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Body Compare Analysis in SOLIDWORKS 2020

Article by Mersedeh Zandvakili created/updated October 16, 2019

SOLIDWORKS Body Compare is new for SOLIDWORKS 2020 and is used to compare two groups of bodies that are located in the same part or assembly to find their differences. This feature allows you to even compare your CAD models against a mesh file or a scan file.

Differences are colour coded so you can see where the two bodies don’t match. To compare two bodies, in the Feature Manager design tree, expand the Solid Bodies folder to see all the bodies. For example for the following part, there are two bodies under the solid bodies folder. Gear 1 has sharp edges and Gear 2 has these sharp edges filleted.

Gear 1 Solid Body

Gear 1 Solid Body

Gear 2 Solid Body

Gear 2 Solid Body

The Difference Between Gear 1 and Gear 2 Solid Bodies

The Difference Between Gear 1 and Gear 2 Solid Bodies

How to compare bodies

To compare the two bodies click View > Display > Body Compare. In the PropertyManager, our source body is Gear 1 and our compare body is Gear 2. In the graphics area, the red and yellow colors indicate where Gear 1 and Gear 2 do not match.

Body Compare Property Manager

Body Compare Property Manager

The Results of Body Compare

The Results of Body Compare

After you create a SOLIDWORKS Body Compare analysis, the analysis remains on display in the graphics area. To close the analysis, right-click in the graphics area and click Body Compare .

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