SOLIDWORKS 2017 is packed with new, customer-focused enhancements. Whether you design single components, incredibly complex equipment, or even entire facilities, SOLIDWORKS 2017 delivers easy-to-use tools to help turn your ideas into higher-quality products. Check out the SOLIDWORKS 2017 Top Ten list of features to look out for in the new release:
1. SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect
Work seamlessly with anyone, and incorporate design changes dramatically faster.
- Open proprietary 3D CAD data directly into SOLIDWORKS
- Includes Creo®, CATIA® V5, SolidEdge®, NX™, and Inventor®
- Retain associativity to the original file
2. Improved Large Assembly Performance
Speed design of large assemblies and layouts machinery and equipment.
- New Asset Publisher, Ground Mates and Magnetic Mates speed equipment layouts
- Replace sub-assembly with multi-body part and maintain downstream references;
- Replace missing references all at once
3. More powerful modeling tools
Faster, easier modeling with fewer picks and clicks.
- New Advanced Hole Wizard creates/reuses customized holes
- Wrap Feature now for any surface; Offset 3D Curve on surface with multiple faces
- Sheet Metal support for three-bend corners
4. Renderings and Animations get a boost from Visualize
Dramatic improvement in rendering speed and improved workflow between modeling, rendering, and viewing.
- New “Visualize Boost”: Network rendering made simple for blazing fast render speeds
- Import animations and motion studies
- Map SOLIDWORKS camera navigation and hot keys
- Support for HTC® Vive™, Oculus, Google® Cardboard, Samsung®
5. Faster 2D Drawing Creation
Simplified, faster drawing creation.
- Reference and link to BOM table cell elements in annotations
- Parametrically mirror drawing views without the model
- Pre-defined layers
6. Expanded capabilities for Model Based Definition
Ease the transition from 2D drawings to MBD and enable model-based enterprises (MBE).
- Compare geometry and 3D PMI between two revisions
- Define DimXpert 3D PMI more easily for drafted parts
- Export STEP 242 with 3D PMI to automate CAM and CMM
- Attach multiple files to 3D PDF to build Technical Data Packages (TDP)
7. Electrifying Electrical/Electronic Design
Expanded capabilities mean improved productivity for electrical design.
- SOLIDWORKS Electrical:
- Automatic creation of schematic from a spreadsheet
- Compound parts – accessories
- SOLIDWORKS PCB: Unified design environment between schematic editing, board layout and 3D layout
8. Simplifying Design Validation
Simulation expanded to handle more use cases – extended capabilities tackle more design scenarios.
- SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Display simulation results in SOLIDWORKS model; arc length control for nonlinear contact
- SOLIDWORKS Plastics: Part Mass can be used in addition to gate temperature for gate freeze and pressure holding time determination
- SOLIDWORKS Flow: Parametric Study now allows multi-parameter optimization
9. Integrating design and manufacturing
Extending SOLIDWORKS capabilities for the manufacturing ecosystem.
- 3D Printing: Import/Export 3MF. Import mesh data
- SOLIDWORKS Inspection: Manual and selective ballooning
- SOLIDWORKS Costing: Instant estimates from manufacturers via My.SolidWorks Manufacturing Network
10. Improving data management and collaboration
Collaborate at more levels and manage data more efficiently.
- SOLIDWORKS PDM:
- Version overwrite;
- Rollback with references;
- Improved viewing
- SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional: Vault Database Replication
- Augmented Reality (AR) for the Android™;
- 3D Views and annotation views for assemblies;
- Component descriptions;
- Weld beads;
SOLIDWORKS 2017 Resources
Access our resources page to get everything you need to learn what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2017, including tech tips, demonstrations, and upcoming product webinars. You can also download a copy of the SOLIDWORKS 2017 Top Ten features.