SOLIDWORKS MBD 2020 Compound Hole Callouts

Article by James Swackhammer updated January 8, 2020

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A long awaited feature we desperately needed was a fix on the hole callouts in SOLIDWORKS MBD (model based definition). New for SOLIDWORKS MBD 2020 are hole callouts and not only that but compound hole callouts.

SOLIDWORKS MBD Hole Callout

SOLIDWORKS MBD Hole Callout

I have tested this on many types of holes as seen in the pictures here. As you can see, I have made my countersink hole as complex as I could and MBD picked up all the dimensions, like: size of hole, depth of hole, size of countersink, angle of countersink and all with a tolerance on them. Same goes for those pesky pipe threads; the callout worked flawlessly. Probably one of the most common holes is a counter-bore and that worked just fine too, even with a pattern associated to it.

SOLIDWORKS Hole Pattern

SOLIDWORKS Hole Pattern

So, I’m pleased to announce that SOLIDWORKS added improved hole callouts to MBD, for everything else MBD or SOLIDWORKS, please check out our related model based definition guide and articles here and how to avoid costly errors with SOLIDWORKS MBD.

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James Swackhammer

James is a SOLIDWORKS Technical Support Application Expert based in the Javelin Oakville head office