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SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP 4.0 EV (Early Visibility) is available for download

SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP 4.0 EV is available for download

This service pack is now available to Subscription Service customers. To download, click here or log into the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal at https://customerportal.SOLIDWORKS.com and click Download Software and Updates to get access to the update.

Also make sure you’re registered for Early Visibility Program*

For registering for Early Visibility Program, log into your SOLIDWORKS Portal account, go to my profile and select the option “Notify me for EV (Early Visibility) access” under My Preferences.

*P.S: Login required for access. Full access requires an active Subscription Service contract.

Notes:

– Performance reporting is turned on for EV releases.
– Report critical problems to SOLIDWORKS Technical Support at evis@SOLIDWORKS.com
– The full version is scheduled 3-4 weeks after the EV version and is subject to change without notice.

SOLIDWORKS 2016 Beta Arriving Soon!!

Each new release of SOLIDWORKS is preceded by a beta program. The idea is to allow users to try the new functionality, and lets SOLIDWORKS gather the feedback before the release is finalized. DS SOLIDWORKS is gearing up for releasing SOLIDWORKS 2016 Beta (will be launched in late June 2015).

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You are under a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) during the Beta period. You cannot share any information about the prototype SOLIDWORKS products during this period.

SOLIDWORKS 2016 includes hundreds of new user-driven enhancements that will help you:

  • Design – Focus on your design, not the software
  • Validate – Solve complex problems faster and easier
  • Collaborate – Streamline your parallel design processes
  • Build – Fast-track your designs to manufacturing

But “Why one should Participate”??

The Beta Program is your opportunity to influence the quality, performance, and usability of SOLIDWORKS products. The R&D and management teams want to hear from you, and they are available to listen and react to your feedback in the Beta Forum. SOLIDWORKS beta team appreciate the valuable time you invest in testing SOLIDWORKS software. And as a way of thanking you for your efforts, there are several exciting contests where you can win valuable prizes.

DS SOLIDWORKS‘s Team’s objective is to provide you with early access to the next version of SOLIDWORKS so you tell them about issues specific to your environment, data and workflows that would impact your migration experience.

But what Else??

How to Participate

SOLIDWORKS 2016 Beta programs will be listed on this page as they become available. Register for Beta by creating a Customer Portal account or update your existing account settings to join Beta. Select “Notify me of Beta Programs” in your Customer Portal profile.

Your SOLIDWORKS Subscription Service status must be valid and active in order to participate in Beta Programs.

What is included?

  1. Access to Beta Downloads
  2. Beta Forum access where you can contribute to public discussions with other participants and SOLIDWORKS staff
  3. Problem reporting

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Get more details here and join today. If you have any questions then please email the SOLIDWORKS Beta Team at beta@solidworks.com or visit http://www.solidworks.com/beta

SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP 3.0 EV (Early Visibility) is available for download

SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP 3.0 EV is available for download

This service pack is now available to Subscription Service customers. To download, click here or log into the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal at https://customerportal.SOLIDWORKS.com and click Download Software and Updates to get access to the update.

Also make sure you’re registered for Early Visibility Program*

For registering for Early Visibility Program, log into your SOLIDWORKS Portal account, go to my profile and select the option “Notify me for EV (Early Visibility) access” under My Preferences.

*P.S: Login required for access. Full access requires an active Subscription Service contract.

Notes:

– Performance reporting is turned on for EV releases.
– Report critical problems to SOLIDWORKS Technical Support at evis@SOLIDWORKS.com
– The full version is scheduled 3-4 weeks after the EV version and is subject to change without notice.

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 Model Mania powered by NVIDIA

Model Mania is a SOLIDWORKS modeling contest for the resellers and users held during SOLIDWORKS World. This is a timed event that tests the ability to model a part then make some engineering changes to the model.  Usually, each contestant has 20 minutes to model the part and make the changes.  Prizes (sponsored by NVIDIA ) are awarded for the top 3 contestants in each category (Resellers and Users).

All of the entries are judged on accuracy first, and time second, because in the real world, it doesn’t matter how fast you get something done if it’s not right.

Here are the Stage 1 and 2 drawings for this year’s SOLIDWORKS World Model Mania contest.

The awesome prizes sponsored by NVIDIA

And finally congrats to all the winners

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I enjoyed and had a great time at SOLIDWORKS World 2015 and I hope to meet you again at SOLIDWORKS World 2016 in Dallas from January 31st – February 3rd, 2016.

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 Top Ten List

Every year SOLIDWORKS users around the world submit their ideas on how SOLIDWORKS software can be improved further to meet their needs and requirements. Users are allowed to submit as many idea as they want. This year close to 972 ideas were submitted (almost twice than what was done last year) and then users are requested to vote for best ideas. Based on the voting, top ideas are picked for the SOLIDWORKS World Top Ten list.

 

I always try to add ides/enhancement request based on what I feel can be used by most SOLIDWORKS users. Bruce Holway, SOLIDWORKS R&D Application Define Director, introduced the results in a video featuring cameos from SOLIDWORKS World 2015 keynote speakers.

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This year’s Top Ten ideas include:

1. Support zero thickness geometry

2. Bidirectional sweep

3. Export sheet metal parts of an assembly to dxf/dwg in flat state

4. Selection list box is too small; should be bigger or flexible in size

5. Display the exact item causing the error

6. Ability to make the inferred relations permanent in sketch

7. Selecting inner loops on a selected face

8. Both direction pattern

9. Topology optimization from Tosca for all engineers

10. Variable pull direction draft

I enjoyed and had a great time at SOLIDWORKS World 2015 and I hope to meet you again at SOLIDWORKS World 2016 in Dallas from January 31st – February 3rd, 2016.

SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP 2.0 is available for download!

SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP 2.0 is available for download

This service pack is available to Subscription Service customers. To download, click here or log into the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal at https://customerportal.solidworks.com and click Download Software and Updates to get access to the update. For a listing of SPR’s fixed in this Service Pack, click here.

P.S: Login required for access. Full access requires an active Subscription Service contract.

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 App is Now Available

We’re just 2 weeks away from SOLIDWORKS World 2015 which will be held February 8-11, 2015 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Join over 5,000 CAD software users who will descend on the 6th largest city in the USA to hear from a wide range of speakers and learn the latest about SOLIDWORKS. Register today!!

SOLIDWORKS World 2015

And guess what, after a great success in SOLIDWORKS World 2012 and 2013, SOLIDWORKS World App is back for both Android and iOS.

Developed by Double Dutch, the app is now available in both the Play Store for Android & App store for iOS.

Here is a quick over view of the app.

Get All Details of Conference Schedule

General Session Details with Key Speaker

Every Day Agenda

Session Details

Speaker Details

Exhibitor List and Details

Attendees (you can follow others too and see who is following you)

Floor Plans for easy navigation thru the Convention Center

Social Media to get connected to other and see the regular updates

Apart from this, get general information about Phoenix, Places to Dine at, Directions, Parking etc. Everything is at your finger click. The above images are from iPhone app. Nice job by SOLIDWORKS World team in bringing back some thing everyone would love at SOLIDWORKS World 2015.

Stay tuned for more coverage of SOLIDWORKS World 2015!

SOLIDWORKS World 2015.

PS–be sure to follow SOLIDWORKS and hashtag #SWW15 on Twitter for regular news and updates.