2019 What’s New in SOLIDWORKS – Welcome To SOLIDWORKS 2019
For instance, one nifty new feature in SOLIDWORKS 2019 is mesh slicing. This allows meshes to be converted to editable geometries in a straightforward way by taking several slices of the mesh boundary, converting those to sketches and then lofting those sketches together. In addition to performance improvements, Kumar took us through a number of enhancements that he categorizes as SOLIDWORKS’ “attention to detail.” These include items that allow users to easily capture critical design details.
Other improvements in assembly design include the ability to group mates based on various conditions, simplifying mate diagnostics. Users can now also defeature apart using only the silhouette. Finally, exploded views have been overhauled, which includes a rollback bar in the feature tree that allows users to step through their model.
Kumar noted that when he joined SOLIDWORKS in 1998,
large assemblies meant 500 components or 1,000 at the high end. Today, large assemblies consist of millions of components. For that reason, the large assembly improvements are among his personal favorite enhancements to SOLIDWORKS 2019.
“Every single user is creating bigger and bigger assemblies with every passing day
Kumar said. “I think this is something that is going to please a lot of customers out there because they do not have to go through that pain.”
SOLIDWORKS 2019 also offers a new 3D texture tool that allows users to automatically generate textured surfaces. This enables users to rapidly iterate through designs for something like a handle grip. This particular feature received a lot of applause when it was demoed at SOLIDWORKS World 2018 back in February. It’s one that should make a lot of users happy.
Touch, AR, and VR
A final category of updates to SOLIDWORKS 2019 include those that are laying the groundwork for future CAD. These are features that may not be in high demand now—or in 2019, for that matter—but will undoubtedly become the norm for coming generations.
First off is the ability to use touch to interact with models and add a markup on touch devices like the Microsoft Surface. People have obviously embraced touch technology—it’s all but guaranteed that there’s a touch device somewhere within a meter of you at this very instant—but CAD has been a bit of a holdout in this domain. With many major CAD vendors creating mobile apps, this trend is clearly changing