SolidWorks 98 Windows-native 3D mechanical design software features more than 150 customer-driven enhancements including ease-of-use features, new part and assembly modeling features, and more powerful drawing capabilities. The package includes a tutorial that ships with each license, as well as on-line help and multimedia assistance for new users making the transition from 2D to 3D. Part-modeling improvements include enhanced lofting and sweeping, customized face fillets to define hold lines, and drag-and-drop features with their dependents. Added data-exchange options: ability to import and export assemblies and reference surfaces via IGES and IGES/DXF import of 3D curves.
A new white paper by the Association for Advancing Automation says that increases in industrial robot shipments correlates positively with increases in US job growth based on Bureau of Labor statistics. The result could be new types of manufacturing and engineering jobs.
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