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What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2013

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SOLIDWORKS Plastics
Key Features
Swept cut assembly features, Enhanced plastic moulding boss, Powerful mesher, Comprehensive material database, Injection moulding simulation, Family mould layout.
SOLIDWORKS Sustainability
Key Features
Financial impact factor, TRACI Methodology, Environmental impact of painted parts, Export sustainability results, API support.
Flow Evenly Spaced Streamlines
Key Features
Lightning fast streamline visualisation with stunning detail.
Costing Multibody
Key Features
Evaluate the cost of multibody parts, Evaluate the cost of one body in a multibody part.
Costing Machining
Key Features
Estimate the cost of turned parts, Modify the costing template for turned parts.
SOLIDWORKS Electrical
Key Features
Extensive library, Multi-line schematic diagrams, PLC management, Powerful report capabilities, Improved collaboration between ECAD and MCAD, Automatic wiring, Ribbon cable.
Part Reviewer
Key Features
SOLIDWORKS Part Reviewer enhancement.
Varying Dimension Pattern
Key Features
Vary and increment any dimension of a pattern or features being patterned.
Interference Detection
Key Features
Exclude components, Filter cosmetic threads.
Hole Wizard and Cosmetic Threads
Key Features
Enhancement for inserting cosmetic threads, dowel holes, dowel pin holes and drawings
Conics
Key Features
Create smooth curves that are easy to tailor to your needs
Detailing
Key Features
Break lines on dimensions, text under a GD&T on a GTOL, Centre marks and centrelines assigned to a layer within document properties, Add to baseline, Layer drop down box
Balloons
Key Features
File name or part number in balloons, Balloon re-sequencing for existing balloons and newly added balloons
Intersect
Key Features
Lightning fast streamline visualisation with stunning detail
Section View Assist
Key Features
Improved section tool user interface
Weldment Bounding Box
Key Features
Support for mulit-body library features, Automatic and associative calculation of cut list properties for non-structural members.
Configurations
Key Features
Improved design table, Ability to set material, Multiple explode per configuration.
Multiple Thin Extrude
Key Features
Extrude multiple thin contours, RMB feature direction options, Equations in property editors, Global variable units.
Sheet Metal
Key Features
Multibody sheet metal parts, Bend lines and bend notes improvements, Forming tool insertion point.
Saving Views
Key Features
Save individual drawing views to DXF/DWG, Convert views to sketch or blocks.
CircuitWorks
Key Features
ECAD files import enhancements, Modelling improvements.
Piping Tubing
Key Features
2D slope, Auto route along existing geometry, P&ID support for tubing, Tube drawing.
Simulation Submodeling
Key Features
Sub-modelling incremental meshing, Auto-bending of shell edges.
Speedpak Enhancements
Key Features
Update Speedpak at top level, Mated Speedpak creation at top level, Graphics Speedpak at top level, Improved Speedpak drawing support.
Performance Improvements
Key Features
Performance improvements for graphics, configuration switching and drawing view updates.
User Experience 1
Key Features
Sketch with dimensions, Options search, Sounds, Orientation improvements, View selector.
Assembly Delighters
Key Features
Deleting components from subassemblies, Enhanced folders, Multi-select when inserting components, Quick picks for parts/assemblies/drawings in file open.
User Experience 2
Key Features
Favourites folder, Flat feature tree view, Direction 2 RMB support, Fillet edge selector, Customisation improvements for the shortcut bar, Centre of mass visualisation for parts.
Appearances and PhotoView
Key Features
Texture scale option, Pin filter for appearances, Copy and paste appearances, New materials, Luxology material database access for subscription users, Image processing
Simulation Design Studies
Key Features
Factor of safety sensors, Material selection in design studies.
Push Install Uninstall
Key Features
Remotely deploy SOLIDWORKS installations with incredible flexibility and ease.
3DVIA Composer New Features
Key Features
3DVIA Composer improvements
EPDM
Key Features
Updated workflow editor and notification editor, Recently used list, Parallel Workflow transitions, User information pop-up, Version free variables, Windows explorer favourites.
eDrawings Markup in Drawings
Key Features
View eDrawings markup saved in SOLIDWORKS drawing file, Insert eDrawings markup file into SOLIDWORKS drawings
Previous Release Interoperability
Key Features
Previous release interoperability
Mirror Components
Key Features
Mirror components
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to upgrade to a new version of SOLIDWORKS?
The cost to upgrade SOLIDWORKS to the latest version is included in the subscription cost for the support of the software.

If subscription has lapsed, please contact your regional sales manager for the best option to proceed. If you do not know who your regional sales manager is, please use the enquiry form.
Where can I download the latest version of SOLIDWORKS?
To ensure you have the latest version of SOLIDWORKS installed, you can accesses the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal and download the latest major version and subsequent service packs.
How can I request new functionality for SOLIDWORKS?
SOLIDWORKS new functionality is driven by the users of the software. To have your input you can submit an enhancement request on the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal. It is best to search to see if the enhancement request already exists and if so vote for this enhancement as it adds weighting to the ticket.

Go to SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal -> My Support section -> Enhancement Requests
Can I get a summary of just the new features that are relevant to my team?
Our CAD Management services has a team development section, that is designed to upskill your team ensuring they have the knowledge and skills required to stay at their best. Here we offer a What’s New presentation with a certified application engineer who will deliver bespoke content relevant to your industry.
What are the main technical considerations when updating to a new version?
  • Hardware – Check your computer meets the system requirements.
  • Standardisation – Ensure the whole company is installing the same version and all customised materials are in unique file structure outside the default SOLIDWORKS installation locations.
  • Back up – SOLIDWORKS files are not backwards compatible, so newer files cannot be edited in previous major versions.
  • Download – Have the download/source files downloaded before starting, this will minimise down time. You can perform a full download so the media can be shared regardless of package and add-ins.
  • Standalone – If moving machine, ensure you deactivate the licenses before installing on a new system.
  • SolidNetwork License Manager – Both the individual machine and the license manager on the server need upgrading. Upgrade server first to minimise downtime.
  • SOLIDWORKS PDM – If SOLIDWORKS PDM is being used this needs to be upgraded first.
  • Graphic driver – Once installed it is important to match your graphics driver to the new version of the software for better performance. Check graphics card driver
  • Ask – If you are not sure about any part of the process please Contact Us and we can assist.
Contact Us

If you would like to speak to someone about upgrading, call 01926 333777 or complete the form below and a member of our team will be in touch.
If it is a technical query please use our support team.

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