What’s New SOLIDWORKS 2022: Top 6 feature updates in 3D CAD

What's New SOLIDWORKS 2022 Top 6 feature updates in 3D CAD


What’s New SOLIDWORKS 2022: Top 6 feature updates in 3D CAD

In this blog, we are going to explore What’s new SOLIDWORKS 2022: Top 6 feature updates in 3D CAD

1. Dimensioning Tool:

After the completion of each and every drawing dimensioning is the major process to be done to define the drawing completely. This dimension is done by using the dimensioning tool. This tool should be accessed easily to complete the work as soon as possible. And for dimensioning a circle we have three types of dimension leaders and they are radial and diametrical and linear. Considering this Solidworks 2022 has added the feature of changing dimensioning leader style from radial to diametrical or diametrical to linear or linear to radial, within the flyover toolbar. So, let’s have a deep look at this added toolbar in Solidworks 2022.


Dimensioning tool SOLIDWORKS 2021

Dimensioning in SolidWorks 2021


Here in the above image after dimensioning, to change it from radial to diametrical or diametrical to linear or linear to radial we have to go to the leader option, which is highlighted inside the RED color box, only then we are able to find the option to change the dimensioning style which we require.

Considering this Solidworks 2021 has added the dimensioning leader feature within the flyover toolbar in Solidworks 2022 version, for changing this dimensioning leader style.

Dimensioning Feature in SOLIDWORKS 2022

As mentioned above to reduce the time and easily access the tool, Solidworks 2022 has been launched with the new feature and shortcut for this dimensioning leader style of circular objects. Let’s have a detailed look into the dimensioning leader added to the flyover toolbar.

New Dimensioning feature in SolidWorks 2022

By keeping the cursor on the dimension already given and left-clicking over that displays a flyover toolbar as like in the above-mentioned image.

Click the first icon highlighted in RED color to change the dimension from diametrical or linear to radial leader style of dimensioning.

New Dimensioning feature in SolidWorks 2022 - 2

Select the second icon to change the dimension from linear or radial to diametrical leader style of dimensioning.

New Dimensioning feature in SolidWorks 2022 - 3

Clicking on the third icon highlighted in RED color changes the dimension from radial or diametrical to linear leader style of dimensioning.


2. Linear Pattern:

With linear patterns, you can produce numerous instances of one or more features that you may evenly space along one or two linear lines.

Let’s see how the SolidWorks 2021 & 2022 version varies in the Linear pattern.

Linear pattern in SOLIDWORKS 2021

To create the linear pattern in an older version of SolidWorks, one must select the sketch and the direction. 

Linear Pattern in Solidworks 2021

Here, the selected line became a part of the entities rather than the directional reference. 

Linear Pattern with directional reference


Linear pattern in SOLIDWORKS 2022

In SolidWorks 2022 version, execute the same commands with the sketch. You can select a line from the same sketch that contains the entities to the pattern.

Linear Pattern using sketch in Solidworks 2022

Here, the selected line does not become a part of entities but only as a direct reference.

The changes made in new updates are very small but they can make a difference when making a complex drawing.

Linear Pattern using sketch command


3. Hole Wizard:

Hole wizard is the command to simplify the following work such as making different threading standards, tapped holes, countersink, counterbore holes, changing drill sizes, screw clearances, and slots as well.

For which we just need to click on the type of hole or thread as per requirement. Time saved is comparatively high than manually finding, fixing, and creating holes or slots by means of other commands.

The hole wizard tool is presently improvised with slotting tool feature by changing the direction or position of the slot by simply clicking the TAB key.

Hole wizard in SOLIDWORKS 2021

Hole Wizard in Solidworks 2021

As shown in the above image to change the orientation of the slot we have to change the control vertex parameters. And we need to give relations like a parallel to change the degree of orientation.

Thus the orientation is changed by means of changing all the above-mentioned parameters.

Besides the older version of SolidWorks allows the user to change the orientation of the slot after changing the relations.

Hole wizard in SOLIDWORKS 2022

Hole Wizard in Solidworks 2022 - Horizontal orientation Hole Wizard in Solidworks 2022 - Vertical orientation

The user needs to only Press the Tab option to change the orientation accordingly.

This saves a lot of time for designers/engineers to meet their deadline at right time.


4. Predefined Views:

In SolidWorks 2021 version, the user cannot specify the model orientation as a trimetric, dimetric, or flat pattern.

But in the upgraded version, the user can create a predefined view and also be able to specify the model orientation as a trimetric, dimetric, or flat pattern in a drawing. This is very useful for the user who needs to create a drawing template that contains specific predefined views.

Predefined Views: SOLIDWORKS 2021 Vs 2022

Predefined view - Drawing 1 Predefined view - Drawing 2                    

Views Creation in an upgraded version of SolidWorks:

In SolidWorks Drawing, Click the Predefined view option from the command bar

Select the drawing view to predefine our requirements.

Predefined view creation

Then select the type of pattern we need for the particular view/drawing.


Predefined view final output

Now you can create the predefined view and specify the model orientation as Flat Pattern, Trimetric, and Dimetric.


5. Rotating a section view about an Axis or Hole:

In this feature, the user can rotate the section view plane through an axis, temporary axis, hole, or cylindrical face.

In the SolidWorks 2021 version, there is a feature for section view in the different planes like Front Plane, Top Plane, and Right Plane. However, the edge or axis feature that is not available in SolidWorks 2021 Version. 

Comparison of SOLIDWORKS 2021 & 2022

rotating section view in Solidworks 2021                 rotating section view in Solidworks 2022


To create a section view about an axis, go to section view property manager. Under Section, click Section About Axis.

Select an axis, hole, or cylindrical face, and then select a point or vertex to create the section view plane.

The below image shows steps that how to create a section view about a hole or axis.

rotating section view with axis in Solidworks 2022

rotating section view with plane and axis in Solidworks 2022


6. Mirroring with Two Plane:

SOLIDWORKS has worked on the Mirror feature to reduce time wastage and increase performance.

Let’s take a part drawing for a better understanding of Mirroring.

Click the mirror option in the command bar to create the mirror feature. In the mirror dialogue box,  select the plane with which the features need to be mirrored as shown below the image. 

Mirror option in command bar

The below image shows the resultant body using the mirror feature in 2021. Here the SOLIDWORKS 2021 lets you only create mirroring with a single plane.

Mirroring in SolidWorks 2021

Mirroring in SOLIDWORKS 2022

With SolidWorks 2022 version, the user can able to select the dual-plane while creating a mirroring feature in the same part. 

Check the results of the SolidWorks 2022 Mirror feature shown below.


Mirroring in SolidWorks 2022

In addition to that, we have Mirror Seed only feature on selection it mirrors the seed features about the dual planes. 

Mirroring with seed feature in SolidWorks 2022


SOLIDWORKS 2022 brings many new exciting features and improvements. My personal favorite is the mirror feature in the above-discussed topics. What’s your favorite feature update in SOLIDWORKS 2022? Comment below!


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