SolidWorks World 2008: Wednesday General Session – Quick Review

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!