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SolidWorks World 2011 – What’s New in SolidWorks 2012

26 January 2011 8 Comments

SolidWorks World 2011 What's New

There are several new enhancements coming in SolidWorks 2012.  Below is a quick run-down of the highlights they showed.  Unfortunately, they ran through it so fast, that I was not able to capture all the details.  I will add more to this list when I make my post on the General Session.

  • You are now able to pin documents to the recently used document fly out.
  • You can now switch document units on the fly with the unit switcher located in the bottom right corner of the status bar.
  • The emboss in in the bend is ignored in the flat pattern You can now choose faces to ignore in sheet metal flat patterns.
  • Swept flanges can now be created in sheet metal and flattened.
  • You can now start typing a command in the search palette, and it will start narrowing down the possibilities (ala the Windows 7 Start button).
  • New Equation Dialogue New equation dialogue; you can change solve order and categorize (and sort) equations
  • Exploded views are now shown on the drawing palette, and there is now a right-click option to explode an existing view.
  • BOM’s can now be created without preselecting a view.
  • Balloons can now be ordered numerically around a view.
  • Magnet lines are now available to snap balloons too, like in 3DVIA Composer!
  • Unused view labels (such as those from deleted views) are now automatically reused.
  • Rendering
  • Custom Compass
  • BOM Hotspot
  • Taking a cue from 3DVIA, selecting a component and hitting Tab will hide the component.
  • Manufactured part costing will allow users to account for part costs based on material, machining, and set up.
  • Motion Optimization
  • Large Design Review – enables users to work with massively large assemblies.
Manufactured Part Costing Large Design Review

DISCLOSURE: DS SolidWorks Corp paid for my conference fee, lodging, and some meals.

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