Wednesday, September 27, 2017

SMART MANUFACTURING - What's NEW in SOLIDWORKS 2018

FEATURES FOR THE USERS, REQUESTED BY THE USERS 


Great products begin with great designs - from concepts to manufactured parts and assemblies. SOLIDWORKS 2018 provides new tools and enhancements to help you get your design to manufacturing faster, with higher quality and at lower costs. From a more intuitive user interface to improved sheet metal design tools, many of the new enhancements and improvements were added based on your requests. Take a look at some of the new features and discover how SOLIDWORKS 2018 can help accelerate innovation and grow your business.


FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS IN SOLIDWORKS 2018


SOLIDWORKS CAM FOR CNC MACHINING 


Users can now seamlessly integrate design and manufacturing with easy-to-use, world class CAM technology. Powered by CAMWorks™, SOLIDWORKS® CAM is production-proven, seamlessly integrated CAM for SOLIDWORKS that provides rules-based machining and automatic feature recognition to dramatically streamline, and even automate, CNC manufacturing operations.

WORK DIRECTLY WITH MESH DATA


Work with mesh data similar to surface or solid geometry. Combine, intersect, split, move/copy, cut with surface, and check for interference. In addition, quickly fit surface bodies to regions of mesh models.

MORE FLEXIBILITY WITH 3D INTERCONNECT


Seamlessly work with more file formats including ACIS, STEP and IGES, and automatically update your design whenever new files are received. In addition, 3D Interconnect now supports internal file information like custom properties, materials properties and reference axes.

Also Read: SOLIDWORKS 2018: How Great Designs Get Built

NEW, MORE INTUITIVE USER EXPERIENCE


SOLIDWORKS 2018 supports freehand sketching with pen or touch on compatible devices. Enhancements to mouse gestures and user interface customization also help speed product development.

REFINED SHEET METAL DESIGN TOOLS


SOLIDWORKS 2018 includes tab and slot features for self-fixturing of parts for welding, a normal cut feature to ensure clearances are included for manufacturing, and tools to easily create or flatten corners that include three bends.

COLLABORATE MORE EFFICIENTLY FOR MODEL BASED ENTERPRISE


Speed up design detailing while also streamlining and automating downstream manufacturing tasks, such as CNC programming and inspection, by importing 3D models along with PMI from all major CAD formats, as well as STEP 242.

POWERFUL USABILITY ENHANCEMENTS FOR ELECTRICAL ROUTING


Routing is faster and easier with more detail than ever before. New features include drag and drop of in-line connectors and support for shrink-wraps and boots. Users can also now flatten a route in drawing with support for clips and disjointed routes.
SOLIDWORKS 2018 provides new tools and enhancements to help you get your design to manufacturing faster, with higher quality and at lower costs. 
Smart Manufacturing is all about getting good ideas to market faster, more efficiently and cost effectively.  - Kishore Boyalakuntla (Senior Director, Product Portfolio Management and SOLIDWORKS brand UX leader)

GENERATIVE DESIGN FOR BETTER PART GEOMETRY 


Utilize the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Topology Study tool to automatically optimize the shape of a design based on weight, function, and manufacturing criteria. Improve performance or reduce product weight based on simulation and manufacturing constraints.

SOLIDWORKS INSPECTION SUPPORT FOR MBD


With the enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2018, you can now create inspection documentation directly from 3D models with Production Manufacturing Information, as well as from 2D drawings, PDFs, and TIFFs. SOLIDWORKS Inspection is now integrated with SOLIDWORKS PDM, and supports SOLIDWORKS part and assembly files (*.sldprt, *.sldasm), as well as non-native 3D CAD formats.

DESIGN BRANCHING AND MERGING


Users are able to investigate different design approaches without affecting approved files with the new features in SOLIDWORKS PDM. The software also helps to streamline the process of working with external users. 

AUTOMATED PDF CREATION FOR SOLIDWORKS DRAWINGS


SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard can automatically create PDFs from SOLIDWORKS drawings via workflow transitions. The new features eliminate the manual creation of PDFs to enable better collaboration and help the migration from Workgroup PDM.

AUTOMATIC REVISION TABLE UPDATE


SOLIDWORKS PDM can now manage and automatically update SOLIDWORKS revision tables, allowing users to streamline their engineering change processes by reducing manual data entry and drawing updating.

CLOUD-CONNECTED SOLIDWORKS


Empower desktop computers with cloud convenience through online licensing. SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing makes using your license on multiple machines effortless. The SOLIDWORKS login moves customized content and settings to any machine on which SOLIDWORKS is installed. The SOLIDWORKS Admin Portal allows easier management of SOLIDWORKS products and services.

SOLIDWORKS MANAGE FOR PROJECT AND PROCESS MANAGEMENT


SOLIDWORKS Manage provides data management, project management, and process management all in one familiar package. It adds powerful project, process, and item management capabilities to SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional.

See the Infographics: WHAT'S New in SOLIDWORKS 2018: 3D CAD 

IT’S A SMARTER WAY TO GO


The new features and enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2018 enable designers and engineering teams to work faster than ever before. With 3D design data at the center of the process, SOLIDWORKS allows changes from design or manufacturing to flow automatically to all related CAD models, CAM programs, drawings, and documentation. Managing changes has never been easier.

Learn more about SOLIDWORKS 2018 and related solutions at https://launch.solidworks.com/


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