SolidWorks:Heard! - Episode 402 - Remember TreeHouse 2 ?


Remember TreeHouse 2 ?:

This podcast covers a tool that was launch almost 5 years ago on the SolidWorks Labs site and was updated with some key features almost 3 years ago.  I figured I could remind you about this document structure planning tool even though SolidWorks has abandoned their LABS site.  Topics covered:

- Quick recap of the interface layout

- Overview of workflow to build a document structure

- Planning deeper than just structure

- Handoff to SolidWorks to build files

- Whats missing still after all these years

When Treehouse shipped back in late 2008, is lacked a few important features but was also simply a labs project so input was encourged.  After almost a year, SolidWorks LABS pushed out a new update addressing a few major missing features like the ability to add existing files to the plan.

SolidWorks pushed out a marketing video this week on free engineering tools and one of the tools that was brought up was Treehouse.  I mentioned when n!Fuze launched they had a way to look at the file structure in a "Treehouse" like interface and I have been wanted to talk about this tool again since it still works with SolidWorks 2012.

Treehouse 2.1 is the current build and is a 2.4MB file that extracts and installs in seconds.  For those of you that are sticklers on planning with good use of sub-assemblies and standard parts, Treehouse might be for you. ~Lou

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SolidWorks:Heard! - Episode 359 - Equationomics


This podcast covers the new equation editor and new implementation introduced in SolidWorks 2012.  I talk about the new UI, new features introduced and how to get the most out of the re- implementation of equations.  Topics covered:

- New equation UI

- Overview of equation/dimension/list view

- Automatic rebuild and solve order

- Improved usability of external equation files

- Adding equation on the fly from the Modify dialog

- Naming dimensions on the fly

- Various tips and tricks to get the most out of equations

Currently I am 2 weeks into SolidWorks Rollout season at DDi and have done 5 events showing off the new features of SolidWorks 2012.  Although this release has a few things that are getting a lot of coverage and are new features, the stuff that really gets people excited are the little things.

SolidWorks 2012, in my opinion, is about the little enhancements.  There are so many little enhancements that make this release one that I have enjoyed using more and showing to users alike.  It is releases that address the enhancement requests and fine tune functionality that is used every time we use SolidWorks that begins to gain user confidence they are listening.

Equations, for me, is an example of how to add a few new features but take all the existing functionality and make it work better.  If you are a long time user of equations in SolidWorks, you are in for a treat, and if you don't use equations much, you will start!  ~Lou

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