SOLIDWORKS Freeze Bar

SOLIDWORKS Feature Freeze Bar Enhanced in SOLIDWORKS 2018

In previous releases of SOLIDWORKS, the “Feature Freeze” bar would experience issues if it encountered a folder where the features were in chronological order. This limitation has been addressed with SOLIDWORKS 2018 so that the Feature Freeze bar can force a temporary “unabsorb” of a sketch or feature so that it can freeze the desired folder. A warning message will prompt you that you are going to perform the temporary separation of the sketch away from it’s feature. The behavior has been aligned with how the Rollback bar functions within the Feature manager design tree. Stay Tuned for additional tips demonstrating what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2018!

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SOLIDWORKS Freeze Bar will help you to avoid editing the wrong Features and reduce your Rebuild time

SOLIDWORKS Freeze Bar

If you haven’t used the SOLIDWORKS freeze bar before, here’s how you can become a little “cooler”.  This functionality was added in SOLIDWORKS 2012 and it’s a great way to reduce the rebuild times of your complex part files when working on them and avoid editing the wrong features. You may not have noticed this tool as it’s not enabled by default.  Browsing to Tools > Options > System Options tab > General allows you to ‘Enable Freeze Bar’. This will add an orange bar just below the file name in the FeatureManager Design Tree.  It works in a similar to the Rollback bar at the bottom of the tree.  The freeze bar can be dragged anywhere up and down the Design Tree.  Any features above the bar will be “frozen”. SOLIDWORKS Freeze Bar Example In this example, opening the Feature Statistics from the Evaluate tab of the CommandManager shows there are…

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