3 Replies Latest reply on Nov 18, 2014 7:30 AM by Matthew Lorono

    model break view gone?

    Steven Tietz

      We were very excited about the new feature called "model break view" - allowing you to shorten your isometric views correctly (not workarounds) without having to scale it down.  We tested it during beta & during pre-release & loved it.  However now that sp0.0 is out the command is now greyed out.  So we contacted our VAR only to find out solidworks corporate has decided to disable this command unless you purchase an additional "a la carte" add-on.  I still have the "what's new" pdf back during beta that said this feature was included in professional & premium solidworks.  Apparently solidworks has changed their mind, now the only way to get this command active is to purchase the add on software MBD (model based definition).  As of today solidworks MBD is not available to purchase.


      Here's what I don't understand: The purpose of MBD is to create a paperless way of communicating a 3D model directly.  it does not produce a 2D drawing like we are used to, but rather a completely separate deliverable, a smart interactive 3D pdf  of sorts.  While MBD is very cool, we do not need it, we need to create 2D drawings.  However, the "model break view" command seems to be a command that is designed to be used on 2D drawings (where you want to shorten an isometric view).


      So as a customer who delivers traditional 2D drawings (from 3d models) it seems silly that we will have to buy an add-on piece of software for 1 command and not use 95% of the functionality.  Unless MBD is very inexpensive, I think we might continue using workarounds.  Am I the only one who feels this is silly?

        • Re: model break view gone?
          Matthew Lorono



          Model Break View was intended for use drawings.  As you noted, you got a chance to try it out in Alpha and Beta testing.  However, the command was not fully ready for drawings by the time SW2015 was ready, so we have to pull it from the general product to give us a chance to finish-it-up.  There is still value to Model Break View in MBD for certain customers, which are unaffected by the drawings limitations, so we did not pull it from that product.  Model Break View's inclusion in a future release of SOLIDWORKS is not out of the question.


          If you like, there is an Enhancement Request already filed for which you can vote from your Customer Portal: SPR #808940.

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            • Re: model break view gone?
              Steven Tietz

              That does make better sense.  Without the explanation it appears like it was a bait & switch trick.  However after reading your reply it sounds like it might be coming back without having to purchase additional software?  However I also read your reply as it would not be a good idea to purchase MBD today (if this is the only command you need) as there appears to be limitation to this command with 2D drawings?