are finished, you can’t complete the feature? You get an error message that looks like this: This typically occurs when you have a tiny little line somewhere in your sketch that you can’t see. So, you go to Tools, Sketch Tools, Check sketch for feature to see what the problem is. With the new Micro Line Prevention, there
Composer SOLIDWORKS Composer software streamlines the creation of 2D and 3D graphical contents for product communication and technical illustrations. Here are 3 new features for SOLIDWORKS Composer 2017. 1. New View Name Templates in Document Properties The View Name Template lets you define a template to use for view names when creating views. You can use alphanumeric characters, as well as the following optional variables: %filename%: inserts the name of the file containing the model, without its extension. %viewnumber%: inserts the number of the view based on the creation order in the current session. For example, 1 is used for the first-created view, 2 for the second-created
SOLIDWORKS 2017 has lots of useful new features. One of those hundreds of enhancements would be the Print3D FDM build analysis. This has been improved on from last year’s Print3D option which would allow you to see if your parts can fit in your printers build chamber and also help you save out the SOLIDWORKS file as a either an STL, 3D Manufacturing Format (.3mf), or an Additive Manufacturing File(.amf) Now print3D has a set of build analysis features to help give you some info about issues the part could face during printing, before you waste time and money trying to print it. Once you start up the tool by
Visualize License Change Dear SOLIDWORKS Visualize Customer, SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard is included with each SOLIDWORKS CAD Professional and Premium licenses on active Subscription! For Visualize Standard 2017 and beyond, an additional serial number is required to activate the complimentary seat of Visualize Standard. From October 19th, 2016, and once you have upgraded to SOLIDWORKS 2017, this new additional serial number for eligible users can be found by logging into the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal and clicking “My Products.” Once you have copied this new Visualize Standard serial number, launch ‘Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features,’ select SOLIDWORKS Visualize, and click ‘Change’ at the top.
Facility Layout New for SOLIDWORKS 2017 is a set of tools to help with Facility Layout modeling. These tools make assembling large components for plant layout designs much easier. You can define connection points and a ground face in parts or assemblies and then publish these designs as assets. When you insert an asset into an assembly, a new function called Magnetic Mates, snap the asset into place according to other assets in that assembly. A lot of this speed and ease of use is built on the already popular function of SpeedPak’s. You can create a SpeedPak configuration of an asset directly in the Asset Publisher PropertyManager.
System Options for Interoperability When opening a neutral file (stp, parasolid, iges…) in SOLIDWORKS 2016 and older, you’re going to get this dialog box, notice the Option button. After clicking the Options button, the Import Options dialog box will appear. Some neutral file options may look a little different. When doing a “save as” or exporting a sheet metal part as a DXF file you’ll see this. Notice the Options button. After clicking the Options button, the Export Options dialog box will appear. Again, some neutral file options may look a little different. Now in SOLIDWORKS 2017, when opening a file, doing