SOLIDWORKS 2017 SpeedPak enhanced to now include reference geometry

Article by Mehdi Rezaei, CSWE updated September 21, 2016


In SOLIDWORKS 2017 you can now include reference geometry and curves in a SpeedPak. Sketches from any level of the assembly can be included in a SpeedPak. Previously, all top-level unabsorbed sketches were included in the SpeedPak. You had to suppress top-level sketches that you wanted to exclude, and you could not select sketches in subassemblies.

To make a SOLIDWORKS 2017 SpeedPak, right-click on a configuration and select Add SpeedPak from the shortcut menu as shown in the following image:

Add a SpeedPak under a Configuration

Add a SpeedPak under a Configuration

Unlike previous versions in SOLIDWORKS 2017, an extra field is available in the PropertyManager to include sketches, reference geometry, and curves. The SpeedPak PropertyManager for both SOLIDWORKS 2016 and 2017 is shown in the following image. On the right, an axis and two sketches were selected to include in the SpeedPak while as shown on the left there is no field available in SOLIDWORKS 2016.

Compare SpeedPak Options in 2016 vs. 2017

Compare SpeedPak Options in 2016 vs. 2017

The following image demonstrates the result of including reference geometry in the SpeedPak, they are now visible/selectable. This capability enhances the use of SpeedPak and applying mates in assembling components becomes much easier.

SOLIDWORKS 2017 SpeedPak

Reference Geometries and Sketches can be included in SpeedPak

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Mehdi Rezaei, CSWE

Mehdi is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert (CSWE) and works near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada