Multiple Contiguous Features In SOLIDWORKS 2020

by Maurice Cherian

Multiple Contiguous Features

New in SOLIDWORKS 2020 you can add multiple contiguous features into an existing folder in the Feature Manager design tree. You can also now place a folder inside another folder. Before when you would attempt to drag multiple features into an existing Folder you would get the following warning message:

Multiple Contiguous Features

SOLIDWORKS has removed that restriction. To drag contiguous features into an existing folder just shift or control select the features and then drag them on top the folder. Pay attention to arrows when dragging features into an existing folder. There are two different icons with different meanings.

When the pointer changes to  you are selecting the folder.

If you see the pointer look like this   that means you are selecting a location above or below the folder.

The next image shows nested Folders (Folder inside Folder).

To drag a folder inside another folder, after you create the second folder, just drag it on top of the “parent” or top level folder. If you see the pointer look like this  that means you have selected it correctly. If you delete the nested folder, the features from deleted folder stay inside the “Parent” folder. From the image above if the “Finishing Features” folder was deleted the last three features would stay inside the “Main Extrude” Folder. You can now create nested folders in assemblies with assembly features.

Adding Additional Features

One nice enhancement here is that you can add additional features into an existing folder. This also applies to one or more features that might have been added after the folders were created. One trick to adding multiple features to an existing folder is to have the folder collapsed to avoid any possible rebuild errors due to SOLIDWORKS trying to erroneously reorder the part features.

Interested in learning more about what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2020, check out our collection of videos here.

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