SOLIDWORKS 2016 is here!
Jeff Setzer, Product Manager at Graphics Systems, has presented the new features for all 24 SOLIDWORKS releases! Watch the video to see which features he is most excited about in 2016!
1. User Interface
In SOLIDWORKS 2016, one of the first things you will notice is the user interface changes. Brand new among the interface changes is something called breadcrumbs. Now you can access any level of the model without having to go back and forth to the feature tree. Breadcrumbs are designed to significantly decrease mouse movement across the screen.
D - Key:
Another new function designed to reduce mouse movement is the ability to use the D-Key to bring the breadcrumbs to the cursor location. You can also use the D-Key while working inside an operation to bring the confirmation box right to the cursor.
2. Component Preview Window
You can now choose a component out of an assembly and open it up in its own preview window allowing easier access to the geometry. This will allow users to add mates much more easily. During this process, the component in the main window is made transparent so the area surrounding the component can be easily accessed. You no longer have to turn parts on/off or hide them.
3. Mate Controller
The Mate Controller adds precise control over components to better understand the motion of an assembly. All of the mates in an assembly are together in a single location for easy access. Users can create and animate motion through different positions and then save them to be used later on. The positions can be saved as keyframes to be used in SOLIDWORKS animator. They can also be used in SOLIDWORKS Motion Simulation.