SOLIDWORKS 2020 has retained critical functionality from SOLIDWORKS Explorer, and has discontinued the SOLIDWORKS Explorer application.
SOLIDWORKS File Utilities Functions
The retained functionality is now called SOLIDWORKS File Utilities and is a must when renaming SOLIDWORKS reusable data (such as parts and assemblies) from outside SOLIDWORKS. It works with parts, assemblies, and drawings. It includes such functions as:
- Pack and Go
- File Locations
*attempts to locate any referencing files and updates their references. That’s good practice. Bad practice is using Windows rename for this…then the next time we open the containing drawing or assembly, SOLIDWORKS won’t know about the rename and will prompt us to hunt for the renamed referenced file, or will leave the drawing views empty, etc. So basically we’d be creating more work for ourselves.
SOLIDWORKS Pack and Go
One thing we love about running Pack and Go this way is that if SOLIDWORKS is having issues such as crashing, we can STILL do a Pack and Go without having to launch SOLIDWORKS! It’s a handy workaround we’ve used with customers more than a few times…
Installing SOLIDWORKS File Utilities
SOLIDWORKS File Utilities functionality installs by default when you install SOLIDWORKS. The Installation Manager controls this. If it is missing, review your installation settings (Control Panel > Programs and Features > SOLIDWORKS > Modify/Change) and add it back in.