SolidWorks' largest release ever includes 250 new features in market-leading 3D mechanical design software
CONCORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 7, 2003-- SolidWorks Corporation today unveiled a new version of its market-leading 3D mechanical design software featuring more than 250 customer-requested enhancements, including performance that is 15 times faster than competing midrange software. By exponentially accelerating large assembly processing and automating hundreds of tedious tasks, SolidWorks(R) 2004 unleashes designer and engineer creativity to make better, more attractive, more marketable products in a fraction of the time competing software takes.
For instance, powerful drawing automation enhancements let
designers create production-level drawings from large assemblies
faster than ever. New lightweight drawings let users create assembly
drawings without loading every component into memory. By simply
dragging and dropping an assembly into a drawing, a user can generate
2D views of a 10,000-piece assembly in about 10 seconds. Many systems
can't even create a drawing view of such a large assembly. SolidWorks
2004 also enables design engineers for the first time to generate a
single bill of materials for multiple projects with numerous parts,
quantities, and configurations, a key process in accelerating a design
to manufacturing. Other important new drawing automation elements
include auto ballooning, hole tables, and revision tracking tables.
Timesaving, productivity-enhancing capabilities like these result in
products that look, work, and sell better. No other software can match
SolidWorks' performance, which annotates drawings 10 times faster than
competing 2D offerings - yet another compelling reason for 2D software
users to migrate to 3D software.
Simon Stone, a mechanical engineer for the UK-based Mech
Innovation design firm, is a SolidWorks 2004 beta customer who has
worked extensively with the software's consumer product design
functions, including new Deform and section view capabilities. "Users
will find these capabilities extremely useful," he said. "While it
used to take up to 10 seconds to generate a single cutaway view in a
complex model, I can now view them instantaneously as I dynamically
scroll and rotate the plane forward and backward through the object.
The Deform tool lets me instantly give complex models sleek new
contours with the minimum of effort. SolidWorks 2004 is fast, fluid,
flexible, and worth every penny."
Something for every user
SolidWorks 2004 also contains new advanced features developed
specifically for machine designers, mold/tool/die makers, and consumer
New SolidWorks welding design, drawing automation, large assembly,
and COSMOSXpress(TM) analysis software enhancements benefit machine
designers, who typically work on assemblies with up to 30,000 parts.
|--||Weldment environment: SolidWorks 2004 includes a revolutionary weldment environment that for the first time simulates how designers really work. Users can now design structures by sketching them in a part document instead of creating an assembly. Users can create weldment members from a set of predefined pipes, beams, tubes, and angle irons without configuring each weldment from scratch. SolidWorks 2004 also automates the creation of fillet weld beads, gussets, end caps, and cut lists. No other software matches this set of timesaving capabilities.|
|--||Lightweight sub-assemblies: SolidWorks 2004 users can work on assemblies with thousands of parts through its new memory management technology. This novel approach explains why SolidWorks can accelerate large assembly design processes by as much as 15 times over competing software.|
|--||COSMOSXpress: SolidWorks 2004 includes new features in COSMOSXpress, the only built-in analysis tool available for testing part designs quickly and easily within a 3D mechanical design system. Enhancements include a seamless integration with COSMOSWorks(TM), a standalone analysis software package for which SolidWorks is also announcing upgrades today (see related news release). Users can now perform initial analyses in COSMOSXpress and instantly switch to COSMOSWorks for higher-level analyses.|
"SolidWorks has automated the mundane and tedious processes that
in the past have stood between a designer's vision and what they hope
to accomplish," said Joe Greco, a freelance CAD writer and analyst.
"With SolidWorks 2004, designers and engineers can more quickly build
creative, innovative designs that lead to brilliant new products. In
addition, now they can more effectively model products and simulate
entire systems, which in turn accelerates the design-to-production
SolidWorks 2004 gives mold designers new tools to eliminate
time-consuming tasks. A new core/cavity command automates the design
of the two main mold parts. Users need only specify the size of the
mold steel and SolidWorks does the rest. Undercut analysis saves
designers time and money by automatically detecting potential problems
in the mold long before production. The new shutoff surfaces command
automatically locates and seals openings for core and cavity creation.
A thickness analysis tool detects regions of a model that would
restrict flow through the mold or weaken the finished product. New
tools automatically create parting lines, parting surfaces, and
efficient flash wells in a single command. No software moves mold
makers from concept to mold creation more quickly.
Consumer product design
SolidWorks 2004 gives consumer product designers powerful new
capabilities for creating the stylized shapes they need in fewer
steps. The new Deform command, for example, lets industrial designers
alter the shape of their 3D models simply by pointing, clicking, and
dragging a point or curve. A user, for instance, can take a boxy
telephone handset model and give it a stunning new look in seconds
while preserving the original engineering intent. New surfacing
capabilities provide a range of preconfigured trim options and
automate the creation of draft and fillets. Loft connectors define how
model profiles align, to prevent twisting.
With the new SolidWorks RealView feature, users can now create
lifelike views of products in various stages of design using realistic
materials and textures without leaving the design mode. Unlike
competing products, RealView marries industrial designers' aesthetics
with mechanical designers' functional concerns to deliver the most
realistic, real-time rendering capability available within a 3D
mechanical design system.
SolidWorks 2004 also includes a set of unique system enhancements
that save time and liberate designers' creativity. For example, the
new materials database lets users point and click to select material
properties, including color, texture, cross hatch, and physical
properties. A new Quick Tips feature walks users through common
operations such as sketching, part creation, drawing, and assembly
design so new users can start designing parts right away. A task
scheduler automates non-design tasks, such as batch printing, data
import, data export, and eDrawings publication to occur at users'
convenience, such as overnight. SolidWorks can now operate in
Microsoft(R) Windows(R) workstations using 3 GB of memory, allowing
users to create larger designs faster than ever.
SolidWorks has also enhanced its built-in product data management
(PDM) software, PDMWorks(TM). New features include the ability to
automatically bulk load thousands of SolidWorks or AutoCAD files -
e.g., entire projects and databases - into a PDMWorks vault, complete
with property and attribute mapping and configuration previews. An
archive/restore command lets users archive old revisions, saving disk
space and increasing performance, then recover them at any time with a
point and click.
"SolidWorks 2004 is far and away our most comprehensive release
ever," said Chris Garcia, SolidWorks' vice president of research and
development. "We've never been able to put this much new functionality
into a single release. SolidWorks 2004 embodies hundreds of customer
requests for enhancements, and, as is quite apparent, our customers
have spectacular ideas. These enhancements give designers and
engineers a clearly defined opportunity to seize competitive advantage
by spending less time on busy work and moving products more quickly to
SolidWorks 2004 is available immediately for purchase in 12
languages worldwide. It is available in three configurations.
SolidWorks 2004 is the core modeling software in the company's 3D
design product suites, SolidWorks Office and SolidWorks Office
About SolidWorks Corporation
SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systemes S.A. (Nasdaq:
Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets software
for mechanical design, analysis, and product data management. Founded
in 1993, SolidWorks' mission is to unleash the power of 3D for
everyone in product development and foster a collaborative user
community. In seven years of delivering product, SolidWorks has
shipped more than 250,000 total seats of software worldwide.
SolidWorks has offices around the globe and sells, distributes, and
supports its products through a worldwide reseller network. For the
latest news, information, or a live online demonstration, visit the
company's Web site (
www.solidworks.com ) or call 1-800-693-9000
(outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).