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SOLIDWORKS 2018 Hole Wizard Update

Article by Bryan Sprange, CSWE created/updated December 12, 2017

Much like when SOLIDWORKS made your first sketch dimension auto scale your whole part back in 2014, with the release of SOLIDWORKS 2018, they have added another feature that users have asked for which makes modeling your designs easier even if it seems like a minor update at first glance.

If you change your mind on the choice of hole in the SOLIDWORKS 2018 Hole Wizard tool, you no longer need to remember and re-input your hole specifications!

Whether it is a design change late in your design process, or a change when you are first defining the part, it will be made easier by not needing to re-define your hole wizard settings every time a change is made.

This feature is configurable, so if the previous method of each hole type having a default setting is preferred, the setting can be changed in the system options under ‘hole wizard / tool box’ settings.

Lets see it in action

To take a quick look at the change to the Hole Wizard, we will use this shelf which currently has a counter bored hole to receive a pan head machine screw for mounting the slats. A design review has revealed that consumers MUCH prefer a counter sunk flat head screw on their shelf slats, and so you have been tasked with switching the configuration to use a counter sunk fastener.

Updated required to counter bored holes in slats

While this is an over simplification, it would still require modifying the hole definition, and when changed to a counter sunk style, the current hole settings would previously be lost.

With SOLIDWORKS 2018, the settings used for the counter bored hole will be maintained when switched to a counter sunk hole.

SOLIDWORKS 2018 retains hole specifications when selecting a new hole type!

Updated counter sunk holes in slats

 

This feature is configurable, so if the previous method of each hole type having a default setting is preferred, the setting can be changed in the system options under ‘hole wizard / tool box’ settings.

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Bryan Sprange, CSWE

Bryan Sprange is a Technical Solutions Expert at Javelin located in Winnipeg, MB., Canada. He has previously worked in the Aerospace industry as a Designer, and a Manufacturing Engineering Planner. Additionally, he has used many different CAD packages ranging from AutoCAD to CATIA. Bryan has a background in Mechanical Engineering Technology, and enjoys using all of the SOLIDWORKS features to their limits to find new and interesting ways to be efficient and accurate when helping customers with their designs.

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