What’s New in SolidWorks 2012 Part 2

Here are a few additional new features that are coming up in SolidWorks 2012.

Do you want some big news on drawings? Here’s what is coming up in 2012! You will no longer have to preselect a view for you BOM’s! A new option in the view pallet will be the “explode” option. In 2012, you will be able to add center marks to your entire view. It will automatically reuse view labels that have not yet been used. Balloon order sequencing will be available, and you will be able to number around the view from any starting location. The last thing that will be added to drawings in SolidWorks 2012 is… Magnet Lines!

There’s BIG news when it comes to equations in 2012! You will have an auto-rebuild for your immediate implementation of changes. There will be an improved equation editor with solve, order and sort. Also in the upcoming SolidWorks, global variables are now editable via the equation editor window!

If you are a big sheet metal user, these improvements just might make your year! You will now be able to set your flanges parallel to a sketch. Swept Flange feature will be available! They will also be flattened. There will be a Tangent Flange Position function. Have you always wanted to be able to ignore faces in flat patterns? Well in SolidWorks 2012, you can! All you have to do is select the faces in which you want to ignore.

Now that you’ve heard all about what is going to be added, you’re probably thinking to yourself “What exactly is going to be simply changed?” These changes will take your drafting experience from great to your new favorite hobby! Like the freeze feature for example. SolidWorks is going to try to implement it again! It will be easier than ever to just make a folder and freeze the features in that folder. You will also have more control when doing a complete uninstall, which will also be available from Admin Image. When you close a file, it will automatically be cleared from your memory. And now, my personal favorite, SolidWorks will be allowed to span across two displays in a logical manner using dual monitor support!

SolidWorks is really putting a lot of effort into making sure that 2012 has all the new capabilities you’ve been waiting for. They know us, as users, want more of an improvement to the current SolidWorks capabilities rather than a bunch of brand new ones. and they are responding to our needs! I encourage everyone to upgrade to 2012 when the time comes, as I am confident that the new and improved SolidWorks program will be a huge step for every user out there! I hope to see you all at SolidWorks World 2012 in San Diego, California!

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