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September 07, 2009
SolidWorks 2010 Prepares For Takeoff
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Jeff Rowe - Managing Editor

by Jeff Rowe - Contributing Editor
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On September 1, Dassault Systèmes (DS) SolidWorks Corp. unveiled the SolidWorks 2010 product line, a new set of software products that optimize and bulletproof the core product design functions that make designers and engineers successful every day. Through the use of CAD, simulation, data management, documentation, and environmental impact assessment, organizations will transform their inspirations into innovation, supported by a vibrant community of CAD users, content, technology, and expertise.

This new SolidWorks product line also improves depth and performance by extending the DS SolidWorks tradition of including hundreds of new enhancements specifically requested by customers.

“When I saw the sneak preview of SolidWorks 2010 at the SolidWorks World 2009 conference in Orlando, I was very excited about most of the new functionality,” said Wayne Tiffany, senior machine designer at Automatic Systems Inc. of Kansas City, Mo. “Now that I’m using SolidWorks 2010, I’m already seeing some payback. The new drawing enhancements have helped speed up drawing creation while the new DXF export and preview capabilities have helped make data output for manufacturing faster and more efficient. Most important, using the new assembly visualization functionality, I found a mistake where I had assigned the wrong material density to one of the parts in a recent design
and was able to quickly remedy the issue. Bottom line, SolidWorks 2010 is already helping me be more productive.”

What’s new in the SolidWorks 2010 product line

SolidWorks Premium CAD software improves designers’ and engineers’ productivity with a wide range of new capabilities. Patent-pending rapid dimensions, for example, display new dimension placement alternatives and neatly re-arrange existing dimensions to make room for the selection. A configuration publisher lets users easily publish a model configurator interface to the 3D ContentCentral service – a Web-based marketplace for 3D parts, assemblies, and other content – to enable simple selection of model alternatives. Patent-pending heads-up mouse gesturing puts unprecedented power in simple movements of the hand. SolidWorks 2010 also provides greatly enhanced reference plane
creation methods, sheet metal functionality, weldment performance, component mirroring capabilities, and direct editing tools. And PhotoView 360 makes it even easier for novices to render photorealistic images like professionals.

SolidWorks Simulation Premium empowers teams by arming them with tools to easily validate design decisions, uncover hidden problems before they affect production, and potentially save hundreds of thousands of dollars. The new version adds first-ever capabilities like event-based motion simulation, which mimics the way machines really work, as well as proximity sensors and automatic edge-weld sizing. The overhauled simulation advisor, part of the SimulationXpress software included with every license of SolidWorks CAD software, guides novices through their first few successful simulations, shortening the learning curve and adding a layer of protection against errors.

SolidWorks Enterprise PDM software includes new productivity features for preparing models and drawings for distribution. A new convert, publish, print, and plot capability, for example, automatically converts hundreds of manufacturing drawings into neutral formats for quoting, collaboration, batch printing, and sharing with other systems. The new SolidWorks Enterprise PDM streamlines collaboration with a single centralized SolidWorks Toolbox library and introduces a new suite of rapid implementation tools for quicker return on investment.

3DVIA Composer automatically creates product documentation and keeps it updated with every design change. It helps organizations repurpose 3D assets to quickly create product manuals, brochures, catalogs, assembly instructions, training videos, and more. 3DVIA Composer 2010 further reduces documentation time by repurposing SolidWorks configurations and exploded views, thus putting intelligent design data to work. It includes a new time-saving ability to auto-create explode lines for multiple exploded views. Users can also create richer, more informative documentation with scalable detail views, BOMs in 3D, a shadow caster, and photorealistic background objects.

SolidWorks Sustainability software for the first time makes sustainable design accessible, credible, and SolidWorks simple. SolidWorks Sustainability helps users determine the carbon footprint, energy consumption, and air/water impacts in a product design’s raw material sourcing, manufacture, use, and disposal. An assembly visualization tool color-codes parts based on their total environmental impact. Configuration support in the software also lets users compare multiple design iterations for sustainability concerns.

Included with every license of SolidWorks software, SolidWorks SustainabilityXpress helps users immediately determine the environmental impact of any part. SolidWorks Sustainability products include an environmental impact dashboard, customizable reports, and a tool to find alternative materials to easily compare and instantly improve the sustainability of a part.

Both SolidWorks Sustainability and SolidWorks SustainabilityXpress draw on the expertise, research, development, and data of Germany-based partner PE INTERNATIONAL, the largest and oldest network of sustainability experts in the world, and PE Americas, its U.S. division. Together, the new products give the SolidWorks community a way to make a significant collective impact on the environment by incrementally improving every design.

“SolidWorks 2010 is designed to provide every design team with an improved work experience that can bring them to new levels of success regardless of their industry,” said Austin O’Malley, CTO of DS SolidWorks Corp. “We listened to what the engineering community was asking for, which was a rock solid work experience and depth of functionality to help them work faster and smarter. We’re confident we have delivered. The sustainability capabilities will also help our community make an important contribution to the world in creating environmentally friendly products.”


SolidWorks 2010 products are available for purchase worldwide through SolidWorks authorized resellers and will ship in October.

Commentary By Jeffrey Rowe, Editor

It’s September and it’s time for new beginnings. Time to get back to school for some of us, while it’s back to real work for those fortunate enough to be employed. Also, it’s time to launch into the new software release season, and SolidWorks 2010 is one of the first major releases on tap after a relatively slow summer, as is typical.

I’ve had a beta copy of SolidWorks 2010 for several weeks and have taken a preliminary look at some of the new features and capabilities that I’ll discuss below. I also spent a day discussing and demoing with a couple SolidWorks managers -- Fielder Hiss, VP Product Management and Ian Hogg, Product Marketing Manager, Simulation.

It’s hard to believe that SolidWorks 2010 marks the 18th release of the flagship product. It’s really come a long way, but the leaps and bounds, scads and piles of new features that were commonplace have slowed somewhat to a more sane pace and volume. In fact, with SolidWorks 2010, the company continues to stress the importance of software stability and dependability over feature bloat and piling on features that relatively few customers actually use.

Breaking from past tradition, this release of SolidWorks was previewed to a number of different media groups in a number of different ways. The company was trying to get the most bang for its buck, and understandably so, therefore the break from tradition of PowerPoints for the masses and hands-on for those that chose to do so. First, let me say that contrary to some pronouncements and claims by the “new, social media, I (as well as most of my peers) am not a shill, hack, or parrot for software and hardware vendors. We have to stay on top of a broad industry that has diverse needs and requirements. It’s not easy trying to stay on top of hundreds of currently marketed CAD/CAM/CAE/PLM core products, add-ins, partners, and services; much less emerging technologies and R&D efforts. I constantly get requests to demo and review software and hardware (beta and shipping). This year, in fact, I have received 378 such requests, so I am very selective because they can be demanding and time consuming. I wish I had the luxury of becoming an expert with a given software technology or small group of technologies, but that’s not the case. I do not review and report on products that are, in my opinion, obviously bad or “me too” products. Why waste my time and the time of my readers? It just doesn’t make sense. So, the different technical software media
have different voices because our media consumers have different needs and expectations. We’re all relevant to the people we try to serve, so tone down some of the self-promotion, self-aggrandizing, and self-importance proclamations by continually stating how great you are and how bad the vendors, their products, and other media members are.

Anyway, back to the issue at hand – some of the more significant aspects of SolidWorks 2010. These are far from all the new features and enhancements, but are the ones that interested me most in evaluating the beta version.

That’s just a very brief overview of what’s coming in SolidWorks 2010. In the coming months, after the new version ships, I’ll be detailing some of the new and enhanced features. I’m also committing to becoming a Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) and Certified SolidWorks Professional (CSWP) in the next several months and reporting on the experience. I’ve wanted to do this for some time and in doing so, I’m hoping to become “worthy” and “credible” in the eyes of some detractors.

The Week’s Top 5

At MCADCafé we track many things, including the stories that have attracted the most interest from our subscribers. Below are the five news items that were the most viewed during last week.

Bunkspeed Introduces HyperDrive ‘10

Bunkspeed announced the availability of HyperDrive’10, the animation and driving system for automotive designers, photographers and marketers. HyperDrive represents the next generation of automotive design visualization and animation systems combining sophisticated CGI technology with ease of use. According to the company, in a matter of minutes, users with little or no 3D experience can create stunning presentations and vehicle driving animations with physical accuracy. The latest release of HyperDrive is now also available as a 64-bit version. Users can work with large production data sets directly from their CAD systems, without having to spend days to strip out unwanted details. Users can now animate materials and lights as well as sequence multiple camera animations together into a single animation. During driving animations, users can now switch the vehicles for design evaluations. The integrated physics engine has been completely revamped, and represents a vehicle’s physical properties even more accurately. HyperDrive’10 offers the ultimate integration with HyperShot, Bunkspeed’s digital camera for 3D data. Users can now import their HyperShot scenes and materials directly into HyperDrive without the need to start over with the original data set. All materials applied to the vehicle can be directly used as they are, or further refined for downstream use.
All changed made to the scene can be transferred back to HyperShot.

Nottingham University Uses PTC Technology To Drive Engineering Degrees

PTC announced that the University of Nottingham’s Faculty of Engineering , one of the UK’s leading engineering universities, has deployed PTC’s Pro/ENGINEER to teach mechanical engineering, design engineering, product design, manufacturing engineering, and management undergraduate courses. The University Plus Site license now gives over 1200 students the very latest engineering tools to help prepare for their future careers. It ensures that the University remains competitive, fostering innovations via one complete engineering and design package. The University of Nottingham dates back to 1881, achieving Royal Charter in 1948. At the recent 2009 Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts Design Directions awards (known as the Oscars of the design world) three of its students were awarded top places. The winning third and fourth year students are part of an innovative design course in the School of M3 (Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering) at the University, all of which focuses on the use of Pro/ENGINEER. PTC’s 10 year commitment to UK education and its 24 years of industry experience has provided a unique insight into the needs of both UK education and industry and recognized the importance and effectiveness of project based learning activities, both inside and outside the classroom. In increasing its commitment to education PTC is
now offering every College and University student, enrolled at a College/University using Pro/ENGINEER University Edition, a free perpetual license of Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire Schools Edition.

Geometric releases 3DPaintBrush version 2.0

Geometric Limited announced the release of version 2.0 of its visualization product, 3DPaintBrush. 3DPaintBrush is an innovative visualization and rendering tool that helps create near photo-realistic images, animations, and videos from 3D models in real-time. It is used for repurposing of 3D models and creating digital content for architectural and interior design, industrial and product design, presentations and instruction manuals, marketing collateral, etc. New features in 3DPaintBrush version 2.0 include:

  • Lights Movement: For visualizing and positioning lights in the scene as well as modifying light properties like colour and direction. Modifications are reflected in the Graphics Area in real time

  • Export to 3D PDF (beta) and executable file formats : For helping users to export their scenes as 3D PDF and executable (*.exe) files

  • Support for Google SketchUp 7.0 and improved performance, while importing SketchUp files

  • Export to GIF

  • Camera Views: For storing camera views and orientation
  • ANSYS Ranked #33 on FORTUNE 100 Fastest-Growing Companies List

    ANSYS announced its inclusion on the 2009 FORTUNE 100 Fastest-Growing Companies list. ANSYS is ranked number 33 overall, the only engineering simulation provider and the only Pennsylvania-based company to make the list. Of the 24 companies in the technology sector, ANSYS was in the top 10, ranked at number eight. FORTUNE’s Fastest-Growing list includes profitable, publicly traded companies with at least $50 million in annual revenue and a market capitalization of at least $250 million. Companies on the list must also have posted yearly revenue and earnings per share growth of at least 20 percent. To compile the list, FORTUNE ranked companies based on the last three
    years of revenue, profit growth and total return using data provided by Zacks Investment Research. In the past, ANSYS has been listed on the magazine’s 100 Fastest-Growing Small Businesses list, which includes public companies with annual revenues of less than $200 million.

    500+ Companies Confirm 3D Product Catalogs Mission Critical

    PARTsolutions, LLC released a new industry survey that provides a view into the importance of CAD-native 3D product catalogs to design engineers for product selection. Compiled by polling more than 500 companies -- including 3M, Lockheed Martin, Ford Motor Company, Goodrich, Cessna Aircraft Company and Bose Corporation -- the data reveals that supplying catalogs in paper, PDF or neutral file formats is no longer adequate, with 85% of design engineers preferring part downloads in their CAD-native format. CAD-native 3D product catalogs are rapidly becoming a critical business component for manufacturers and necessary to get their products selected, designed in and purchased, with 80% of
    design engineers indicating that multiple units will be purchased for production once downloaded. Some of the highlights of the survey include:

  • 87% of design engineers want to configure the exact part they are specifying.

  • 85% of downloaded parts get purchased.

  • 80% of downloaded parts are purchased for prototypes and for multiple units in production.

  • 73% of design engineers will choose one vendor over another because they provide CAD data.

  • Jeffrey Rowe is the editor of 
    MCADCafé and MCAD Weekly Review. He can be reached at
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    This Week

    Lead Story

    SolidWorks 2010 Products: Work Smarter and Faster with Powerful New Capabilities

    Product and Company News

    Race Track Technology, HP, and What Am I Doing In An Indy 500 Race Car Anyway?

    Field Precision Achieves Unprecedented Speed in 3D Finite-element Software

    Vero products help design eco-friendly concept car

    Cyon Research Chooses Tableau Software to Provide Clients Interactive Data Visualization Capabilities for Survey Research

    LEDAS Improves Assembly Design and Kinematic Simulation in Rhino 3D and Announces History-Free Geometry Editing

    ANSYS Launches Immersed Boundary Module for Rapid Design Evaluation

    XL Video uses PTC CoCreate For Flexibility and Speed in Product Design

    Benchmark Testing & the Need for Speed; HP Z600 workstation Speeds up Toolpath Calculations

    Autodesk Qualifies BOXX Workstations for 2010 Software Products

    3D3 Solutions Unveils FlexScan3D V2.5 3D Scanner; New Features Speed Up the 3D Scanning Process

    Bunkspeed Releases HyperMove‘10

    Citius Corporation Releases the KBMAX Configurator

    Delcam maintains development investment despite downturn

    Sea Change in Technology Raising Metrology-Quality Standards

    CADParts & Consulting LLC Provides Greater Benefits to Customers by Using Arena to Streamline Data and Development Processes

    SolidWorks Reseller, Computer Aided Technology, Inc., Named to 2009 Inc. 5000 List

    U.S. Navy Contractor Cuts Costs and Improves Collaboration With Serena Software's Lean BPM Solution

    ModuleWorks acquires HeilTech Simulation Company

    MIE Solutions Machine Asset Management Work Order System Released

    Surfware/Celeritive Lawsuit Settled

    Unite the power of Parametric with the ease of Direct modeling. Free Download - Inventor Fusion Technology

    MFG.com, WRAP Form Alliance for Textiles

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    Tata Technologies ‘Investing in Engineering’ Seminar Series Focuses on the Value of Digital Prototyping

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    CADWorx, CAESAR II, PV Elite, and TANK to Be Featured During COADE Discovery Tour in San Francisco

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    ModernTech Mechanical Announces “What’s New in SolidWorks 2010” Events

    MIE Solutions will be exhibiting at FABTECH in Chicago November 15th - November 18th, 2009

    Oakland University and Dassault Systèmes Partner to Offer Product Lifecycle Management Short Course

    Delcam to show Tribrid Modelling and more at TCT

    Webinar – Unhappy with SolidWorks, SolidEdge or Inventor Register Now

    Delcam CRISPIN to show complete footwear CADCAM range of SIMAC

    ANSYS CEO to Present at Kaufman Bros. 12th Annual Investor Conference

    Intergraph and Customers to Present SmartMarine 3D Design Use and Successes at International Shipbuilding Conference

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