SolidWorks 2015 launch: Inspiring innovation for product creation

Focus on speed and collaboration enables design teams to work more productively and profitably.

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. (DS SolidWorks) has unveiled the SolidWorks® 2015 product line, delivering new ways to speed product design, deepen collaboration, and strengthen designers’ engagement with manufacturing.

With SolidWorks 2015, the company set its sights on providing its users with a wider range of choices for improving everyday productivity, optimising work processes, cutting operating costs and solving an expanded set of design challenges. The company’s development team seems to be doing a good job of listening to its users, as evidenced by the fact that 90% of the new functionality and enhancements included in this release were user-requested.

SolidWorks has broadened its approach to design, and its portfolio has expanded significantly over the past few years. This latest release includes tools for 3D design, simulation, electrical design, product data management and technical communication. SolidWorks 2015 is also clearly adding functionality to broaden its appeal in other industries and markets. For example, SolidWorks users will be able to easily enhance the aesthetics of consumer products and apparel, and simulate construction machinery, building infrastructure and machine tools better than ever before.

SolidWorks 2015 features a new model-based definition (MBD) offering, which will enable design and manufacturing to share PMI information directly in 3D. This will no doubt be popular with government contractors, but might be a bit early for most users. It does, however, show that SolidWorks is ahead of the curve in supporting MBD as it certainly reflects where product development is inevitably headed: paperless design, or at least less paper.

New features in SolidWorks 2015
The new functionality in the software, grouped by area of improvement, includes:
Improved assemblies
Optimise work process
Reduce operations costs
Solve more design challenges

Below is selection of the 160 users and company personnel that attended the launch of SolidWorks 2015, in South Africa, held last year at Blue Valley Golf Estate.

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Jaco Bergh of Mecad, Waldo Kleinhans and Eugene Du Preez both of Jendamark


Eben van Heerden of EPS, Danie Blom and Johan le Roux both of Xymech


Jimmy Matthews, Donovan Hale and Derek West, all of MAN Diesel & Turbo South Africa


Jeremy Kavallieratos and Ricardo Dos Santos, both of Geneva Ad Display, with Kyle Brand of Tshwane University


Johan Schutte, CF Grundlingh and Kobus Botha, all of Kokama


Guido De Greef of Gilo Engineering, Freek van der Bergh of Mecad, and Andre van Eeden of Windhoeker Maschinenfabrik