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Are you using the Top 10 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2015? [VIDEO]

Article by Rod Mackay created/updated September 6, 2015

SOLIDWORKS 2016 is coming soon, and presently Subscription Service customers can download a beta version of 2016 and give it a try. There were literally hundreds of enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2015, have you managed to give the top features a try yet? Here is a reminder of the top 10 features in SOLIDWORKS 2015 and their associated benefits:

1. NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT WORKFLOWS

Reduce time to market and comply with new industry standards.

  • SOLIDWORKS® Model Based Definition (MBD) enables drawingless product detailing with 3D PMI annotations; output to eDrawings® or 3D PDF
  • SOLIDWORKS Treehouse provides visual assembly structure planning, creation, editing, and viewing
  • Prepare models automatically for export to popular AEC applications
SOLIDWORKS Treehouse

SOLIDWORKS Treehouse

2. INTEGRATED CAPABILITIES CONNECT DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING

Speed downstream manufacturing and bridge the gap between design and manufacturing.

  • SOLIDWORKS Inspection automates inspection drawing and report creation
  • SOLIDWORKS Costing supports sensors and costing of weldments, plastic/cast parts, machined castings, and 3D printed parts
  • Print directly to 3D printers in AMF and 3MF formats
  • Use advanced techniques to flatten surfaces
SOLIDWORKS Inspection

SOLIDWORKS Inspection

3. SOLIDWORKS PERFORMANCE

Faster modeling, analysis, and rendering capabilities leaves more time to improve designs.

  • File size reduced by ~50%
  • Faster component patterning and hide/show of assemblies
  • SOLIDWORKS Simulation supports Intel® Solver and multi-core contact detection
  • Define specific graphic regions to render in PhotoView 360
  • SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM manages large data sets more efficiently
Incremental Simulation Results

Incremental Simulation Results

4. PART AND SURFACE MODELING

Create sketches, complex patterns, and advanced geometry faster and with less effort.

Improved Patterns

Improved Patterns

5. ASSEMBLIES

Faster, easier, more intuitive assembly creation, control and view creation.

6. DRAWING IMPROVEMENTS

Find drawing views faster, and experience more automation and control.

Drawing Zones

Automated drawing sheet zone annotations

7. DESIGN SIMULATION

Simulate real-life scenarios to predict product performance prior to manufacturing.

8. ELECTRICAL DESIGN

Accelerate the development, creation, and integrity of electrical systems designs.

  • Dynamic Connector tools simplify the design and use of connectors
  • Advanced access to user-based controls for key tools
  • In-line 3D routing diagnostics identifies and resolves routing issues
  • Advanced Formula Manager provides access to system and mathematical variables in complex formulas

9. USER EXPERIENCE

Work more efficiently and better understand/visualize the design intent of your models.

  • Dynamic Reference Visualization shows a graphical view of relationships between features
  • Selection Sets let you select multiple entities and save them for reuse
  • Isolate components while editing in context within an assembly
  • Temporarily preview hidden bodies or components from the FeatureManager
Selection Sets

Selection Sets

10. EXPANDED COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION

Expand the reach of your design tools with faster, easier data connections and better social collaboration – anytime, anywhere.

Enterprise PDM Web2 Client

Enterprise PDM Web2 Client

Do you want to adopt the SOLIDWORKS 2015 skills?

As you have learned in this review of SOLIDWORKS 2015 the software is always changing, with over 200 new enhancements in the latest release you need to update your skillset in order to make the most of the new technology. Our 2 day SOLIDWORKS Advanced Update Course (or 4 day/3 hours per day online course) is valuable to users that need to update their skills and techniques to the latest version of SOLIDWORKS. Participants will learn new and effective software capabilities, best practices, and current tips and tricks. Fill out the form to learn more about the update solutions available for your business:

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Rod Mackay

Rod has been using 3D CAD software for over 25 years and has trained thousands of designers to use their CAD systems more effectively. Rod is the Javelin Webmaster and is based in Ottawa, ON., Canada.

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