As promised, here’s Volume 2 of the “Greatest Hits” of What’s New in SolidWorks 2012.
1. Command Search
Command Search allows you to quickly find commands that are either hard to access, or not on the standard toolbars. Launch commands, drag and drop commands, or just highlight command locations in pull-down menus or toolbars directly from the search results. New users will get up to speed faster with Command Search, and all users can more easily customize the SolidWorks user interface to streamline your workflow.
2. Motion Optimization
Motion Optimization automatically uses motion study results to create sensors and refine machine aspects such as motor size, bearing loads, and range of travel. Dynamically adjust any input and immediately see changes to constraints or goals. Engineers can optimize designs in a fraction of the time by refining the mechanism configuration to suit stock motors and actuators, ensuring range limits or bearing loads are not exceeded.
3. SolidWorks Enterprise PDM Integrated Search
Enterprise PDM Integrated Search gives you the option of searching from within your current Explorer window— no separate dialogs needed. Access favorite searches or open the full search tool for all options. This reduces screen clutter by streamlining the number of open dialog boxes.
4. 3DVIA Composer Enhanced Lifelike Experience
Enhanced Lifelike Experience enables you to add part-to-part shadows, ambient occlusion, and shadows to 2D panels with precise control for a more 3D appearance. A glow effect can also be added to highlight specific areas of interest. Take precise control over your 3DVIA Composer renderings and set your company apart from the competition by adding a more lifelike appearance to your product documentation.
5. SolidWorks Sustainability
Sustainability has a new, advanced user interface that allows you to more closely model processes, with parameters like recycled content and duration of use. You also have access to the latest Sustainability Extras materials as soon as they become available—without waiting for service packs or new releases. This will allow you to more accurately model your products with new “what if” scenarios and better support for unique and custom materials, beyond the standard SolidWorks material database.
Watch for upcoming articles where we’ll go into more detail on some of these great new enhancements and innovations.