Four new, free, downloadable applications are available from SolidWorks Labs. This research and development group says the products are part of their “technology sandbox” offerings that shine a light on how 3D CAD software might look in the future. The modules include Treehouse, Tagger, Presentation Studio, and Collada Export.
Treehouse is intended for design teams to create and customize a conceptual, graphical representation of an assembly before beginning design work by simply dragging and dropping icons. The software lets you name your components and add custom properties before creating a single document. Once the layout is complete and CAD documents have been generated, you can import the top level assembly into any PDM system and start assigning components to the appropriate users.
Tagger is an add-in that helps improve communication by injecting relevant information into design files. When you open an assembly, part, or drawing, you will see a list of tags used in that document in a dedicated tab in the task pane. You can click on a term to highlight features in the design that are tagged with that term. Tagger will ease search, retrieval, annotation, and communication. You can create favorite tags that can be easily applied to any feature at any time.
Presentation Studio helps designers and engineers generate high-impact interactive PDF files for non-CAD users such as customers, partners, marketers, salespersons, and executives. The files can be read by Adobe™, Acrobat™, Reader™ software. 3D models embedded in the PDF files have full 3D interaction, including pan, zoom, and rotate. You can choose background, view angles, and whether or not the assembly can be viewed in an exploded format. The add-in enhances design briefs, price sheets, technical summaries, feature review, and product specification presentations.
Collada Export add-in allows SolidWorks users to export solid models in an industry standard 3D object and motion format. Robotics developers can use the studio software to correct any application issues early and maximize their performance.
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