ImageSolidWorks Corp., Concord, MA, has announced SolidWorks® 2008 3D CAD software that features a new user interface and 3D graphics, an enhancement of the SolidWorks Intelligent Feature Technology (SWIFT), and advanced design analysis capabilities. A new intuitive workflow predicts which tools users will need in the context of a specific task, and makes them readily available. The interface reduces mouse travel, and provides task-based command selection. SWIFT Instant3D lets users create and modify 3D model features by manipulating drag handles directly on the model. Users can make edits by dragging edges while looking at a slice of the model. SWIFT DimXpert automatically sets geometric dimensions and tolerances on parts, and provides visual feedback on whether the model has been described properly and is ready for manufacturing. It automatically creates views, dimensions, and tolerances in 2D drawings for design documentation. Design Clipart lets users search their file systems for sketches, tables, images, features, or DWG blocks inside existing designs. The feature dissects the target file, letting users drag the item to incorporate it in a new design.

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This article first appeared in the August, 2007 issue of NASA Tech Briefs Magazine.

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