With more than 400 enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2018 (90 per cent of which are driven by SOLIDWORKS users), there is a lot to get through at our What’s New in SOLIDWORKS launch events.
NT CADCAM’s expert Tech Team, along with new partners SOLIDSOLUTIONS and CADTEK, have been touring the country with the latest software updates to show our 13,000 strong SOLIDWORKS community how to make your great designs get built better and faster.
NT CADCAM caught up with some of our customers at the London Launch Event at The Trampery to see what was grabbing their attention:
, Senior Design Draughtsman at Pandrol, a global company that provides fastenings for rail track systems, says the new SOLIDWORKS PDM enhancements are just what they’re looking for. “I come every couple of years to a launch. It keeps me up to date with the new tools and it’s great to get a general overview of what’s coming up that could be useful to us as a company.
“SOLIDWORKS PDM is just one of many solutions we are looking at. How we store and use our legacy data is very important to us. With Rail Fastenings, there is a still a demand for our products that were designed in the 70s. Pandrol has more than 2 billion components in service in more than 100 countries, so as you can imagine we have a massive database of components, including some hand drawings from the 60s, which have never been modelled before. We use SOLIDWORKS to redesign and model refits and upgrades to meet specific customer needs.”
, CAD technician at Pandrol adds that the new features will make his day-to-day workflows a lot easier. “Sometimes, you can work away at something and it’s not until you get to these events that you realise there might be a better way to do something. For me, SOLIDWORKS 2018 is about getting more efficient. At Pandrol we’ve transitioned from PRO/E to SOLIDWORKS and we’re interested in the whole portfolio because there are often new technology solutions that we hadn’t really thought of. Often, SOLIDWORKS will come up with a new button or a new procedure that will make things a lot easier. The new Mouse Gestures, where you can customise up to 12 new features looked good and new flexibility with Feature Freeze that lets you lock off parts you don’t need to rebuild and then come back to, is something I can really see myself using. You can tell that SOLIDWORKS is listening to its customers.”
, senior mechanical engineer for camera positioning and sensor specialists Overview, and engineer designer Jose Martin from AJC Retailing Solutions, who design and manufacture catering trailers and retail fits, have both been using SOLIDWORKS for a couple of years. Eleanor says: “I moved from Unigraphics (Siemens NX) to SOLIDWORKS when I came to Overview. I found SOLIDWORKS to be hugely more intuitive. Today’s launch helps us decide as a company what new tools will benefit us the most and when to upgrade. I like the new User Interface, it’s just one of many things that will definitely save me time.”
Engineer Steve Butson
, has been a SOLIDWORKS user since 1999. Now working for XP Power, a leading provider of power solutions including AC-DC power supplies and DC-DC converters, he says there are a lot of new improvements he can take from the launch. In particular, new products such as SOLIDWORKS PCB. “The transition between ECAD/MCAD is a big issue for us and something like SOLIDWORKS PCB could really help.”
Find out more about SOLIDWORKS 2018, call NT CADCAM today on 0800 018 6957.
There’s still time to come along to one of our free SOLIDWORKS 2018 launch events:
OCTOBER 17 Emirates Riverside, Durham
OCTOBER 18 Magna, Sheffield
OCTOBER 19 A J Bell Stadium, Manchester
OCTOBER 31 IWM Duxford, Cambridge
NOVEMBER 1 Mercure Great Danes Hotel, Maidstone
NOVEMBER 2 Ageas, Southampton
NOVEMBER 8 University of Stirling, Stirling
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