SOLIDWORKS 2019: Bill of Materials (BOM) Enhancements

It’s Autumn. 

The evenings are shorter, the days cooler. Football and hockey seasons are ramping up. Monotonous green landscapes turn into a panoply of colors as leaves, soon to be raked, exalt in one final boastful display.

Aw, the heck with that stuff. The new release of SOLIDWORKS is out!

Yes, dear friends, it’s that time of year, when our marketing mavens and social media masters gather all of us tech brainiacs into a meeting and ask us to write about our favorite new features. 

Silhouette of a horse rider herding cats
Figure 1: Marketing rounds up blog ideas from tech staff.

New, Favorite SOLIDWORKS Features

It’s easy to cover new SOLIDWORKS features, right? I mean, we live for this stuff, don’t we? The only problem is…we’ve already written about our top 10 new features in SOLIDWORKS Mechanical CAD. And Electrical CAD. And Simulation. And the all-important Document Management. What’s left?

As the radio DJs say, time to take a deeper dive. I’m going to spin the wheel of “favorite feature fortune” and…look…it’s landed on…Bill Of Material enhancements!

Bill of Material (BOM) Enhancements

Preview in BOM
Figure 2: Preview in BOM

Exact Preview of Selected Item

As you can see in Figure 2, now when you expand the left side of a BOM, instead of the all-too-familiar simple part or assembly icon, you are greeted with…an actual preview of the exact item.

But, you’re thinking, I’d like to see that in the exported Excel spreadsheet. Certainly that can’t be possible!

Data Exports into Excel

Oh, ye of little faith, once again we find the SOLIDWORKS programmers are one step ahead of us! In fact, we’re given an option:

Include File Image Selected
Figure 3: Checking the “Include File Image” option when saving a BOM to Excel.

Value-Added Data

Lastly, here in the following figure is a sample output of the spreadsheet including the part and/or assembly snapshot. How much value can this add to all the consumers of this data? It’s a very nice touch, I think we’ll all agree.

Sample data output of the spreadsheet
Figure 4: Sample data output of the spreadsheet.

More to Come

This was not the first, nor I’m sure the last, of our continuing coverage of new features in SOLIDWORKS 2019. Check back and visit our blog often for more updates!


Meet the Author

Sam Hochberg

Sam thrives on showing people how to make better stuff, faster. He consults students and customers through this process with pre- and post-sale discussions and implementation of their CAD tools. Forever a teacher and trainer, Sam enjoys empowering others through providing technical knowledge and product solutions.

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