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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Drawings

In SOLIDWORKS 2020 there have been powerful new productivity enhancements in Drawings that make documenting your designs even faster.

Learn how to rapidly change sheet scale, a new Chain dimension and Alternate Position Views for parts.

SOLIDWORKS 2020 delivers some powerful new productivity enhancements that make documenting your designs even faster.

On a drawing, changing the sheet scale is easily accessible from the status bar, but in now SOLIDWORKS 2020 the list of available drawing scales is customizable. The list is controlled by a text file containing the preferred scales for each standard.

In SOLIDWORKS 2019, if you wanted a custom scale that is not on the list, it took several picks access the sheet properties to enter the desired scale. In SOLIDWORKS 2020 it gets even easier. Now, you can now enter a custom scale with just 2 clicks. Key-in the scale and hit Enter.

When creating a detail view, SOLIDWORKS always doubles the scale of the originating view. Now, changing a specific view’s scale from the Property Manager is now directly accessible; requiring fewer picks than SOLIDWORKS 2019.

SOLIDWORKS 2020 introduces a new dimension type, the Chain dimension. Similar to the Baseline dimension, you select the start, and continue to add dimensions between items of interest and SOLIDWORKS chains together a stack of dimensions. An Overall dimension can also be added to define the complete stack. If dimensions are deleted from the chain, the other dimensions adjust, including the Overall dimension. The Chain dimension can be converted to a Baseline dimension, and vice versa. And now both the Chain and Baseline dimensions can be used in the sketch environment.

Alternate Position Views are a great way to depict the motion of an assembly on a drawing, but previously it was limited to assembly models. Now in SOLIDWORKS 2020, Alternate Position views can be created from part models as well. This is useful when you have one part that is made from another, such as a cast and machined part like this this pump housing.
These drawing enhancements are just a few of the ways that SOLIDWORKS 2020 can improve day to day productivity and help document your designs fast.

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