New in 2011 – You can now link model configurations between drawing views

Article by Alin Vargatu, CSWE updated December 13, 2010


One of the modules that received the most enhancements in the 2011 version of SolidWorks is the Drawing Environment. Most of the new functionality is well documented in the “What’s New” document (Help menu/What’s New) and in the Help file.

Paul Marsman, a regular contributor on SolidWorks Forums, noticed a new, undocumented, functionality in regards to linking model configurations in drawing views. I tried it myself and I believe it can be a great time saver.

When you create a new projected view, you have now the option to link the configuration shown in the new view to that referenced by the parent view.

Moreover, if you would like this to be the default configuration selection for new projected drawing views, you can use the Document Properties Options to set this workflow:




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Alin Vargatu, CSWE

Alin is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and an avid contributor to the SOLIDWORKS Community. Alin has presented multiple times at SOLIDWORKS World, Technical Summits, and User Group Meetings, while being very active on the SOLIDWORKS Forum.