Focus on Speed and Collaboration Enables Design Teams to Work More
Productively and Profitably
CONCORD, Mass. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — September 1, 2010 —
Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. (DS SolidWorks) today unveiled the
2011 product line, delivering new ways to speed product design,
deepen collaboration, and strengthen designers’ engagement with
The new SolidWorks 2011 family of products includes hundreds of
improvements requested by customers who use SolidWorks every day to
design new products, validate their performance, communicate with
partners, manage design data, and minimize a product’s impact on the
"In addition to refinements throughout, SolidWorks 2011’s new CAD and
PDM capabilities will enable our engineering groups to intelligently
tackle new challenges in the design of our products and production
systems," said Janine D. Essex, global product line manager for the
SolidWorks application at
Bosch LLC, a leading global technology and services company. “We’re
expecting measurable, improved, and enhanced productivity throughout our
“There are big changes,” said Robert Teele, lead mechanical designer for
Fuel Cells, a clean energy products company in Billerica, Mass. “Our
production and marketing departments, for example, are eager to use the
new walk-through animation capability to explore our equipment designs
and our custom on-site installations with customers.”
Work faster and smarter
The more quickly you can move a great new product to market – and that
pressure continues to intensify – the greater the success for everyone
involved. SolidWorks has always focused on this imperative and continues
to do so in SolidWorks 2011, which includes the following highlights:
New drawing detailing functions in
CAD software eliminate the time and effort of manual dimensioning.
Users can automatically align, stagger, or center dimensions in a
single click without any overlap. Drawings look cleaner and more
professional than ever with just a few clicks.
New 2D Simplification helps speed up parts analysis. Users
simply select an intersecting plane and apply the loads and restraints
to perform static, nonlinear, pressure vessel, and thermal studies.
Simulation instantly calculates the results and displays them on
the full 3D model – with no waiting.
A new Electronics Cooling Module lets users set up and
execute thermal simulations quickly and easily, helping ensure that
heat doesn’t melt a product’s electronics. A new HVAC module
works the same way for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.
Expanded part libraries now include fans, materials, two-resistor
components, and integrated circuit packages. New analysis variables
include local air quality, ambient temperature, and Joule heating.
A new menu bar in
Enterprise PDM product data management software speeds access to
key designs. The menu bar, which slips right into Windows Explorer,
combines the simplicity of Windows with the benefits of an enterprise
data strategy for improved collaboration, control, and reuse of
valuable design information.
All SolidWorks 2011 products improve speed and reliability by using
memory more efficiently when working with large designs and during
prolonged work sessions.
Deepen communication and collaboration
The better key stakeholders grasp intent and direction of a design from
the start, the smoother the journey to the finished product. That’s why
DS SolidWorks consistently improves SolidWorks’ powerful collaboration
and visualization capabilities.
New in SolidWorks 2011, for example, is the ability to more easily
create compelling photorealistic renderings in PhotoView 360.
It is now fully integrated into SolidWorks CAD software, creating a
single, unified environment for design and rendering.
For an immersive experience, SolidWorks users can lead their customers
through designs using new Walk-Through capabilities. Users can
easily navigate their design visions via their mouse or an onscreen
console — no preset paths are required.
SolidWorks customers can also work more closely with partners by
sending them detailed designs — but not too detailed. The new Defeature
tool facilitates the removal of unnecessary detail or sensitive
intellectual property before sharing.
For improved communication beyond the design team,
Composer technical communication software, introduces a dynamic, interactive,
“storyboard” capability that helps customers deliver process
instructions through interactive images. Users can create a
step-by-step linked narrative for recipients, such as a colleague in
manufacturing, a prospect considering a big contract, or a consumer
actually using the product. Users simply drag and drop views to create
interactive procedures that are clear and effective. Magnetic lines
are another innovative feature that increases productivity by neatly
organizing content with minimal clicks.