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What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2015

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User Interface
Key Features
New tools for viewing and selection along with improved customisation and Toolbox enhancements.
Sectioning and Exploded View
Key Features
New Zone sectioning for complex sections. Explode improvements include new radial explode.
Move Face
Key Features
Support for multi bodies. New Triad for dragging along with improved depth control.
Sketch
Key Features
New tools include quick access to constraints, symmetric angle dimension, midpoint line, segment tool and more.
Patterns
Key Features
Up to reference pattern, swap feature body, fill pattern count and Variable Pattern Table.
Assemblies
Key Features
Profile center mate, Angle mate controls, Fix/group parts during move, Make Independent and much more.
Simulation
Key Features
Nonlinear results while solving, load case manager, shell manager, dynamic fatigues loads, cyclic symmetry, self-face contact.
Flow Simulation
Key Features
Results Comparison Plot Options.
Treehouse and EPDM
Key Features
SOLIDWORKS Treehouse, many EPDM enhancements including a browser independent web client for better mobile interaction.
Drawings
Key Features
Spline leaders, Drawing zones, Rounding options, Do not print layers, Zoom to sheet.
eDrawings
Key Features
New eDrawings user interface, better support for tablets, access to custom properties, better support for Simulation and Plastics results.
3D Printing
Key Features
Easier 3D printing and the new Windows 8.1 3D Printing driver.
Costing
Key Features
Weldments, Castings, Plastic Injection Moulding, and 3D Printed Parts support.
Plastics
Key Features
Cavity symmetry, thickness advisor, vent pressure, non-orthogonal Voxel Meshing.
SOLIDWORKS Inspection
Key Features
Custom template creation, tight integration with SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone application and more.
SOLIDWORKS MBD
Key Features
New capabilities to create, organize and output 3D design data into 3D PDF or eDrawings.
Electrical
Key Features
Advanced rights management,edit symbols directly using DraftSight, SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D Routing Analysis tools.
BIM Support
Key Features
Added support for sharing BIM data for use AEC software.
Routing
Key Features
Rectangular Ducting & Cable Trays.
Weldments
Key Features
Improved weld member visualisation and gusset creation, internal end caps, weld bead improvements, descriptive cut-list folders.
Chain Component Pattern
Key Features
New Chain Component Pattern for movable energy chain creation.
Sheet Metal
Key Features
Bend style lofted bends on non parallel sections, visualisations of gusset position in flat pattern, improved sheet metal mirroring and more.
Surfacing
Key Features
New flatten surface capability. Ability to split surfaces into bodies. Much improved spline on surface and capability to convert splines to style splines.
Consumer Product Design
Key Features
Asymmetric Fillets, Surface Curvature Visulisation, Open Section Cuts, and PhotoView Render Region.
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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