1. Costing Tool
SolidWorks Costing automates manufacturing cost calculations for sheet metal and machined parts. Modify your design or switch part configurations and instantly see the new, updated manufacturing estimate. Default templates are customizable to simulate your specific manufacturing environment. Designers can use this tool to make more informed decisions based on cost throughout the design process, continually modeling different scenarios and to automate your quoting process to increase manufacturing sales opportunities.
2. Large Design Review
Large Design Review is the fastest way to open and interrogate a large assembly. Capabilities include walkthrough, sectioning, and measuring, as well as the ability to open any assembly component. Engineers can instantly open and review massive assemblies for any purpose without the need for a high-powered computer or any special file preparation.
3. Magnetic Lines and Balloon Enhancements
Magnetic Lines allow you to automatically and precisely arrange balloons on a drawing. Balloons will snap to Magnetic Lines and can be moved from one Magnetic Line to another. Create and place balloons precisely where they need to go, while spending less time detailing and aligning your drawings.
4. Feature Freeze
Feature Freeze lets you control whether specific features will rebuild or not. Additional features can be added without having to rebuild earlier ones; at any point, features can be unfrozen. This will dramatically speed the design of complex models where rebuilding of specific features is not desired.
5. Enhanced Equation Editor
The Equation Editor has been completely revamped for easier navigation and use. Syntax highlighting is especially useful for trouble-shooting equations. Multiple views include Variable and Equation View, Dimension View, and Solve Order View. These new capabilities can be used to create equations faster and understand equation order more easily.
Watch this space for Vol. 2 of What’s New in SolidWorks 2012 “Greatest Hits”, coming soon.