Draft is an important feature in die cast and injection mold manufactured parts. It refers to the taper of faces and walls throughout the part that allow for the demolding process to take place without damaging the part or the mold. SOLIDWORKS provides users with robust and convenient solutions to this design-for-manufacturing problem, and we’ll go through each of them in detail.
Articles by Nick Keglovits
When creating drawings of multibody parts, it may be necessary to detail each of the solid bodies separately. In SOLIDWORKS, the individual solid bodies can be isolated on a drawing in a number of ways, each with different use cases. “Select Bodies” in drawing views is most common, but the other options can be handy as well.
In this scenario, the goal is to detail an assembly that was received as a multibody part. While it is possible for cases like this to be handled with saving each body as its own part, that would be cumbersome and could lead to file management issues. The options below offer fast and efficient ways to create these layouts.
Every year, SOLIDWORKS rolls out a new version of its software and provides Service Pack updates throughout the year for continuous improvement. A lot of these upgrades originate from customer feedback, so be sure to enter Enhancement Requests through the Customer Portal!
Thankfully, SOLIDWORKS lets you maintain multiple versions concurrently under one serial number and on one machine. This can be especially handy for version compatibility when transferring files between companies since SOLIDWORKS files aren’t backwards compatible. Additionally, maintaining the older version can soften the transition of company-wide version upgrades, where older version files need to be retained or where certain feature upgrades aren’t immediately desired.