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Why SOLIDWORKS Link Values is better than a Global Variable

⇒ ⇒ Back with the release of SOLIDWORKS 2010, SOLIDWORKS introduced Global Variables. A nice little utility, to define a constant that can be used to drive multiple dimensions.

Equations, Global variables and dimensions

Equations, Global Variables, and Dimensions

⇒ ⇒ And for many situations, this works well but the one downside is that a Global Variable has to be applied to each dimension individually. This can be tedious when many dimensions need to be linked.

Applying a Global variable

Applying a Global Variable

Prior to Global Variables, dimensions were made equal by using Link Values.

The main advantage of SOLIDWORKS Link Values is that it can be applied to multiple dimensions at once.

How to Link Values

All that is required is selecting the dimensions that need to be linked, by using either Ctrl-select or Window selected. After all the dimensions are selected, it’s simply a matter of right-clicking and selecting Link Values from the shortcut menu

Linking values

Linking Values 

In the Shared Values dialog box, a Name is entered for the Linked Values.


Shared Values

Linked dimensions are denoted with a link (not infinity) icon.

Linked Values ( Denoted in Red link )

Linked Values (denoted by red link icon)

Linking Values does require selecting all dimensions to be linked. In a situation where these dimensions may belong to different features, not all the dimensions will be visible. This can addressed by right-clicking on Annotations in The FeatureManager and selecting Show Feature Dimensions.

Show feature Dimension

Show Feature Dimensions

Modifying Linked Values

The Link icon will also appear in the Modify Dimension dialog box and modifying any one of the Linked dimension, will update all Linked dimensions

Unlink Values

Modify Dimension

Linked dimensions can be unlinked by selecting one or more Linked dimensions, right-clicking, and choosing Unlink Value.

Unlink Values

Unlink Values

Seven Reasons SOLIDWORKS Manage Is Your Best Bet for Data Management

SOLIDWORKS Manage was introduced in the 2018 launch of SOLIDWORKS to fill the void between Product Data Management (PDM) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions. While SOLIDWORKS Manage may not be considered a complete PLM solution, the product offers solutions to many of the requirements set forth by the PLM strategy. Let’s dive into why you should take a hard look at SOLIDWORKS Manage over the rest!
1. SOLIDWORKS Manage is integrated with SOLIDWORKS PDM
  • SOLIDWORKS PDM is integrated into the full suite of SOLIDWORKS products and uses the standard Windows file explorer. With SOLIDWORKS Manage tying into your PDM vault, you have access to Manage functions such as sending a file through a process or creating a task from the file explorer. This allows you to leverage your data in all SOLIDWORKS applications with the organisation and structure provided by PDM + Manage.
  • If you already own SOLIDWORKS and are using SOLIDWORKS PDM, then Manage is a perfect fit! It is built to sit on top of your PDM environment and give streamlined access to the PDM documents while also allowing for the creation of record-based objects. This makes creating complex BOMs a breeze by being able to directly leverage your CAD data with items created in SOLIDWORKS Manage. Since SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional licenses are included with your purchase of Manage, there is a direct upgrade path to leverage the investment already made into SOLIDWORKS PDM licenses.
  • If you do not have SOLIDWORKS PDM, SOLIDWORKS Manage licenses include seats for SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional, which can then be used to implement your own PDM environment. Basically, you’ll get more bang for your buck.



2. One Software with All Tools Included
  • SOLIDWORKS Manage is a one-stop shop. There are no separate modules to navigate through to get all of the capabilities offered by Manage.
3. Open Administration Tools
  • Access to administration functions to make changes on the fly without having to pay for additional costly services on top of the initial implementation cost.
  • SOLIDWORKS Manage implementations can include training from your implementer to teach you to fish instead of relying on paying for each and every change.
4. Shorter Implementation Time = Lower Costs
  • SOLIDWORKS Manage is generally a much shorter implementation time that can range from a couple of days for a simple setup (Engineering Change Process only) to a few weeks (Dashboard, Reports, Project, and Processes). Trust us, we’re experts!
5. Technical Support Included with Subscription
  • SOLIDWORKS subscription services give you access to our team of highly qualified support staff and all support requests are included in your subscription.
  • Not only is support included in your subscription costs, but so are the yearly upgrades allowing you to always use the latest and greatest version of the software!
6. Upgrades
  • SOLIDWORKS Manage upgrade is a much simpler process that only requires an update to the client software, which can be rolled out using standard windows software deployments. The server side of the upgrade is simplified by the wizard approach of the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager.
7. Remote Access
  • SOLIDWORKS Manage has a robust plenary web client that can be accessed remotely on any internet connected device. Never skip a beat due to not having access to your data.

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New VR Mode in eDrawings Desktop Professional 2019

Ever wish you could just “jump” into your CAD model and walk around and explore every little detail of it in 3D, all in real time? Well, wish no more!

Enter eDrawings Desktop Professional 2019 with a new BETA feature for Direct Virtual Reality (VR). As you already know, eDrawings is the viewer for all SOLIDWORKS content. Viewing your native SOLIDWORKS files in a new virtual reality mode within eDrawings Desktop Pro couldn’t be easier.


Available in eDrawings Desktop Professional 2019 SP1 and beyond is a new “Open in VR” command from the File menu for instant viewing of your SOLIDWORKS files in Virtual Reality! You can choose your floor and sky from preset selections to customize your immersive VR experience and match your model’s natural environment. Teleport around your model, pick and place objects, grab parts and take a closer look—you can even explode your entire SOLIDWORKS assembly with the touch of a button! Please note Microsoft Windows® 10 and later support the Direct Virtual Reality (VR) mode.

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‘Easy Mode’ wizard to create renderings with SOLIDWORKS Visualize

If you’ve opened SOLIDWORKS Visualize before, you may have been lost in the many tabs and toolbars which are present in the default view. The great news is that by simply hitting the ‘space bar’, you can quickly learn how to use Visualize, and what each of the toolbars does.


Activating SOLIDWORKS Visualize Easy Mode
Pressing the ‘space bar’ activates SOLIDWORKS Visualize Easy Mode which cleans up the toolbars and places a simple step by step guide at the bottom of the window. This five-step guide makes it really easy to generate a high-quality rendering in a matter of minutes!


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PMI in 3D for Manufacturing Communication Solution

SOLIDWORKS MBD(Model Based Definition) lets you create models without the need for drawings giving you an integrated manufacturing solution for the SOLIDWORKS software.

SOLIDWORKS MBD helps companies define, organize, and publish 3D product and manufacturing information (PMI), including 3D model data in industry standard file formats.

  • SOLIDWORKS MBD offers 3D PMI definition capabilities using DimXpert and reference dimensions.
  • You can use SOLIDWORKS technologies such as annotation views, dynamic viewing of annotation planes and 3D views to organize 3D PMI in a structured, easy-to-locate fashion.
  • Besides the native SOLIDWORKS file formats, SOLIDWORKS MBD creates output files such as 3D PDF and eDrawings.



SOLIDWORKS MBD guides the manufacturing process directly in 3D:

  • By avoiding the unnecessary and costly revision of 2D drawings, SOLIDWORKS MBD streamlines production, cuts cycle time, and improves communication with the supply chain.
  • By using intuitive 3D interaction and rich metadata properties that reduce manufacturing errors.
  • By providing help to meet industry standards such as MIL-STD-31000 Rev A and ASME 14.41, which gives a competitive advantage in winning contracts.



  • Operates within the SOLIDWORKS environment with its own Command Manager.
  • Supports all native SOLIDWORKS 3D part and assembly data, such as configurations, constraints, and PMI.

Customized 3D output in PDF:

  • When you publish a 3D PDF, you get the option to choose a template & select which views to output.
  • You can customize a template by including features such as a background, text blocks, and images by selecting 3D PDF Template Editor in Solidworks Command Manager.