New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 Premium! – Flatten Surfaces [VIDEO]

Article by Chris Briand, CSWE updated September 15, 2014


I think my favorite new feature of this 2015 release of SOLIDWORKS Premium is definitely the Flatten Surface functionality.

Over the years I have had plenty of opportunities where this function would have directly saved customers a ton of time, money and effort in attempting to fit complex copings and forms together.

With a complex cut of this nature, you can simply: model it… flatten it… print it… chalk it… and cut it!

With this new feature multiple connected surfaces can be flattened in one operation. To assess the accuracy of the flattening process, a deformation plot is available to highlight areas of high compression or stretching. Plus selecting the flattened surface gives you the option to output directly to DXF/DWG file format to send to your nesting program or CNC router.

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Chris Briand, CSWE

Chris has been educating and supporting Engineers, Designers and IT Personnel within the 3D CAD industry since 2002, and was adopted into the fantastic team of applications experts here at Javelin Technologies in early 2006 and migrated along with his team members to the TriMech Solutions team in 2021.  Chris enjoys the continuous learning driven by the ingenuity and challenges Designers bring forward. Innovation using 3D Printing, 3D CAD and other technologies, combined with a diverse background as a technologist, allows Chris to find solutions that accelerate Designers, and take Design Teams to new heights. Chris is currently being held at an undisclosed location, near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.