I wanted to just throw up a quick post about a new SolidWorks blog. Phil "TJ" Way will be taking over writing reviews for SolidWorks Partner Products. You can find TJ’s blog here. Make sure you link to it and keep an eye out for his first post!
Now I know that I’ve talked about DriveWorks a couple of times before (here and here), but I wanted to mention it again for two reasons. First, CADJunky has a great video posted showing you what DriveWorksXpress can do. Yes, it’s a "canned demo", but I’m here to say that it does work, which brings me to my second reason for rehashing…
I prepared a demo for a customer this past weekend. One of their wants was the ability to change dimensions via a spreadsheet, or something along those lines. "No problem," I thought, "I’ll just use a design table and…hey, wait a minute! I wonder…?" DWX (that’s the "official" acronym for DriveWorksXpress) allowed me to easily capture the parameters I needed. It was just simple length or width changes either. I had hole patterns that were defined by the length and width also, where the number of holes, as well as their spacing, were driven by the L or W. In the end, the customer was duly impressed. Hell, I was impressed! Up until then, I’d only used DWX for simple things. I have the "full-blown" version of DriveWorks now and, as soon as I can, I’m going to get into it. If the "xpress" version is that good, imagine how good its big brother is gonna be! And remember, DWX comes with SolidWorks ’08.
Oh, two more quick notes:
GO RED SOX!!
There’s something like 250 enhancements in SolidWorks ’08 and Lou Gallo at SolidWorks: Heard! is doing his best to tell you about all of them. His latest post, Episode 109, is about Features. If you scroll down to Episode 105, you can hear Lou, Ricky Jordan and me talk about SolidWorks ’08. Personally, I think Ricky did a much better job than I did. I was a little unprepared for the discussion…we did it on a Wednesday and I thought it was supposed to be on the following Friday.
Anyway, jump over to Lou’s blog and give it a listen.
Listen up folks! One of my fellow "Blog Squad" members has gone off the deep end and needs your help. Now I have a lot of respect for Ricky Jordan, but I’m not so sure he’s playing with a full deck of cards here…
In Ricky’s latest post, he’s asking you to send him your damaged neutral CAD data. Yes, Ricky is, apparently, a masochist. It all has something to do with a presentation that he is planning on doing at SolidWorks World 2008 on repairing said damaged data in SolidWorks. Jump over to Ricky’s blog and view the insanity for yourself. Personally, I think he’s been hitting the moonshine with Matt.
Ok, so the title should be free thing, but it’s a cool free thing! Josh, over at SolidSmack, is giving away a 4GB Flash Drive. The only hoop you have to jump through is to post a comment on his blog about what you like. Pretty simple, huh? Well, what are you waiting for?
I figured it’s about time that I jumped on the SolidWorks ’08 bandwagon and talked about some of the "what’s new" stuff. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at DimXpert.
Using the requirements of the ASME Y14.41-2003 standard, DimXpert applies tolerances and dimensions to parts. How does it do this? It uses, in this order, these methods:
- Model feature recognition
- Topology recognition
A few of the model features recognized are: Boss, Chamfer, Fillet, Pocket (shell) or plane. You can find the full list under Help->What’s New in SW ’08.
Why is this good? Well, if you make changes to model features, or add faces and features, DimXpert will recognize these changes.
If feature recognition doesn’t work, SolidWorks uses Topology recognition.Topology recognition will recognize features that model feature recognition won’t. A couple of examples are slots and notches (don’t ask me why, ok?).
In the end, you can just create your drawing and all your dims and GTOL will be there! Simply great.