SolidWorks 2008: FilletXpert

September 10, 2007 9 Comments »
SolidWorks 2008:  FilletXpert

With vacations over with and some due dates met, I’m finally getting some time now to post more reviews of the new features in SolidWorks 2008.  One of the requested subjects from my earlier post looking for feature review ideas was FilletXpert.  FilletXpert is not itself new in SolidWorks 2008, but there has been some really nice functionality added.

Filletxpert_1There are two primary enhancement areas when it comes to FilletXpert.  The first one is the new Fillet Selection Context Toolbar that appears when adding or removing model edges in FilletXpert.  Based on your geometry selection, several options are presented through interactive previews that basically allow mass selection of similar edges based on a few criteria.  Those criteria include an examination of the geometry on the right and left side of the edge, start or end vertex of the edge, or adjacent edges that are recognized as similar.  I won’t say that the context toolbar covers every fillet situation you might be looking for, but it does provide quite a variety of choices.  Overall, I think using this function will be a big timesaver on injection molded parts with many ribs or parts with many similar features that need edge selection for filleting.

CLICK HERE for a video demonstrating the FilletXpert Fillet Selection Context Toolbar.

The second primary enhancement is the CornerXpert.  This tool allows you to change how fillets blend at corners where multiple edges meet.  The cool thing about it is that it can be applied to existing fillet corners.  So far in my testing, I have found that this tool is somewhat limited and that conditions must be right in order for the CornerXpert to work.  The “offical” requirement for the feature is:  “Three constant radius corners of mixed convexity that meets at one vertex.”

CLICK HERE for a video demonstrating the CornerXpert functionality.

That’s all for now.  STAY TUNED!  Much more to come!

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  • HoffY

    Nice blog, appreciated! I'd like to see some info on the new multibody enhancements (bringing in props/desolving mirrored/inserted parts/split part stuff etc). And possibly any enhancements to Weldments if any. :)

  • http://www.rickyjordan.com Ricky Jordan

    HoffY

    Check out the link below for a review of some of the enhancements to Inserted and Mirrored Parts:

    http://www.rickyjordan.com/2007/07/solidworks-20-1.html

    There were also some enhancements to the Split Part functionality that I'll cover in the coming months.

    Thanks for reading!

    Best Regards,

    Ricky Jordan

  • HoffY

    Nice blog, appreciated! I’d like to see some info on the new multibody enhancements (bringing in props/desolving mirrored/inserted parts/split part stuff etc). And possibly any enhancements to Weldments if any. :)

  • http://www.rickyjordan.com Ricky Jordan

    HoffY

    Check out the link below for a review of some of the enhancements to Inserted and Mirrored Parts:

    http://www.rickyjordan.com/2007/07/solidworks-20-1.html

    There were also some enhancements to the Split Part functionality that I’ll cover in the coming months.

    Thanks for reading!

    Best Regards,

    Ricky Jordan

  • Eric

    I was excited when I first saw this CornerXpert function. I have moved to Solidworks from Pro/E in the last year. Pro/E has some excellent corner controls for radii. I was hoping this CornerXpert was the SolidWorks answer. I have yet to get it to work on an outside corner. Even if I did, it doesn't seem to give you many options.

  • Eric

    I was excited when I first saw this CornerXpert function. I have moved to Solidworks from Pro/E in the last year. Pro/E has some excellent corner controls for radii. I was hoping this CornerXpert was the SolidWorks answer. I have yet to get it to work on an outside corner. Even if I did, it doesn’t seem to give you many options.

  • http://www.rickyjordan.com Ricky Jordan

    Eric,

    Can you provide an example of what you are looking for with the CornerXpert? You can e-mail it to me using the E-mail Me link at the top left corner of the screen.

    Best Regards,

    Ricky Jordan
    http://www.rickyjordan.com

  • http://www.rickyjordan.com Ricky Jordan

    Eric,

    Can you provide an example of what you are looking for with the CornerXpert? You can e-mail it to me using the E-mail Me link at the top left corner of the screen.

    Best Regards,

    Ricky Jordan
    http://www.rickyjordan.com

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