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A preview of SOLIDWORKS 2018, learn what’s new in the next release

Article by Rod Mackay created/updated February 8, 2017

During day 3 of SOLIDWORKS World 2017 the SOLIDWORKS product introduction team previewed some of the great enhancements and new features coming in SOLIDWORKS 2018 later this year. The preview included Sketching, Assemblies, 3D Interconnect, Fabrication, PDM, and Generative design.

Check out some screenshots below along with a brief description of the new feature or enhancement:

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Sketching enhancements

The SOLIDWORKS team showed off some great new sketching enhancements, the ability to create profiles with a stylus was the best one:

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Mirror 3D Sketch Entities

Mirror 3D Sketch Entities – When in a 3D Sketch you can now Mirror Sketch Entities

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Sketch Planes as Symmetry Reference

Sketch Planes as Symmetry Reference – 2D and 3D sketch entities can now be mirrored using a plane as the symmetry reference

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Pen Sketching

Pen Sketching – Draw contours by freehand sketching using a pen or stylus on Windows 10 touch screen devices.

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Assembly enhancements

SOLIDWORKS 2018 will allow you to be much more productive with assemblies with the following enhancements:

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Hide Surface when Mating

Use ALT key to hide surfaces during mate

SOLIDWORKS 2018 12 Mouse Gestures now available

12 Mouse Gestures now available

SOLIDWORKS 2018 New Assembly Performance dialog

New Assembly Performance dialog

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Assembly Visualization

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Assembly Visualization

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Assembly Progress Bar

New Assembly Progress Bar

New SOLIDWORKS Home Screen

New SOLIDWORKS Home Screen

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Ability to insert and mate graphics components

Large Assembly – Ability to insert and mate graphics components

Revert all data back to graphics to increase performance.

Large Assembly – Revert all data back to graphics to increase performance.

Ability to turn off graphics (scenery) data

Large Assembly – Ability to turn off graphics (scenery) data

Can now set multiple objects to resolved in Large Design Review

Large Assembly – Can now set multiple objects to resolved in Large Design Review

SOLIDWORKS 2018 3D Interconnect enhancements

3D Interconnect enhancements that make it even easier to use non-native and neutral data formats:

SOLIDWORKS 2018 3D Interconnect Custom Properties

3D Interconnect Custom Properties

3D Interconnect now preserves curves and sketches.

3D Interconnect now preserves curves and sketches.

3D Interconnect supports updating neutral files.

3D Interconnect supports updating neutral files.

3D Interconnect now supports STEP, IGES, ACIS, JT.

3D Interconnect now supports STEP, IGES, ACIS, JT.

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Fabrication enhancements

Tab and Slot self fixturing design and SOLIDWORKS PDM enhancements:

New Tab and Slot feature works in parts, multi-body parts and assemblies.

New Tab and Slot feature works in parts, multi-body parts and assemblies.

SOLIDWORKS PDM bi-directional communication with drawing revision table

SOLIDWORKS PDM bi-directional communication with drawing revision table

Generative Design for SOLIDWORKS

A new feature to make it easier to create parts and integrate simulation:

Complete SOLIDWORKS Integration with SIMULATION View

Complete SOLIDWORKS Integration with SIMULATION View

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Manufacturing Controls

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Manufacturing Controls

Multiple Objective support

Multiple Objective support

Part of the SIMULATION Product Family

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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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