Dassault Systèmes has launched SOLIDWORKS 2019, the latest release of its portfolio of 3D design and engineering applications. SOLIDWORKS 2019 delivers enhancements and new functionalities that the company hopes will help millions of innovators improve their product development process. In what it calls “today’s Industry Renaissance,” Dassault thinks this will help getting into production faster, as well as creating new categories of experiences for new types of customers.

The applications runs on Dassault’s 3DEXPERIENCE platform, and its goal is to facilitate specific details for engineers, as well as solving “complex design challenges” that might arise in manufacturing processes. New features should let product development teams better manage large amounts of data and capture a more complete digital representation of a design.  SOLIDWORKS 2019 also offers new technologies and workflows that improve collaboration and enable immersive, interactive experiences during design and engineering.

“We are using SOLIDWORKS to support implementation of the Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer 10-meter-class telescope that will open new possibilities for scientific discovery,” said Greg Green, Mechanical Designer/Instrument Maker, Canada France Hawaii telescope facility.  “Our design processes generate a large and growing dataset.  The final production version of the telescope will contain over 100,000 parts.  We needed technology that can tackle large design projects, and SOLIDWORKS delivers.”

Dassault says that, among its new features, SOLIDWORKS 2019 provides greater design flexibility to quickly interrogate or rapidly make changes to a model thanks to an enhanced Large Design Review capability.  The system should also scale with modern graphics hardware to “dramatically improve performance.” In addition, SOLIDWORKS 2019 allows teams to communicate outside of the design community by adding markups to parts and assemblies directly using a touch device, storing them with the model, and exporting them as a PDF.

Another key feature that Dassault Systemes also highlights is SOLIDWORKS Extended Reality (XR), a new application for publishing CAD scene data created in SOLIDWORKS. It includes everything from lights, cameras, materials, decals, and motion study animations, and can be experienced in VR, AR and web viewers.

Opening the door to platforms like VR and AR is a huge deal, since they represent a door that leads to a more mainstream audience. Because they are more affordable immersive devices, they can contribute to the growth of the ecosystem, and could allow companies like Dassault to improve collaborative internal and external design reviews, sell designs more effectively and train users on how to assemble and interact with any product.

“This latest SOLIDWORKS release is packed with enhancements and innovations built based on insights and feedback from the SOLIDWORKS community.  We continue to drive our products forward in terms of usability, quality, and productivity, and SOLIDWORKS 2019 delivers a complete design ecosystem,” said Gian Paolo Bassi, CEO, SOLIDWORKS, Dassault Systèmes.  “Designers and engineers who prioritize design performance, attention to detail and innovation, as well as seek the powerful storytelling capabilities of VR and AR, can experience the prototyping shop of the future—one where digital design data makes it easier to visualize parts in 3D and improve how designs are translated from virtual to real.”