SOLIDWORKS 2015 – New Features

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SOLIDWORKS 2015 includes over 200 new features and enhancements covering the entire range of SOLIDWORKS solutions for 3D design, simulation, technical communication, product data management, and sustainable design to maximize your productivity.

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 SOLIDWORKS 2015 – New Features

New Product Development Workflows 

 

NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT WORKFLOWS

  • 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
Customer Benefits
Reduce time to market and comply with new industry standards.
Integrated Capabilities Connect Design and Manufacturing 

 

INTEGRATED CAPABILITIES CONNECT DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING

  • SOLIDWORKS Inspection automates inspection drawings and reports
  • 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
Customer Benefits
Speed up downstream manufacturing and bridge the gap between design and manufacturing.
SOLIDWORKS Performance 

 

SOLIDWORKS PERFORMANCE

  • File size reduced by 50%
  • Faster component patterning, and hide/show of assemblies
  • SOLIDWORKS Simulation supports Intel® Solver and multi-core for contact detection
  • Define specific graphic regions to render in PhotoView 360
  • SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM manages large data sets more efficiently
Customer Benefits
Faster modeling, analysis, and rendering capabilities leaves more time to improve designs.
Part and Surface Modeling 

 

PART AND SURFACE MODELING

  • Sketch: Line from mid-point; rectangle with horizontal/vertical construction lines
  • Splines: Improved Spline on Surface; convert Style Spline to Spline Points
  • Patterns: Improved Fill, Linear, and Variable Pattern
  • Advanced geometry: Asymmetric Fillets; split surfaces; sketch plane normal to view
Customer Benefits
Create sketches, complex patterns, and advanced geometry faster and with less effort.
Assemblies 

 

ASSEMBLIES

  • Mates: Center components on faces; select geometry to limit Width Mate
  • Routing for rectangular sections, e.g., HVAC ducts, cable trays and chutes
  • Simulate roller/energy chains using patterns along open or closed loops
  • Exploded View: Radially and along axis; space components on drag
Customer Benefits
Faster and easier assembly of components.
Drawing Improvements 

 

DRAWING IMPROVEMENTS

  • Track view locations with automated drawing sheet zone annotations
  • Enhanced formatting control of drawing and table notes
  • Omit layers from printing; use splines as leaders
  • Improved angle dimensioning and command of decimal rounding
Customer Benefits
Find drawing views faster, and experience more automation and control.
Design Simulation 

 

DESIGN SIMULATION

  • Predict product durability under dynamic loading and manage a combination of load conditions in SOLIDWORKS Simulation
  • View nonlinear results during the solve in SOLIDWORKS Simulation to ensure convergence
  • Rotating mesh regions in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation deliver enhanced simulation of rotating machinery
  • SOLIDWORKS Plastics improves plastic part design with up-front Venting Analysis
Customer Benefits
Simulate real-life scenarios to predict product performance prior to manufacturing.
Electrical Design 

 

ELECTRICAL DESIGN

  • 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
Customer Benefits
Accelerate the development, creation, and integrity of electrical systems designs.
User Experience 

 

USER EXPERIENCE

  • Dynamic Reference Visualization shows a graphical view of relationships between features
  • Selection Sets let you select multiple entities and save for reuse
  • Isolate components while editing in context within an assembly
  • Temporarily preview hidden bodies or components from FeatureManager
Customer Benefits
Work more efficiently and better understand/visualize design intent of your models.
Expanded Communication and Collaboration 

 

EXPANDED COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION

  • SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM Web2 client connects browser-ready devices to a vault
  • eDrawings now has a UI adapted for touchscreen, and supports SOLIDWORKS Plastics result plots
  • MySOLIDWORKS offers enhanced online learning and certification; ability to
    share/view designs online and research a global manufacturing network
  • Collaborative Sharing uses community-based social innovation to provide
    greater connectivity to SOLIDWORKS, eDrawings, and DraftSight®
Customer Benefits
Expand the reach of design tools with faster, easier connections and better social collaboration – anytime, anywhere.