What’s New in SolidWorks 2015 – Chapter 10: eDrawings

Congratulations! You’ve made it to double-digits! eDrawings is SolidWorks’ solution for sharing 3D data in a 2D world. Every standard communication tool we use today is made for 2D files. Emailing images, PDFs, and even videos only tells part of the story. The eDrawings Free viewer lets designers communicate with their clients, who don’t have or need access to a full-fledged CAD tool, but still need to get their point across quickly and accurately.

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Support for SolidWorks MBD

Last year, eDrawings added the ability to view DimXpert dimensions and annotations, and we predicted the coming of full Model-Based Definition capabilities. Now that SolidWorks MBD is finally a reality, the functionality has been integrated into eDrawings Professional Desktop and Mobile versions. eDrawings now supports 3D Views and Annotation Views created by the SolidWorks MBD product. To show a 3D view or Annotation View, those views must have been created using the MBD product. Simply select 3D Views or Annotations from the bottom toolbar, and select the desired view.

In the Annotations or 3D Views menu, if you select the dot button, it shows the annotations in each view. However, if you select the view name, it shows and orients the annotation view. Multiple annotation vies can be shown at once, even if the orientation is changed.


Custom Properties

When you open a SolidWorks file in eDrawings, you can view the file’s custom properties. You can access the Custom Properties window through the File menu, or by clicking the Properties button on the bottom toolbar.

Support for SolidWorks Plastics Results

You can export certain Plastics Simulation results from SolidWorks Plastics as eDrawings files. Just like we’ve been able to review SolidWorks Simulation FEA results in eDrawings for years, we can now view Plastic results in the same way.

 “eDrawings allows you to share your results between stakeholders (without having to install SOLIDWORKS or SOLIDWORKS Plastics), add annotations and notes to your plots, and archive your results.”

At this time, vector plot results (such as Weld Line, Air Traps, and Velocity Vector at End of Fill) cannot be viewed in eDrawings.

Custom Views

When you create a custom view for a model in SolidWorks, you can access and orient to that view when you open the model in eDrawings. After opening either a SolidWorks (.sldprt, .sldasm) or eDrawings (.eprt, .easm) file, click the View Orientation
button in the HUD, and click a custom named view.

Query Highlighting

When you select an annotation or DimXpert dimension that is related to geometry, the geometry highlights so it is easier to see what the annotation refers to. This is a feature that comes directly from the forthcoming update to the STEP file format.


Updated User Interface

Of course, the first thing you’ll have noticed about the new version of eDrawings is that it looks COMPLETELY DIFFERENT!

The eDrawings user interface has been completely redesigned. Tools are located around the border of the eDrawings window, which SolidWorks believes will help to streamline your overall workflow. The UI is more “touch-friendly,” for improved use on Windows-based tablets, and also shares several UI features with the mobile eDrawings apps. The eDrawings Heads-Up Display (HUD) has been redesigned to better match the SolidWorks HUD.


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