What’s new in SolidWorks 2014

What’s New in SolidWorks 2014? 

Hey there,

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.

Thanks! Rosanna D, VTN For numerous SolidWorks tutorials, visit our website or