SolidWorks World 2008: Wednesday General Session – Quick Review

January 23, 2008 11 Comments »

Wednesday’s general session is considered by many to be the most highly anticipated session of the conference.  This mostly stems from the fact that this is the day we all get a preview of the next version of SolidWorks.  This first post will hit the quick highlights.  Later I will post a Detailed Review which will go into much more depth.

Here are the quick highlights:

  • Segway inventor Dean Kamen gave a speech discussion the FIRST Robotics competition.
  • The Top Ten Enhancments were announced by some of the SolidWorks User Group Leaders.  The most requested enhancement was more support for dual monitors.
  • The Design Contest Winners were announced.  Clearly the most amazing part of the announcements was a Rubics Cube model put together by a high school.  That school placed third in the Animation contest.

The SolidWorks 2009 features were shown off using a “therapy session” skit.  I’ll have much more on that later.  Here is a quick list of some of the enhancements shown for SolidWorks 2009.

  • SpeedPak Technology to aide Large Assembly Performance.
  • Slot tools in sketches.
  • Instant Dimensioning of sketch entities as you draw them.
  • Addition of a Stretch Entities command to the Sketch tools (VERY NICE!!)
  • Negative dimensions in sketches.
  • Ability to build sheetmetal part “on top” of a solid model!
  • Plastics Design options that automatically take care of feature order in the tree as you add them.  One example would be to add a Cut-Extrude feature on a part and having SolidWorks automatically move the feature previous to a Shell operation along with applying the proper draft.  (More to come on this later.)
  • Creation of Bill of Materials in the Assembly!
  • Propagate Assembly Features down into part files.
  • Sensors that can be placed in a model which warn the user of defined conditions.
  • New Heads up display for sizing Toolbox parts
  • Dynamically change Toolbox fastener lengths with Instant3D by dragging the length.
  • Magnifying Glass to see details of a model view without zooming in.
  • Click on the triad to orient the view.
  • Measure tools wills show both inch and metric units.
  • COSMOSWorks bolt sizing validation.
  • Ribbon Cables in Electrical  Routing.
  • More jog options in Drawings.
  • Title Block Wizard in Drawings.

That is all for now.  I’ll post the Detailed Review soon!

Stay tuned….more to come!

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