One of my favorite enhancements to SOLIDWORKS 2016 is the new Intersect tool. The additional controls for the preview in this tool make it much easier to work with. In 2015, we always saw both included and excluded regions in the preview. Now, we can switch previews to show just included regions. Consider the two images below to see what I mean.
Watch the video for a rundown of using the tool to make the bowl (and the contents it holds).
As a bonus, I decided to make a quick rendering of the bowl holding some lightly rippling water. One of the things you run into when working with bodies that have transparent appearances is adjacent faces on separate bodies give the renderer some grief.
A simple fix for this is to make the two bodies not quite touch each other exactly. In this case, I used the Scale feature (Insert, Features, Scale) to scale the "liquid" body down just 1%. Easy fix!
To finish up, I used PhotoView 360 and the another new feature in SOLIDWORKS 2016, the Scene Illumination Proof Sheet, to select an image I liked without having to go back to the model and adjust lighting with trial and error.
In the end, I got a pretty decent image without lot of work to show off my plastic bowl!
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.
When Bretford, a manufacturer of smart furniture, outgrew the capabilities of Workgroup, they turned to Enterprise PDM to manage their data. Watch the video to see how they have improved their processes.
Previous Issues with Workgroup:
Company reached maximum data capacity
Revision process was not automated
The design approval process was email-based
File sharing between teams created conflicts
Multiple copies of the same file created confusion
Improved Process Using SOLIDWORKS EPDM:
Ability to create and control workflow
Release cycles were shortened using automatic notifications
Case Study: From a Failed Part to an Optimal Product Design
SAS Forks is a manufacturer of attachments for wheel loaders and excavators for use in the auto salvage industry and other severe duty markets. When SAS Forks experienced an issue with a prototype of their EXTREME Auto Processor, SAS Forks turned to SOLIDWORKS Simulation to identify and correct the deficiency in the design.
Through convergence testing in SOLIDWORKS Simulation, SAS Forks was able to determine where the deficiency was in the design and address it. Although the original claw design met all of the basic safety requirements, SAS Forks found that there was high stress in the area in which the claw broke. Once the issue was identified, SAS Forks was able to optimize the design and correct the area of concern. In addition to the new claw design, SAS Forks was also able to fulfill a need for replaceable tips on the unit. By using SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS Simulation, SAS Forks had the capability and tools necessary to design, test, and order the replaceable tips within 3 days.
Watch as Graphics Systems counts down their top 10 picks in SOLIDWORKS 2015!
There are hundreds of new enhancements this year across the entire SOLIDWORKS product line! This exciting countdown video includes favorite new features that really have our team excited! If you would like to read more about GXSC's favorite features, check out our 2015 Category here on SolidNotes!
This month I decided to capture my thoughts in a video. SOLIDWORKS and Simulation have many, many cool features that make designing and engineering new products fun and easy. In this video, watch as I develop the concept for a simple product without having all of the manufacturing input needed.
SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS Simulation empowers designers and engineers to quickly create and evaluate design ideas and test them for function and performance. Watch now and comment below.
Have you ever had the issue where assemblies open up with some of the toolbox items suppressed? Watch our video to learn how to use the component selection feature to create a macro and easily unsuppress these items. This process can be automated to use on other assemblies in the future.
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