SolidWorks Utility Belt:
This podcast covers the expanded toolset in SolidWorks Utilities including power tools for compairson, bulk modification and downstream evaluation. Topics covered:
- Compare tools (documents, features, geometry and BOM)
- Modification tools (annotations, features, simplification, feature paint)
- Evaluation tools (geometry & thickness analysis, symmetry check)
- Report Manager
- SolidWorks Utilities integration with Enterprise and Workgroup PDM
SolidWorks Utilities is probably one of the most under utilized (sorry for the pun) add-ins in the SolidWorks line up next to 3D Instant Website. SolidWorks 2010 expanded a few of the features and since I have not covered this topic for a few years, I thought I could refresh the topic.
Many of these tools are probably not going to be used on a daily basis but when the need surfaces, they can save a ton of time. The compare tools are very powerful not only on files locally but can be performed on the different versions of the same file within a Workgroup or Enterprise PDM vault.
Whether it is comparison, modification or ensuring the geometry is ready for downstream FEA or CAM in the design process, there is a tool in the SolidWorks Utility belt! ~Lou