The Greatest Time Saver – Auto-Sketch Scaling in SolidWorks 2014 [VIDEO Tutorial]

Article by Alin Vargatu, CSWE updated September 12, 2013


Auto-Sketch Scaling in SolidWorks 2014 will save the world about 2,500 user-years annually!!!

It is a bit ironic that you will most likely not notice a little SolidWorks 2014 enhancement which will provide the biggest productivity boost to the whole SolidWorks Community. Scaling the entities in the first sketch, based on the first applied dimension, is such a simple concept! A concept that will be used by every SolidWorks user, a concept that works seamlessly and which will save you time and your company money!

How much time, you ask? It depends on how many parts you create from scratch and how complex are the first sketches in each part. Let’s say you need to create 10 new parts per day. You will save about 30 seconds per part, altogether around 5 minutes each day. If your company has 10 designers, the time savings for the whole design team will approach one hour every day.

SolidWorks has a few million users. Let’s be conservative and say that only one million of them create new parts on any given day. In this case the time savings in the SolidWorks Community produced only by this small enhancement will be of 9.5 (nine and a half) user-years every day! That is over 200 user-years monthly and almost 2500 user-years annually!!!

Please watch this Auto-Sketch Scaling Tutorial Video in order to understand why I am so excited about this productivity booster introduced in SolidWorks 2014.


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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.