SolidWorks Bounding Box, Best Underrated 2013 Feature

The most underrated new feature in SolidWorks 2013, “The 3D Boundary Box!”.

If you missed it, don’t worry. No one will blame you even if you attended your SolidWorks resellers 2013 Rollout or you studied the “What’s New 2013” found under the help drop down.Reason is that this feature has been camouflaged as an Weldment feature, but it is so much more.

If you are like me, cut lists, square tubing and welding takes 2nd place compared to the smell of coolant and chips slamming against the Plexiglas. The new bounding box feature found under SolidWorks Weldments might not seem like worth taking a look at…Well, Wrong!

SolidWorks had all the reasons to present this feature as a weldment. The example introduced was a quick way to update the description field in a weldment cut lists with Length x With x Thickness of a giving part and this is defiantly a cool function.

However for me this feature came as the answer to a function I know many CAD/CAM User have asked for “Give me my stock size” Well, here it is. Check out this short video where we will dive into the most underrated feature of SolidWorks 2013.

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  • Göran

    That one I would never have found on myself!

    Can I get the box into the drawing as well?

    Can I link the volume of the box? So I need how much material I need for the part, including the scrap?

  • Hi Göran. Thank you for your comment. The answer is yes. The bounding box is just a 3D sketch you can show and dimension like any other sketch.

  • Phil L

    Thanks for posting this video, I was looking for a way to find a build envolope for 3D printing and this worked perfect.

  • Never thought about 3D Printing Phil, Fantastic

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