Like the title says, this isn't about ONE and TWO.  This is about the little things.  Small, minor bugs that make you wish SOLIDWORKS was a person so that you could build a time machine to go back and murder its parents.  Bonus points if the problem is just intermittent enough to make you forget about it, until it happens again.

 

Be sure to post your SOLIDWORKS version and service pack, just in case someone wants to verify your bug or let you know that it is fixed in later versions.  I'll give one for starters.

 

SW2016 SP 2.0

  • Often, but not always, when typing in the property manager (renaming features, entering dimension text, etc) the hotkey for the letter I type will activate.  I suspect it has to do with typing speed.  It has done this for as long as I can remember.

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Comments
Last comment By: John Lhuillier   Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:37:00 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

I use the filter toolbar fairly extensively.  If I just want an edge, or a point, or a sketch entitiy, I can filter that, and not have to worry about clicking the bodies or faces inadvertently, or picking up dimensions, etc...

By: Jerry Myer  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:36:12 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Love the question and I love SolidWorks but nothing is perfect I realize this at the same time.

However; hole wizard inserting a construction line with an end point to help locate the insertion of the hole feature. For some reason you must drop the location point somewhere on the curved part then as a secondary operation then move the sketch point onto the end point of the construction line.

Surprised nobody else has mentioned this or why somebody has never addressed this in the past.......been this way since as long as I remember.

Still I love SolidWorks please address this.

Dwayne Parrott

CWSP, Cert. trainer, Support Technician

By: Dwayne Parrott  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:38:11 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

It is a useful tool to use indeed. I find myself using it more often then not because I often have a hard time getting the correct selection on mates.

By: Alex Lachance  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:39:12 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Thanks Jim , just voted for the SPR (had also submitted this enhancement for Top Ten also). This option would be really helpful specially when exporting flat patterns as DXF/DWG. This would save the hassle to hide every other sketch in the drawing/model.

By: Deepak Gupta  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:44:52 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Dwayne Parrott wrote:

 

 

However; hole wizard inserting a construction line with an end point to help locate the insertion of the hole feature. For some reason you must drop the location point somewhere on the curved part then as a secondary operation then move the sketch point onto the end point of the construction line.

 

 

Years ago I started using an independent sketch to locate Hole Wizard points, which eliminates that problem.  Not everyone is in love with the workflow, but I know of several people here who are doing the same thing.

 

By: Glenn Schroeder  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:50:57 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Find and Replace:  Not sure if it is just my color blindness but when highlighting the text that was found it would be nice to have some drastic highlight to show that it found what you are looking for.  Also it needs to search blocks also.  out of 14 sheets need to update the same text on 12 what a pain this can be.  Since find and replace does not look to the next sheet. 

     My quick fix.  Make sure that I get the sheet right then save the sheet format and then replace it on all other sheets. !!  If this was not on the sheet format it would take a lot longer.

By: David Matula  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:56:57 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

I agree that's what I'm doing too and sorry if I'm not clear on the description. When you first place the location onto the centerline it sometimes doesn't place onto the existing point.........and says this

 

By: Dwayne Parrott  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:32:24 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Dwayne Parrott wrote:

 

I agree that's what I'm doing too and sorry if I'm not clear on the description. When you first place the location onto the centerline it sometimes doesn't place onto the existing point.........and says this

 

What version of Solidworks are you using?   I think that they fixed that in SW 2015.

By: Dan Pihlaja  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:38:01 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

2017 Sp4......

there is a sequence I must be doing that is different then the normal I guess wish I could share screen to show....it did this at last company too on different version we were on 2016

By: Dwayne Parrott  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:41:36 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

David Matula wrote:

...Not sure if it is just my color blindness...

Let's test...

 

colorblind-1.jpg

 

colorblind-2.jpg

 

colorblind-3.jpg

By: Rick Becker  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:43:25 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

well are there supposed to be letters or numbers the middle one has 13 or 18 and gives me a headache... the others are just a bunch of dots.

By: David Matula  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:53:33 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

David Matula wrote:

well are there supposed to be letters or numbers the middle one has 13 or 18 and gives me a headache... the others are just a bunch of dots.

 

You sir, are colorblind.

By: Rick Becker  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:54:47 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

I told you that....the army told me that....You would not believe the # of jobs that they have where they require color vision. 

By: David Matula  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:56:53 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Jim Wilkinson,

Thank you for the link. I just went and attempted to add both a vote and some additional information to the SPR. As you had mentioned that additional information helps I added some text in the test box. When I submitted the request I received the following error message. This is the same message I received yesterday when attempting to vote for another SPR. Do you know who the system administrator I need to contact is?

 

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By: Jim Steinmeyer  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:57:26 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Jerry,

Unfortunately, I am on the other side of this and do a lot of symmetrical modeling and drafting so I use midpoints quite a bit. It would be nice to be able to turn this off, but while I have heard others complain about this I can't ever remember having the problem you are having.

By: Jim Steinmeyer  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:02:15 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Rick Becker wrote:

 

David Matula wrote:

...Not sure if it is just my color blindness...

Let's test...

 

colorblind-1.jpg

 

colorblind-2.jpg

 

colorblind-3.jpg

Race car numbers? I think the last one was Dale JR.

By: Jim Steinmeyer  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:06:20 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

David Matula wrote:

 

I told you that....the army told me that....You would not believe the # of jobs that they have where they require color vision.

I am told my father-in-law was valued in the war because with his color blindness he could spot the snipers better.

By: Jim Steinmeyer  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:08:21 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Jim Steinmeyer wrote:

 

Rick Becker wrote:

 

David Matula wrote:

...Not sure if it is just my color blindness...

Let's test...

 

colorblind-1.jpg

 

colorblind-2.jpg

 

colorblind-3.jpg

Race car numbers? I think the last one was Dale JR.

The last one is the answer to life, the universe, and everything.

By: Todd Blacksher  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:10:57 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Todd Blacksher wrote:

...The last one is the answer to life, the universe, and everything.

 

You are correct sir.

By: Rick Becker  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:12:46 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Jim Steinmeyer wrote:

 

Rick Becker wrote:

 

David Matula wrote:

...Not sure if it is just my color blindness...

Let's test...

 

colorblind-1.jpg

 

colorblind-2.jpg

 

colorblind-3.jpg

Race car numbers? I think the last one was Dale JR.

I think Richard Petty raced under that # as well as others.

Dave, Sorry it isn't 13 or 18.

By: Tony Tieuli  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:13:49 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

my type would not be good for that....I can't see something in the woods unless if moves...

By: David Matula  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:15:04 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Rick Becker wrote:

 

Todd Blacksher wrote:

...The last one is the answer to life, the universe, and everything.

 

You are correct sir.

LOL! That's right! I forgot that!

By: Tony Tieuli  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:17:00 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

You roundy-round guys that just go in circles...

 

Now THAT'S a racecar!

By: Daen Hendrickson  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:02:36 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

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By: Rick Becker  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:08:16 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Richard Petty was #43.

By: David Nelson  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:12:18 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

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By: Rick Becker  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:23:52 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

The limitations of making table drawings for configurations at Assembly Levels!!!  There are many posts about it and it needs to be looked at because of there is so much potential.  The biggest problem is getting parametric data to work and show up how you need it for configs at the assembly level.  Try it out and you'll see what I mean.  Showing the active configurations names in a single column would help greatly on the BOM however the BOM table just doesn't work that way.  I get a column for each configuration with the number used way down in the table.  Imagine if you have thirty columns or more it is very inefficient.  Then Imagine you want to show a dimension for one of the parts in the assembly is changes with each configuration. I can find work around but they are weak this area needs much improvement.

 

In this example I have an ASSY model of two parts. Each part has 28 configs each with its own dash number.  The dash numbers then match up. The lower level dash number is used to make the upper level dash number at this point there is a change in geometry hence the model configs for the upper level.  The are both put into an assembly file from which the lower level is hidden and the drawing is made from this assembly which also allows the BOM to be made.  The upper level model is not used in the bom.  Here is the table you get:

 

 

Bom table config issues.JPG

 

Sorry for the rant but I think I've search the forums and tried every tool in the arsenal and run into a problem with each work around.

 

Typical things I need for a Tabulated Drawing: Part Number of Current Assembly, Revision of Current Assembly, Configuration Names or Part Number Property for any particular part or sub-assy that is used to make the Current Assembly Part Numbers, Dimensions From Particular Part Dimension, Ability to control Decimal Points for evaluated properties or equations when result ends with a zero.

 

Most properties if not all will be configuration specific.  (Sorry for typos had to turn this out quick but no quick way to explain)

By: Chris Appleby  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:16:49 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Jim, if you get any help from SW on this, please let us know.  This has been a problem for a long time.

By: Walter Fetsch  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:27:39 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Yes he was but he also raced under different numbers one of which was in the bottom circle.

By: Tony Tieuli  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 18:50:59 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

I am using SW2014 SP5.

 

This one has been brought up in past Top Ten lists and is probably more accurately classed as poorly thought functionality instead of a bug.

 

When extruding in a sheet metal part the default direction of the extrude is ALWAYS away from the existing sheet - even when I check the "Link to thickness" box. In sheet metal, I would nearly never extrude in this direction. For the times that I do I can make the extra click to change directions. As it is, I get to make the extra click EVERY time.

 

Can anyone enlighten me where this behavior is preferred in sheet metal work?

 

Daen

 

By: Daen Hendrickson  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:13:29 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Daen Hendrickson wrote:

 

I am using SW2014 SP5.

 

This one has been brought up in past Top Ten lists and is probably more accurately classed as poorly thought functionality instead of a bug.

 

When extruding in a sheet metal part the default direction of the extrude is ALWAYS away from the existing sheet - even when I check the "Link to thickness" box. In sheet metal, I would nearly never extrude in this direction. For the times that I do I can make the extra click to change directions. As it is, I get to make the extra click EVERY time.

 

Can anyone enlighten me where this behavior is preferred in sheet metal work?

 

Daen

 

I don't think that I understand.

Why would you extrude into the sheet?

So the default extrude seems to follow the default extrude rules for a regular part (not sheet metal) and defaults to away from the body rather than into it.

By: Dan Pihlaja  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:30:14 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

1-17BLSHQ wrote:

 

Jim Wilkinson,

Thank you for the link. I just went and attempted to add both a vote and some additional information to the SPR. As you had mentioned that additional information helps I added some text in the test box. When I submitted the request I received the following error message. This is the same message I received yesterday when attempting to vote for another SPR. Do you know who the system administrator I need to contact is?

 

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Hi Jim,


Try it again to see if the problem has cleared. If not, you may want to try posting it to the following thread:

When you experience an issue with the SOLIDWORKS software, do you search the Knowledge Base for an answer?

 

Thanks,
Jim

By: Jim Wilkinson  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:45:41 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Hey Chris,

 

If I could be of help to you, I'll try and explain how I work with generic parts in case I could be of help to you.

 

What you need to do is tell your configuration to assign a new part number specified by the user. Something that's easy to remember for you.

 

In my example, I will use the part SUSP-667 as an example.

 

 

My part SUSP-667 is a multi-configuration part I have, The reason I used multiple configurations was to ease my workload when I had to modify something on the original part.

 

So here's how I work, it's a little hassle setting up but it does what you wish I believe. You probably will have to adapt it to your needs as I had to do so too.

 

As you can see, my part goes from 9 1/4'' to 25 1/2'' in length, we have configurations made for each 1/8 of difference in length.

 

Each configuration has an incrementing into it which works as follow:

PART-NBR-###

or

SUSP-667-### in this case

 

The first 2 ## are the length in inches. The last 2 represents the number of 1/8's so say you have a part of 9 5/8', the config would be Config-095 as 09 tells you it's 9 inches long and 5 says it's 5 * 1/8'' which gives you 5/8''. The part will be named SUSP-667-095

 

After that, there needs to be a drawing for each configuration. Watch out, the flat pattern kinda messes with the way SolidWorks manages drawings per configs.

 

Hopefully this can help you or anyone else. I tried summing it up really quickly because there are a lot more details to it but that gives you the main guidelines.

By: Alex Lachance  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:36:51 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Thank you Jim

I just attempted to leave the message and there was still no joy in Mudville. I then tried it without and text message and it was accepted. As requested I have let Steve know on the KB thread.

By: Jim Steinmeyer  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 20:22:05 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Thanks for taking the time to read my post and reply.  I'm sorry I think you missed my point.  I'm fine with the configuration tools at the model level its the drawing level that is the problem.  I want to make ONE drawing for 30 or more configurations. They are simple so for example all dimensions will be the same except one dimension that I want to display in a table. The remaining dimensions are just detailed on a drawing view since applicable to all. The table would have that part number and the bom item part number used to make it (Assume part number on my table has a unique bom item), and the dimension changing "DIM A" The lower level part has been used in the assembly but it changes form so I have it hidden.  The final part is a part configuration I just select to appropriate dash number to activate it for each assembly configuration.

 

here's my example:

 

part number 2000-1 is used to make 3000-1

then 2000-2 is used to make 3000-2

 

Yep you'd think a simple table would be easy to make but its not.

 

Sorry for the Novels! Perhaps when I have time I will setup a dummy example and start a thread for people to discuss this more in depth.

By: Chris Appleby  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 21:00:58 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

I'm not quite sure I understand correctly what you're trying to do. Is it something similar to this?(The POTO-A002 displaying different lengths)

 

If so, perhaps try creating another level between your assembly and your part.

 

Part number 2000-1 would be in 4000-1 to display 3000-1. 4000-1 would be used to display every correct length required.

 

If this isn't what you're talking about then never mind what I said

By: Alex Lachance  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 21:12:43 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Chris,

 

I must admit, I'm having a hard time understanding what you want to do.  Are you trying to detail a drawing for one part that has multiple configurations and is made from a base part (e.g. casting/forging/extrusion, or modified from another machined part, etc.), or an assembly with two parts that go into it, or something else?

 

FYI, please be careful with the terminology that you use.  "Active configuration" in SolidWorks means the configuration that you are viewing in SolidWorks, or was viewed when the file was last saved.  There can only be one active configuration at a time in SolidWorks.

By: Tom Helsley  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 21:30:33 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Here's one from my co-workers.

 

Happens since we've been on SolidWorks. When you press the ''S'' button to bring up your shortcut toolbar, the ''Command search'' at the top right kind of activates itself for no reason. What I mean by that is that when you press the S button, the toolbar does appear but the ''Command search'' starts blinking as if you were typing text, if you press more letters after the S, before selecting your command, they will be typed into the search box

 

(CLICK ON THE IMAGES TO ENLARGEN)

 

If I press S:

 

If I press S, A, S, D and F without the comas of course:

 

It has never got me because I don't use much the s toolbar, but many people here use it and are annoyed by this.

By: Alex Lachance  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 21:33:08 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Dan,

 

In the case of sheet metal, if you extrude in the direction shown (away), you no longer have sheet metal. As soon as you add an inconsistent thickness or an edge that is not perpendicular, you can no longer unfold.

 

As an example, in the picture shown the sheet metal is part of a weldment. The blank for the sheet metal needs to be laser / water jet cut at an outside vendor. So the sheet metal body is saved out to a separate file in order to be processed for the vendor. Part of the processing is to fill in the "as machined" finished hole sizes since water jet does not produce at the tolerance needed.

 

But in general, extruding away in sheet metal breaks sheet metal.

 

Daen

By: Daen Hendrickson  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 21:40:08 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

I have occasional phantom activation of the search commands box. Never have quite been able to nail down just what I was doing to cause it.

 

Daen

By: Daen Hendrickson  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 21:42:17 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

It's tied to the S key, which also brings up the shortcut menu.  If you hit S and and then hit another key while the popup is showing, you will end up typing in the Search Commands box.

By: Jim Sculley  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 21:52:03 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

guess we have to watch those fat fingers that we have....I was wondering how that happened some times now that we know we can try to modify our behavior. 

By: David Matula  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 22:01:21 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Probably already noted somewhere in the last 31 pages (take note SW developers), but having the dimension modify dialogue box appear and completely obscure the dimension in question. Why not above, below, to the side???? Anywhere else but right over the dimension.

By: Harry Butler  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 22:23:57 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Alex Lachance wrote:

 

Here's one from my co-workers.

 

Happens since we've been on SolidWorks. When you press the ''S'' button to bring up your shortcut toolbar, the ''Command search'' at the top right kind of activates itself for no reason. What I mean by that is that when you press the S button, the toolbar does appear but the ''Command search'' starts blinking as if you were typing text, if you press more letters after the S, before selecting your command, they will be typed into the search box

 

It has never got me because I don't use much the s toolbar, but many people here use it and are annoyed by this.

HI Alex,

 

This is the default behavior and by design. There is an option to turn off automatic activation of Command Search when the shortcut bar is used as documented here:

2018 SOLIDWORKS Help - Searching for Commands
The reason it is done is so the shortcut bar becomes a more powerful command access tool. Not only can you hit S key and use the buttons to pick commonly commands, but you can immediately type to search, find and execute less commonly used commands all through keyboard stokes. For instance, in sketch mode, type sl<enter> to start the line command. And to make it even more powerful, you can use "search shortcuts". For instance, buy default, to run the Fit Spline command, you have to type sfit<enter> since it takes the letters "fit" in command search to find the fit command. But, if you wan quicker access to it, assign the search shortcut "f" to Fit Spline and now you type sf<enter> to run fit spline. Search shortcuts can be multiple characters and therefore become a way to do multi-key shortcuts (you have to hit "s" to tell it you want to enter a shortcut, then the shortcut string, and then <enter>). By the way, "w" is the default keyboard shortcut assigned to the command search on its own, so if you decide to turn off the option to have command search activate when using the shortcut bar, you can still make use of the command search and search shortcuts without moving your mouse up to active command search. So for instance, without any search shortcuts assigned, you can type wl<enter> to run line, wfit<enter> to run the fit command, and if you assign "f" as a search shortcut to fit spline, you can then use wf<enter> to run the fit spline command.

This help topic talks shows an example of using search shortcuts:

2018 SOLIDWORKS Help - Search Commands Example

 

Most people turn off the option to active the search bar when using the shortcut bar if they don't use command search/search shortcuts and they want to be able to hit the S key (or whatever shortcut they have assigned) to dismiss the shortcut bar too.

 

I'm curious what your coworkers (and others on the forum that posted follows up to this) are trying to do while typing with the shortcut bar up. Have they just brought it up and decided not to use it and are trying to execute other keyboard shortcuts?

 

Thanks,

Jim

By: Jim Wilkinson  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 22:43:26 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Probably already noted somewhere in the last 31 pages (take note SW developers), but having the dimension modify dialogue box appear and completely obscure the dimension in question. Why not above, below, to the side???? Anywhere else but right over the dimension.

Hi Harry,

 

It has been this way since the inception of SOLIDWORKS in 1994 and I this is the first request I've heard for it to come up elsewhere. I'm curious why you need to see the dimension when editing the value. There is benefit to popping it up over the dimension and that is if you are trying to write equations in the dialog and we popped it up elsewhere, it might pop up over another dimension that you are trying to pick to write the equation.

 

Thanks,

Jim

By: Jim Wilkinson  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 22:48:01 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Hi Jim, we do a lot of fabrication employing weldments and a great deal of these are edited by double clicking the sketch in FMT. I find this method beneficial as the fabrication structure remains visible during the dimension modification process BUT the modification dialogue box obscures the dim in question and the related fabrication, example below. It's not a deal breaker by any stretch but as the title of the thread

enquired, "What *Minor* bug drives you crazy?" To be fair, it's not a bug per se, but it does greatly irritate me and I would like the option to permanently dock it elsewhere on the screen.

 

regds

Harry

 

Dim Mod Box.png  

By: Harry Butler  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 23:07:00 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Scott Casale Tell me that isn't a single user report! That has to be a large team report, no?

By: Ryan McVay  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 23:36:20 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Man that sounds like we are all raising children! What works today isn't going to work tomorrow.

By: Ryan McVay  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 23:42:05 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

We just had this one today...

An annotation (one specific stacked balloon in this case) in a view was causing SolidWorks to crash. Before we found the specific annotation,  SolidWorks would crash if we closed the file - we could save before that, but closing would crash.

 

To fix the problem, I could only delete the entire view, save the file, close the file and crash then re-open.  If I deleted the annotation, SolidWorks would crash immediately.

By: Tom Helsley  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 23:53:33 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Another one just found!

2015 Sp5

Can not use copy with mates to copy a coincident mate of two circlular edges. ie single mate for hinge movment between two clinders.

ScreenShot_20171108163329.png

Mate conflict ?

Works when i don't use copy with mates....

Any one try this in 2017,2018 to see if it works.

By: Ned Hutchinson  Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:58:23 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

SW2017

 

Another irritating problem that seems to make me want SW parents to die: End conditions on holes.

They never seem to work how they should.

 

end condition.PNG

I want a hole to go into one side of this other hole only (shown: up-to-next. Same thing happens with up-to-surface). No matter what option I use, I get this.

 

I want my holes to track what is changing. I'm in R&D, and things can change on an hourly basis.

 

This should not happen! SW cannot figure out this break though to hole approach. I get slapped with this at least once a week. Maybe an option to go to, or offset from, the centre line of a hole..? Up-to-vertex only works under certain conditions (my current workaround)

By: Martin Tofts  Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:03:06 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

The fact that it is soooo difficult to grab the Rollback bar in the feature tree. It takes me about 10 tries most times.

 

 

SW2016 SP5

 

 

 

John

By: John Wayman  Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:53:21 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

The way that, when you do a Pack & Go on an assembly to make a size variant, and you carefully select the parts you want to copy and the parts you don't and you type in the new names and find the directory and type in the new filename and press Save and SW helpfully informs you that you already have one of those names and asks if you want to overwrite it, but when you say 'No' it blows everything away as if you had never pressed Pack & Go.

Surely pressing 'Cancel' at that step should take you back to the selection process, with the previously made selections preserved.

 

I'll do all that selection and typing all over again, then...

 

 

SW2016, SP5

It was the same in 2014, I recall.

 

 

John

By: John Wayman  Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:12:53 GMT
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Hi Jim,

 

Sounds great. Has it only been added in 2018? Is there any way to get it for 2016?

 

Edit: My coworker says when he uses the S key, he sometimes presses it twice because of some of the casual partial freeze we get and that's when it starts typing up there. Either that or he presses S and hits another key around it at the same time.

 

Regards.

By: Alex Lachance  Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:37:24 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

I would suggest contacting your VAR about this and sending them the original file with the problem on it if you can get it from a back-up. Then, SolidWorks can try and look at what causes it and perhaps they'll ask you a SolidWorks RX just to be able to see what goes on in your computer at the same time.

By: Alex Lachance  Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:46:13 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Alex Lachance wrote:

 

Hi Jim,

 

Sounds great. Has it only been added in 2018? Is there any way to get it for 2016?

 

Edit: My coworker says when he uses the S key, he sometimes presses it twice because of some of the casual partial freeze we get and that's when it starts typing up there. Either that or he presses S and hits another key around it at the same time.

 

Regards.

Hi Alex,

 

That option has been there since SOLIDWORKS 2012. You can tell this by going to the help topic that I linked to and in the upper right, select the Other versions pull down. If the text is black, that means the same help topic existed in that version and you can switch to it by picking the version (when you hover over the black text in the pull down, there is a tooltip that says it will go to the same topic in the other version; if you hover over a version with blue text, it says it will go to the home page of that version because the topic didn't exist, so that's the best it can do when switching to that version). So, that means at least Command Search has existed since 2012. To tell if that specific option relating to Command Search existed, you have to actually read the help topic, and sure enough, that option is referenced in every version of the help back to 2012.

 

Thanks,

Jim

By: Jim Wilkinson  Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:12:00 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

like this one too, our screens are small sometimes on these mobiles

By: Dwayne Parrott  Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:24:10 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

I'm feeling a little stupid right now...

 

I'm on 2016, french version, so I'm using this link:

2016 Aide de SOLIDWORKS - Recherche de commandes

 

 

 

Where is that setting? I don't see it at all

 

Edit: Not seeing it in english either

By: Alex Lachance  Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:23:26 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

I just found it, there's an error on both of your help files, french and english. The setting is in the shortcut bar/Barres de raccourcis and not in the Toolbars/Barres d'outils as stated.

By: Alex Lachance  Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:32:22 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Alex Lachance wrote:

 

I just found it, there's an error on both of your help files, french and english. The setting is in the shortcut bar/Barres de raccourcis and not in the Toolbars/Barres d'outils as stated.

Yup, I just discovered the same thing. I think what happened was in SOLIDWORKS 2013, the Shortcut Bars tab was introduced in the Customize dialog and in that release, the option was moved from the Toolbar tab to the Shortcut Bars tab but documentation must not have been notified to make the update. I just submitted it to our documentation team using the "Feedback on this topic" link in the help.

 

Thanks and sorry for the confusion,

Jim

By: Jim Wilkinson  Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:45:07 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

I get this a lot when accessing this page. Often, it blocks me from seeing the drivers.

 

I get it on Chrome and Firefox

 

Am I alone?

 

By: Alex Lachance  Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:30:27 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Daen Hendrickson wrote:

 

Dan,

 

In the case of sheet metal, if you extrude in the direction shown (away), you no longer have sheet metal. As soon as you add an inconsistent thickness or an edge that is not perpendicular, you can no longer unfold.

 

As an example, in the picture shown the sheet metal is part of a weldment. The blank for the sheet metal needs to be laser / water jet cut at an outside vendor. So the sheet metal body is saved out to a separate file in order to be processed for the vendor. Part of the processing is to fill in the "as machined" finished hole sizes since water jet does not produce at the tolerance needed.

 

But in general, extruding away in sheet metal breaks sheet metal.

 

Daen

Ok, that makes sense but then why would anybody need to use the extrude boss command in sheet metal? Extrude cut I can understand.

By: Tony Tieuli  Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:59:20 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Tony Tieuli wrote:

 

Ok, that makes sense but then why would anybody need to use the extrude boss command in sheet metal? Extrude cut I can understand.

Tony,

 

My description above gives one example - filling in a hole.

 

A couple other places I use it regularly:

     I create sheet metal components at compound angle. More often than not, the flange corner reliefs turn out to be a mess and the software just does not provide enough control to clean them up within the flange feature. So I will add an unfold / fold pair with some cuts and extrudes between to clean things up.

 

     Our production quantities are usually in the single digits so our sheet metal is hand bent. After some work to ensure that our SolidWorks models were matching our bend processes, we now add (extrude) a bend alignment tab to our blanks. It is a small protrusion that the sheet metal guy just lines up with the break edge. No layout, no measuring; just align and bend. After the part is formed, the tabs are "disappeared" with a cut off wheel or other quick suitable means. Yeah, this process is not suitable for most, but works well for us.

 

Daen

 

(default extrude direction in sheet metal)

By: Daen Hendrickson  Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:45:39 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Daen Hendrickson wrote:

 

Tony Tieuli wrote:

 

Ok, that makes sense but then why would anybody need to use the extrude boss command in sheet metal? Extrude cut I can understand.

Tony,

 

My description above gives one example - filling in a hole.

 

A couple other places I use it regularly:

I create sheet metal components at compound angle. More often than not, the flange corner reliefs turn out to be a mess and the software just does not provide enough control to clean them up within the flange feature. So I will add an unfold / fold pair with some cuts and extrudes between to clean things up.

 

Our production quantities are usually in the single digits so our sheet metal is hand bent. After some work to ensure that our SolidWorks models were matching our bend processes, we now add (extrude) a bend alignment tab to our blanks. It is a small protrusion that the sheet metal guy just lines up with the break edge. No layout, no measuring; just align and bend. After the part is formed, the tabs are "disappeared" with a cut off wheel or other quick suitable means. Yeah, this process is not suitable for most, but works well for us.

 

Daen

 

(default extrude direction in sheet metal)

I missed the filling in a hole reference. Sorry about that.

You learn something new every day. I almost never model sheet metal.

By: Tony Tieuli  Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:52:17 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Hey Daen,

 

Do you have any tips and tricks when you do cuts on an unfolded part? It seems as most cuts I do to clean up flanges often ends up blocking me from folding it back.

By: Alex Lachance  Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:57:26 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Oh, I did that before/already with another file.  SPR 1038245.  My VAR said that DS SolidWorks was investigating the problem and it would take them a while to maybe remove the corruption.  I couldn't wait - production timelines.  I found that there was a corrupt annotation in a view on that drawing as well.  In this case, I had to delete the entire view to clear the corrupted annotation.  But in prior cases, I couldn't open the file at all!

By: Tom Helsley  Wed, 15 Nov 2017 21:30:56 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

That sucks. Have you ever tried doing a save as to create a new file? I found out that there are plenty of bugs that can be fixed by doing this as I believe SolidWorks clears it's cache memory from the file when creating a new one.

 

I have a few work arounds to correct corrupt files, that is one of those that works 50% of the time.

By: Alex Lachance  Wed, 15 Nov 2017 21:54:07 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Yes.  I never forget that old trick.  In this case, I started by creating a new drawing and copying the views from the old file to the new one.  Then, I started deleting views, then I narrowed it down to annotations.  That's the kind of troubleshooting that the DS folks need to be doing, but they obviously don't or the problem would be fixed already.

By: Tom Helsley  Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:05:47 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Phantom border around crop / detail / section view

 

0 thickness section view error in drawing

 

Radius dimensioning worked fine before Solidworks decided to "fix it"

By: Solid Works  Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:26:28 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Solid Works wrote:

 

Phantom border around crop / detail / section view

 

Can you show a screenshot of that please?

By: Glenn Schroeder  Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:38:16 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

We work with very large radiuses in order to do cambers on trailers and the camber's radius is often so big that SolidWorks won't take it and gives me error. I have found ways to work around it but it's really a pain to have my working area be limited because of a radius.

By: Alex Lachance  Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:39:06 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

I have seen this many times, SW would show 1 or more lines from the Crop sketch.

Unable to select to edit or delete, change Layer etc.

tried to put the sketch on a none print Layer, changing line style, color etc.

By: Andreas Rhomberg  Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:46:40 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Does the Radius put you out of SW Limits with the 1000m Envelope?

By: Andreas Rhomberg  Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:48:17 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Yes, the radius can go from 5000 inches to over 30 000 inches sometimes depending on what I'm designining. That is what causes it. Of course, there are ways to work around it but it's still an annoyance to have this happen. It limits the generation of weldments, limits everything about patterns because you can't do a circular pattern on a radius too large. There's about 10 work arounds that I have to put in place each time I encounter this.

By: Alex Lachance  Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:09:15 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Other bugs or "suboptimal features" you decide.

 

1) The "Cancel" button in some dialog does nothing. If you have changed some parameters or altered the options they cannot be recovered back to the original settings by pushing cancel, it is the same as OK button. Don't remember where, but sometime I find this issue in some part of SW and get angry every time.

 

2a) Simulation make the UI freeze *sometimes* or it doesn't allow a second instance of SW to load (it freezes at the splash screen).

2b) Batch simulation interface is always on top preventing SW to be closed. If SW crashes (e.g. happen sometimes when simulations complete in the middle of the night and I notice it the next morning) the CWR files created on disk are useless.

 

3) Simulation appears to perform too many commands in realtime taking cpu for nothing

    eg. if you want to change the simulation results color scale from the command manager and you alter the upper value of the scale, even before pushing the  ✔ confirmation mark that close the command you notice that SW takes a lot of time to "does something": it seems to me that it is loading from the results file or whatever. these operations should be performed after confirming the command at once.

 

4a) renaming the study from the simulation tree instead of the tab could lead to invalid characters in the study name that are not allowed in the latter... (this sounds dangerous)

4b) renaming the study make SW do it in real time on the file system, if you fail to save the main file it could get disconnected from the results.

 

5) simulation results are lost from time to time beyond recovery (imagine your home banking app doing something similar).

   The scary part  it seems there is not a rationale behind this kind of stuff.

→ I'm calling it a minor bug... if it would be a major one involving *customer data loss* it would be at least on top10 priorities list right? (/sarcasm over)

 

6) The global bond make a non compatible mesh in spite of compatible setting without a single warning.

In thermal simulation it does nothing on some touching faces: as results they are not bonded at all according to the solver contacts interface, but apparently behave sort of bonded if you look at the simulation results (i.e. they shows as *not* bonded but they do not act as insulated faces)

 

7) I work behind a firewall with mandatory authentication (user/password) , I can do everything with SW like activation, forums, user portal, but NOT able to send crashes (and I have quite a nice collection): it would be kind to have only one unified way to access the web services in a consistent manner.

 

BONUS:

→ UNDO is crazy (everyone knows it, but whatever)

→ PACK n GO is broken since... I forgot

→ eDrawings ... I don't care anymore. Tell me when it is ready for production (not joking)

By: Umberto Zanola  Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:05:13 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Another 'bug' popped up again today.

 

I rarely use welding tools because they are so bad, but I had to today with no other choice.

  • You cannot define weld material from library. Manual input? Really??!
  • Actual weld does not show in drawing unless you use shaded view. ???
  • It's a ball ache getting your defined weld info through to the drawing, model items seems to only allow all or nothing (not all the time).
  • The caterpillar symbol seems to have a mind of it's own. The automatic version changes my "0.2mm e-beam weld" to 1.0 when I try to move it to the correct position. This cannot then be changed back, only via undo.

 

Why, why, why I cannot seem to find a single process on a daily basis that doesn't require some workaround is beyond belief....

By: Martin Tofts  Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:47:12 GMT
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Glenn Schroeder wrote:

 

Scott Boerman wrote:

 

Here's a few little things that slow me down:

...

7) In an assembly where items are placed in folders, when highlighting something in the graphics screen, it is not highlighted in the feature tree, which makes it slow to find things in the tree. (I use graphics clicking exclusively to find items otherwise)

Those are what comes to mind off the top of my head.

 

I hate that one too. I've just about quit using folders because of it.

Glenn Schroeder and Scott Boerman: I just gave this a try and it seemed to work OK for me in SW 2017 and 2018 with one exception: when the component I was selecting in the graphics area was an instance of a patterned / mirrored component, where that component pattern or mirror feature is in a folder. Does this match with your experience or are you seeing it with non patterned/mirrored components in folders? If so can you post a screenshot showing the relevant part of your feature tree.

 

One other reason you might see this on any type of component in a folder is if the following option is disabled: System Options > FeatureManager > Scroll selected item into view.

By: Nick Birkett-Smith  Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:44:05 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Nick Birkett-Smith wrote:

 

Glenn Schroeder wrote:

 

Scott Boerman wrote:

 

Here's a few little things that slow me down:

...

7) In an assembly where items are placed in folders, when highlighting something in the graphics screen, it is not highlighted in the feature tree, which makes it slow to find things in the tree. (I use graphics clicking exclusively to find items otherwise)

Those are what comes to mind off the top of my head.

 

I hate that one too. I've just about quit using folders because of it.

I just gave this a try and it seemed to work OK for me in SW 2017 and 2018 with one exception: when the component I was selecting in the graphics area was an instance of a patterned component, where that component pattern or mirror is in a folder. Does this match with your experience or are you seeing it with non patterned/mirrored components in folders? If so can you post a screenshot showing the relevant part of your feature tree.

 

One other reason you might see this on any type of component in a folder is if the following option is disabled: System Options > FeatureManager > Scroll selected item into view.

 

Thank you for responding.  Yes, I see the same thing.  If a component was inserted into an Assembly with a Pattern, and the Pattern was placed into a folder, then the component will not highlight in the tree when selected in the graphics area, even if the folder is expanded.

By: Glenn Schroeder  Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:51:26 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Nick Birkett-Smith wrote:

 

Glenn Schroeder wrote:

 

Scott Boerman wrote:

 

Here's a few little things that slow me down:

...

7) In an assembly where items are placed in folders, when highlighting something in the graphics screen, it is not highlighted in the feature tree, which makes it slow to find things in the tree. (I use graphics clicking exclusively to find items otherwise)

Those are what comes to mind off the top of my head.

 

I hate that one too. I've just about quit using folders because of it.

Glenn Schroeder and Scott Boerman: I just gave this a try and it seemed to work OK for me in SW 2017 and 2018 with one exception: when the component I was selecting in the graphics area was an instance of a patterned / mirrored component, where that component pattern or mirror feature is in a folder. Does this match with your experience or are you seeing it with non patterned/mirrored components in folders? If so can you post a screenshot showing the relevant part of your feature tree.

 

One other reason you might see this on any type of component in a folder is if the following option is disabled: System Options > FeatureManager > Scroll selected item into view.

So here is one question:   When you are in an assembly with sub assemblies, and when I select a feature of a part in the graphics area, how do you make the software distinguish between selections (you could be selecting the sub assembly or the part, or the body, or the feature or the face) in regards to "scrolling the selected item into view" in the tree?

 

How do you tell it that you want to select feature this time and not the sub assembly?

 

Is this what the "breadcrumbs" are for that I don't have because I am using Solidworks 2015?

By: Dan Pihlaja  Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:57:55 GMT
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Glenn Schroeder wrote:

<snip>

Thank you for responding. Yes, I see the same thing. If a component was inserted into an Assembly with a Pattern, and the Pattern was placed into a folder, then the component will not highlight in the tree when selected in the graphics area, even if the folder is expanded.

Thanks Glenn - the following SPR covers this:

SPR 619918: Patterned components do not highlight in the FeatureManager Design Tree when selected in graphics area if pattern is placed in folder or seed component/feature is...

 

You can add your account to this SPR by searching for the SPR number in the Knowledge Base on the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal. Under the section Find what you were looking for? choose the option Yes, but notify me when this is fixed. (SPR only)

By: Nick Birkett-Smith  Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:59:02 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

1-1JKQ4MN wrote:

 

Nick Birkett-Smith wrote:

 

Glenn Schroeder wrote:

 

Scott Boerman wrote:

 

Here's a few little things that slow me down:

...

7) In an assembly where items are placed in folders, when highlighting something in the graphics screen, it is not highlighted in the feature tree, which makes it slow to find things in the tree. (I use graphics clicking exclusively to find items otherwise)

Those are what comes to mind off the top of my head.

 

I hate that one too. I've just about quit using folders because of it.

Glenn Schroeder and Scott Boerman: I just gave this a try and it seemed to work OK for me in SW 2017 and 2018 with one exception: when the component I was selecting in the graphics area was an instance of a patterned / mirrored component, where that component pattern or mirror feature is in a folder. Does this match with your experience or are you seeing it with non patterned/mirrored components in folders? If so can you post a screenshot showing the relevant part of your feature tree.

 

One other reason you might see this on any type of component in a folder is if the following option is disabled: System Options > FeatureManager > Scroll selected item into view.

So here is one question: When you are in an assembly with sub assemblies, and when I select a feature of a part in the graphics area, how do you make the software distinguish between selections (you could be selecting the sub assembly or the part, or the body, or the feature or the face) in regards to "scrolling the selected item into view" in the tree?

 

How do you tell it that you want to select feature this time and not the sub assembly?

 

Is this what the "breadcrumbs" are for that I don't have because I am using Solidworks 2015?

I think that I just answered my own question.  LOL

 

2016 What's New in SOLIDWORKS - Selection Breadcrumbs

"Breadcrumbs provide access to the entire hierarchical chain of entities from the item you selected up through the top level document. In addition, breadcrumbs provide access to common selections that are adjacent to the entities in the breadcrumb, such as the underlying sketch of a feature, or the mates of a component.?

By: Dan Pihlaja  Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:02:37 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Nick Birkett-Smith wrote:

 

Glenn Schroeder wrote:

<snip>

Thank you for responding. Yes, I see the same thing. If a component was inserted into an Assembly with a Pattern, and the Pattern was placed into a folder, then the component will not highlight in the tree when selected in the graphics area, even if the folder is expanded.

Thanks Glenn - the following SPR covers this:

SPR 619918: Patterned components do not highlight in the FeatureManager Design Tree when selected in graphics area if pattern is placed in folder or seed component/feature is...

 

You can add your account to this SPR by searching for the SPR number in the Knowledge Base on the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal. Under the section Find what you were looking for? choose the option Yes, but notify me when this is fixed. (SPR only)

 

Done.  Thanks again.

By: Glenn Schroeder  Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:17:03 GMT
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Dan Pihlaja wrote:

 

2016 What's New in SOLIDWORKS - Selection Breadcrumbs

"Breadcrumbs provide access to the entire hierarchical chain of entities from the item you selected up through the top level document. In addition, breadcrumbs provide access to common selections that are adjacent to the entities in the breadcrumb, such as the underlying sketch of a feature, or the mates of a component.?

Except breadcrumbs don't include folders, so not quite the 'entire hierarchial chain'.  Oops.  I should probably submit an ER for that, since it has come to my attention 3 times in the last two days.  However, breadcrumbs are great.  Every time I see one of my co-workers clicking on something in the display area and then fumbling around in the the feature tree for the parent I want to slap them like they should have had a V8.

By: Jim Sculley  Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:27:35 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Hi Glenn Schroeder,

I found a bit of a work-around for the inability to have the tree open up a folder when selecting an item in the graphics area.  I find that one can select a graphics item, then click the item in breadcrumbs which made that feature, and the tree, including folders, will open up.  It's an extra click, but much better that having to change focus from the work at hand to remembering where everything might be in the tree/folders.

Scott

By: Scott Boerman  Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:54:15 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

You can't select the mid-point of a sketched line.

By: Jody Holm  Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:57:09 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Jody Holm wrote:

 

You can't select the mid-point of a sketched line.

 

Starting with SW2016 you can.  See here.  Or did I misunderstand?

By: Glenn Schroeder  Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:00:18 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

You can't just "place" a coordinate system without having a point or some other feature to place it onto. Why not just be able to place it like a sketched point?

By: Jody Holm  Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:01:38 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Hi Nick, thanks for the reply.  The screenshot below shows an item highlighted in the graphics area, but not in the tree.  This seems to be the case for components located within a folder, subassembly, or mirror/pattern.

Thanks,

Scott

 

By: Scott Boerman  Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:02:06 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

I does not work if the sketched line is in a model and you are not in sketcher mode.

By: Jody Holm  Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:04:22 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Scott Boerman wrote:

 

Hi Nick, thanks for the reply. The screenshot below shows an item highlighted in the graphics area, but not in the tree. This seems to be the case for components located within a folder, subassembly, or mirror/pattern.

Thanks,

Scott

Thanks Scott. Could you please add another screenshot with the folder expanded. And what version are you using?

 

<Edited to add this:> Also, does it make a difference what entity type you select? e.g. face, edge, etc? I just did a quick test and when you select an edge on a component it doesn't highlight the component in the tree (regardless of folders), but does when you select a face. Enhancement SPR 855631: Ability for components to highlight when an edge or vertex is selected, not just a face.

By: Nick Birkett-Smith  Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:06:59 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Hi Nick, here is a screenshot with the folder expanded.  (pre-expanded before the graphics items was selected)  I'm using SW2018 SP0.1.

It does not matter what entity type is selected.  If the folder/assembly/pattern int eh tree is collapsed, then nothing gets highlighted in the tree.  We can do a Teamviewer/fastsupport if it would help, it seems that our systems may not be acting similarly.

Thanks -Scott

 

By: Scott Boerman  Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:32:54 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

The entities of a sketched pattern should be, without question, fully constrained. The are not.

By: Jody Holm  Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:21:02 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Jody Holm wrote:

 

The entities of a sketched pattern should be, without question, fully constrained. The are not.

 

One more reason not to use sketch patterns (not that I needed another one).

By: Glenn Schroeder  Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:58:27 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Jody Holm wrote:

 

The entities of a sketched pattern should be, without question, fully constrained. The are not.

I don't know what you mean by this. If the seed entities that you choose to pattern are fully defined and you choose the options in the pattern PropertyManager to add the various dimensions, then the rest of the instances will be fully defined. If the seed entities are not fully defined and/or you don't choose those dimension options, then there will be degrees of freedom that still need to be dimensions/constrained to make the entities fully defined. Sketch patterns are not solved sequentially like features patterns. They are are similar to any other constraint in the sketch; they go into the system of equations that are solved simultaneously in the sketch.

 

Take, for instance, an un-dimensioned rectangle that you pattern linearly to make one more instance (and don't choose to add any dimensions during patterning. Both instances will be undefined both in position and in size and can be dragged by the lines or vertices of EITHER rectangle and the other one will update in that it will keep the same size and shape due to the pattern relationship. You have an almost infinite number of possibilities on how to then fully define the two rectangles; you could put dimensions on the new instance instead of on the original one; you could use constraints instead of dimensions on either (or both) rectangles to size and position them; you could use a combination of dimensions and constraints to both size and position them.

 

I would suggest you try that simple case of two rectangles without dimensions so you understand how sketch patterns work.

 

If I'm misunderstanding what you are talking about, please clarify, but your original statement is incorrect relative to what the sketch pattern functionality actually does if you think it works like a feature pattern where the seed drives the instances, because that is not necessarily the case (unless you set it up that way through dimensions/constraints).

 

Thanks,

Jim

By: Jim Wilkinson  Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:00:54 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Crash, crash, crash, crash, crash.....

Drawing views disappear - have to toggle visibility to get them back.

The hole chart I have today will likely not be the hole chart I have tomorrow.

The mate controller is only available intermittently - works great one minute, missing in action 5 minutes later.

Just a small sampling - excuse me while I try to repair my hole chart for the 6th time....

My advice to anyone considering the purchase of SW - do yourself a favor and buy Inventor.

By: Patrick Gwaltney  Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:28:35 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Patrick Gwaltney wrote:

 

Crash, crash, crash, crash, crash.....

Drawing views disappear - have to toggle visibility to get them back.

The hole chart I have today will likely not be the hole chart I have tomorrow.

The mate controller is only available intermittently - works great one minute, missing in action 5 minutes later.

Just a small sampling - excuse me while I try to repair my hole chart for the 6th time....

My advice to anyone considering the purchase of SW - do yourself a favor and buy Inventor.

You have to remember.....almost everything in Solidworks is dynamic.....until you lock it down.  That is one of the great powers of Solidworks.  This is NOT the case with some other CAD packages.

 

This is one the hiccups that new, inexperienced users run into a lot.

By: Dan Pihlaja  Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:31:37 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Patrick Gwaltney - When I see this I want to ask a few questions, but I'm not going to this time, I'm just going to make some assumptions btw..

 

1.  User either inexperienced or training program was flawed

2.  Insufficient Hardware

3.  Bottom Up or improper Top Down Modeling practices

4.  Holding Inventor higher then SW here on the forums - proves the above 1,2,3...

 

Do you really need to learn or want to learn SW? If you do then you 'll find out that SW is a pretty good pc of software for the money...

By: John Stoltzfus  Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:47:25 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Can't think of a drawing # right now. Lots of other people have the same issue. Spline doesn't always fix it.

By: Solid Works  Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:56:31 GMT
Re: What *Minor* Bug in SOLIDWORKS Drives You Crazy

Printing ANYTHING in a drawing  after printing a Current Screen Image by selection is always a pain. You always have to choose the new print type go thru the motion of printing it only to have the selection window come up from the previous Current Screen Image which you then have to cancel. Then you have to go back & do the whole print thing again. Been doing this for 3 or 4 releases & reported but still doing it.

By: John Lhuillier  Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:37:00 GMT
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