With this major new upgrade, SolidWorks continues to make sophisticated CAD and 3-D modeling functionality available to the broader design chain beyond its traditional base of hardcore CAD jockeys.
The SolidWorks 2008 upgrade delivers more than 250 enhancements, among them interface improvements and additions to the SolidWorks Intelligent Feature Technology (SWIFT), all designed to foster productivity among engineers and CAD users along with reducing the overhead of learning CAD. The new SWIFT Instant3D capabilities, for instance, let users perform expert 3-D CAD operations by dragging and selecting pieces of a design while new visualization functions enable users to drag handles to select areas of a design for real-time editing. The 2008 release does away with a lot of the standard dialogs, input fields and esoteric commands common to CAD packages, instead enabling users to select faces and drag them to on-screen rules to determine exact values.
To promote reuse among engineers, SolidWorks 2008 has more powerful search functions for locating SolidWorks or DWG files on the network in the PDMWorks PDM system or out on the Web. There is also a preponderance of features intended to bridge the gap between designers and manufacturing personnel, the goal being to reduce lead times on delivering products. One such capability, DFMXpress, is a validation tool that identifies geometry that's overly expensive or difficult to manufacture, helping development teams rule out flawed designs much earlier in the process. New simulation capabilities delivered through the COSMOSWorks Design Insight module help engineers identify areas in a design that are over-engineered as part of an effort to reduce materials costs.
Lantronix Inc. has expanded its line of controllers for sensor networks with the release of a rugged controller that improves management of automation systems used in a number of industries, including manufacturing, oil and gas, and chemicals.
Inspired by the hooks a parasitic worm uses to penetrate its host's intestines, the Karp Lab has invented a flexible adhesive patch covered with microneedles that adheres well to wet, soft tissues, but doesn't cause damage when removed.
A quick look into the merger of two powerhouse 3D printing OEMs and the new leader in rapid prototyping solutions, Stratasys. The industrial revolution is now led by 3D printing and engineers are given the opportunity to fully maximize their design capabilities, reduce their time-to-market and functionally test prototypes cheaper, faster and easier. Bruce Bradshaw, Director of Marketing in North America, will explore the large product offering and variety of materials that will help CAD designers articulate their product design with actual, physical prototypes. This broadcast will dive deep into technical information including application specific stories from real world customers and their experiences with 3D printing. 3D Printing is