There are a lot of exciting features with this big update. Many of these come straight from user feedback, so we hope you enjoy them!
Creating holes is now much easier using the new Hole feature. Simple holes as well as counterbored and countersunk holes can now be created by sketching simple points and using the Hole feature to define the size of the holes. The Hole feature is smart enough to locate correctly even when the hole intersects complex geometry, such as a hanging lip or non-planar face.
The new Derived feature allows you to insert a part (and its mate connectors), sketch, plane, or helix from another Part Studio into the current Part Studio. This allows you to bring two pieces from different Part Studios together, which is very useful when multi-part modelling. The Derived feature is linked to the original and updates when changes are made.
Mate motion can now be restricted with Mate Limits. In all mates except Ball and Fasten, you will now see a new “Limits” checkbox. After you check “Limits,” you will be given an option to specify minimum and maximum values in all directions that your mate has freedom.
Materials can now be applied to parts in your Part Studio. Right click the part (or parts) in the Feature List and select “Assign Material.” A dialog then pops up with a list of materials to choose from. You can scroll through the list, or search for materials by name or type. With Materials, we have also added Mass as a field in the Measure tool. So you can now find the weight of your part(s) or assemblies.
Import DXF/DWG Into a Sketch
In the sketch toolbar, you will now see the “Import DXF or DWG” command. This will allow you to import a DXF/DWG into the current sketch. The DXF/DWG must first be uploaded to the Document.
Export Assembly as STL
You can now export assemblies as STL files. When you export an assembly, a new option for “STL” will be available. You also have the option to “Export parts as individual files.”
Sketch Constraint Visibility
Sketch constraints that are over-defined or have missing external references are much more visible and easily selectable than in previous versions. Priority has been given to these problem constraints so that they do not incidentally end up behind a mate that is not failing.