Sneak Peek 2016: Copying Multiple Components

Every year SOLIDWORKS releases a new version of its flagship product, and last year, a new tradition was born here on the Blogs. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be taking a Sneak Peek at 15 new features here on the SOLIDWORKS Blog, and then we’ll be following them up with short, detailed videos on the functionality over on the SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog beginning September 23rd. Until then, you can learn more about SOLIDWORKS 2016 by clicking the banner above and checking out the Launch Site.

Sneak Peek 2016: Copy Paste multiple components

Copying Multiple Components

You can copy several components at a time and retain the mates between them. Mates that exist between the selected components are retained between the new instances. For example, let’s say you have an assembly with hardware. You’ve inserted a screw and two washers and mated them together, but they are three separate components (not a subassembly). You want to create another instance of each of them and retain the mates between them. In the FeatureManager design tree, Ctrl + select or Shift + select the components to copy. Ctrl + drag the selected components and drop them in the graphics area. New instances of the components are created. Mates that exist between the selected components are retained between the new instances.

If you want to see more of the 15 Features Coming in SOLIDWORKS 2016 blog series, you can check in on the announcement post from August 3, 2015 where we will be updating and adding links to each of these posts as they go live. Thanks for reading!

Rachel Diane York

Rachel Diane York

Community and User Advocacy Manager at SOLIDWORKS
I was the founding member of the Tech Valley SOLIDWORKS User Group and a huge fan of our fantastic Community. I've taught and provided technical support for SOLIDWORKS as well as presented at many user group events. In my spare time I enjoy: billiards, reading, and playing video games. Please feel free to reach out!
Rachel Diane York
Rachel Diane York
  • Jeff Carnevali

    Please provide a button so we seasoned users who enjoy color on our tools and icons may easily change back to the older established icon colors. The all blue / grey is problematic. Remember Windows 8 and how that went over among the established users.