This year, I’ve been on a kind of unorganized SOLIDWORKS User Group tour. I’ve presented at user groups in Tulsa, OK, Denver, CO and Seattle, WA. The diversity of meeting locations never ceases to surprize me: hotel conference rooms, high school machine shops, college meeting rooms, libraries. BTW, I’m not pictured in any of the photos below, as I was the one who took these photos of other speakers at these events.
In Tulsa and Denver, I presented on Drawing Views. As simple as this topic may seem for many, even experienced users have told me they learn something new when I talk about Drawing Views.
In Seattle, I presented on SOLIDWORKS drawing functionality that has been added since SOLIDWORKS 2013. Even though most of the capabilities I discussed were available since SOLIDWORKS 2014 and 2015, even seasoned users of SOLIDWORKS 2016 jumped up with excitement as they found out about “new” functionality.
This year at SOLIDWORKS World was full of product announcements, every day during the general sessions: SOLIDWORKS PCB, SOLIDWORKS Maker, term licencing option, online trail, Xdrive, Xdesign, and that’s just the first day!
A touch device friendly interface of SOLIDWORKS (any device, any time, any where) was also briefly demonstrated.
As usual, the Research and Develop team were honored for the hard work that goes into creating all these new products.
There was a lot to take in. Even some surprizes for those of us working hard to bring new products to life.
There’s a classic problem with drawings: interpretation. Without enough information, there is always some sort of ambiguity. Let’s take at a classic interpretation problem for example.
What is the shape of the part being described by this drawing (below)? Note that Hidden Line Visible is turned on for both the Front and Top views.
Because HLV is on, this cannot be a sheet metal bracket, since you’d be able to see the sheet metal wall as hidden lines in both views.
So, can you model this part? Well, I’m not going to make you wait for the solution. If you want to cheat to see the solution modelled in SOLIDWORKS, feel free to download it here: woodblockproblem(SW2015).
This morning, I started looking around Youtube to see what’s already popped up for SOLIDWORKS 2016 What’s New. There is already several great videos by several resellers. Here’s a few for Mate Controller, Foreshorten Dimensions and DimXpert.