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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)


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.

Finally enjoy your SolidWorks 2013!!

Every fall, a new version of SolidWorks is unveiled with exciting and useful new functionality that goes into every release. Over 90% of enhancements are driven by customer requests. That’s true for 2013 as well, but this year might be a little more exciting than usual.

SolidWorks 2013 includes some really cool new capabilities that customers have been requesting for a while. Some of the new functionality to be watched are:

  • Conic Sketch – This gives you full control over shapes for smooth transitions between existing geometries.
  • Intersect Feature – You can quickly add or remove geometry without sketching.
  • Varying Dimension Patterns – Helps you save time creating patterns, increases design flexibility, and reduces the number of features needed for models.
  • Section View Assist – Speeds the creation of production drawings for faster and more consistent section views.

With SolidWorks 2013, users will experience:

SolidWorks users have been taking about optimizing the performance of a SolidWorks installation and maximize design team productivity and SolidWorks 2013 includes tool and options to do that. These include:

  • CAD Administrator Dashboard – This helps simplify management and troubleshooting of multiple SolidWorks users within a company from a single aggregated view.
  • Simulation Sub-Modeling and Incremental Meshing – You can more accurately perform precise simulation analysis for specific areas of large and complex models, and do it faster and more efficiently.
  • Network Rendering for PhotoView 360 – This helps you save time with faster rendering of photorealistic images by networking multiple computers to share the computational load.

In addition to above, there are also some more new tools that help you work and collaborate with other people on your design team, vendors, and other supply chain partners. These include updates for improved connectivity, enhanced viewing capabilities, and expanded sharing of designs and data, such as:

  • Previous Release Interoperability – Starting with SolidWorks 2013, you can collaborate with customers, suppliers, and internal teams with the ability to open SolidWorks files directly with SolidWorks 2012 (SP5). Users can work more efficiently and improve collaboration and file exchange, reducing delays and easing the transition to the latest release.
  • SolidWorks Enterprise Product Data Management Workflow – Route documents and contact users more efficiently to reduce delays and accelerate time-to-market.
  • DraftSight/SolidWorks Enterprise PDM Integration – Access DWG files within SolidWorks EPM from the DraftSight user interface, and leverage 2D into the design process.
  • eDrawings — You can measure, select and markup  designs from anywhere using a mobile device.

Here is a extrac t from CEO Bertrand Sicot’s perspective on SolidWorks 2013:

“But the SolidWorks community is not about numbers—it’s about people. Our mission is to make it easy for you to bring the ideas in your head to life, as well as help to prepare the next generation of engineers and designers for success. SolidWorks is currently being taught in over 25,000 schools worldwide, including 72% of the world’s top universities, as well as a growing number of high schools, and even middle schools.

In closing, I would like to thank our customers for helping us get to where we are today. Helping you make the designs that change the world is truly what motivates all of us. I would also like to thank all of the SolidWorks resellers and solution partners who are helping SolidWorks customers every day. You are an important part of the SolidWorks community, and we appreciate everything you do.

And finally, thank you to every SolidWorks employee past and present. You are the best team in the industry, and I’m looking forward to more amazing things in years to come.

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 Sneak Peek: Any Component as Envelope

With almost 2 days to go for the release of SolidWorks 2013, here is one more interesting feature to share with you. SolidWorks 2013 gives you the ability to make envelopes from subassemblies. Workflow improvements include designating components as envelopes as you insert them into assemblies, and changing components to or from envelopes at any time. New options let you adjust envelope visibility and load envelopes as lightweight or read-only.

A quick video on the new feature

Need more on what’s new in SolidWorks 2013, visit new SolidWorks 2013 website to see all the major updates when it launches on September 10, 2012.

SolidWorks 2013 Sneak Peek: Exclude Components During Interference Detection

With only few days left for the big event i.e. release of SolidWorks 2013, here is another cool feature of SolidWorks 2013. You can exclude selected components in Interference Detection  in SolidWorks 2013, . You can filter components with matching cosmetic threads from Interference Detection results and place them in a separate folder. You can exclude interferences involving hidden components, as well as exclude selected components from Interference Detection results. Optionally, you can specify to remember components to exclude from session to session.

This video shows how this applies to cosmetic threads.

Need more on what’s new in SolidWorks 2013, visit new SolidWorks 2013 website to see all the major updates when it launches on September 10, 2012.