What Enhancements in SolidWorks 2008 do YOU want to see?

August 6, 2007 20 Comments »

I asked this question last year and got a few responses, so I thought I would do the same this year.  I have some particular subjects and features in mind to review here, but I would like some input from you, the readers, on what new features or areas of concentration you would like to see posted here when it comes to SolidWorks 2008.

Please post your suggestions as Comments to this Blog post.  I look forward to hearing from you!

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  • Kholish

    Dear Ricky…

    I want to see the new feature of

    PDMWORKS Enterprise 2008
    COSMOSWORKS 2008

    Hope you can give us more information….

    Thank`s

  • Kholish

    Dear Ricky…

    I want to see the new feature of

    PDMWORKS Enterprise 2008
    COSMOSWORKS 2008

    Hope you can give us more information….

    Thank`s

  • Josh,

    LOL! I was already thinking about making FilletXpert and some of the other new SWIFT stuff the next article. Good suggestion!

    Best Regards,

    Ricky Jordan

  • Kholish,

    I can tell you for sure that PDMWorks Enterprise would have to come a bit later. You know, there just aren't that many reviews out there on PDM software which make that an excellent subject to cover here. I'll see what I can do. I will have to get an eval copy for that review. :-)

    As far as COSMOSWorks goes, I'll be getting a first hand look at the What's New in COSMOSWorks 2008 next week at our users group meeting. I'll make sure to take some notes for the article! Great Suggestions.

    Best Regards,

    Ricky Jordan

  • Josh,

    LOL! I was already thinking about making FilletXpert and some of the other new SWIFT stuff the next article. Good suggestion!

    Best Regards,

    Ricky Jordan

  • Kholish,

    I can tell you for sure that PDMWorks Enterprise would have to come a bit later. You know, there just aren’t that many reviews out there on PDM software which make that an excellent subject to cover here. I’ll see what I can do. I will have to get an eval copy for that review. :-)

    As far as COSMOSWorks goes, I’ll be getting a first hand look at the What’s New in COSMOSWorks 2008 next week at our users group meeting. I’ll make sure to take some notes for the article! Great Suggestions.

    Best Regards,

    Ricky Jordan

  • Dear Ricky,

    I'd love to see a summary of all the Xpert stuff.

    Oh, and one other thing. Please list all of the “easter eggs” and cheat codes in SolidWorks. Since McEleney announced the new benchmark was Xbox, I thought we might start thinking of things in that context.

  • Dear Ricky,

    I’d love to see a summary of all the Xpert stuff.

    Oh, and one other thing. Please list all of the “easter eggs” and cheat codes in SolidWorks. Since McEleney announced the new benchmark was Xbox, I thought we might start thinking of things in that context.

  • Doug

    Dear Ricky,

    It seems that Surfacing is hardly ever spoken/written about? For some of us, surfacing capabilities are very important. I must say, SolidWorks has a long way to go on improving their surfacing capabilities. Look at Rhino, VX and others. Their surfacing “crushes” SolidWorks! Would like to hear more about surfacing and would be very interested in knowing what future plans SolidWorks has for surfacing?

    Regards,

    Doug

  • Doug

    Dear Ricky,

    It seems that Surfacing is hardly ever spoken/written about? For some of us, surfacing capabilities are very important. I must say, SolidWorks has a long way to go on improving their surfacing capabilities. Look at Rhino, VX and others. Their surfacing “crushes” SolidWorks! Would like to hear more about surfacing and would be very interested in knowing what future plans SolidWorks has for surfacing?

    Regards,

    Doug

  • Doug

    Ricky,

    I see quite a few blogs out there on AutoCad/Alias and ICEM. I am sure that no part of ICEM will make its way into the SolidWorks platform! I am not sure that CB PRO is what SolidWorks needs in the form of surfacing tools? Personally, I would like to see SolidWorks buy somebody like Rhino (which they could buy for a song and a dance) and incorporate the product directly into SolidWorks. WOW! Would not that be nice? For now, we can just keeping wishing!

    Doug

  • Doug

    Ricky,

    I see quite a few blogs out there on AutoCad/Alias and ICEM. I am sure that no part of ICEM will make its way into the SolidWorks platform! I am not sure that CB PRO is what SolidWorks needs in the form of surfacing tools? Personally, I would like to see SolidWorks buy somebody like Rhino (which they could buy for a song and a dance) and incorporate the product directly into SolidWorks. WOW! Would not that be nice? For now, we can just keeping wishing!

    Doug

  • Hi Doug,

    Regarding your first comment: You are absolutely correct. Surfacing is really not talked about enough. I deal with surfacing quite often in my work and feel that articles talking about surfacing techniques or features need to be REALLY detailed to make sense to most users. The reason you haven't seen much from me on this is a lack of time to produce it. I'm hoping to get some stuff out there soon that would be helpful.

    I have some great news for you. Matt Lombard is currently working on a Surfacing Book for SolidWorks. With Matt's experience in surfacing and the success of the SolidWorks 2007 Bible, it is sure to be a hit. As far as I know, this will be the first Surfacing Book for SolidWorks ever written. Stay tuned to Matt's Blog http://dezignstuff.com/blog/ for more on the book in the future.

    I'm not so sure I agree with your comment that Rhino, VX, and others “crushes” SolidWorks surfacing capabilities. I think the packages in question generate most of their surfaces in similar fashions as SolidWorks (Loft, Sweep, Boundary, Patch, etc.) Where packages like Rhino offer more flexibility to me is in the ability to move controls points of a model on the fly to change the shape. This can be both very powerful and also very dangerous if you don't move the right points. Nevertheless, it is something I would really like to see in SolidWorks one day. The lack of parametrics in Rhino and others as compared to SolidWorks is a subject that has really been talked about quite a bit in the industry lately. I'll discuss some thoughts on that a little later. :-) It obviously is a big difference between the packages and in some cases I believe can be better.

    From your second post: The jury is still out on how the purchase of ICEM by Dassault will affect SolidWorks. I personally wouldn’t expect to see much interaction between the two. I think I remember hearing that ICEM is a pretty expensive package. Now will some of the technology make its way into new SolidWorks features? Time will tell.

    Is CB Model Pro what SolidWorks needs in the form of surfacing tools? In short, I don’t think so in its current form. I’ve asked the folks at SolidWorks if some of the technology in CB could be used in SolidWorks and the answer was “No” due to the differences in the way the internal math is generated. Will some of the modeling concepts make it? I would love to see it. What I really like about CB Model Pro is that you can radically change shapes with just a few mouse clicks. It would have to be implemented differently I think in a professional CAD tool. I may very well attempt to use CB Model Pro in the future for some concept work if the right project comes along.

    You have posted some great comments. Keep them coming and thanks for reading.

    Best Regards,

    Ricky Jordan

  • Hi Doug,

    Regarding your first comment: You are absolutely correct. Surfacing is really not talked about enough. I deal with surfacing quite often in my work and feel that articles talking about surfacing techniques or features need to be REALLY detailed to make sense to most users. The reason you haven’t seen much from me on this is a lack of time to produce it. I’m hoping to get some stuff out there soon that would be helpful.

    I have some great news for you. Matt Lombard is currently working on a Surfacing Book for SolidWorks. With Matt’s experience in surfacing and the success of the SolidWorks 2007 Bible, it is sure to be a hit. As far as I know, this will be the first Surfacing Book for SolidWorks ever written. Stay tuned to Matt’s Blog http://dezignstuff.com/blog/ for more on the book in the future.

    I’m not so sure I agree with your comment that Rhino, VX, and others “crushes” SolidWorks surfacing capabilities. I think the packages in question generate most of their surfaces in similar fashions as SolidWorks (Loft, Sweep, Boundary, Patch, etc.) Where packages like Rhino offer more flexibility to me is in the ability to move controls points of a model on the fly to change the shape. This can be both very powerful and also very dangerous if you don’t move the right points. Nevertheless, it is something I would really like to see in SolidWorks one day. The lack of parametrics in Rhino and others as compared to SolidWorks is a subject that has really been talked about quite a bit in the industry lately. I’ll discuss some thoughts on that a little later. :-) It obviously is a big difference between the packages and in some cases I believe can be better.

    From your second post: The jury is still out on how the purchase of ICEM by Dassault will affect SolidWorks. I personally wouldn’t expect to see much interaction between the two. I think I remember hearing that ICEM is a pretty expensive package. Now will some of the technology make its way into new SolidWorks features? Time will tell.

    Is CB Model Pro what SolidWorks needs in the form of surfacing tools? In short, I don’t think so in its current form. I’ve asked the folks at SolidWorks if some of the technology in CB could be used in SolidWorks and the answer was “No” due to the differences in the way the internal math is generated. Will some of the modeling concepts make it? I would love to see it. What I really like about CB Model Pro is that you can radically change shapes with just a few mouse clicks. It would have to be implemented differently I think in a professional CAD tool. I may very well attempt to use CB Model Pro in the future for some concept work if the right project comes along.

    You have posted some great comments. Keep them coming and thanks for reading.

    Best Regards,

    Ricky Jordan

  • What I'd really love to see is a surface 'fill to form solid' option – much like filling an area in a painting package but for 3D use. It would be so useful!

  • What I’d really love to see is a surface ‘fill to form solid’ option – much like filling an area in a painting package but for 3D use. It would be so useful!

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