44 Replies Latest reply on Jan 23, 2018 7:20 AM by Jim Wilkinson

    Time to Vote on the Future of SOLIDWORKS!

    Alin Vargatu

      Just a quick heads up, if anyone is having difficulties to vote it could be because you are required to first vote on how the R&D resources should be allocated. Use this link for that: https://forum.solidworks.com/community/solidworks-world-2018-top-ten-list

      After that no one should have difficulties voting.


      These are my suggestions (actually most of them are my customers' suggestions, picked while brainstorming during advanced custom training courses). If you believe you would benefit from these enhancements, please vote on them. Equally important, please comment why you voted up or down on each idea.


      Option for "Offset Surface" to offset all possible faces


      Allow equations (including if/then statements) in defining custom properties


      Add option to limit the Coincident Mate to the area of the face that is selected, for all types of faces


      Add ability to project any type of entity (Face, Component(s), Body, Bodies on a Plane or a Surface, like we can do now with edges


      BOM driven by Display States (get a list of all components visible in a drawing view)


      Allow features to be edited from inside the Comments folder


      Unbend any profile (tube, pipe, bent component) similar to the Sheet Metal Functionality


      Enhance the Cut-List Table functionality to match a BOM Table functionality


      Show BOM dependency to an assembly


      Make the Selection Sets functionality consistent and expand it


      Make patterns consistent across the board


      Ability to automatically drive the colour of BOM rows, or change row font, based on custom properties or other user controlled criteria


      New mate: Volume or Boundary Mate


      New Mates: Distance Mate and Limit Mate between Components


      Tool to quickly identify fillets on imported geometry


      Allow features to be edited from inside the Comments folder


      Allow equations in sensors


      Also like these ones:


      "Show Feature Dimensions" for Individual Features


      Mates - Line Segment and Partial Circle Sketch Mates -


      Import SolidWorks files of futur version into and older one with 3D interconnect.


      Update Bounding Box of part from top assembly


      Performance verses Image Quality and modern computers


      Ability to assign a shortcut key or add a toolbar to every action in SolidWorks. Clean up the interface


      Area of Shaded Sketch Contour


      Model property to exclude from bill of materials


      Ability to isolate a sketch


      Ablity to view File Properties in eDrawings


      Custom Mate in Motion Studies


      Feature Recognition should use the "old" face ID


      Up to Reference for Component Pattern in Assembly


      "Background" Resolve option for Lightweight components


      Improve Sketch Picture Menu


      Add a "Selection Rule" to filter objects


      Get the EPDM informations / properties into the assembly visualization window (checked out by, state, ...)


      Graphical component preview during replace components


      The coordinate systems of assemblies should have different color / form than of parts


      Enhance Cavity command to Boolean subtract their Negative/False Body


      Ability to replace all components in the current assembly only


      Profile center mate: Allow to mate a line or point with the profile center


      Coatings Feature


      Ability to edit global variables direct from FeatureManager Design Tree


      The ability to modify Global Variables without opening the Equation manager


      Ability to use orientation of hole wizard holes in a pattern driven component pattern


      Enhanced change documentation / history tracking in drawings


      Ability to pass over construction lines when using the cut command in sketches


      allow patterning (linear, circular, etc.) of Curves


      Undo/Redo - Un-Limited/Un-Restricted


      Make the user interface for the SR SPR and ER system User Friendly


      Ability to select an existing sketch (containing points) to specify Hole Wizard hole positions


      Add Bend Feature for Structural Members in Weldments