SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Opening Subassemblies in a Different Mode

For anyone not using Large Design Review mode, you are missing out on a way to very quickly open large assemblies. The past several releases of SOLIDWORKS have added some great functionality to LDR mode and that continues with SOLIDWORKS 2022.

New in SOLIDWORKS 2022, with an assembly opened in LDR mode you can now select an open mode (resolved, lightweight, or large design review) when opening a subassembly.

The mode is selectable from a drop-down list on the open icon when right-clicking on a subassembly.

This is a very useful method to directly select an open mode for a subassembly while in LDR mode of the top-level assembly without having to use File – Open and browse for the file to access the mode options.

One thing to note is that if the higher-level assembly is opened Resolved or Lightweight, the subassembly mode options are not available. I think this would be a great enhancement for a future release to be able to select the subassembly open mode regardless of how the higher-level assembly was opened.

I hope this part of the What’s New series gives you a better understanding of the new features and functions of SOLIDWORKS 2022. Please check back to the CATI Blog as the CATI Application Engineers will continue to break down many of the new items in SOLIDWORKS 2022. All these articles will be stored in the category of “SOLIDWORKS What’s New.”

Brian Morris
Senior Application Engineer
Computer Aided Technology

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