This is a major update.
We added more automatic dimensions.
We added a bunch of improvements for annotations.
All for your drawing pleasure 🙂
Drew is our drawing automation add-in for SOLIDWORKS.
SOLIDWORKS hasn’t really improved the drawing tools over the last few years, so we decided to improve them ourselves.
We help you capture your company preferences in software, then let you create drawings with those preferences.
That allows you to start and edit 2D drawings twice as fast.
We have just released another update for Drew: version 2.9
We love weldments and we want to support engineers that use them.
We could already add outer dimensions (and a thickness dimension for sheet metal bodies), but from now on, we can also add angle dimensions for weldments.
There are no specific settings for this. Just enable Add outer dimensions for body sheets (if you haven’t already) and the angle dimensions will start showing up.
They might not always look this pretty, by the way. We’ll improve the positioning over time.
It now only takes a single click (on an annotation in the task pane) to add it to the sheet. Drew stores the annotation’s preferred position (bottom-left, above the title block, etc) and adds the note at that position.
This is already great because you don’t have to drag it onto the sheet.
But we made it even better now. Because when you add or remove a view from your drawing sheet (using Drew), we will move the block or note in the opposite direction. It’s so simple, but we love it.
The result is that the annotation stays on the same spot on the sheet, even though it is still linked to a view.
This is the second big improvement for annotations in this update.
We made it possible to stack multiple blocks and notes on top of each other.
Just click a bunch of buttons and we’ll take care of the rest.
It doesn’t even matter if the annotations are linked to the sheet or to a view.
If you want to add two annotations to the same corner, you can set the order in the settings.
The founder of SOLIDWORKS, Jon Hirschtick, recently said that he regrets storing all SOLIDWORKS settings in individual files.
And while Drew also stores its settings in a text file, that doesn’t stop us from taking advantage of modern web technologies.
So we made sharing a lot simpler. We call it One-Click Sharing because it takes only one click to make your settings accessible to others.
We only upload the Drew settings file and nothing else. We don’t just share your sheet formats or drawing templates.
After 24 hours, we automatically remove the file from our server. Our original plan was to do this after 15 minutes, but that requires some more work. We’ll do this soon.
Even though Drew is meant for drawings, we were still looking for some useful tools for the part/assembly panel. This is one of them.
We added six buttons. Click one and Drew finds the standard plane, creates a new sketch, changes the orientation to Normal To and executes a Zoom To Fit.
We made dozens of improvements under the hood, including some major ones. These are the changes that you might notice, though:
We noticed a few bugs in the past months and fixed all of them:
Version 3.0 is next! It’s going so fast, we have already released 35 versions of Drew over the past few years.
We’re going to add a bunch of new batch tools, both for assembly drawings and for multi-body part drawings. And as always, we’ll make a bunch of tiny tweaks to remove sharp edges from the product.