Share designs with Non-CAD contacts easily using eDrawings HTML

Article by Bryan Sprange, CSWE, last updated on October 11, 2018

New for SOLIDWORKS 2019 is the ability to save an eDrawings HTML file to allow a contact who doesn’t have CAD to view and interact with your CAD files inside their web browser.

Previously, sharing a design with a customer who doesn’t have any form of CAD was more difficult as you needed to save the part as an executable eDrawings file. While this meant that the eDrawings viewer was included with the file, one issue with this is that some customers cannot open an executable file! It also means that the file is quite large as the installer for eDrawings is included along with your CAD geometry, often meaning that it can’t be sent as an e-mail attachment.

The new eDrawings HTML format allows a smaller file to be sent which anyone can open and investigate.

New HTML export from eDrawings

New HTML export from eDrawings

 

eDrawings HTML User Interface

The user interface is simplified meaning that even non-cad users will be able to interact with the model and provide feedback.

This simple and intuitive interface still has the ability to change configurations of the model or navigate through the feature tree to see structure while hiding and showing parts.

Assembly feature tree with options of toggling visibility of components

Assembly feature tree with options of toggling visibility of components

eDrawings HTML Section View Tool

The section view tool cuts through the model to see internal details and even has the option of adding end caps if desired.

Section views which can also have end caps

Section views which can also have end caps

eDrawings HTML Exploded Views

Exploded views are available in the eDrawings HTML file which can provide separation between components.

Exploded views to dive into an assembly

Exploded views to dive into an assembly

eDrawings HTML Animating Views

Many of the familiar features from eDrawings are present such as returning to the “home view” and animating the sequence through views using the heads up toolbar.

Heads up toolbar to navigate through views

Heads up toolbar to navigate through views

The new HTML viewer makes sharing designs with customers or suppliers who don’t have any CAD assets easier than ever due to the small file size and ease of use.

Take a look at the other fantastic enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2019 »

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Bryan Sprange, CSWE

Bryan Sprange is an application engineer 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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