What’s New in SolidWorks 2014?
I’ve been getting some questions about what’s new in SolidWorks 2014. And, of course, yes, our 2013 SolidWorks tutorial courseware still applies! We’ll be issuing a video course about some of the design module updates in SolidWorks. The new release of SolidWorks includes some tool tweaks, but no major functional or cosmetic changes. Below, I’ve got a short summary of what’s new in SolidWorks 2014:
Improved spline tools – Style spline function allows simple creation of complex splines. More simple method to control spline curvature.
Improved fillet tools – Conic Fillet makes for smoother fillet transitions.
Improved sketch tools – new replace sketch entity tool, fixed length dimension for 2d splines. You can set the sketch and sketch picture scale when adding your first dimension. You can now place a path length dimension for multiple sketch entities such as belts, chains, and cables.
Improved assembly tools – new in-context Quick Mate toolbar; include/exclude components from section view, use the Hole Wizard to create slots, new Slot Mate, add rotation in Explode Steps so parts will rotate automatically.
eDrawings – better photorealistic representation with Augmented Reality; iOS and Android support, export electrical schematics to eDrawing.
Sheet Metal – new Gusset feature for creating stiffening ribs, better corner treatments, Lofted Bend improvements to support press-brake manufacturing.
Simulation – linkage to Toolbox for fasteners’ definitions; thermal properties and PCB definition from electrical components in Flow Simulation; use data from SolidWorks Plastics (in-mold residual stress and temperature).
Electrical – Single button publishing to eDrawings, one click check-in/out to PDM, enhanced wire/cable/harness development capabilities with optimized routing.
Enterprise PDM – customize user interface with company-specific data, improved cache management, enable Vault in Word, Excel and Powerpoint interfaces.
Estimating / Reporting – new options to control cost estimation methods, new estimate type, better Excel integration.