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SolidWorks Enhancement Timeline

A complete history of SolidWorks enhancements

Jordan Tadic

on 30 December 2013

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SolidWorks Timeline
User Interface
User Interface
Parts & Features
Sheet Metal
User Interface
Parts & Features
User Interface
Parts & Features
Sheet Metal
User Interface
Sheet Metal
User Interface
Parts & Features
Large Design Review
Sheet Metal
User Interface
Parts & Features
Sheet Metal
User Interface
Activation Wizard
Now available on Customer Portal
SNL Manager
Tab to display borrowed licenses
Update SNL
Can now update SNL rather than reinstall
32/64-bit Admin Images
Create both from same PC
Hardware Benchmark
Have SW grade your hardware
Graphics Recognition
SW.com recognize your graphics card
Search Modes
Search KB, Forums, and Files
Updated Icons
New Tutorials
New PropertyManager icons
Assembly Visualization, Event-based Motion,
SustainabilityXpress, Mouse Gestures
Revolve End Condition
New 'Up to Surface' end condition
Helix Properties
Now Configurable
Onscreen callouts for easy editing
Gobal variable, Scale features, Cosmetic thread
callouts, and K-factor
Surface Extrude
Extrude from 2D or 3D faces and knit
Parting Surface
Greater control by dragging control points
Simplify geometry to protect proprietary information
Interference Detection
Replace Mate
Rebuild Time
Ignore hidden components
Now uses Replace Component dialog
Displayed in AssemblyXpert
Assembly Visualization
Multiple columns, group by property, save display states
Integrated into task pane
Easily capture first-person videos
Available as ass'y features
Available on open dialog
Activate via RMB menu
Auto Arrange
Perfectly arrange all dimensions per standards
Rotated Views
Save rotated 3D views in drawing
Model Colors
Allow drawing entities to match model color
Center Marks
Can be automatically inserted for assemblies
Show Dimension Units
Doc props > Dimensions > Show units of dimensions
Hole Table Updates
Update all callouts after removing rows
Scale Annotation
Doc Props > View Labels > Orthographic > Show label if scales differs...
Hide Bodies
Allow drawing entities to match model color
Note Patterns
Insert > Annotations > Circular Note Pattern
Blank Sketch
Auto generation of blank boundary
Sheet Metal Props
Special properties included for every sheet metal body
Bend Calculation
New variable k-factor calculation
Convert to Sheet Metal
Gauge table, bend allowance, rip types, keep/consume bodies
Mapping Options
Up/Down bend lines mapped to separate layers in DWG/DXF
Cut List Icons
Body types specified in cut list folder
Cut List Order
Cut list items can be manually re-ordered
Grid System
Automated grid-like sketch pattern tool
New Weld Feature
Part weld beads
Ass'y weld beads
Quick selection
Weld tables
PhotoWorks is Gone
PhotoView has obtained all of PhotoWorks' capabilities
Fully Integrated
PhotoView has been integrated in to SW single-window UI
DisplayManager Tab
Full control of appearances and scenes
Decals can now be added/edited in SW Standard
Images with transparency such as PNG files can be used as decals
Repair Sketch
Run repair sketch after DWG/DXF import
IFC Import
Industry Foundation Classes can now be imported
64-bit, tree filter, move with triad
Includes checks for molded parts
Complete Uninstall
Installation Manager can remove all traces of SW
Pre-select Toolbox Std's
Limit your Toolbox during installation
Document Recovery
Auto-recover task pane, and specify save intervals in minutes
Resource Monitor
Tracks system resources and provides warnings
Blank Properties
Templates can now contain blank custom properties
Sketch entities are now anti-aliased to provide more crisp display
Section Views
Show/Hide section caps and their colors after closing section tool
Zebra Stripes
Updated appearance to provide better analysis
Pinning Docs
PhotoView has obtained all of PhotoWorks' capabilities
Window Arrangement
Dock windows left/right
Select All
Preselect part, face, edge, etc, and then select CTRL+A
More Gestures
OK, Cancel, and Macros
Unit Switcher
Change units from status bar
Command Search
Search for commands and drag them onto your CommandManager
Ambient Occlusion
Apply a realistic lighting scheme to your live graphics preview
New Right Click Tools
Sketch Numeric Input, Add Dimension, Sketch Dimension Driven
Diametric Dimension
Automatically lock into diametric or radial dimensioning modes
Undo Dimensions
ESC key now backs up just one dimensioning snap at a time
Auto Zoom to Normal
System Options > Sketch >
Auto-rotate view normal...
Feature Freeze
Exclude unnecessary upstream feature calculations
Multibody Explodes
Create exploded views of multibody parts
Weldments Insert Part
Custom properties transfer to new parts
Split Part Templates
Override default templates during Split and Save Bodies commands
Missing References
Finding one reference will help SW find the rest
Edit Flexible Subs
Edit flexible sub ass'ys within parent ass'y
Disregard Changes
No longer have to reload components with unwanted modifications
Feature Tree Folders
Group non-sequential parts without breaking mates
Hide/Show Components
TAB - hide, SHIFT+TAB - show
Open Sub-assemblies
New context sensitive toolbar options
Highlighted Dims
Changed dimensions can be highlighted
Sequential Ballooning
Number balloons based on location
Magnet Lines
Align and evenly space balloons with ease
Exploded Views
Available in View Palette and RMB menu
Revamped Editor
Easier navigation, syntax highlighting
New Views
Variables and Equations, Dimensions, Solve Order
Auto Solve Order
SolidWorks automatically resolves circular references
Measure References
Use measure tool on the fly to reference dimension
Modify Dialog Box
Insert equations (and dimension names) using the modify dialog box
Swept Flanges
Brand new swept sheet metal feature
Parallel to Base Flange
New 'Up to vertex' alignment option
Tangent to Bend
New flange position alignment option
Tangent Bend Length
New flange length option
Form Tools
PropertyManager to better control location upon insertion
Bend Tables
Alternative to cluttering your flat pattern with bend notes
Punch Tables
Locate your form tool features similar to hole table
Exclude Forms
Specify faces to be ignored during flat pattern
Cut Across Bends
Unfold parts with partial cuts across bends
Notified when ass'y references are out of date
Data stored in part files to allow for complete folder customization
Pack and Go
Save progress bar is shown, and can be canceled
'Rebuild Vault' maximizes efficiency on Windows 7
Faster Imports
Files not saved during import process
Template Editor
Capture unique manufacturing processes/costs
Justify impact of design changes with automatic reporting
Sheet Metal
Bend/form features as well as cutting processes
2-1/2-Axis machining processes on plates and blocks
Roll up
New 'Calculated Cost' property for total ass'y cost in BOM
Push Install and Uninstall
Admin Image Option Editor provides push method for clients without admin privileges
Interoperability Between 2012 & 2013
Open SW 2013 parts & assemblies in 2012 SP5
SolidWorks CAD Admin Dashboard
Monitor the performance, hardware status, and changes to SolidWorks System Options settings for each SolidWorks user at your company
Troubleshooting & Settings Wizard
Available in the SW Resources tab of the Task Pane
Tutorials User Interface
Redesigned for improved user experience
Selecting a SW Version on Open
With multiple version of SW on your machine, a dialog box prompts for a version
SolidWorks Fast Start
SolidWorks begins loading components in the background when you start your computer
Part Reviewer
Auto Sketch Dimensions
Options Searching
SolidWorks Sounds
Orientation Dialog Box
View Selector
Browse model history and comments with ease in Task Pane
Option to ignore auto sketch dimensions, unless typed in while sketching
Search for options & settings
Add sounds to SW program events
Create custom views and use them in different documents, view snapshots
See and select model views in context
Direct Input of Equations
FeatureManager Favorites
FeatureManager Views
Fillet Edge Selection Toolbar
End Conditions from RMB
Customizing Shortcut Bars
Center of Mass
Measure Tool
Input equations directly into PropertyManager fields
Add commonly used items to the Favorites folder
Show features/sketches in the actual order they were created
Select end conditions from the RMB menu
Easier to Customize Shortcut Bars
Reference Point updates as COM changes. Optional time dependency
Point-to-Point mode, arc/circle snaps, last used, history, and reference COM
FilletXpert edge selection toolbar available in manual mode
Conic Curves
Conic curves driven by endpoints and Rho value
Varying Dimension Patterns
Vary the dimensions and locations of instances in a feature pattern
Thin Extrudes
Global Variable units
Intersect Feature
Extrude multiple open contours at once
Specify units for global variable to ensure predictable updates when document’s units are updated
Brand new feature that can add and cut material at the same time
Data Validation
Materials in Design Tables
Drop-down lists are automatically available for compatible variables
Configure from your database
Manage Configuration Data
indicates data does not yet exist
indicates data has been loaded
indicates data will always be saved
Purge Configuration Data
Manually: RMB model name > Rebuild/Save Mark > Remove Mark and Purge Data for All Configurations
Automatically: System options > Performance > Purge cached configuration data
Multiple Exploded Views per Configuration
Quick Filter Buttons
New buttons on the open dialog help you find your SolidWorks files faster
Convert to Envelope
Convert components/assemblies to envelopes from their component properties screen. Envelopes are automatically excluded from: mass props, BOMs, and drawing views
Show Envelopes in Drawings
Envelopes are displayed with phantom lines when they are toggled on within a drawing view
Insert Multiple Components
Double-clicking origin will mate all preselected components to origin automatically
Break all External References
Break all references at once while replacing them with fixed relations
Create subfolders in assembly trees and part’s feature trees
Swept Cut
Cut multiple components after assembly with the new swept cut assembly feature
Custom Inertia
Override inertia properties of components and assemblies
Now available in all assemblies (not just LDR). They can also be created while viewing a walk-through
Interference Detection of Threads
You can now check for matching cosmetic threads for interference rather than ignoring all fasteners
Mirrored Mates
Internal Mates are now propogated to mirrored subassemblies
Tolerances and Precisions can now be linked to model
Automatic Table Sizing
Drag and double-click to auto size rows and columns
Import Toleranced Dimensions
New ‘Toleranced Dimensions’ Import Model Items filter
Smart Arrows
Document Properties > Dimensions > Radius > …point away from dimension
Link Balloon Text
Text can now be linked to file name and part number
Update with Auto Balloon
Now works on previously existing balloons
Sequentially Reorder Balloons
Previously existing balloons can be reordered at anytime
Replace with Auto Balloon
Previously existing balloons can be recreated from scratch
New Section Tool
The section tool interface has been completely redesigned and consolidated with aligned section tool
Drawing View > DXF/DWG
Drawing views can be quickly saved as DXF/DWG’s via PropertyManager
Drawing View > Sketch
Drawing views can also be converted to sketches via RMB
Watermarks in Sheet Formats
RMB annotation > Display Note Behind Sheet
Multibody Library Features
Library features can now include multibody references
3D Bounding Box
Plates, gussets, and end caps can now have their cut list props automatically calculated
Highlighting Bodies
Selecting in graphics area will now also highlight corresponding body in feature tree
Cut List Properties
Link cut list properties to annotations including notes, balloons, BOM table columns, and sheet metal flat pattern views
Feature Tree Groups
Multibody parts group similar features together
Multibody Flat Patterns
All sheet metal bodies will automatically generate flat pattern
Gauge Tables
Only one gauge table per part, but each body can reference unique gauges within that table
Forming Tool Insertion Point
Specify an insertion point for your forming tools
Bend Up/Down Lines Font
Specify unique line fonts to differentiate bends
Bend Note Customization
Bend notes can easily be customized within PropertyManager
Merge Bend Notes
Colinear bend notes can be merged to decrease redundancy
Bend Table Columns
Columns can be customized to include Complimentary Angles or Bend Allowance
Copy and Paste
Appearances can now be copied and pasted
New Appearances
Clear plastics, waxes, translucent marbles, and liquids
Luxology’s Appearance Library
Via the Customer Portal, you will have access to Luxology’s full online appearance library
Network Rendering
Connect up to 10 computers to boost rendering times
Final render window loaded with post-processing tools
Multibody Parts
Can compute individual and total costs
Turned Parts
Capable of computing costs for turned parts
Volume Features
Milling features can be calculated from the volume removed from the stock body
Holes <--> Milled Pockets
You can now drag and drop operations to differentiate their manufacturing processes
Available on iPad
$1.99 for basic, $9.99 for Pro
Markups in SolidWorks
You can now view markups that were saved to the SolidWorks drawing file within SolidWorks
Rounding Sharp Edges
Appearance PropertyManager > Illumination Tab
sharp edges
round edges
Link Cut List Props to Annotations
Link cut list properties to annotations including notes, balloons, BOM table columns, and sheet metal flat pattern views
Installation Manager
Redesigned to display installation steps on left
Error Logs
Easier to diagnose and find
D/L Full Release
Ability to download entire DVD contents
SNL License Activation
No more dongles are needed. All is activated via internet
SolidWorks Rc
Includes 'Diagnostics' tab that will provide you with proper graphics driver
Web-Based Help
All help files are also stored on web for immediate updates
Display States for Parts
RMB in ConfigurationManager to create
Reference Plane Creation
PropertyManager completely simplified
View Decals
SolidWorks standard licenses can now view decals
Saving Multiple Documents
Displays preview of files to be saved
Customize Heads-up View Toolbar
Context Toolbars in Drawings
More right click PropertyManager controls
Data Migration Tab
Mouse Gestures
Right click and drag
Move with triad rulers
Touch Support
Touch and Multi-touch gestures supported
Easier selection and drag preview to resize
Configure Pattern
Qty of instances is now configurable
Link Text to Props
Sketch text can be driven by custom property
Equation Driven Curves
3D curves can be created parametrically from equation
Convert Entities
Now includes a PropertyManager that can be pinned open
Split Lines
Multiple contours, multiple bodies, pattern-able, use sketch text
Hole Wizard
No pre-select required, straight pipe threads
Move Faces
Copy uses Instant3D, select connected faces pop-up
Can specify unique materials for each body
Project Wrap feature onto multiple faces
Assembly Visualization
Visually sort/filter through components based on physical/custom property
Editable feature that creates derived parts
Virtual Components
-convert from external to virtual
-naming convention [PartName^Ass'yName]
-copy from one assembly to another
-specify 'External' vs. 'Virtual' for new parts
View Mate
-lists mates in pop-up window
-lists "mates to ground" first
Coordinate System Mates
Align all 3 axis at once
Replace Component
Clear preview of old part to help reattach mates
Configuration Publisher
-works with parts and assemblies
-configure anything in design table
-upload your product to 3DCC
Modify Configurations
-similar to design tables
-modify material and custom props
Dimension Palette
Section depth
Ordinate dimensions in detail views
Rapid Dimension
Auto spacing and diameter symbols
Attaching symbols and GD&T to dimensions
Dimensions adjusting to center marks
Combining notes
Combining note w/ numbered note
Adding notes from design library
Circling note text
Updating balloon size
Adding quantities outside of balloon
Highlighting BOM’s
Dragging BOM’s onto sheets
BOM component image preview
Edit component properties from BOM
Save settings to sub-assemblies from BOM
BOM navigation is just like Excel
Linking assembly balloons to BOM
Property Window
Materials listed in cut list
Property Tab Builder
Can be utilized for cut list items
Design multiple components in one file
Mirrored Parts
Features are copied when link is broken
Hem Profile
Hem profiles can now be edited via a sketch
DXF Export
Can new export DXF from RMB
Normal Cut
Turn off 'Normal Cut' option for extrude cuts
Import Decals
Create decals with transparent backgrounds
Load 2D Backgrounds
Customize background with image file
Depth of Field
Add lens blur to foreground and background
Bloom Effect
Allow bright object to create a glowing halo effect
Built-in life cycle assessment
Enhanced feature recognition
-fully integrated with EPDM
-selectively display custom props in PropertyManager
-share part numbers across multi-length components
-configure toolbox by config-specific props
-non-config-specific property creation
Drawing Views
Cut lists properties are now organized in a window
User Interface
Parts & Features
Sheet Metal
User Interface
Better contrast for color blind
Quickly access your recently edited features
Complete control over icon/font size
Save As
Auto open newly saved document while amending reference file names
Live rendering of transparency has been improved and optimized for performance
Sections Scope
A section plane can disregard specified bodies or components
Lasso Selection
Use lasso mode rather than window mode for more precise bulk selections
Recent Documents
Drag and drop into parts, assemblies, drawings, and windows explorer
Conic Fillets
New fillet with conic profile (rather than circular) defined by rho value or minimum radius
rho = 0.1
rho = 0.4142
rho = 0.85
Auto Scale
Initial rough sketch is automatically scaled to first dimension
Path Length Dimensions
Combinations of lines and arc can be summed into a total path length parameter
Sketch Picture Scale Tool
Imported image can be automatically scaled to preferred reference dimension
Auto Tangency for Conics
No longer have to manually add tangency to adjacent entities
Fixed Length Spline
Fix the overall length of a spline with a parametric dimension
Style Spline
A new way to sketch and fully define splines with construction lines
Replace Sketch Entities
Replace sketch entities while maintaining downstream relations to other features
Stick Fonts
Zero thickness fonts great for defining CAM paths
OLF SimpleSansOC
Highlight Seed
When a pattern feature is selected, the seed highlights in a different color
Configurable Equations
Tweak equations per each configuration
Slots in Hole Wizard
Create straight or arced slots for any hole style
Thru All In Both Directions
New end condition to save selection time
Deleting Child Features
Ability to choose not to delete children feature when deleting parent
Plane Normal Direction
Power to choose normal direction of reference planes
Volumetric Units
Gallons, liters, pints, cubic yards, and more are now supported
Default Density
Density of water is now used
Rotational Explodes
Add a whole new level of detail to your explode animations
Explode Manipulator
No longer need to hold ALT when re-aligning axes
Rigid/Flexible Toggle
You can now toggle the state of a subassembly from the context toolbar
Mirrored Mates
Mirrored components now include advanced and mechanical mates
Asymmetric Mirrors
Position instances based on bounding box rather than center of mass
Select by Size
Tools > Component Selection > Select by size
FeatureManager Expansion
Subassemblies expand when components are selected in the graphics area
FeatureManager Memory
Deselecting an item will return tree view to previous position
System Options > FeatureManager > Scroll selected item into view
Curve/Sketch Driven Patterns
Previously only available for parts
Pattern Driven Patterns
(New name) Can now reference components in addition to features
SmartMate Sensitivity
Add delay to prevent unnecessary graphical previews updates
System Options > Performance > SmartMate Senitivity
Locking Rotation
Concentric mates now include an option to lock rotation (also available on RMB)
Pinning Mate Tool
The Mate tool's PropertyManager can now be unpinned to close immediately
Default Mates
Cylindrical surfaces to axes now trigger the concentric mate rather than coincident
Quick Mates
Select mates from a context sensitive pop-up menu just like adding relations
Spherical Mates
Spherical bodies can now be mated tangent to non-planar faces, edges, and sketches
Slot Mate
Mate pins to slots with ease
Configs in Context Menu
Quickly select new config from pop-up menu
Limit Mates
Configure upper and lower values of limit mates in design tables
"Resolved" and "R" has finally been replaced with "Unsuppressed" and "U"
"S" can be substituted for a "1" and "U" equals "0"
BOM Toolbox Properties
Part Name, Standard, and Specification can be added to BOM columns
Notes Area
Static annotation plane normal to screen in parts/assemblies for tables and title blocks
Placed View Icons
View palette now displays all views with icons next to views that have been used
Replace Model
Replace models in pre-existing views with new PropertyManager
Edit Section Views
Edit pre-existing section views with same commands available during creation
Balloons References
Balloon references can be reassigned via right click
Dual Dimension Placement
Ability to split dimensions above and below leader line
Annotation Attachment
Redefine annotations attached view or sheet
View Label Tags
Recreate or customize view labels by quickly inserting standard tags
Slot Centerlines
Automatically create centerlines for slot features
Slot Callouts
Uses same format as hole callouts
Angular Dimension Snaps
Snap perfectly to surrounding dimensions
Angular Running Dims
Work similar to ordinate dimensions based on a shared zero angle reference
Datum Alignment
Snap datums to points rather than just lines/edges
Redesigned Symbol Library
Enhanced interface to simplify navigation and selection
Geometry Highlighting
Geometry associated with selected dimension/annotation also highlights
Predefined Sheet Formats
Predefine your preferred sheet format for secondary drawing sheets
BOM Sorting
Save sort settings to a BOM template or to a separate file to be applied to other BOMs
BOM Splitting
Predefine row number for BOM to automatically split at
Magnet Line Snaps
Soft snaps at every 15 degrees
Balloon Attachments
Easier to select and move balloon arrow heads onto new entities
Balloon Leaders
New alignment option to keep leader attached to balloon at all times
Balloon Qty
Option to adjust distance between balloon an quantity text
Dimensioning Arcs
Dimension two points on the same arc by holding SHIFT for first selection
Auxiliary View Alignment
Set auxiliary views and section views to be orthographically aligned to drawing sheet
View Label Font
Full control of font for all labels of all view types
Table Annotation Views
Tables can now be assigned to annotation views other than 'Notes Area'
Out-of-Date Drawing Views
Views no longer need to be redrawn before continuing your work
GD&T Compliance
GD&T dialog box supports changes specified in the ASME Y14.5-2009 standards
JIS Weld symbols
6 additional JIS weld symbols are available
Symbol File Location
Can save the GTOL.SYM file in any searchable folder
System Options > File Locations > Symbol Library File
Surface Section Views
Create section views of models that contain surface bodies
Auto Virtual Sharps
Create virtual sharps on the fly while dimensioning
Dimension Line Format
Explicitly control both leader and extension line font types and thickness
Swept Flange Flat
More control over flat patterns for cylinders and cones
Gusset Tool
Quickly add gusset forms to your sheet metal bends for rigidity
Corner Reliefs
Are now present and visible in both flattened and formed states
Bent Lofted Bend
Visualize the flat sections through a lofted bend in the formed state
Configurable Weldment Profiles
Quickly create massive libraries of common shape profiles in a single file with design tables
Propagate Cut List Properties
Propagate cut list properties to exported part's custom properties or cut list properties
LXO Export
Export models as a Luxology Modo LXO file type
Save as PNG
Options to remove background and control DPI
New Scenes
Realistic natural landscape environments
Stretch Backgrounds
Option to stretch background to fit unique resolutions
Flattened Floors
Flatten portions of spherical scene environments as a floor appearance
Cartoon Renderings
Outline edges while simplifying shading to flat colors
Sun Light
Add new directional light based on coordinates, date, and time
Solar Access Study
Use animation wizard to animate shadows over the course of a given time range
Refining Renderings
Save image from refined preview screen
Animate Exploded Views
You can now view assembly instruction style animations in eDrawings
DimXpert Dims
Eliminate the need of paper entirely by viewing your DimXpert dimensions from part files
3D Content Central
Browse 3DCC and download file in eDrawings format on mobile device
Costing Options
Dialog box with system options specifically for the Costing module
Volume Options
Quick cost approximates by using simplified calculations based on volume removed
Loading Operations
New cost criteria measured in time for specific machines
Limited-access Template
Customers can now analyze costs without being able to access proprietary template data
Sheet Metal Scrap
Specify what percentage of material will be scrapped
Convert Cuts to Drills
Quickly toggle between cut paths and drilled holes
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