SolidWorks 2003 Demo
Demo jocks Joe Dunne and Aaron Kelly showed us some of the 250-plus new features in SolidWorks 2003. The package will have 20 online tutorials. Click a command in the tutorial, and the associated icon flashes in SolidWorks. This teaches the user the location of the button.
Design tables link the drawing to a spreadsheet. Selecting a different design table changes the part, and vice versa. Dimensions are displayed in purple when they are linked to spreadsheet.
Selective regeneration of parts means shorter waits. A dialog box lists the time it takes for each feature to regen, so you can turn off the slowest parts. Other new features include:
- Auto dimensioning
- Shared sketches
- Sketch colors
- Fit spline
- Sheet metal enhancements
- Auto fillet applies whatever fillet radius is needed to round off edges
- Untrim extends the surface of parts and optionally closed up holes.
SolidWorks was proud that this release implements six out of ten items on the SolidWorks user wish list. I wondered, Why only six? On the other hand, I have to wonder about some of the items I have read on user-generated wish lists. I don’t hold much stock in those lists because users tend to be heads-down and unaware of the competition’s features.
When a new release comes out, SolidWorks says 50% of customers upgrade within four months and 80% within nine. The SolidWorks 2003 pre-release is due out at the end of September; the ship date is, however, unknown.