This podcast covers the new updates envelopes in SolidWorks 2013 and how they have been redesigned to be easier to incorporate into design use. Topics covered:
- Introduction to SolidWorks Envelopes
- Details about enhancements in 2013
- Applications and uses for envelopes in design
- Downstream effects of envelope use
- Tips and preferences
Envelopes in SolidWorks have been around for well over 10 years but ironically was not used by a bulk of users in the community. I have talked about envelopes a few times on the show and despite my personal use of the feature, one aspect that made using envelopes was the workflow that needed to be followed. In the past, parts would need to be created as envelopes or inserted into assemblies as envelopes which made using the feature cumbersome.
Benefits of envelopes were always in the subtraction in mass properties and BOM items, however in 2013 the barrier of workflow was broken down and the flexibility has made this tool much more streamlined and I imagine will be adopted by more users in the design process.
I have a long history using envelopes and am excited to see useful tools like this get some love in the new release. I covered envelopes about 2 years ago in EP-286 and this might be the first time envelopes actually have been given new features. If you have not tried them before or had and thought they were too much work to use, take a look again. ~Lou