Anyone who has attended SOLIDWORKS World in the past knows that one of the most exciting times for a SOLIDWORKS user is when they preview what will be coming in the NEXT release of the software, and when they announce the results of the Top 10 Enhancements voting.
Last week at SOLIDWORKS WORLD 2019 in Dallas, TX they did the What’s New in 2019 on Day 3.
Here is what we saw…
WHAT’S (hopefully) NEW IN SOLIDWORKS 2020:
- G3/C3 Continuity for splines
- Constant rate of curvature constraint
- Section View Normal to Screen
- Section View updates with rotation of the model but not affected by zooming
- Section View depth is controlled with the mouse scroll wheel and CTRL key
- Propagate Envelope Components to sub-assemblies:
- Select components of multiple sub-assemblies as envelope references
- Mass Proprieties in SOLIDWORKS Routing
- Properties for wires, cables, and coverings can now include a mass per unit length property which provide accurate, real-time mass property updating
- 3DEXPERIENCE Platform Connector for SOLIDWORKS
- Allows seamless interoperability between SOLIDWORKS and 3DEXPERIENCE Platform apps
- Flexible Parts
- Multiple instances of the same part handled without configurations, equations, or separate files
- Detailing Mode for Drawings
- Like a “Large Design Review” mode for Drawings, BUT you can do work
- Open your largest, multi-sheet drawings in seconds
- Annotations, balloons, view creation, dimensions and tolerances are all available
- No separate files required
- Just hit save when finished; save as PDF and DWG available
- Drawing Markups
- 2019 Functionality for Parts/Assys will be available in DRAWINGS using Windows touch-enabled devices
- Markups WITHOUT touch screen device/pen
- 2019 Functionality can be done with a traditional mouse
- Markups in Parts, Assemblies, and Drawings are now available in eDrawings
Keep in mind any of these could be delayed or pulled from the software if not functioning how expected at the time of 2020’s release (October 2019).
Another exciting thing to see is the results of the Top 10 Enhancements voting.
Every year SOLIDWORKS receives over 6000 Enhancement Requests directly from the users. Starting in November they hold open voting (on the SOLIDWORKS forum) for all of you to vote on your favorites that you would like to see implemented. This year there were over 10,000 votes cast. Since 2001, 70% of the Top 10 Enhancements have been implemented in some version of the software. Proof that SOLIDWORKS is VERY user-driven. ALL of the ideas that are submitted for this Top 10 list are carefully considered for future implementation, regardless of their final vote count, but it is still fun to see what the users push to the top of the list! Nothing is ever “abandoned”, as evidenced by a “Top 10 Enhancement” from 2001 that got implemented in SW2015.
This has been done as a break out session over the past 2 years rather than in the large General Session, so this information is a little more “hidden” than it was before. My hope here is to get you in the know!
For the 2nd year again, when you started to vote you had to answer a “general” question first. This had a slider bar that you could adjust on where you think that development should focus their resources more heavily on. The choices were Performance, Reliability, and Functionality. You could then choose how to weight each one.
Here is how that broke down:
RELIABILITY 45% PERFORMANCE 31% FUNCTIONALITY 24%
TOP 10 ENHANCEMENTS (2019):
10 Automatic direction change on extruded cut
9 Fix Top Ten List, Enhancement Request, and Knowledge Base systems/sites
8 Undo/Redo – Unlimited
7 Allow any drawing to be loaded with or without the model
6 Accurate and correct solid body Sweep
5 Allow SOLIDWORKS to kill a stalled file w/o having to close SOLIDWORKS
4 Provide better controls to prevent tangent (and other mates) from flipping
3 The “What’s Wrong” dialog box should have links to each specific problem and better desc.
2 Multi-Core workflow for large assemblies and drawings
1 Flip the NEW mate, NOT the old mate(s)
As always, some of these seem very strange, and some are kind of unclear…
I’m not sure what they totally meant on #10, perhaps the ability for SW to “know” which way to cut?
As shown above, in the 2010 Enhancements #7 is actually COMING in SW 2020!!
#2 is always being worked on to optimize Multi-Core, but it is a HUGE undertaking to change all the code and SO MANY things just HAVE to happen in order one after another…
I am shocked by #1. I have not really had much of a problem with this and never really hear students/customers complaining about this. Is it REALLY THAT big of a deal?
I particularly like #8 and #5.
Bruce Holloway who led this session mentioned that changes to the Enhancement Request Voting is very close to being ready and will be used in 2019. This new system will be accessed on the 3DExperience Platform and will allow you to vote, discuss enhancements, submit pictures that will be visible, track enhancements that you like, and be able to maintain your votes with options to change your vote later if you want!
At this session, John Sweeney from the development team talked about some “Major Multi-Year Initiatives” for SW Development. These include Sketch Ink, Mesh Modeling, Structural Systems, and Graphics Performance. We saw a LOT of new enhancements released in these categories in SW2018 and SW2019 and there are many more to come in SW2020 and beyond.
They also wanted to make sure every user understands that to make SOLIDWORKS more RELIABLE, everyone needs to be part of the Customer Experience Improvement Program. This is an option to be part of when you install SOLIDWORKS, but unfortunately, not many people turn it on. Absolutely NO private information is being sent to SOLIDWORKS if you opt in for this. If you are worried about this somehow “slowing down” your SOLIDWORKS software, don’t be! The funny thing is that ALL of the info is STILL being captured even if you opt out, it just isn’t being sent to SOLIDWORKS for troubleshooting. SO TURN IT ON AND OPT-IN! It’s another one of those, “you can’t complain if you don’t help out” situations.
You can enable this after SOLIDWORKS is installed by going to System Options – General and turning on the checkbox that says “Help make SOLIDWORKS products better by automatically sending your log files to DS SolidWorks Corporation”.
Now you know what is important to your fellow users and what is (hopefully) coming in SOLIDWORKS 2020 this October!
SOLIDWORKS Elite AE
Computer Aided Technology, LLC