SolidWorks 2015 announced: 90% of updates ‘customer requests’

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An automatic flatten feature in SolidWorks 2015 can help improve manufacturability of products with compound curvature

Dassault Systèmes’ widely used SolidWorks 3D design CAD software is ready for 2015, with the initial reports suggesting that it’s aiming to please existing users.

“We’ve listened to our users and noted how, as their business success grows, their design needs rapidly expand,” said Bertrand Sicot, SolidWorks CEO. “This is why we are so attentive to our users’ needs.

“More than 90 per cent of the functionality in SolidWorks 2015 has been directly requested by customers. SolidWorks 2015 is a testament to our ongoing commitment to users,” he punched home for good effect.
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As a solution to connect further with users, new feature MySolidWorks has been pushed front and centre as a ‘place for all things’ where you can watch videos, read white papers, share and showcase information about the product.

Available in Standard and Professional capacity, MySolidWorks promises more than 100 hours of SOLIDWORKS training materials and online file exchange services.

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SolidWorks’ commitment to improve everyday productivity offers to focus on “design, not modelling” with new features that reduce geometry creation steps.

Elsewhere faster information sharing, with faster analysis and streamlined approaches should give users the data to quickly make design decisions.

The new Treehouse feature in SolidWorks 2015 lets you build and edit a CAD structure by dragging and dropping SolidWorks components in a graphical user interface

A list of further improvements has been released, including our picks:

– An improved user interface
– SolidWorks Simulation: new load case manager interface within a Static study allows you to define secondary load combinations from primary load definitions and evaluate the effects of various load combinations on the model
– Collaborative Sharing: easy access social collaboration and online data management tools on the 3DExperience platform
– Treehouse: lets you build and edit a CAD structure by dragging and dropping SolidWorks components in a graphical user interface
– SolidWorks Model Based Definition: help to improve communication between design and manufacturing teams through product and manufacturing information (PMI) in 3D
– Enhanced aesthetics and usability tools: increased flexibility to model more ergonomic and stylised designs
– Surface Curvature Combs tool: evaluates curvature quality and smoothness to analyse how adjacent surfaces join and transition
– Auto-flatten: flatten 3D models to improve manufacturability of products with compound curvature


More SolidWorks? How about SolidWorks CEO Bertrand Sicot on stage at DEVELOP3D LIVE talking about the secret art of engineering?


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