Fewer Steps to Get Your Job Done with Assemblies in SOLIDWORKS
When working with assemblies it can be easy to accumulate lots of mates. With the new option to Group Mates in SOLIDWORKS 2019 users will find it much easier to navigate the Mate folder, now that you can group mates by Status or separate fasteners.
When grouped by Status, mates are separated into folders. For example, mates with errors due to over definition, mates that reference missing components, and inactive mates that reference fixed components. The new Group Mates option makes it much easier to both find and keep your assemblies organized.
Many users prefer to have all of their toolbox components fully defined in their assemblies. In SOLIDWORKS 2019 a new option is available to lock the rotation of all concentric mates in one step. Now all of the fasteners in your assembly can be fully defined in an instant, saving you more time to spend developing your designs.
In SOLIDWORKS 2019, there is now an option to automatically lock the rotation of all new concentric mates to Toolbox components upon insertion, saving even more time, keeping your assemblies fully defined and conforming to best practices.
These are just a few of the enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2019 that will help to streamline the workflow when working with assemblies.
Streamline the Design of Sheet Metal Parts and Assemblies
SOLIDWORKS delivers a powerful suite of tools that provides complete control over the design and manufacture of sheet metal parts and assemblies.
Starting with design, SOLIDWORKS powerful modelling tools enable you to quickly create complex sheet metal designs complete with a fully annotated and associative flat pattern. SOLIDWORKS also provides the ability to add all the manufacturing information directly to the model, eliminating the need to create traditional flat pattern drawings.
SOLIDWORKS PDM then takes over managing the entire Sheet Metal design-to -manufacture process. With an easy-to-use Windows Explorer interface, members of your design and manufacturing teams can easily find and view critical design information. The live preview in eDrawings provides a great way for stakeholders to review and collaborate on sheet metal designs complete with its flat pattern configuration without having to open it in SOLIDWORKS.
For CNC manufacturing, use SOLIDWORKS PDM’s out-of-the-box task to automate the creation of a flat pattern file straight from your SOLIDWORKS design. PDM tasks can be invoked manually or triggered via a workflow, a great way to save time and reduce the risk of mistakes.
When your design is ready for review, SOLIDWORKS PDM workflows can automate tracking of approvals, eliminating the need for manual sign-off procedures. Just follow the next workflow step defined for your project and SOLIDWORKS PDM will take care of notifying the right people, maintaining both accuracy and accountability.
For external partners and suppliers who need to collaborate on design projects, powerful Web connection capabilities enable browser-based secure vault access and editing, from anywhere on any device. Sheet Metal designs complete with their associative manufacturing information can be reviewed and checked right there on the shop floor. Documents can be made either view only, or fully editable, and access to PDM workflows gives stakeholders the ability to change a documents status, providing decision-making on the go!
Collaborate More Effectively and Efficiently with Your Team
Good communication among design stakeholders is an essential part of any successful design process. SOLIDWORKS 2019 introduces a brand new way to communicate your design ideas, by enabling you to add markups directly to parts and assemblies when using a touch device.
Adding notes to an exploded view is easy. To create a new Mark Up, simply select “Insert Markup view” from the Mark Up folder in the feature manager and set your preferred pen style using the color palette and thickness slider. Now you’re ready to go ahead and start writing directly on the screen of your touch device.
As you write, your notes are captured together with the orientation of the markup view. Markups are stored with the model and can be viewed by other members of your design community using SOLIDWORKS on any workstation touch enabled or not.
At any time, you can add even more clarity to your notes by mixing styles, changing pen color and thickness can be a great way to emphasis or highlight key areas and comments.
When finished the markup view is automatically captured and stored in the markups folder, and if required given a name to signify its purpose.
Markups stored with the model can exported in a variety of industry standard image formats or PDFs, ready to be shared with other stakeholders outside of your SOLIDWORKS design community.
3D Markup in SOLIDWORKS 2019 provides a fast and innovative approach to communicating your design ideas.
Simplify the Path from SOLIDWORKS CAD to XR (AR/VR/MR/Web)
The explosion of affordable immersive devices and ecosystem of technology and interactive experiences is enabling more powerful storytelling using SOLIDWORKS CAD data than ever before. Welcome to SOLIDWORKS Extended Reality (XR) – a method to publish your CAD data and bring it to life, virtually. Publishing your SOLIDWORKS file to XR will retain important scene data you’ve created within SOLIDWORKS such as:
Geometry & Scene HierarchyAppearances/Materials and textures/DecalsLights and CamerasExploded and Motion Study AnimationsDisplay States and ConfigurationsMetadata including: Per-configuration custom properties, per-node comments, per-node & document general and design tables
The resulting file can then be consumed directly in a variety of Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality experiences, Web viewers and more such as:
SOLIDWORKS Partner Program applications that support the SOLIDWORKS XR files.Custom AR/VR experiences built using platforms such as Unity or Unreal
For example, this means you can re-play animations you created inside SOLIDWORKS CAD, toggle through pre-defined Display States, or trigger an Exploded Animation…all within in supported AR/VR/Web experiences so that you can:
Improve collaborative internal and external design reviewsSell your designs more effectively with immersive experiencesTrain users how to assemble and/or interact with your products immersivelyIncrease design confidence throughout the product development process
Intuitive User Experience Means Easy-to-use and Fast to Learn
SOLIDWORKS 2019 introduces some great new capabilities that not only improve the user experience, but also increase your daily productivity.
Providing quick access to your designs, the welcome page now lists to up to 100 of your recently opened documents. Each document is displayed with its own preview, and the new “quick filter” can be used to refine the list by displaying only parts, assemblies or drawings.
For example, typing a key word in the new “filter by name” dialogue is now all that’s necessary to find and open the desired document in a matter of seconds.
Building relationships between features and parts is a powerful method of capturing design intent. SOLIDWORKS 2019 makes it even easier to view and manage external references, and references can now be broken or locked when dynamically viewing parent-child relations from the feature manager.
When using a top-down approach to design, assemblies can consist of many parts, each containing numerous external references. The references for an entire assembly can now be viewed and managed in a new interactive dialogue box.
In addition those fantastic new features, the measure tool can now be accessed at any time, providing a seamless, uninterrupted workflow, whether you’re modifying a dimension or editing a feature.
With these new capabilities, SOLIDWORKS 2019 makes your everyday user experience even more productive.