SOLIDWORKS 2016 Dimensioning Pre-Selected Entities

Article by Alin Vargatu, CSWE updated November 16, 2015


This is the third article from the “What’s Really New in SOLIDWORKS 2016” series, where we continue to extensively test the new functionality introduced by the latest version of SOLIDWORKS.

I always tell my students that the most productive way to use SOLIDWORKS is to pre-select entities and then apply commands from the in-context toolbars. This can easily double the productivity of the average user. SOLIDWORKS 2016 enhances the consistency of this workflow by allowing users to apply dimensions to pre-selected entities.

This might seem like just a tiny change in the SOLIDWORKS User Interface functionality, but it makes so much sense and increases the consistency of the user’s workflow to such a degree that it will be welcomed by all power-users. It will change the way I use dimensions in SOLIDWORKS!!!

As you will see in this video, the new technique integrates very well the pre-select + use of in-context toolbars workflow. I love it!

The functionality is almost flawless. I found only one situation where the order of selection is important, but otherwise it is close to perfection.

I will give SOLIDWORKS a 9.5 out of 10 mark for this great enhancement!

Learn more about SOLIDWORKS 2016

To learn other what’s new tip and tricks like the SOLIDWORKS 2016 Dimensioning Pre-Selected Entities you should watch a recording of our recent launch event broadcast.

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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.