Wednesday, December 16, 2015

IME’s SW2016 Top 12 Enhancements: #12 Drawingless - MBD


SOLIDWORKS MBD was being introduced since last year to promote drawingless manufacturing. It is an integrated tool for SOLIDWORKS and helps companies define, organize, and publish 3D Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI) including 3D model data in industry standard file format.


In SOLIDWORKS 2016, a few new enhancements make MBD more sophisticated and there are:
  • Dimensioning methodology reduces steps
  • Support for Assembly
  • Support for Tables
  • Support Multiple sheets & view in PDF



If you wish to know more regarding MBD and its new feature, feel free to contact us.

In case you've missed IME's SWID 2016, we have uploaded the key takeaways and slides HERE. See you next year at IME's SWID2017!


 #imeswid2016 #ilovesw2016 #imeswid2017



Ken Foong
Senior Data Management Engineer | CSWP-D

Friday, December 4, 2015

IME’s SW2016 Top 12 Enhancements: #11 Realistic Rendering - Photoview360 & SOLIDWORKS Visualize


To perform a rendering is so much easier and faster in SOLIDWORKS because it is integrated with Photoview360. We can create stunning realistic images just like picture below by applying appearance, background, lighting and camera view on it. However, to generate a realistic image with magnificent motion effect is required to export image file to other after-effect software instead.


This year, SOLIDWORKS 2016 feature new option to allow the user to include Motion Blur in still renderings. For this, we need to run a simple animation and position where you want to perform the rendering, and when you hit the Final Render button, you are prompted to include the Motion Blur. I ensure you will impress your customer with high quality and real life look.

In addition, SOLIDWORKS Professional & Premium now come bundled with SOLIDWORKS Visualize (Formerly Bunkspeed). New technology getting injected into SOLIDWORKS platform make rendering more fun and intuitive! Come our launch event – SOLIDWORKS Innovation Day and explore and experience this great tool!


Don't miss the last chance to join us. REGISTER NOW to find out more!

 #imeswid2016 #ilovesw2016



Ken Foong
Senior Data Management Engineer | CSWP-D

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

IME’s SW2016 Top 12 Enhancements: #10 Simulation – Mesh Sectioning


The accuracy of results extracted from SOLIDWORKS Simulation is crucial especially in areas of high stress such as sharp end or cutouts regions.

One of the enhancement in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2016 is really helpful for me when I am doing Analysis projects. I can now see accurate node information, and this new tool called Mesh Sectioning.



You can now use this section tool in SOLIDWORKS Simulation to view the interior of a meshed part. The section tool hides nodes behind a given plane. It helps and allows users to gain insight into the internal mesh structure thereafter to make decision whether mesh density up to their expectation.



The mesh sectioning can be also viewed on result plot through 2 methods.

1st Method is shown in the picture above, select plane which intersects with the elements and seeing the result across. It is adjustable to show only the intersected elements or interactively dragged through the model.

For the 2nd method, I’m going to keep the cat in the bag – come and join SOLIDWORKS Innovation Day 2016 and explore on your own, REGISTER HERE!



Ng Wee Sern
Application Engineer | Simulation Specialist


Friday, September 25, 2015

IME’s SW2016 Top 12 Enhancements: #9 Sheet Metal – Cut in Swept Flanges

I recall vividly that I demonstrated Swept flange during SOLIDWORKS INNOVATION DAY year of 2012. It is a great tool and makes sheet metal design work so much easier using a profile and sketch. However, in certain circumstances in previous versions of SolidWorks, Cylindrical and Conical Sweeps could unfold about the wrong edge or path direction. This features has gone through one enhancement during year of 2014, swept flange flatten can be controlled precisely which edge to anchor the part from when unfolding.




Previous years, any cuts, holes, chamfers, or fillets on the bend region of the swept flange do not appear in the flat pattern. Now, you can add standard or normal cuts through the bend regions and it is accurately shown in the flattened shape.



If you haven’t already register to attend SOLIDWORKS Innovation Day, don’t miss it, REGISTER HERE and reserve your seat to attend the launching event to explore more new enhancements that will completely change the way you create sheet metal designs!



Ken Foong
Senior Data Management Engineer | CSWP-D

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

IME’s SW2016 Top 12 Enhancements: #8 Drawing – Edit Sheet Scale from Status Bar


I have been SOLIDWORKS user for more than 7 years since 2008. I always start the drawing in the wrong sheet scale and end up having to go through so many steps to correct it!

So it used to take 5 steps/clicks to complete the change:

Right click on sheet > Properties > Key in Sheet scale > click OK

Sometimes I need to do this a few times in order to get the right scale level, so that’s 20 clicks. Can you imagine how thrilled I feel?



Now in SOLIDWORKS 2016, all I need to do is click on the status bar and choose my desired scale. From 5 clicks to 2 – that’s a 60% of time saved! That’s what I call “Small Change, Big Impact”!






Ken Foong
Senior Data Management Engineer | CSWP-D

Friday, September 18, 2015

IME’s SW2016 Top 12 Enhancements: #7 Assembly – Replace Missing Mate Reference


I have to admit this is my greatest fear – one click ago, the assembly was fine, make one wrong click (deleting a sketch or feature), and BOOM – mate references are lost and the FeatureManager design tree turns into a red Christmas tree. Especially when this certain sketch entity or feature was used as reference for several other mates, you might spend the next hour fixing all mates!

Now in SW2016, you can replace all missing reference once and for all and fix all errors. When you replace the mate reference for one of the many affected mates, a dialog box offers the option to replace it in all other mates with the same missing reference.

The current version is able to replace a lost mate reference that was used by multiple components, but in SOLIDWORKS 2016, this feature is being extended to include mates to a component that is used multiple times. The new selection tool is called “Select Identical Components”.



I’m not the only one who was excited about this enhancement, a customer whom reported this issue last year is also glad that SOLIDWORKS is listening to the user requests, he called to tell me specifically: “This enhancement will help to save my time in resolving all missing mates one by one, thanks!”





Ken Foong
Senior Data Management Engineer | CSWP-D

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

IME’s SW2016 Top 12 Enhancements: #6 Part Modeling – Pattern


Features like Pattern are the greatest time saver when you need to create arrays of features or geometries. To use Patterns, we need to specify the edge, sketch line, axis or a linear dimension to define the direction.




Now in SOLIDWORKS 2016, it gets even easier because you can also use planar faces, reference planes, cylindrical faces, and more as your direction input. Now I am able to use more dynamic ways to create more dynamic designs, in shorter time!



If you are excited about the enhancements as well, register and join the largest CAD get-together in Malaysia.



Ken Foong
Senior Data Management Engineer | CSWP-D

Friday, September 11, 2015

IME’s SW2016 Top 12 Enhancements: #5 Part Modeling – Sweep


I like how SOLIDWORKS is always focused on users’ demand in terms of software enhancements. Other than adding new features, it doesn’t neglect the existing features. Sweep is a feature I use a lot, and this enhancement just saved me so many mouse-clicks and time in creating my geometry!

Out of the many enhancements in Sweep, my favorite is that you can now Sweep in both directions in one-go, without having to do the second time for the second direction!







See more of these enhancements in live demo – Reserve your seat at your nearest SWID now



Ken Foong
Senior Data Management Engineer | CSWP-D

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

IME’s SW2016 Top 12 Enhancements: #4 Sketch – Mid Point Selection


When working with midpoints, I never liked to have to create a point at middle of a line/ curve in order to add relationship or perform any action to other entities.

Also, you could only select midpoints of model edges while dimensioning using Select Midpoint from shortcut menu. However, on selection of a second midpoint on another entity, the first entity was cleared.


In SW2016, you can dynamically highlight and select midpoints directly on sketch entities and model edges while in sketch mode for adding relations. You can also dynamically highlight and select midpoints of sketch entities while using dimensions in sketches.

                             










Dynamic highlight to midpoint of a sketch entity

                         









Dynamic highlight to midpoint of a model edge
Simple things like this just makes my life so MUCH easier :P

Attend a live event now and go through What’s New 2016 with us! Register Now.


Ken Foong
Senior Data Management Engineer | CSWP-D

Friday, September 4, 2015

IME’s SW2016 Top 12 Enhancements: #3 Sketch – Convert Entities


Being a fussy user, I tend to count the number of mouse clicks required to complete a task in SOLIDWORKS; I am impressed that the developers seem to read my mind J

In SW2016, there is a new option to select “all inner loops” within the convert entities tool that allows us to convert an entity's internal loops or entities of a model face automatically instead of having to select the internal loops of an entity one by one with the Convert Entities tool.

If I may quote words from a design engineer about the enhancement, he said: “Design is never simple. One thing SOLIDWORKS never fail to surprise me is how it always simplifies the design process”.


If you are excited about the enhancements as well, register and join the largest CAD get-together in Malaysia.


Ken Foong
Senior Data Management Engineer | CSWP-D

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

IME’s SW2016 Top 12 Enhancements: #2 User Interface – Visualization Tool Improvement


Often when designing complex parts and assemblies, I lose track of the parent and child dependencies and end up with errors all over after changing one feature. It’s annoying to have to then check all parent and child dependencies to resolve the error.

One of my favourite enhancements in SW2015 is the ability to view the parent relationships between items in the FeatureManager design tree. When you hover over a feature with references, arrows will display showing the relationships. This is now further enhanced in SW2016, where you can also see the Child Dependency.

With this enhancement, I can now plan my design changes efficiently; knowing what parent or child feature it would affect before any changes is being made.




See more of these enhancements in live demo – Reserve your seat at your nearest SWID now!


Ken Foong
Senior Data Management Engineer | CSWP-D

Friday, August 28, 2015

IME’s SW2016 Top 12 Enhancements: #1 User Interface – Breadcrumbs


I just have to start the sneak peek with my favourite new feature in the SW UI – “Breadcrumbs”.
Breadcrumbs will help you access any level of your model without searching through hundreds of features in the FeatureManager design tree.



All it takes is to click on the geometry, and breadcrumbs will show its relationships to the part or assembly, allowing you to select the right feature and make changes on the spot. It also categorizes commands relevant to different features based on your selection.




I can now hide the FeatureManager design tree and increase my design screen area yet able to find and make changes to geometries easily. 



Ken Foong
Senior Data Management Engineer | CSWP-D

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Take a Sneak Peek at SOLIDWORKS 2016 here!


October is always our favorite month because it’s the time we explore exciting new features and enhancement new version of SOLIDWORKS. 

Just like you, I’ve been waiting to see what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2016. In coming weeks, I’ll be sharing the Sneak Peeks of 12 highlighted new features. Stay tuned!

In case if you have not heard, we have opened the registration for SOLIDWORKS Innovation Day 2016 for early birds – it is the most anticipated and largest SOLIDWORKS user meet of the year! Register now for early bird mystery gift (limited, first come first served).



Ken Foong
Senior Data Management Engineer | CSWP-D