Design Engineering

SolidWorks 2010 software products optimize core design functions


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CONCORD, MA - September 2009 - Dassault Systèmes (DS) SolidWorks Corp. has announced the SolidWorks 2010 product line, a new set of software products created to optimize and bulletproof the core product design functions that make designers and engineers successful every day. Through the use of CAD, simulation, data management, documentation, and environmental impact assessment, organizations are said to be able to transform their inspirations into innovation, supported by a vibrant community of CAD users, content, technology and expertise.

What’s new in the SolidWorks 2010 product line

SolidWorks Premium CAD software improves designers’ and engineers’ productivity with a wide range of new capabilities. Patent-pending rapid dimensions, for example, display new dimension placement alternatives and neatly re-arrange existing dimensions to make room for the selection. A configuration publisher lets users easily publish a model configurator interface to the 3D ContentCentral service – a Web-based marketplace for 3D parts, assemblies, and other content – to enable simple selection of model alternatives. Patent-pending heads-up mouse gesturing puts unprecedented power in simple movements of the hand. SolidWorks 2010 also provides greatly enhanced reference plane creation methods, sheet metal functionality, weldment performance, component mirroring capabilities, and direct editing tools. And PhotoView 360 makes it even easier for novices to render photorealistic images like professionals.

SolidWorks Simulation Premium empowers teams by arming them with tools to easily validate design decisions, uncover hidden problems before they affect production, and potentially save hundreds of thousands of dollars. The new version adds first-ever capabilities like event-based motion simulation, which mimics the way machines really work, as well as proximity sensors and automatic edge-weld sizing. The overhauled simulation advisor, part of the SimulationXpress software included with every license of SolidWorks CAD software, guides novices through their first few successful simulations, shortening the learning curve and adding a layer of protection against errors.

SolidWorks Enterprise PDM software includes new productivity features for preparing models and drawings for distribution. A new convert, publish, print, and plot capability, for example, automatically converts hundreds of manufacturing drawings into neutral formats for quoting, collaboration, batch printing, and sharing with other systems. The new SolidWorks Enterprise PDM streamlines collaboration with a single centralized SolidWorks Toolbox library and introduces a new suite of rapid implementation tools for quicker return on investment.


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SolidWorks 2010 Sheetmetal Video Demo

3DVIA Composer automatically creates product documentation and keeps it updated with every design change. It helps organizations repurpose 3D assets to quickly create product manuals, brochures, catalogs, assembly instructions, training videos, and more.

3DVIA Composer 2010 further reduces documentation time by repurposing SolidWorks configurations and exploded views, thus putting intelligent design data to work.
It includes a new time-saving ability to auto-create explode lines for multiple exploded views. Users can also create richer, more informative documentation with scalable detail views, BOMs in 3D, a shadow caster, and photorealistic background objects.

SolidWorks Sustainability software for the first time makes sustainable design accessible, credible, and SolidWorks simple. SolidWorks Sustainability helps users determine the carbon footprint, energy consumption, and air/water impacts in a product design’s raw material sourcing, manufacture, use, and disposal. An assembly visualization tool color-codes parts based on their total environmental impact. Configuration support in the software also lets users compare multiple design iterations for sustainability concerns.

Included with every license of SolidWorks software, SolidWorks SustainabilityXpress helps users immediately determine the environmental impact of any part. SolidWorks Sustainability products include an environmental impact dashboard, customizable reports, and a tool to find alternative materials to easily compare and instantly improve the sustainability of a part.

Both SolidWorks Sustainability and SolidWorks SustainabilityXpress draw on the expertise, research, development, and data of Germany-based partner PE International, the largest and oldest network of sustainability experts in the world, and PE Americas, its U.S. division. Together, the new products give the SolidWorks community a way to make a significant collective impact on the environment by incrementally improving every design.

“SolidWorks 2010 is designed to provide every design team with an improved work experience that can bring them to new levels of success regardless of their industry,” said Austin O’Malley, CTO of DS SolidWorks Corp. “We listened to what the engineering community was asking for, which was a rock solid work experience and depth of functionality to help them work faster and smarter. We’re confident we have delivered. The sustainability capabilities will also help our community make an important contribution to the world in creating environmentally friendly products.”


SolidWorks’ software products, including SolidWorks Simulation, SolidWorks Enterprise PDM, 3DVIA Composer, and SolidWorks Sustainability. This integration means users can leverage the same 3D model in all of the operations that make their product a reality. SolidWorks provides an intuitive user experience and meaningful results throughout the entire process.

Availability and pricing

SolidWorks 2010 products are available for purchase worldwide through SolidWorks authorized resellers and will ship in October. Contact a SolidWorks authorized reseller for pricing. To locate one in your region, visit For more information about the SolidWorks 2010 product line, including video demonstrations, please visit or contact a reseller.

In Ontario and Eastern Canada (see schedule below), Javelin Technologies is hosting a SolidWorks 2010 Launch Event at local cinemas so that audiences can experience 3D design technology on a big screen. To register, go to


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