Making product development more accessible has been SOLIDWORKS’ mission from day one. Access to the right tools at the right time is critical to bringing ideas to market faster, more efficiently, and at a lower cost. More importantly, it’s paramount that SOLIDWORKS provides these design tools on customers’ terms. Users can be more innovative than ever. SOLIDWORKS is committed to matching their enthusiasm with the most powerful and accessible tools in the industry.
Narrowing the gap between design and manufacturing is the next major step in accessibility. For years, design and manufacturing have used different tools and separate processes, preventing concurrent design and leading to inefficiencies due to poor collaboration. Now experts at SOLIDWORKS are looking to change this by enabling users to take an integrated approach to design and manufacturing with SOLIDWORKS 2018 and the new SOLIDWORKS CAM. The ability to easily move from concept design to manufactured parts quickly enables them to output products faster, with greater, more predictable quality, and at a lower cost.
Innovation is not just for the wealthy or connected. It’s for anyone with a passion for ingenuity. They especially want to foster opportunities for entrepreneurs and small- to medium-sized businesses. Lowering the bar for innovation to all types of businesses is important for growing the global economy. This not only includes providing the right tools, but also mentorship and education that users can find in Fab Labs and SOLIDWORKS User Groups around the world. In addition, they are also working hard to aid startups in the SOLIDWORKS for Entrepreneurs program. The ultimate goal is to provide all engineers with a network of skills, connections, and technological investments to usher in the next generation of innovation. If you teach a person to design, they’ll be an inventor for life.
The key to achieving this level of democratization is not resting on their laurels. SOLIDWORKS has been around for more than 20 years. If they’re going to thrive in the next 20, they need to continue the investment in R&D. SOLIDWORKS 2018 is no exception. Thanks to beta testers and conversations with users, they’ve packed hundreds of new updates in this year’s release. SOLIDWORKS itself cannot and will not remain stagnant. And, new features, like topology optimization (image below), PCB, CAM, and distributed data management are expanding beyond traditional capabilities and bringing the tools to put innovation at your fingertips.
SOLIDWORKS 2018 was created to empower the users’ possibilities. It’s here to streamline their design process through powerful new features, collaborative manufacturing tools, and automation capabilities to let them focus on making great design happen.
Local resellers around the world are hosting SOLIDWORKS 2018 launch events to give a hands-on experience with new features and deep technical demonstrations highlighting what can be achieved by breaking the barriers to design.