SOLIDWORKS PDM Branch and Merge Function
Exploring new design ideas is an important way to refine a design, and now with the new Branch and Merge capability of SOLIDWORKS PDM, this task is a breeze. Regardless of its release state, parts, assemblies, or drawings can be branched, and their structure is recognized. The destination folder can be defined, as well as a prefix or suffix for the filename, and individual files can be included or excluded from the branch.
Branching creates copies of files which allows for multiple variations of the source file to be connected to their source. Each variation can be worked on to explore different design changes. The changes can then be merged with the source file.
Right-click the assembly and choose Branch.
Enter the branch name and select the part that you want to branch. In my example, I have selected a hinge.
- Give a new file name for the branch part e.g. P-002967-new branch.SLDPRT
- Click Branch to continue
The branch part will be created.
Open the part in SOLIDWORKS and modify the design by changing the radius of the fillet.
Once you are ready to merge the part back with the assembly. Right-click the file and choose Merge.
Click Merge to continue the merging.
After merging, the assembly will show the updated hinge design.
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