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SOLIDWORKS 2015: Mid Point Line

SOLIDWORKS 2015: Mid Point Line

 
One of the cool enhancement users have been asking for: Mid Point Line in sketch. You can now create a line that is symmetrical from the midpoint of the line.

SW2015 Mid Point Line

Here is a quick video showing two options to draw a midpoint line.

 

SW2015 Icon

SOLIDWORKS 2015 New Cool Icon with Year

 

Starting with SOLIDWORKS 2015, the SOLIDWORKS Icon has now year mentioned in the icon. This is a really nice enhancement, specially for people using multiple SOLIDWORKS versions on same machine.

SW2015 Icon

This would have been further nice if same thing has been done with other icons like eDrawings, SOLIDWORKS Inspection. Click on the following pictures to download the respective icons I’ve created for myself.

eDRAWINGS2015 Icon SWINSP2015 Icon

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SOLIDWORKS 2015

Blast Out of Beta SOLIDWORKS 2015 is HERE…

 

Explore SOLIDWORKS 2015

SOLIDWORKS 2015 has finally come out of beta and SOLIDWORKS 2015 PR1 has been released. There are lot of sweet candies to enjoy with. SOLIDWORKS 2015 includes many enhancements and improvements, most in direct response to customer requests.

Here are some of my Favorites:

  1. Customize context-sensitive Toolbars Customize context-sensitive Toolbars
  2. Selection Context Toolbar Selection Context Toolbar
  3. Setting Multiple Dimensions to Driven Setting Multiple Dimensions to Driven
  4. Status Bar Display of Cylinder Diameter Status Bar Display of Cylinder Diameter
  5. Visualization Tool for References Visualization Tool for References
  6. Using Intersection Zones in Section Views Using Intersection Zones in Section Views
  7. Model Break Views Model Break Views
  8. Chain Pattern Chain Pattern
  9. Editing Limit Mate Values in the Graphics Area Editing Limit Mate Values in the Graphics Area
  10. Radial Explode Radial Explode
  11. Prevent Angle Mates from flipping Prevent Angle Mates from flipping
  12. Profile Center Mate Profile Center Mate
  13. Enhanced Width Mates Enhanced Width Mates
  14. Saving Component Instances as New Files
  15. Treehouse Treehouse
  16. Location Labels for Views Location Labels for Views
  17. Angle Dimension Using an Imaginary Line Angle Dimension Using an Imaginary Line
  18. Create a 180° Angle Dimension Create a 180° Angle Dimension
  19. Zoom to Sheet in Drawings Zoom to Sheet in Drawings
  20. Feedback for Balloon Asterisks Feedback for Balloon Asterisks
  21. Spline leader in notes and balloons Spline leader in notes and balloons
  22. Enhanced eDrawings Enhanced eDrawings
  23. Directly 3D Printing from SOLIDWORKS Directly 3D Printing from SOLIDWORKS
  24. SOLIDWORKS MBD SOLIDWORKS MBD
  25. Previewing Hidden Bodies or Components Previewing Hidden Bodies or Components
  26. Creating Planes Normal to View Orientation Creating Planes Normal to View Orientation
  27. Flattening Surfaces Flattening Surfaces
  28. Enhanced Move Face Enhanced Move Face
  29. Controlling Linear Patterns with Reference Geometry Controlling Linear Patterns with Reference Geometry
  30. Changing Features/Faces to Bodies in Patterns Changing Features/Faces to Bodies in Patterns
  31. Variable Patterns Variable Patterns
  32. Lofted bends from sketches on non-parallel planes Lofted bends from sketches on non-parallel planes
  33. Include the sheet metal information in the mirrored model Include the sheet metal information in the mirrored model
  34. Adding Centerlines to Rectangles Adding Centerlines to Rectangles
  35. Equidistant Points and Segments Equidistant Points and Segments
  36. Midpoint Line Midpoint Line
  37. Select Chain for Construction Geometry Select Chain for Construction Geometry
  38. Enhanced Create Assembly from Multibody Part or Cut List
  39. Cut List Folder Names Inherited from DESCRIPTION Property Cut List Folder Names Inherited from DESCRIPTION Property
  40. Enhanced Gussets Enhanced Gusset
  41. Weld bead on a single body Weld bead on a single body

P.S. The new enhancements listed above will depend on the release of SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP 0 and may change.

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SOLIDWORKS 2015

SolidWorks 2014 Teasers

SolidWorks 2014 will be officially unveiled on September 9, 2013 and while you’re waiting for the big reveal, here are quick peeks at some of the new features (I’m sure you’re going to love them)

SW2014

No Edge Bleed-Through for Thin Parts

SolidWorks 2014 now eliminates this problem with a new System Option to optimize hidden line removal for thin parts. This provides clearer visual feedback on the geometry and the exterior components. It also allows for more stunning screen captures directly from SolidWorks.

SolidWorks 2014: No Edge Bleed-Through for Thin Parts

Replace Model View

You can now easily replace the model references in any drawing view using Replace Model View. This streamlined approach to changing document references not only reduces the needed steps, but can also prevent drawings referencing the wrong part or assembly. This tool also makes creating a drawing similar to an existing one, but referencing a different document incredibly simple and significantly faster.

SolidWorks 2014: Replace Model View

Lock Rotation for Cylindrical Mates

SolidWorks 2014 introduces a new option that allows you to optionally lock rotation when adding cylindrical mates. This lock rotation eliminates the step of adding an extra mate to fully define components that are constraints with cylindrical mates which is ideal for components such as fasteners and bearings.

SolidWorks 2014: Lock Rotation for Cylindrical Mates

Consistent Patterning Tools

Assemblies now offer the same patterning capabilities available at the part level, with sketch and curve-driven options added in SolidWorks 2014. One key feature is curve-driven patterns. It’s now possible to pattern components or subassemblies along curves in an assembly. This makes creation of patterns, such chains and conveyor systems, faster and easier than ever before.

SolidWorks 2014: Consistent Patterning Tools

Reference Plane Normal Condition

When creating or editing planes in SolidWorks, you will now have the opportunity to specify the direction of the plane’s “normal.” This setting controls the orientation of any other feature or sketch created using this plane. Control over this new capability is a simple checkbox found in the Property Manager for a Reference Plane.

SolidWorks 2014: Reference Plane Normal Condition

Path Length Dimension

The Path Length Dimension is an entirely new dimension available in sketches. It allows the creation of a path in a sketch to define the exact length of an item like a chain or belt. Like all dimensions in SolidWorks, its value can be parametrically controlled in a variety of ways including equations.

SolidWorks 2014: Path Length Dimension

Sketch Picture Scale Tool

The Sketch Picture Scale Tool makes it easy to properly scale the size and position of images inserted into a sketch, saving significant amounts of time and frustration. This new tool allows users to make use of known reference points in the image, which often provide an understanding of size. Using these known points, users simply enter the corresponding value–the image resizes accordingly. Likewise, rotation of the image is provided within the same tool, to capture proper orientation of the sketch.

SolidWorks 2014: Sketch Picture Scale Tool

Network Rendered Animations

With this new release, SolidWorks Subscription Services customers can share the load of rendering animation frames with PhotoView 360. You’re now able to render frames in parallel across multiple computers on your network. The time needed to create photo-realistic animations of designs and mechanisms is drastically reduced with this powerful capability.

SolidWorks 2014: Network Rendered Animations

Results Interaction in Simulation

SolidWorks Simulation puts results control at your fingertips with fantastic enhancements for interacting with results. You can now:

• Modify Chart Definition, Chart Options, and Settings from just one Property Manager;
• Directly edit the minimum and maximum values on plot legends;
• Get access to the Mesh Display, Deformed Result, Probe, Section Clipping, Iso Clipping, List Selected, and Fringe Options of the plot by right-clicking in the plot legend on the graphics screen.

SolidWorks 2014: Results Interaction in Simulation

Be sure to bookmark the new SolidWorks 2014 website and check back on September 9 to see all of the new features and enhancements

Using Modo materials in PhotoView 360 2013

This was a cool option which many of us enjoyed during SolidWorks 2013 beta testing. The option is again available via SolidWorks Customer portal for subscription customer. Here are the quick steps to enjoy these with PhotoView 360 2013

- Login to the customer portal.

- Click the “PhotoView 360 Appearances” link in the Download section

- Click the “SolidWorks Asset Sharing” site link

- Luxology site will open up. Go to Assets

- Download a material asset. I’ve downloaded “Wolf Fur”

- Unzip to a folder

- Make sure said folder is a “custom” folder in the list of appearances (click add custom location if not)

- Drag, Drop, have fun!!

Here is a quick preview of the rendering. You might have to adjust size of model and/or other rendering settings to get the desired results.

Watch this video for a complete walk through and some extra information

Learn more about SolidWorks 2013 (no registration required) and if you’re interested in attending a live seminar on SolidWorks 2013, visit: http://www.solidworks.com/launch/find-a-seminar.htm

                      

SolidWorks 2013 What’s New – Quick Filter

With SolidWorks 2013, you now get the option to quickly filter the type of SolidWorks file (part, assembly or drawing) you want to open.

This helps you quickly pick the file you to want. You can filter between Parts, Assemblies, Drawings or Top level assemblies.

 

 

 

Choose the file type and enjoy working with SolidWorks.

Need more on what’s new in SolidWorks 2013, visit new SolidWorks 2013 website to see all the major updates.

SolidWorks 2013 What’s New – Multiple Versions

With SolidWorks 2013, you now get the option to decide which version of SolidWorks you want to open your files.

Whenever you double-click on a SolidWorks file (part, assembly or drawing) in windows explorer (and SolidWorks is not running), you’ll get a pop up window asking you to choose which version you want to open you file with.

For e.g. if your machine has SolidWorks 2012 and 2013 installed, the pop window will prompt you to choose which version you want to open the file with. This is very helpful for people working with multiple versions of SolidWorks on the same machine. The option will help you to decide which version of SolidWorks you want to work with. This will also reduce the risk of saving a lower version file into higher version (though with the Previous Release Interoperability option you can open SW2013 file in SW2012 SP5)

Need more on what’s new in SolidWorks 2013, visit new SolidWorks 2013 website to see all the major updates.