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10 NEW Updates to SOLIDWORKS Assemblies

Friday December 29, 2023 at 8:00am

Assemblies are a vital component in SOLIDWORKS, and it’s always exciting to get new and improved ways of working with and in them. Fortunately, we’re getting that with SOLIDWORKS 2024.

Over the next few months, we’ll be highlighting the latest updates and improvements to all the different areas of SOLIDWORKS in a series of blogs.

We previously brought you the Top 10 Best New Features of SOLIDWORKS 2024, but in this blog post, we’ll delve deeper and focus on what’s new in assemblies for 2024.

UPDATES TO SOLIDWORKS ASSEMBLIES 2024

  1. Component references table
  2. Configuration descriptions visibility
  3. Float first component
  4. Width mate intelligence
  5. Named mate references
  6. Share & Markup
  7. Save as previous
  8. STEP file filters
  9. Auto repair patterns
  10. Defeature rule sets
 

#1 - COMPONENT REFERENCES TABLE

A massive time-saving enhancement kicks off our list. Component references can now be added for multiple components in a single table.

The table is accessed from the right click menu of the top-level assembly, then Edit Component References.

These component references are extremely useful for drawings and searchability, and can be pulled into BOMs and call outs too.

#2 – CONFIGURATION DESCRIPTION VISIBILITY

Configuration descriptions are now visible alongside component names when inserting components in an assembly.

This ensures you’re selecting the exact configuration you want, first time. Hopefully this subtle enhancement will prevent incorrect placements and save you time.

#3 – FLOAT FIRST COMPONENT

Usually when you insert the first component, it is fixed in place at the origin of the assembly.

In SOLIDWORKS 2024, you can specify for any component whether they are fixed or floating from the insert component property manager.

This should give more flexibility and limit errors when dealing with mechanisms.

#4 - WIDTH MATE INTELLIGENCE

SOLIDWORKS 2024 now allows you to select faces in any order to add width mates. The extra intelligence ensures that SOLIDWORKS can calculate and recognise what order the components need to be positioned in.

Any extra automation is a welcome relief to reduce frustrations and give freedom from repetitive tasks…

#5 – NAMED MATE REFERENCES

To simplify things and make life a little easier for the assembly line, mate references can now be added only when a named reference exists.

These also now include an option to lock rotation within the referenced entities, to prevent concentrically mated components from spinning around.

Look out for these two tick boxes when adding mate references.

#6 - SHARE & MARKUP

Every seat of SOLIDWORKS 2024 comes with the SOLIDWORKS Cloud Services which grant access to new tools for collaboration and data management.

The Share & Markup feature of this allows you to share SOLIDWORKS parts, assemblies, and drawings to gain instant feedback from colleagues and clients via a shareable link.

From there, you can redline and markup designs to highlight areas for modification and comment directly on designs. These can be viewed directly inside SOLIDWORKS, so you don’t even need to leave the assembly you’re working on!

 

Ready to Upgrade?

Make sure you’re ready to upgrade! Have you checked off these 10 things to do before installing SOLIDWORKS?

Read the full blog to get prepared and find out everything you need to do before installing SOLIDWORKS.

 

#7 - SAVE AS PREVIOUS

A much-requested feature alongside the SOLIDWORKS Cloud Services, that opens the door to better collaboration.

Users with an active SOLIDWORKS Subscription can save files as previous versions up to two years old.

That means a SOLIDWORKS 2024 user working with a supplier who is still using SOLIDWORKS 2022 could save their designs as SOLIDWORKS 2022 files for their supplier to work with.

Bear in mind that this will only work with files that do not contain features that are not present in previous versions, e.g. the Sheet Metal Stamp Tool.

#8 - STEP FILE FILTERS

This enhancement is so good that it takes up a spot in our list of the Top 10 New Features of SOLIDWORKS 2024!

When importing a STEP file, SOLIDWORKS provides a preview of the imported file. Within this preview, we can decide which bodies and components to import.

This will make working with supplier models and large STEP files easier.

#9 - AUTO REPAIR PATTERNS

Last year, SOLIDWORKS introduced an automatic Mate repair tool. SOLIDWORKS 2024 builds on this tool by adding a version of it for patterns.

If a pattern has lost a reference to axes or edges, then we can use this tool to automatically repair the feature and reselect the correct entity.

#10 - DEFEATURE RULE SETS

This is quite a powerful enhancement for those who rely on the Defeature tool, whether that’s to restrict intellectual property, running simulations, or any other need.

Rule sets can now be implemented when defeaturing a model to dictate what features and components are removed.

This gives a huge level of control for SOLIDWORKS users, and different rule sets can be saved so you can quickly access the tools you need without tedious repetition.

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So if you find your workflow disrupted, or just have a question about SOLIDWORKS, then give us a call on 01926 333 777 or drop an email to support@solidsolutions.co.uk and one of our certified SOLIDWORKS Engineers will be in contact.

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