As an engineer, using 2D tools to CREATE designs is easy. However, using 2D to ANALYZE assembly designs can be time-consuming and challenging. It's next to impossible to determine proper hole alignment and find interferences between components with static 2D design tools. Fortunately, 3D modeling solutions, like SOLIDWORKS®3D CAD software, provide an easier and better way to identify these problems early in the design process.
SOLIDWORKS helps you cut design costs, reduce complexity, and minimize the chance for errors and rework. With SOLIDWORKS you can:
Identify misaligned holes quickly using the Hole Alignment Tool
Create intelligent relationships between holes and their mates to ensure constant alignment
Discover interference points between components easily using the Interference Detection Tool
Visually determine underlying causes of interference using section views
Pinpoint any potential collisions between moving parts using the Collision Detection Tool
Check clearances to ensure proper range of motion within specified tolerances
Hey passionate designer,Do you have design challenges? Want to improve your day-to-day work and be more productive? Most designers and engineers answer yes and yes.
As an engineer or designer, you’re quite accustomed to software that requires significant resources—both in terms of time and cost—to successfully deploy and integrate into your product development processes. There are some very useful tools out there that cost you absolutely nothing. They are also easy to learn and use, but also provide productivity benefits.
These free Engineering tools from SolidWorks are:
Below screen cast shows you these five favorite engineering tools. Each tool is free to use and provides valuable time-savings capabilities.
Watch the video and see how each tool works and where to find them at zero cost.
Each year at SOLIDWORKS WORLD, the Product Introduction Team delivers a Technology Preview to show off some of the new functionality that is under development for SOLIDWORKS Desktop products. The Day 3 Skit the team produces has become one of the most highly anticipated events for our user community, and the 2016 version continued our long-standing tradition of having great fun and not taking ourselves too seriously, while showing off a host of enhancements – both big and small—that our development team has been working hard to produce for the next release.
While we normally haven’t shared a significant recap of the presentation outside of the live social media stream, we know you’ll love to have a single place where you can get a quick recap of what we shared. As a reminder, this IS aTECHNOLOGY PREVIEWand features / functionality are always changing until fully vetted and not guaranteed to be in the next release.Enjoy!
BI-DIRECTIONAL CIRCULAR PATTERN
Circular pattern in both directions
Multiple sizes in one feature
New functionality in a single feature
COMBINE CHAMFER-FILLET FEATURE
Both operations now in a single command
TRANSPARENT SECTION VIEWS
Transparent parts now included in section views
THREAD FEATURE LEAD-IN / LEAD-OUT
Adding manufacturing options to the Thread Feature introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2016