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What’s New in SolidWorks 2013 – Chapter 2: User Interface


SolidWorks 2013 was officially launched today, after an exciting reveal at SolidWorks World 2012, and a jam-packed day of in-depth exploration at Media Day at Dassault HQ in Waltham. This version of SolidWorks has more enhancements to more aspects of the program than any other release in recent memory.  Every product – from Core SolidWorks to DraftSight to ePDM – has new features, enhancements, and options. There are also three brand-new products that have been released in the past year: SolidWorks Plastics, SolidWorks Electrical, and eDrawings for iPad.

Each week I’ll be posting on my favorite new features from each chapter of the SolidWorks 2013 What’s New documentation.  I’ll choose a few of these features to test and explore in-depth, and share my thoughts and experiences with you.

Chapter 2: User Interface

 Chapter 1 of the What’s New is only an introduction, so we’ll jump right into the new features in chapter 2. This chapter is limited to small but useful changes in the way you access information in SolidWorks 2013.

Honorable Mentions:


·         Improvements to customization of shortcut (“S-key”) bars. 

·         SolidWorks Tools (such as SolidWorks Rx and Benchmark Testing) are now available from within SolidWorks


·         The ability to toggle between a nested and flat FeatureManager tree.

·         Subfolders in the FeatureManager tree.




Favorites folder in FeatureManager Tree



“Add commonly used features, sketches, and reference geometry to the Favorites folder in the FeatureManager design tree”

This will be very useful for anyone working with complex model and huge design trees, especially in a collaborative environment. If you need your partner to edit sketch 548, just add it to the favorites folder, so he doesn’t have to search through the whole tree. 

It’s also helpful for models that use master sketches or blueprints, so you can edit the overall shape, without scrolling up from the feature you’re working on at the very bottom.

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