What’s New in SolidWorks 2015 – Chapter 9: Drawings & Detailing

It’s a good thing D comes before M in the alphabet, because I’m sure you’ve all heard about the new SolidWorks MBD (Model Based Definition) tool in SolidWorks 2015. After reading more about that in Chapter 15, you’ll see that 2D drawings are becoming a thing of the past. But, since you’re here anyway, enjoy these feature which will make the archaic practice of drawing marks on paper just a bit easier.


Honorable Mentions

Centermark Enhancements

Several changes to centermark behavior have been made in SolidWorks 2015. You can now add new centermarks to existing centermark sets (which are created when adding marks to patterned holes) by right-clicking a centermark, and selecting Add to Center Mark Set.

Additionally, you can reattach dangling center marks to valid geometry such as holes, fillets, and slots that do not already have center marks. Simply right-click a dangling centermark and select Reattach, then select an entity in a drawing view.

Finally, you can direct SolidWorks to automatically add connection lines when a drawing view is created In a drawing, click Tools >> Options >> Document Properties >> Detailing, and under Auto insert on view creation, select Connection lines to hole patterns with center marks. (The option is selected by default.) This will automatically add centerlines between holes created by a sketch pattern, feature pattern, or aligned hole wizard series.

Angular Dimension Enhancements

Dimension to Imaginary Line – You can add an angular dimension to a vertical or horizontal plane without adding a construction line. Add a dimension between a line/edge and one of its endpoints, then choose a direction from the crosshair that appears.

Vertically opposite and Explementary Angles – You can change an angular dimension to these equivalent types through the Display Options menu.

Zoom to Sheet

The Zoom to Sheet command zooms a drawing sheet to its maximum size within a window. Zoom to Sheet will not include any geometry or bounding boxes which extend beyond the sheet. Additionally, the drawing sheet will be sized so that interface elements (such as the Heads-Up View toolbar or Task Pane tabs) do not cover the sheet.

Omit Layers from Print

The layer Properties dialog now includes an option to prevent certain layers from being printed or saved to a PDF. This could be useful for retaining sensitive information, or even hiding sketch entities used to align features of the drawing.

Paragraph Properties

SolidWorks 2015 adds more control over text notes and table entries. The Paragraph Properties window allows you to indent the first line or all lines, control the direction of numbering, wrap text, and control paragraph spacing and line spacing. This is especially useful for those who like to put a space between numbered notes. Now you can add a large paragraph spacing instead of skipping a line and deleting the new number every time.

Spline Leader

In SolidWorks 2015, the leader from any note or balloon can be a spline. These are the types of leaders you might see in a patent drawing. They’re also useful for calling out hard-to-reach areas of your drawing view without crossing over other entities. The spline leader uses the style spline, so it’s always smooth, and very easy to manipulate.

Spline leaders can also be set as the default leader style in the Notes and Balloons section of the Document Properties menu.



Drawing Zones & Location Labels

You can define drawing sheet zones through the sheet format. These zones can then be automatically linked to annotations, view labels, location labels, and revision tables, to help readers better navigate the drawing. Zone parameters can be set in the Sheet Properties window, to match your existing sheet format template.

Once the zones are defined, you can add location labels to detail, section, and auxiliary views. These labels show the location of a parent or child view, even if it’s on a different sheet.

The zone column of a revision table is also linked to drawing zones. As long as the “Auto Update Zone Cells” option is checked in the Revision Table PropertyManager, every time a revision symbol is added to a drawing, the Zone column updates with the position of that symbol. Previously, zone callouts would have to be added to rev tables manually.


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