Working in the SolidWorks Universe is very similar to the real life experience. After all, you can “talk” to SolidWorks, you can provide step-by-step instructions (i.e. features), you can tell sketch entities to behave a certain way (vertical, horizontal, perpendicular, etc.) and you can add dimensions that are really smart.
What was missing until now, was the ability to dimension the overall length of a chain of sketch entities. Imagine you have to dimension the length of a wire or of a chain, without knowing its shape. You can do that in real life and now you can do it in SolidWorks. This opens new and exciting possibilities for design automation. For example a path length dimension can drive a full sketch where you have either relations or a combination of driven/driving dimensions linked by equations between the sketch entities.
Please watch this SolidWorks 2014 Path Length Dimension tutorial video to see 3 examples of using the new feature in SolidWorks 2014:
To learn more about the latest features in SolidWorks 2014 attend a live SolidWorks 2014 Launch Event in October.
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