A big leap forward for the Hole Wizard in SolidWorks 2014 is the support of slots as features! I’ll say this another way. You can now create slots with Hole Wizard!
When SolidWorks first announced that there was going to be support for slots many years ago, I was a tad bit disappointed when I found out how. Slots were only available as sketch elements. Although I did find this useful and it did streamline my workflows, I found it to be a step short. I was still having to make slots as separate extrude-cut features. Converting holes to slots and slots to holes still needed a rather lengthy workaround.
SolidWorks 2014 addresses this, and how! Slots are now supported by the Hole Wizard in spades.
Slots with counterbores, slots with countersinks and slots with..umm, well, straight slots with no counter-anything.
Not just that, you can quickly switch between slots and holes, based on design needs for your particular phase of development.
Holes become slots with a quick edit (and then back again, if you wish)
SolidWorks 2013 introduces a new and powerful tool called Intersect. Intersect enables you to perform complex operations to quickly combine surfaces, planes and solid bodies in practically any way you need without the need for multiple cut, trim and fill features. The tool’s visual interface allows you to do all the experimenting you’ll need in order to create the final shape you want. The following is an example of how Intersect can help you to quickly build a part from multiple intersecting surfaces.
This is a set of surface bodies that will be used to create the exterior of a new consumer product. The goal is quickly combine these surface bodies into a final solid shape that can then be shelled.
Start the Intersect tool (found on the Features toolbar).
Select all of the surface bodies. As you select each one, they populate the Selections box in the PropertyManager. Hint: you can use window select to get all the surface bodies at once.
Choose Intersect button.
A list of intersection regions is quickly generated in the Regions to Exclude box in the PropertyManager. In the case of this project, there is only one region, so there will be nothing to exclude.
Make sure Merge result is checked on the Options box in the PropertyManager.
Because we do not want the surface bodies to remain in the final part, make sure Consume surfaces is also checked.
Once you are satisfied with the previewed result, choose OK (green check mark button) to accept and apply.
The result is finalized. The entire operation appears as one new Intersect feature in the Feature Tree.
Adjustments to your selections can be made at any time by editing the Intersect feature in the same manner as any other features are edited.
Switching between views in the SolidWorks modelling environment has always been a fairly painless exercise. Press the SPACEBAR and choose your view, or use the Normal to command. The Orientation dialog window has now been improved in SolidWorks 2013. In addition to icongraphic layout, you can now create custom views and save them for reuse in different documents.
To save views for use in other documents, create a new view same as before using the New View button. The view will then appear in the Orientation dialog box between the standard views and the view port buttons. When you highlight that view, a save icon appears. When saved, a globe icon will appear next to new view indicating that it is now available for use in other documents.
Another cool addition to the Orientation interface is the View Selector. To turn on the View Selector, start the Orientation dialog box and click on the View Selector button in the upper right next to the pin. While this button is depressed, the View Selector will automatically engage when you launch the Orientation dialog box.
The View Selector allows you to quickly and visually select your next view orientation of the model between standard views. It provides quick access to the opposite views too (the other side of each standard orientation). That means you can quickly jump to the backside upper isometric view as easily and you can jump to the front view!
SolidWorks 2013 won’t be officially unveiled until September 10, but over the next few weeks, we’ll be giving you sneak peeks at a few of the new features we’ll be shipping this fall. And here’s the first.
In SolidWorks 2013, center of mass is a selectable entity in drawings, and you can reference it to create dimensions. In a drawing, you can create reference dimensions between center of mass points and geometric entities, such as points and edges.