The most highly anticipated segment of the General Session at SOLIDWORKS World would have to be the teasers of the next years SOLIDWORKS release! Always entertaining and fast moving! The parody format allows for a glimpse of the new features without having to go into any details. A little smoke & mirror magic there on stage in plain sight.
This year poked a little fun at the fashion industry and reality TV with ….. SOLIDWORKS NEXT top modeler.
I don’t know if it was due to the auditorium being “in the round”, the interview style presentation or the use of a professional actor/ entertainer in Tracey B Wilson. But there appeared to be a new level of professionalism in this years production!
A very promising sketch enhancement shown was Mirror 3D Sketch Entities – the ability to Mirror a 3D Sketch Sketch Entities using a Sketch Planes as the Symmetry Reference. This also includes the ability to mirror both 2D and 3D sketch entities using a plane as the symmetry reference.
The ability to Draw contours by freehand sketching using a pen or stylus on Windows 10 touch screen devices and have them convert to usable sketch entities. Pen Sketching looks to be a great addition especially in a design review or brain storming session. I could see it as a handy tool used in conjunction with something like the new Microsoft Surface Studio. I could see people standing around a desk, discussing a design. Then laying the Studio down and sketching out a change.
I understand that there are similar existing programs currently available InfinityDRAW Designer but it is hard to go past a built in feature
SOLIDWORKS 2018 looks to see some ongoing tinkering with the User Interface. The introduction of a New Home Screen. A central dialogue box to take you back to your most recent documents or directly to the start of something new! This has been in the pipeline for a while. I participated in a couple of surveys on the subject at least 12 maybe up to 18month ago.
I’m a big mouse gesture user. Combined with multiple keyboard shortcuts (including “S & D” key shortcuts) They are a great reducer of mouse travel. I current have mine set for 8 mouse gestures. Will the new Support for 12 mouse gestures be too many! I don’t know, but I’m willing to give it a try!
It wasn’t until I was home and starting to put this article together did a couple of things come to mind about this years preview. With each years new release there are usually around 200 – 230 listed enhancements/ features across the range of the SOLIDWORKS products. Over the past three years, previewed enhancements shown at SOLIDWORKS World have numbered 32 (SWW16 for SOLIDWORKS 2017 release), 30 (SWW15 for SOLIDWORKS 2016 release) and 23 (SWW14 for SOLIDWORKS 2015 release). Which is an average for the three years of 28 shown preview enhancements!
So how many this year? (are you back from counting?) Just 18.
I’m putting 2 + 2 together and possibly coming up with 5. I would like to think it is in some part related to commitments raised at the SOLIDWORKS Top Ten breakout session. Which I covered here
A couple of points I noted from that Session were:
Projects for SOLIDWORKS 2018 have shifted towards quality projects!
Of most interest are the areas that these projects are focused! Addressing Large Assembly Performance, Graphic Performance
Between what was shown in this years preview for the SOLIDWORKS 2018 product, along with the discussion in the SOLIDWORKS Top Ten Session, then add the introduction of SOLIDWORKS CAM, makes SOLIDWORKS 2018 a much anticipated release.