SOLIDWORKS World 2015 Top Ten List is still growing

SolidWorks World 2015 Top Ten LIst

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 Top Ten list is sill growing.  The total number of submissions is at 592 as of 1PM EST today (11/19/2014)!  We may even hit 600 by the end of the day.  That would be 50 more submissions than last year.  Get your ideas in!

Submissions are made via the SOLIDWORKS Forums in the General area under SOLIDWORKS World 2015 Top Ten and then Ideas.  Or, you can go directly there via this link: Submit your ideas!  Remember, you have to be signed into the SOLIDWORKS Forum to see and submit ideas.

If you’d like to read more about the Top Ten Ideas for SOLIDWORKS World 2015 (including what makes a good submission), see this article: Adding your ideas to the SOLIDWORKS World 2015 Top Ten List is easy.


Adding your ideas to SOLIDWORKS World 2015 Top Ten list is easy

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 in Phoenix, AZ is just over 100 days away.  A tradition of SOLIDWORKS World is the Top Ten list, inwhich customers submit their ideas on how SOLIDWORKS can be improved for them, and then vote for their favorites.  The top ten vote getters are announced on the mainstage at SOLIDWORKS World.  It’s easy to submit ideas.  You don’t have to be attending SOLIDWORKS World to submit or vote.  Input from all customes is welcome.  Here’s a short video.

If you have an idea, here’s somethings you can do to improve the attention your ideas gets:

  • Your idea’s title should be a complete thought.  For example, “Ability to change colors for sketch lines on-the-fly” is much better than “Change colors”.
  • Your idea’s description can be as long or as short as you need.
  • You can add images to illustrate your ideas.
  • Break out separate ideas into separate submissions, even if they are related.  For example, you may have several ideas on how to improve Weld Symbols, such as improving the interface, adding new symbols, and adding new controls.  Although those these are all regarding the same tool, they are really three different ideas, each of which deserves to be voted upon separately by everyone.
  • Quickly respond to comments posted by others on your ideas.

I also recommend commenting on other ideas you like, dislike or feel needs more clarificaiton.

Have fun with your submissions at SWW15 Top Ten List (don’t forget you’ll have to sign in to the SOLIDWORKS Forums before you can submit).  And when the polls open, vote early and vote often (on as many ideas as you wish).

SolidWorks World 2014: Day 4 – Wednesday General Session – Product Definition

General Session

The General Session for Wednesday was as entertaining as ever.  Most the details from Wednesday General Session have already been well covered by other blogs and online outlets.  I’m going to focus on Bruce Holway’s presentation instead.  It is important to me because he’s describing the his group (Product Definition of which I am apart) and past years SolidWorks World Top Ten enhancements list.  He states that the vast majority of past year’s Top Ten have been implemented.  He covers many of recent examples.

  • Default to Concentric Mate when two selected faces are cylindrical
  • Default to Parallel Mate when two selected faces have other geometry that prevent coincident mating
  • Lock Option for Concentric Mates so that additional mates are not required to stop rotation of a cylindrical part
  • Slot Mate
  • Center of Mass reference geometry
  • Fix Edge Bleed Thru display, where thin walled features sometimes displayed fragments of obscured features
  • Don’t Delete Child Features, Dangle them Instead when deleting a parent feature
  • eDrawings for Android

Also mentioned is the fact that we visit hundreds of customers each year at their sites to understand how they are using SolidWorks.  This is extremely valuable in determining how we plan to improve our product offerings by giving us first hand experiences from our customers.

This year’s SolidWorks World Top Ten list:

  1. Auto-hide components
  2. Draw a line segment starting from the mid-point
  3. Equal spacing option for linear patterns
  4. Ability to rename a part or sub-assembly in the feature tree
  5. Unlimited undo/redo
  6. Pressing the ESC key should immediately stop the current calculation and return control to the user
  7. Fillets and chamfers should be managed by the same feature
  8. Ability to flip angle dimensions after they have been placed
  9. Hole callout should include all instances on the same face
  10. New Purge command

Reminder: SolidWorks World 2014 Top Ten is accepting Votes (what ideas do you want others to vote for?)

SolidWorks World 2014 Top Ten voting is open until January 15, 2014.  Get your votes in soon!  Time to promote the ideas you like so that they make it into the top ten list!

SolidWorks World 2014 Top Ten voting

To share which ideas you like the most, please post your personal top ten list in the Forum here: What ideas do you want others to vote for?

SolidWorks World 2014 Top Ten List is now open for Idea submissions

Top Ten ListFrom the SolidWorks Forums:
It is the time of the year to start preparing for SolidWorks World 2014.  To start things off we are looking for your input in creating the SolidWorks World Top Ten List.  This is a list of your ideas for enhancements to future versions of SolidWorks.  The top rated ideas are reviewed at the SolidWorks World 2014 General Session on Wednesday 1/29/2014.  These ideas provide guidance for future developments in SolidWorks. You can see a majority of the ideas from former SolidWorks World Top Ten lists implemented now in the SolidWorks product.  You do not have to be an attendee of SolidWorks World 2014 to submit your ideas.


Starting on Wednesday, October 31 2013; the list will be open for idea generations and discussion only.  To participate in the SolidWorks World 2014 Top Ten list access the SolidWorks World 2014 section of the discussion forum and click the “Ideas” tab or click the “SolidWorks Top Ten List” button (you have to be logged into the Forums).  During this period any customer can submit ideas and comment on existing ideas, but you will not yet be able to cast any votes.  Since we will receive so many responses, please be sure to search through existing ideas to see if someone has already submitted the same idea.  In this case, please comment on the existing idea rather than creating a duplicate idea.


Starting Monday, December 16, 2013 the webpage will be closed to  new idea generation and will be opened up for voting.  When voting, you are allowed to up or down vote as many ideas as you like. Voting will close on Wednesday, January 15, 2014.


Whether or not you are attending SolidWorks World 2014 in San Diego, this is an easy way to tell us how you use SolidWorks and how we can improve it to meet your needs.  So please start thinking of what new functionality you would like to see, participate in the SolidWorks World 2014 Top Ten List and we will hopefully see you at SolidWorks World 2014 in San Diego.

SolidWorks World 2014 Top Ten List