Solidworks 2009 Sneak Peak


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SpeedPak Technology
I love the terminology they come up with sometimes. Speedpak does indeed sound better
than amphetamine sulphate pak, but the results are the same. Adjusting a slider is like
popping tabs as your model eliminates what components are loaded.
Plus, you can make selections for what stays.
I’m interested to know what/how it chooses to eliminate.
I’m also kinda wondering if this is a modified, yet sexier, lightweight components.

BOM in Assembly
You can create a BOM in an assembly. When you edit a field in that BOM it updates
the corresponding custom property. This looked great, but I’m concerned with large assembly BOMs.
Will they be too small? Scalable? Multiple tabs?

Toolbox Enhancements
You can change configurations right on the screen and update bolt size using Instant3D.
I cringe at toolbox stuff. Mostly because it’s never worked all that well for me and
it lacks aircraft standard hardware. I’ll admit though, it’s been a couple years since I’ve used it last.
It’s great they’re tying the Instant3D in with assembly

Ribbon Cable Support
There’s some added ribbon cable functionality added to routing. Looks like fun,
but I don’t do wiring, so… ya, cool.

Sketch Enhancements
Dimensions suddenly appear as you’re sketching. As soon as you sketch a line,
you can immediately type the dimension in. This is how it always should have been.
I’m thinking (hoping) this will be an option because it could get annoying
if you want to sketch or trace a quick profile.

Slot Tool
I don’t think I need to say anymore, except it works like the sketch offset tool,
but fast as greased death.

Negative Dimension
Finally, some negativity. Enter a negative dimension, and it goes the other direction.

With the tool you can stretch geometry that’s dimensioned. It supports negative dimension.

Sheet Metal
Solid to Sheet Metal
This is more than just Insert Bends. Make a solid, select a main face and the edges to rip.
It then wraps it in sheet metal and allows you to unbend it. There’s got to be limitation
with complex parts which could be really annoying. Hopefully it will deal with these well.
I can see this command eliminating a lot of typical problems with sheet metal
and the process of step-by-step sheet metal feature creation.

Plastic Tools
Lip and Groove, Shell and Draft
Automatically adds a lip and groove to the split part as well as Shell and Draft.
They were going to quick to tell if this was in a single part file or if it could be done in an assembly.
Seems simple in a part context.

User Interface
Command Manager
I hear the angels singing with a lot of SolidWorks Users that like this thing.
You can now put it on the sides.

Double-Click Middle Mouse button Zoom-to-Fit
Ya know, like in AutoCrad. They showed it in a drawing, so I’m not sure it’s the same in the model.
If it’s not, it should be and for pete’s sake, zoom to the model geometry, not the boundary.

Quickly magnify an area of the screen without having to zoom in and out. Hmmm… Hmmmm.
Sounds nice. You will have to see this because it made me kinda snicker.
An actual magnifying glass pops up. I pictured an old coot with bad eyes.
It’s neat I suppose, and watch, I’ll end up finding it the most useful thing.

Triad Orientation
Click on the X, Y or Z axis and the model is oriented to that view.
A little bit closer to eliminating the view orientation toolbar and pop-up.

Drag Drop Leaders
You can drag and drop hole callouts to another instance of feature.

Title Block Wizard
Now you won’t have to edit the sheet format, use that crappy macro or hire someone
to make a crappy macro for you. There are so many different types of title blocks out there;
I’m really interested to see how this works.