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SolidWorks unveils 2012 release of software

Monday September 12, 2011 Written by  MA Staff
Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. recently unveiled SolidWorks 2012, a 3D design solution designed to enable users to work more efficiently and have the data they need to make better design decisions throughout the product development process. The latest release features more than 200 improvements in such areas as assembly and drawing capabilities, built-in simulation, design costing, routing, image and animation creation, and product data management.

SolidWorks 2012 - the 20th release of the CAD software - offers improvements in the areas of:

• Drawings - New tools help create better-looking and more-accurate drawings in order to cut down on the revision process and help users detail designs faster. For example, changed dimensions are automatically highlighted and show previous values to help with revisions.

• Sustainability - SolidWorks Sustainability's new, advanced user interface means users can more accurately model products with "what if" scenarios and better support unique and custom materials. Users can also closely model processes with such parameters as recycled content and duration of use. Also, access to the latest SolidWorks Sustainability supplemental materials will be instant and continuous as they become available.

• Large design review - Allows instant opening and review of massive assemblies or any individual component with walkthroughs, sectioning and measuring without the need for a high-powered computer or any special file preparation.

• Feature freeze - Eliminates unwanted feature rebuilds by locking all features above the "freeze" bar, speeding up the design of complex models where rebuilding of specific features isn't needed. Features can also be unfrozen at any point.

• Equation editor - New equation capabilities allow users to create equations faster and understand order more easily, providing new levels of flexibility and productivity.

• Design costing - A flexible tool that automates manufacturing cost calculations for sheet metal and machined parts. Designers can make more informed decisions based on cost throughout the design process and continually model new scenarios for instant up-to-the-minute manufacturing estimates.

• Sheet metal - Design from scratch or convert customer 3D parts to sheet metal with new tools that provide control over the unique challenges of working with sheet metal - such as precise control of edge flanges, including up-to-vertex end conditions. Designs can be automatically flattened and documented for manufacturing, with export to CNC and manufacturing equipment.

• Simulation - SolidWorks Simulation includes enhanced motion optimization that automatically uses motion study results to create sensors and refine complex and time-intensive machine aspects, such as motor size, bearing loads and range of travel. Users can optimize designs in a fraction of the time as they refine inputs and immediately see changes to restraints or goals.

• Integrated search, customization and wider support with SolidWorks Enterprise PDM - Now integrated into the Windows Explorer, designers have easy access to favourite searches and a full search tool. Users can also customize the Windows Explorer UI to get faster access to the information they need. In addition, SolidWorks Enterprise PDM has new support for Office 2010 and an x64 web client.

• Lifelike experience with 3DVIA Composer - Designers can take more control over their renderings for a more realistic appearance. Enhancements include the easy addition of part-to-part shadows, ambient occlusion and shadows to 2D panels with precise control. A glow effect can also be added to highlight specific areas of interest.

For more information about SolidWorks 2012, visit: http://www.solidworks.com/Launch2012_PR.

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