At SOLIDWORKS World 2016, DS SOLIDWORKS CEO Gian Paolo Bassi announced SOLIDWORKS Xdesign – a new online, browser-based SOLIDWORKS design product for desktop and mobile devices. During the presentation, Gian Paolo even showed it working on an iPad and an iPhone, which could make things very interesting.
Information is a bit scarce at the moment, but we do know a few tidbits that make us very excited for the release of this new tool.
In addition to a User Interface and modeling environment similar to the 3DEXPERIENCE products (Industrial Design, Conceptual Design), it also features animation and model based definition (MBD) functionality. Xdesign also includes the new SOLIDWORKS Xdrive app for sharing, managing, and working on SOLIDWORKS files online.
One potential game-changer that jumped out at us is something called Design Guidance. Here’s what SOLIDWORKS has to say about it:
“Design guidance is a new revolutionary approach. Imagine how much you could get done if your CAD system worked for you! The technology we’re building will flip the CAD script. Instead of engineers and designers telling their CAD system what to do, the CAD tools will evaluate appropriate options based on information you provided. Predictive computing will ultimately change the way products are designed and free you up to problem-solve, experiment and innovate. It’s time we enable you to focus more on innovation and less on CAD.”
A beta program for this new tool should begin soon, with product availability in the Spring of 2016.
To sign up and be kept up to date on SOLIDWORKS Xdesign and 3DEXPERIENCE Xdrive app, and to learn how you can participate in Beta Programs: