What’s new in SolidWorks 2014: BOM saved sorting

This entry is part 6 of 13 in the series New in SOLIDWORKS 2014

Tables have seen several improvements in SolidWorks 2014.  One specifically for BOMs is the ability to save sorts.  In previous versions of SolidWorks, sorting BOMs was a one time action.  Each time you wanted to sort a BOM, you re-entered your criteria.  Not any more.  BOMs now have an option that allows you to save your sort by checking the setting called “Save current sort settings” from the Sort dialog.  Sort dialog is now available when you right-click on the BOM and select Sort>Custom Sort….

Save sort settings

Once OK is selected in the dialog, your settings will be stored with the BOM table.  If you make changes to your assembly or the BOM that adds, removes or changes your components, you can reapply your sort at any time by right-clicking on the BOM and selecting Sort>Apply Saved Sort Scheme.

Apply saved sort

Additionally, when Save current sort settings is employed on a BOM, the settings are remembered when that BOM is saved as a BOM template.  This means, on any new drawings, the sort is automatically applied when the BOM template is used to create new BOM!


Author: fcsuper

As a drafter, mechanical designer and CAD engineer, I've been in the mechanical design field since 1991. For the first 8 years of my career, I was an AutoCAD professional. I utilized AutoLISP and many other AutoCAD customization features to streamline drafting activities for 6+ drafters and designers. I authored several custom functions, one of which was published in the March 1997 issue of Cadalyst Magazine. Since 1998, I've been used SolidWorks non-stop. I've worked to utilize the SolidWorks' user environment to simplify drafting and design activities for 20+ engineers. I've created this website to provide current information about SolidWorks from a variety of contributors. More recently, I am now employed by Dassault Systemes as SOLIDWORKS Sr. Product Definition Manager to improve drawing, annotation and MBD related areas.

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