It's that time of year again where we at Graphics Systems are eagerly awaiting the full release of SOLIDWORKS 2015! We believe that this release of SOLIDWORKS is one of the best releases since its conception. Being on the simulation team, I'm super excited to have access to the many enhancements that have been implemented in the area of simulation! One such feature is the new Shell Manager! This one in particular is a personal favorite of mine. The Shell Manager I believe is going to save a drastic amount of time in defining and editing the definition of your shell elements.
The shell manager puts all your shell elements into an easy to understand table format. In previous releases, you would have to manage your shell elements from within the simulation tree itself. When working with a model that had a lot of shell bodies however, this could be cumbersome. The new shell manager I think will definitely streamline this process.
This new manager lets you view and sort all your shell elements. You can sort them by their thickness, material, or any other field in the manager. The table also gives you visual feedback in the graphics window so that you can insure your model and shells are defined correctly.
The manager also color codes shells with the same thicknesses and propagates those colors into the graphics view so you make sure the study is set up correctly. When it comes to editing all these shells, we can utilize groups in order to group similar shells together so when we make a change to a group, changes are propagated to every shell element group!
I call this year's release of SOLIDWORKS the "year of the tables" because of all the new tables and managers that have been implemented not only into the simulation products, but the base SOLIDWORKS as well! These new tables are going to greatly reduce your design time and further your productivity!
Keep an eye out on our blog for more highlights from the SOLIDWORKS 2015 release!
By: Chris Olson, Simulation Applications Engineer