Previewing SOLIDWORKS 2017

Each year at SOLIDWORKS WORLD, the Product Introduction Team delivers a Technology Preview to show off some of the new functionality that is under development for SOLIDWORKS Desktop products. The Day 3 Skit the team produces has become one of the most highly anticipated events for our user community, and the 2016 version continued our long-standing tradition of having great fun and not taking ourselves too seriously, while showing off a host of enhancements – both big and small—that our development team has been working hard to produce for the next release.

While we normally haven’t shared a significant recap of the presentation outside of the live social media stream, we know you’ll love to have a single place where you can get a quick recap of what we shared. As a reminder, this IS a TECHNOLOGY PREVIEW and features / functionality are always changing until fully vetted and not guaranteed to be in the next release.

Enjoy!

 

BI-DIRECTIONAL CIRCULAR PATTERN

Circular pattern in both directions

circular_patterns

MULTI-DISTANCE CHAMFER

Multiple sizes in one feature

MULTI-DISTANCE CHAMFER

VARIABLE CHAMFER

New functionality in a single feature

VARIABLE CHAMFER

 

COMBINE CHAMFER-FILLET FEATURE

Both operations now in a single command

COMBINE CHAMFER-FILLET FEATURE

TRANSPARENT SECTION VIEWS

Transparent parts now included in section views

TRANSPARENT SECTION VIEWS

THREAD FEATURE LEAD-IN / LEAD-OUT

Adding manufacturing options to the Thread Feature introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2016

THREAD FEATURE

TREEHOUSE DRAWING IMPORT

Treehouse automatically imports associated Drawings

TREEHOUSE DRAWING IMPORT

TREEHOUSE STRUCTURE PRINT

Printing the Treehouse Structure now supported

TREEHOUSE STRUCTURE PRINT

SHADED SKETCH CONTOURS

Sketch Contours now shaded for clarity and easier manipulation

SHADED SKETCH CONTOURS

ADVANCED HOLE WIZARD

New Functionality to create multi-step holes

ADVANCED HOLE WIZARD

SMARTER MATE PLACEMENT

Components move closer to their intended location

SMARTER MATE PLACEMENT

MISALIGNED MATES

Concentric faces that won’t align can be overridden without over-defining the assembly

MISALIGNED MATES

SUB-ASSEMBLY SAVED AS A PART NOW MAINTAINS ALL REFERENCES

Face ID’s are maintained so mates don’t fail on replace

SUB-ASSEMBLY SAVED

SOLIDWORKS PDM LATEST VERSION OVERWRITE

Small changes no longer require a new version

SOLIDWORKS PDM LATEST VERSION OVERWRITE

LOCK BOM TABLES FROM TEMPLATE

Table items locked in the template remained locked when placed in the drawing

LOCK BOM TABLES FROM TEMPLATE

NOTES CAN REFERENCE BOM CELLS

Directly reference BOM Cell items

NOTES CAN REFERENCE BOM CELLS

MULTI-SHEET PROPERTY EDITS

Make sheet property edits apply to selected sheets

MULTI-SHEET PROPERTY EDITS

EMPHASIZE SECTION OUTLINE

Section view outlines can now be outlined for clarity

EMPHASIZE SECTION OUTLINE

 

JAGGED OUTLINE FOR DETAIL VIEWS

Detail views can now be shown with jagged lines

JAGGED OUTLINE FOR DETAIL VIEWS

MIRROR VIEWS

Mirror the drawing without creating the 3D Part

MIRROR VIEWS

BASIC DIMENSIONS OF SIZE

New functionality in DimXpert

BASIC DIMENSIONS OF SIZE

3D DIMENSIONS TO EDGES

DimXpert now supports surface and edge selection

3D DIMENSIONS TO EDGES

RE-ORDER 3D VIEWS

3D Views in SOLIDWORKS MBD can now be reordered

RE-ORDER 3D VIEWS

COMPARE 3D ANNOTATION TOOL

Compare different versions of PMI data in SOLIDWORKS MBD

COMPARE 3D ANNOTATION TOOL

HIDE ALL REFERENCE ITEM TYPES

New functionality to hide all types with a single command

HIDE ALL REFERENCE ITEM TYPES

OFFSET CURVE ON SURFACE

Offset a 3D Curve on a surface

OFFSET CURVE ON SURFACE

WRAP SKETCHES ONTO ANY SURFACE OR ONTO MULTIPLE SURFACES

Wrap sketch now supports any surface and multiple surfaces

WRAP SKETCHES ONTO ANY SURFACE

MAGNETIC MATES

Components automatically snap together with predefined references

MAGNETIC MATES

MAGNETIC MATE ASSET PUBLISHER

Fast setup for magnetic mates

MAGNETIC MATE ASSET PUBLISHER

EDRAWINGS OPENS MANY MORE FORMATS

eDrawings now supports opening many new file types with measure and markup

EDRAWINGS OPENS MANY MORE FORMATS

OPEN AND USE MANY CAD FORMATS

Reference other CAD data without importing the geometry

OPEN AND USE MANY CAD FORMATS

MAINTAIN FEATURES AND MATES WHEN CHANGES MADE TO IMPORTED CAD DATA

Imported CAD data now maintains feature and mate references when changes are made

Maintain_Features_whenchanges

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kurt Anliker

Kurt Anliker

Kurt is the Director of Product Introduction at Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS
  • Max7730

    Thanks for this great preview!

  • Alin

    Cannot wait to play with SW2017 Beta!!!

  • it looks good.

  • Bob

    Not a big fan of the new user interfaces lack of colors, prefer the 2015 / previous versions. I’ve seen comments regarding this in the forums, I guess its something being worked on, hopefully. I’ve also found that it takes more clicks to get something done than it used to. Not sure that these types of changes are actually “improvements”. I hope that SW is not going the direction that Acad did where you need to spend a week customizing your menus before you can get any work done on a new install or working on another box.

    • Gary Blenkhorn

      I agree with you 100% Bob. With all the negativity about the colors in the UI you would think they could easily create a switch to have it as it was in 2015 or as it currently is. That way it would make everyone happy. It is making me look very seriously at their competition.

      • Quintin1

        SP3 Brings the old colors back.

  • disqus_XLZ0lR5RWr

    I like the sound of being able to reference other CAD Data, without importing, this will make working with external data sources much more efficient.

    BTW, where can we download copies of those Star Wars models?