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Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2020: Envelope Publisher

By Stephen Petrock on March 13, 2020

Envelope publisher in SOLIDWORKS 2020

When you’re creating a design in SOLIDWORKS, it can get very complicated quickly. Going from 1, 10 or even 1,000 parts in an assembly can happen in the blink of an eye. Working on complex assemblies with multiple systems and collaborating between many designers can be a challenge, especially when work needs to reference other sub-assemblies. Now, with SOLIDWORKS 2020, you can use the new Envelope Publisher tool to make dealing with complex, large assemblies easy.

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The Envelope Publisher Tool in SOLIDWORKS

You can use the Envelope Publisher tool to include components from a top-level assembly as envelopes in a sub-assembly to make it easy to reference those components while working in a sub-assembly. Previous workflows would either have work done at the top-level assembly or by creating duplicate parts in sub-assemblies. This added significant time and could be difficult to manage.

Assemblies in SOLIDWORKS

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Envelopes have been around for years, and have long been a great tool for referring components that do not affect calculations or BOMs. With the new Envelope Publisher in SOLIDWORKS 2020, envelopes are no longer limited to components in the same assembly. Now, you can simply select the components needed for reference and a destination assembly. Once the envelope is created, we can open the same destination assembly to complete the task.

Envelope publisher in SOLIDWORKS 2020

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Now, it is easy to finish all the sub-assembly design work in one place. You can add a reference geometry or mate directly to the envelope components, ensuring the design will fit in the top-level assembly. Envelope Publisher makes it simple to work collaboratively in large assemblies and be assured design work will fit together seamlessly.

Watch our video below to learn more about this tool in SOLIDWORKS 2020.


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