Dassault Systèmes has announced the launch of SolidWorks 2019, the latest release of its portfolio of 3D design and engineering applications. The latest software delivers enhancements and new functionalities that help users to get products into production faster.
The SolidWorks 2019 launch event at the Western Sydney University (WSU) introduced product demonstrations and use case examples by WSU professors and students, as well as presentations by industry users including Markforged and Trakka.
Powered by Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform, SolidWorks 2019 supports the design to manufacturing process with digital capabilities to solve complex design challenges and facilitate detail work in engineering. New features let product development teams better manage large amounts of data and capture a more complete digital representation of a design.
SolidWorks 2019 also offers new technologies and workflows that improve collaboration and enable immersive, interactive experiences during design and engineering.
The features in SolidWorks 2019 are being used in the design of the Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer 10-metre-class telescope – part of the collaborative project to revitalise the Canada-France-Hawai‘i Telescope (CFHT) observatory through replacing the existing 1970-vintage optical telescope with a modern segmented-mirror telescope and dedicated science instrumentation.
“We are using SolidWorks to support implementation of the Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer 10-meter-class telescope that will open new possibilities for scientific discovery,” Dassault Systèmes’ ANZ sales director, Filip Kuttner said at the launch.
“Our design processes generate a large and growing dataset. The final production version of the telescope will contain over 100,000 parts. We needed technology that can tackle large design projects, and SolidWorks delivers,” Kuttner said.
Among its new features, SolidWorks 2019 provides greater design flexibility to quickly interrogate or rapidly make changes to a model thanks to an enhanced Large Design Review capability. It also dramatically improves high performance view manipulation to scale with higher-end graphics hardware. In addition, SolidWorks 2019 allows teams to communicate outside of the design community by adding markups to parts and assemblies directly using a touch device, storing them with the model, and exporting them as a PDF.
Another key feature of SolidWorks 2019 is SolidWorks Extended Reality (XR), a new application for publishing CAD scene data created in SolidWorks – including lights, cameras, materials, decals, and motion study animations – and experiencing it in VR, AR and web viewers.
As increasingly affordable immersive devices contribute to the growing ecosystem of technology and interactive experiences, designers and engineers can use SolidWorks XR to improve collaborative internal and external design reviews, sell designs more effectively, train users how to assemble and interact with their products, and boost confidence in designs throughout the product development process.
“This latest SolidWorks release is packed with enhancements and innovations built based on insights and feedback from the SolidWorks community. We continue to drive our products forward in terms of usability, quality, and productivity, and SolidWorks 2019 delivers a complete design ecosystem,” said Gian Paolo Bassi, CEO, SolidWorks, Dassault Systèmes.
“Designers and engineers who prioritise design performance, attention to detail and innovation, as well as seek the powerful storytelling capabilities of VR and AR, can experience the prototyping shop of the future—one where digital design data makes it easier to visualize parts in 3D and improve how designs are translated from virtual to real.”
As part of the launch event, members of the WSU student team who designed and developed the WSU Solar Car reflected on using the SolidWorks platform for the project and the benefits for their transition into the workforce.
Michael Lord, design engineer at Trakka, talked about his use of SolidWorks to develop their range of luxury off-road campervans; while Richard Elving, APAC channel sales manager of Markforged, shared the journey of the US-based 3D printing business, now printing light and strong carbon fibre parts.
Like many innovators, Markforged founder and CEO Greg Mark took his inspiration for the world’s first continuous carbon fibre 3D printer from necessity. His experience producing carbon fibre wings for race cars compelled him to seek a better method for producing carbon fibre composites. Combined with the need of engineers to quickly obtain high-strength parts, this necessity provided the inspiration to merge carbon fibre production and 3D printing technology, and Markforged was born.
The company has disrupted the status quo in the 3D printing industry by offering access to end-use, production-quality parts having the same strength as metal. While other 3D printers produce fragile replicas of designs that are primarily used for prototyping, Markforged printers generate precision parts that are as strong as metal more affordably at low volumes.
In addition to using SolidWorks 3D design capabilities, Markforged leverages the simulation tools in SolidWorks Premium software not only to validate designs but also to optimise design performance.