Dassault Systèmes, profiled in Q20 and a recognised leader in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, 3D design software and 3D Digital Mock Up, has announced SOLIDWORKS 2015, the latest version of the company’s portfolio of 3D design software applications. With SOLIDWORKS 2015, designers can now access cloud-based capabilities and a wider range of choices for improving productivity, work processes and operating costs.

SOLIDWORKS 2015 covers all comprehensive aspects of the superyacht design process with an intuitive, integrated 3D development environment that includes 3D design, simulation, electrical design, product data management and technical communication. In addition, starting with the new Collaborative Sharing feature, SOLIDWORKS 2015 enables access to Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform and its cloud-based capabilities.

“We’ve listened to our users and noted how, as their business success grows, their design needs rapidly expand,” said Bertrand Sicot, CEO of SOLIDWORKS. “This is why we are so attentive to our users’ needs. More than 90 per cent of the functionality of SOLIDWORKS 2015 has been directly requested by customers. With the 3DEXPERIENCE platform now accessible, users can connect their existing SOLIDWORKS desktop applications to the cloud and begin developing new business processes and enjoy 3DEXPERIENCE-powered new generation apps, such as SOLIDWORKS’ upcoming Industrial Design application. Today’s announcement is a testament to our ongoing commitment to users.”

“With the emphasis on the direct-from-3D-model fabrication processes, it’s important that we shift our focus to model-based definition so that we can shorten our overall design cycle and simplify the way we do things,” explained Ryan Trulli, Mechanical Engineer for the GE Oil & Gas markets. “With SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition, the 3D model itself holds all the dimensional data necessary to make the part. This means less documentation creation, fewer emails flying around, and fewer files to sustain when the project is complete.”

SOLIDWORKS 2015 allows the designer to focus on design, not modelling, with the addition of new features that reduce geometry creation steps. It also facilitates faster information sharing, with improved general performance, faster analysis and streamlined approaches, giving users the data to quickly make decisions and keep designing.

According to its developer the user experience has been further enhanced by an improved graphical interface, which presents a clear view of critical data to help focus on design. Designers can simulate multiple design scenarios to quickly evaluate the effects of various load combinations on a hull, and record the results.

And a new feature enables the automatic flattening of 3D models, to help identify materials and manufacturing issues. This feature is especially helpful to those in the yachtbuilding industry because it accurately predicts stresses and strains that could impact the design.

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