Improvements to SOLIDWORKS PDM in SOLIDWORKS 2018 introduces a new feature referred to as the ‘branch and merge’ feature. This exciting new feature is quite useful in exploring several design ideas as a means of making a better choice of which design to go with for your component. In this demo, I will be taking you through the basics of using this feature.
Looking below at the seat setup for an RV developed inside SOLIDWORKS.
We can create assemblies of the seat configuration using different parts. In SOLIDWORKS 2018, parts or assemblies can now be branched by simply right clicking on the assembly you would like to have branched and selecting the branch option.
Doing this opens up a window that lets you specify the destination folder. You are also provided with the option of choosing which files you would like to be included in the branch. Once branched, these files remain identical to the source.
From the design options available you can now choose the one you prefer. Once you’ve made your choice, you can click on Merge. SOLIDWORKS PDM automatically identifies the file and merges it as a new version. This is important in case the file had been previously moved to another folder.
Notice that when the assembly is now opened, the new design has been incorporated.
Previously to SOLIDWORKS 2018, designers had issues in copying and changing components, leading to errors in their designs.
As SOLIDWORKS 2018 has made incredible advances in product development this will lead to a reduction in errors, thus making the whole process more efficient.