SolidWorks:Heard! - Episode 336 - June Tech News

June Tech News:

This podcast covers the SolidWorks and CAD-related tech news that broke since mid-May covering the SolidWorks Blog, various tech alerts and other industry news.  Topics covered:

SolidWorks Blog:

- Race Car Drafting in SolidWork Flow Simulation (CFD)

- Building a 1/48th scale of the U.S.S. Missouri

- Timberworks structures built in SolidWorks

- Let's Go Design Project #3 underway

- Interactive documentation video of 3DVIA Composer

- World Solar Splash competition (SOLAR BOATS!)

- Made in 3D Challenge details

- 2 weeks left in the Green Design Contest!

- Another great Flow Simulation mock up of skim boarding

- 2011-2012 SolidWorks Student Edition is available

- Designing Dads - Tribute to Dads in Design

Tech Alerts:

- SolidWorks 2011 SP4 Early Visibility and now full SP4 release available

- SolidWorks Operating System Survey

- SolidWorks Customer Satisfaction Survey

- SolidWorks Operating Cost of current design solutions Survey

- SolidWorks 2012 Beta Improvements

- 3DVIA Composer 2012 SP0 Ships!

Support Montly FAQ:

- SolidWorks 2012 Beta Program (Starts on June 27th)

- Borrowing Licenses in SNL 2011

- Low resources warning with large assemblies (causes)

- New KB articles on the portal

- SQL memory management for EPDM

- Windows XP support for EPDM (Ending after 2012)

- EPDM automatic notification delays (causes)

Industry News

- PTC Launches Creo 1.0 product line (9 Creo apps) (Great run down at

- Siemens launches SolidEdge ST4 - (Great write by Mark Burhop on

Well it is June and we are at no shortage of tech news about SolidWorks and the CAD industry.  Since the last tech news show, SolidWorks had pushed out early visiblitiy for 2011 SP4 and shipped SP4 officially as well as a brand new edition of 3DVIA Composer 2012 SP0 (only 30 days after SP1 for 2011x).  SolidWorks, although I don't talk about it in this show, lauched Beta 3 of SolidWorks n!Fuze and ended it after only a week.

SolidWorks has also been pushing out a lot of surveys addressing satisfaction, what OS you run and the cost of your design tools.  I am not sure what they are exactly after but there is a lot of focus on the future of the product and the perceptions of their user base.  With SolidWorks 2012 beta just around the corner, I am interested to see what the participation is like and how the improvements to the beta programs as a whole are impacted.

Competitors PTC and Siemens also were busy with major product announcements which shows that the competition is healthy which, in the end, is best for users!  Competition forces companies to innovate and advance the CAD industry as a whole.  2011 will be another exciting summer for engineers and CAD geeks alike! ~Lou

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