Drawings Top Ten list from years past: SWW2013

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Past Years Drawings Top Ten

The top ten Drawings specific ideas submitted to SolidWorks World 2013 Top Ten list were heavily focused on dimensions and drawing views.

SolidWorks World 2013 Top Ten Drawings Ideas

  1. Create auxiliary line for dimensioning angles – Implemented in SW2015
  2. Perimeter Dimension or Total Length Dimension
  3. Allow mirroring of drawing views in the drawing
  4. Isometric view break
  5. Ability to create half dimensions (Option to change any dimension line to foreshortened)
  6. On drawings, zoom to fit should ignore view bounding boxes – Implemented in SW2015
  7. Don’t re-size center marks with scale of drawing view or sheet
  8. Ability to create Alternate position view on sectioned/broken-out section view
  9. Make an easy interface to modify format of hole callouts (without having to edit calloutformat.txt)
  10. Projected view of a break view should have option ‘align breaks with parent’ enabled by default

As of SOLIDWORKS 2015, the implementation for the SWW13 list is 20%.  Create auxiliary line for dimensioning angles was the only Drawings idea to get onto the official SolidWorks World 2013 Top Ten list.

Voting is now open on the current SOLIDWORKS World 2015 Top Ten list.  Vote on as many ideas as you wish!  Just remember, you have to logon to see the ideas and vote for them.

Tempted as I may be, Ricky Jordan’s article covers planned SolidWorks 2014 Enhancements well

Tempted as I may be to spill the beans about planned SolidWorks 2014 enhancements based on what was shown at SolidWorks World 2013, I have to admit that Ricky Jordan’s article already covers them so well, I cannot really add anything more.  Check out his very thorough coverage here:

 SolidWorks 2014 Sneak Peek

SolidWorks World 2013 Top Ten Enhancement Request

There seems to be a nearly a whole new list of items in the SolidWorks World 2013 Top Ten list this year.  A pure performance request made the top of the list this year.  Plus, users are asking for more version interoperability.  A couple of items are already on the list for SolidWorks 2014, according the the sneak peak.  Here’s the list

  1. Make rebuild time faster
  2. Full backward compatibility
  3. Slot mate (announced in the SolidWorks 2014 sneak peek)
  4. Cylindrical mates lock rotation
  5. eDrawings mobile app on Android(announced during Nvidia’s presentation)
  6. Equal spacing on linear patterns
  7. Default concentric mate on axis to cylindrical surface
  8. External thread wizard for all thread types
  9. Draw a line segment starting from the midpoint
  10. Create auxiliary line for adding angle dimensions


SolidWorks World 2013: General Session Day 2

SolidWorks World 2013 General Session Day 2 had two great examples of technology that will be eventually be used to take over the world.

Professor Vijay Kumar of the University of Pennsylvania was a great speaker that talked extensively about synchronized quadcopters that could also be used in search and rescue operations (or proletariat suppression missions). I was rather hoping that he’d order an armada of quadcopters to fly over the crowd…but no, he just showed Youtube videos.

Festo stole the show. They talked about bio mimicry.  And then did this.