SOLIDWORKS has made it so easy for us to access our favorite things throughout the user interface. We’ve already discussed how we can use Mouse Gestures and the S-key to access our favorite commands and views, with just a click or swipe of a button. There are many other ways to quickly access and set other types of information about your designs.
These are a few of my favorite… Materials!
Ever notice the long list of various materials to choose from when you right-click the material callout at the top of your feature tree? Well you can customize that list to have whatever materials you want to populate it by default!
Simply chose the option to “manage favorites”, which will open the Materials dialog, allowing you add your most commonly used materials from the drop-down list. Notice, this is part of the “Favorites” tab of the Materials dialog, which is accessible any time you access the SOLIDWORKS Materials Library.
These are a few of my favorite… Holes!
For a long time now, your most commonly used hole types could be saved and accessed easily, so you don’t need to set up your hole parameters every time you draw a new hole. These hole favorites can even be saved as files in a common network location so that everyone you collaborate with is uniform in their hole selection.
Now in 2017, SOLIDWORKS has introduced an Advanced Hole feature that allows users to create holes with complex near-side and far-side geometry requirements. The power we derive from creating these customized holes in one single feature is further compounded by the time savings achieved by defining favorites for advanced holes.
These are a few of my favorite… Fasteners!
As of 2016, your favorite fasteners can easily be defined by a simple drag-and-drop from the Toolbox library in the Task Pane. You’ll find a Favorites folder exists now at the top of list of standards. You can combine any list of favorite fastener in this easy to access location and you can even create sub-folders to help keep them organized.
These are a few of my favorite… Features!
Throughout your design process, some features are edited more often than others. These are the types of features we tend to rename to help identify them in the feature tree as quickly as possible, but complex parts with long feature trees still make it hard to locate the exact feature you’re looking for. Now we have the ability to add specific features to a “Favorites” folder that resides at the top of your feature tree. To do this, simply right click the feature and chose “Add to Favorites”.
These are a few of my favorite… Scenes!
I like to play around with difference background scenes, depending on the part I’m working with, it’s material appearance, and what kind of lighting I want to apply. There is a list of commonly used scenes that can easily be accessed in the heads up menu, so you can quickly apply a plain white background, soft lighting with a soft shadow, or even put your part in one of many environments like a kitchen or garage. And of course once you discover your favorite scenes, you can customize the list and easily switch between them!