Compare Documents in SolidWorks:
The Compare Documents command in SolidWorks is used to compare the document properties, features, geometry, and bill of materials between two documents. The comparison of two documents can be compared in an overlay window to identify the changes that occurred in the documents.
For example, in an industry, a product design has two or more revisions. If the user uses the standard method to compare the difference between those product design revisions, it takes more time. As an alternative, the user can easily use this method to compare two different documents to save time.
5 Steps involved in Compare/Identify changes between documents
Step 1:Select & Compare Documents
Click Tools --> Compare --> Documents
The above image shows that the user could open the two documents for comparison and follow the above steps.
Step 2: Run Comparison
The Compare Command will be opened in the Task Pane. Then follow the below steps:
- In Reference Document Click the drop-down button and select the File Base_Bracket_&. SLDPRT.
- In the Modified Document drop-down button select the File Base_Bracket_1&. SLDPRT.
- In Items to Compare, Select the Check box for Document properties, Features, Geometry à Align parts.
- Click Run Comparison Button.
The above image shows that the user can follow the above steps to Compare Documents.
STEP 3: Compare Document Result
In this step, the compare document shows the File Properties, Part Properties, and Document Properties - Detailing of the two Documents.
File Properties Displays:
- Last Saved On
Part Properties Displays:
- Face Count
- Coordinates of X, Y, and Z (Center of Mass)
- Feature count
Document Properties(Detailing – Annotation) Displays:
- Display Annotations
STEP 4: Compare Feature Result
This step shows the difference between the two document Features.
BASE_BRACKET_&. SLDPRT FILE: The feature operations are not performed & displayed.
BASE_BRACKET_1&. SLDPRT FILE: The feature operations are performed in this file. They are
- Cut Extrude
STEP 5: Compare Geometry Result
This result has two comparisons. They are
- Volume Comparison
- Face Comparison
This result displays,
- Material to Remove
- Material to Add
- Common Volume
This result displays,
- Unchanged faces
- Unique faces
- Modified faces
This Compare Document command is used to compare the Documents properties, Features, and Geometry. The user can easily identify the differences and the changes that occurred in two different documents.