Tuesday, 11 October 2011 06:39

Intercad launches SolidWorks 2012 in Australia

By Veronica Colvin

Dynamic countrywide road show introduces users to new features, functionality

Sydney, Australia (October 11, 2011) - Intercad, Australia's specialist 3D computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) company, is launching the 20th version of the industry-standard design platform, SolidWorks 2012, at a series of dynamic hands-on events around the country.

Working closely with the SolidWorks development team and the local SolidWorks community - of which it has been an active member for more than two decades - Intercad says the deep refinements in the latest versions strengthen what is already the most robust and widely-used CAD/CAM software in Australia.

'While there are certainly some headline-making new features in the new version, overall the impression I get from SolidWorks 2012 is that it's an important and substantial streamlining of an established platform, making it more compelling for new users and even more powerful for its loyal user base,' says Intercad's Mark Duggan, Australia's only SolidWorks Elite Application Engineer.

'Chief among the new features is a Large Design Review mode that lets you open very large assemblies quickly, while still retaining capabilities that are useful when conducting design reviews of assemblies,' says Duggan. 'For example, you can now measure distances, create cross sections, hide and show components, and create, edit, and play back walk-throughs, without leaving the Large Design Review.

'Other important new features include: balloon alignment with Magnetic Lines, making it much easier to align balloons in a drawing view with full control of angles and spacing; Feature Freeze, one of my personal favourites, and one that's been much requested by local designers, allowing you to literally freeze features from rebuilds of the model; and Multibody Exploded Views gives you the option to explode views of multibody parts for easier navigation and more detailed analysis.'

[Click https://bit.ly/Intercad_SW2012NewFeatures_Podcast to listen to Mark Duggan discuss the top four new features in SolidWorks 2012]

'Year-on-year we continue to connect our local SolidWorks community with the global development team, and invest our community's feedback in the ongoing refinements and innovations made to the SolidWorks platform,' says Max Piper, Chief Executive Officer, Intercad.

'We have continued to assemble the most experienced and knowledgeable SolidWorks technical and support team in the country, all of whom will be present at our annual Innovation Day road show to interact with our customers, discuss their business issues and offer advice on how to improve their designs and technology.'

This year, Intercad has chosen some of the most dynamic venues in recent years for its Innovation Day sessions, including Sydney's world-renowned Australian National Maritime Museum and Melbourne's iconic MCG.

'Like SolidWorks, we want to send a message out to our customers that we understand innovation, and continually strive to improve the business dynamics that shape our collective industries,' adds Piper. 'Many of our customers are facing unique and potentially dangerous market conditions, particularly in the manufacturing and retail industries, so finding new, better, faster and more cost-effective solutions to designing their products is front of mind.'

Intercad is also offering complimentary and discounted 'What's New' training for subscription customers.

Other key features in SolidWorks 2012:

'¢ Swept Flange tool - primarily aimed at the sheet metal industry, enables the creation of compound bends in sheet metal parts

'¢ Improved import - STEP, Parasolid and IFC files open 30 to 50 per cent faster and translate without saving them to disk, so once an assembly is translated, sub-assemblies or parts can be opened and specific items saved rather than the whole assembly

'¢ User interface and toolbox customisation enhancements - toolbox component information is now stored in each part file rather than in a Microsoft Access database, so users can assign components to folders they create, and rename files, directly from Toolbox Settings

'¢ More sheet metal improvements - along with the new Swept Flange tool, users will be able to choose faces to ignore in flat patterns. A Tangent Flange position function is now available, and users will be able to set flanges parallel to a sketch

'¢ Equation improvements - a new equation editor, with solve order and sort. Global variables are now editable via the equation editor window, and auto-rebuild is available for immediate implementation of changes

'¢ Complete uninstall - with new options that allows for more control. Also, uninstall function is available from Admin Image

'¢ Better file handling - files are cleared from memory when closed

'¢ Improved dual monitor support - allows SolidWorks to span across two displays in a logical manner

Intercad is showcasing SolidWorks 2012 in the following cities:

'¢ Sydney - Australian National Maritime Museum, Tuesday, October 11

'¢ Melbourne  - MCG, Wednesday, October 12

'¢ Brisbane  - Powerhouse Arts Centre, New Farm, Wednesday, October 19

'¢ Adelaide  - BioSA Incubator Conference Centre, Thebarton, Wednesday, October 19

'¢ Perth  - WA Maritime Museum, Fremantle, Thursday, October 27

For more information and registration visit: www.intercad.com.au/news-events/innovationday2012

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