SolidWorks eDrawings 2013 18.104.22.168 SP04
A handy and practical visualization application
Created primarily as a CAD viewer, SolidWorks eDrawings is intended for general use and aimed at users who do not require complex CAD software, but an easy-to-use utility that will help them visualize and print drawings.
Needless to say, you can achieve this with any other CAD software, but at much greater costs and at the risk of spending a long time trying to understand how to use such a program.
A simpler solution resides in software such as SolidWorks eDrawings, which provides a more user friendly experience and a good selection of viewing and conversion features.
Can process a large variety of formats
What impressed us the most about SolidWorks eDrawings is the extensive support for CAD formats that includes SolidWorks proprietary formats (SLDPRT, SLDASM, SLDDWR, PRTDOT, ASMDOT, DRWDOT, EPRT, EDRW and EASM), as well as STL, DXF and DWG.
The set of visualization controls provide everything you need to thoroughly explore the layouts and textures of any CAD drawing: zoom, rotate, pan, perspective and shaded views. 3D models can be dynamically visualized, allowing you to distinguish each drawing view, in an animated rotation movement.
Validate, print, or export to several image file types
Individual views can be arranged as you wish, despite their original order, while the 3D pointer smartly identifies and matches the geometry inside multiple drawing views.
In addition, the MoldflowXpress will validate your models, assessing whether they are ready or not for the manufacture process.
Last, but not least, you can convert CAD drawings to several other formats, such as ZIP, EXE, HTM, BMP, TIF, JPG, PNG and GIF via a simple export operation.
On an ending note, SolidWorks eDrawings is more than a CAD viewer, sporting functions that allow you to explore and study the models properly. The number of supported formats offers it a great deal of flexibility while the intuitive interface gets anyone quickly up and running.
Reviewed by Andreea Matei on July 19th, 2014
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- New option in the Print dialog box:
- You can set the Render Model Edges as Vectors option in the Print dialog box when you require presentation quality output, for example, for a PDF document that you expect users to zoom in and out. The option is equivalent to the Normal setting in eDrawings 2009 and earlier.
- Render Model Edges as Vectors is not available for selection when you are printing drawings that contain only high-quality, non-shaded views since eDrawings applies this setting automatically. The option is also unavailable for parts and assembly documents that contain elements that cannot be rendered as vectors, OLE objects, for example.
- Caution: Using Render Model Edges as Vectors for large assemblies or drawings that include complex draft quality views may result in long print times or print failures if your system resources are exceeded.
Application descriptionSolidWorks eDrawings is a software that lets you view and print eDrawings (eDRW, ePRT, eASM), DXF, and DWG format file...