SOLIDWORKS 2018 is designed to support a business’ complete design through manufacturing strategy with solutions that simplify the interactions between disciplines across the product development workflow. Dassault Systèmes says this unified process leverages smart manufacturing – a connected and seamless flow of data that is available to all teams involved in product development whenever, wherever and in whatever format is needed without having to port data from one system to another.
According to Dassault Systèmes, with SOLIDWORKS 2018, teams can collaborate concurrently to more rapidly and cost-efficiently design a product or part, validate its function and manufacturability, manage its data and related processes, streamline and automate its manufacturing, and inspect it. Any changes in design or manufacturing are said to be fast and easy to manage and automatically flow to all related models, programs, drawings and documentation.
A key feature of SOLIDWORKS 2018 for this process is SOLIDWORKS CAM, a new application that provides rules-based machining with knowledge capture to allow for the automation of manufacturing programming. Designers and engineers can gain a greater understanding of how their designs are made, make more informed decisions, and quickly create prototype parts and manufacture in-house to control quality, cost and delivery. This application also enables teams to execute new ‘build to order’ strategies with custom parts that are automatically designed and programmed in seconds rather than hours.
“A successful consumer experience must have a well-designed product at its core and an efficient way to produce it,” explains Gian Paolo Bassi, CEO, SOLIDWORKS, Dassault Systèmes. “SOLIDWORKS 2018 brings more than just a smarter approach to manufacturing parts or products, it helps businesses translate imagination into innovation and build ecosystems. As with past releases, many of SOLIDWORKS 2018’s new tools and enhancements respond to the SOLIDWORKS community’s insight and feedback, equipping them with more power and capabilities to bring great designs to manufacturing faster, with higher quality and at lower costs. Over the next few months, we will roll out additional end-to-end process solutions aimed to help the community further improve its business outcomes.”