If you have SOLIDWORKS PDM running alongside your SOLIDWORKS installation, you’ve come to the right place. When it comes to the upgrade process, there are a few additional steps to take to make sure everything goes smoothly. But before we get started, there are a few notes to mention.
PhotoView 360 for SOLIDWORKS is being retired after version 2023 SP5. If you currently use PhotoView 360 and have already updated to SP3, you might have seen a message about this. Starting with SOLIDWORKS 2024 SP0 (released in November 2023), the PhotoView 360 add-in will no longer be included with SOLIDWORKS Office, SOLIDWORKS Professional, and SOLIDWORKS Premium. Users will instead have access to Visualize for all of their rendering needs.
Some SOLIDWORKS users are experiencing an error stating: The current computer identifier does not match... when activating SOLIDWORKS 2024 on a machine that has previous versions of the software installed. This error is due to an update to the FLEXnet licensing service included with SOLIDWORKS 2024.
Over the years, SOLIDWORKS has delivered some great new features to help users clearly and efficiently create and navigate their drawings, and SOLIDWORKS 2024 is no exception. Let’s take a look at what's new for drawings.
SOLIDWORKS 2024 has some exciting new features and enhancements to existing commands to help streamline the sheet metal design process. Check out what's new for SOLIDWORKS 2024 sheet metal, including advancements to the tab and slot tool, the stamp feature, and a new way to turn cylindrical or conical shapes into sheet metal. Let's take a look.
SOLIDWORKS 2024 introduces some new updates to Structure Systems. After creating all primary and secondary members, the Corner Management dialog offers some technical and UI enhancements. Users can now automatically apply corner grouping at the start of the Corner Management dialog and select a base plane for reference.
Productivity enhancements improve assembly tools in SOLIDWORKS 2024. Insert Component now includes the configuration name and description. Configuration names are often part numbers, which may not be descriptive enough when choosing configurations during component insert. Now, with the use of descriptions, users can ensure they are selecting the correct configuration from the start.
Many people assume that transitioning from SOLIDWORKS to CATIA V5 will be easy since both are developed by Dassault Systemes. However, this is not the case and users quickly realize the differences, leading to frustration in the process. Over the years, we've heard common pain points that these users have expressed. In this article, we cover the CATIA V5 interface, sketching, solid part design, and assembly design.
The Abaqus Associative Interface is tailored to integrate with SOLIDWORKS users. It provides a direct channel to transfer geometry from SOLIDWORKS to Abaqus/CAE. With this interface, users can easily send individual components or a full assembly from SOLIDWORKS to Abaqus/CAE using a single click.