We just release Lightning version 2.2. This update comes with database improvements and other new features requested by our users.
Lightning stores all your fastener data in a single database file. By default, we store this file on your C:/ drive, but you can add it to a network drive or add the file to PDM as well.
We now support three location settings in the redesigned Database management window:
With the third option, you can have multiple databases and control which one Lightning uses, just by changing a registry setting. That’s pretty handy if you work for multiple customers that all have their preferred set of fasteners.
We will add even better support for multiple databases soon.
Normally, these database files only get bigger since they don’t really delete data, they only delete the reference to that data. So even if you delete a thousand fasteners, the file size doesn’t go down.
We have now added a Rebuild database button in the Database Management window that completely rebuilds the file. This will make the database file as small as it can be.
Cleaning up the database should not be necessary. It just works and the database file will probably never even reach 20MB. But if you really want to clean it up, now you can.
Managing files is hard. Jon Hirschtick, the founder of SOLIDWORKS and Onshape, even apologized for the fact that every setting in SOLIDWORKS has its own file 😄
So we want to make it easier to notice if a fastener folder or file has been deleted. We now show it in the settings:
As well as in the Select Fastener window:
More speed is always better. So we:
We found and fixed a few bugs:
As always, please let us know when you think you found a bug. We’re not SOLIDWORKS, we actually respond 😉
We would like to help you guide your engineers into choosing bolt sizes that you have in stock. So we will be adding stock sizes soon.
We’re also looking to add tools so you can analyze an assembly and find out which fasteners you need to order, and which of them are already in stock.
If you hate working with fasteners right now then Lightning is made for you. You can add, edit and replace fasteners much faster with this affordable add-in.
We have a 14-day free trial. The add-in contains a helpful getting started video. All features are available during the trial.