SOLIDWORKS 2019 builds upon the ground-breaking touch modeling innovations introduced last year in SOLIDWORKS 2018 and offers even more enhancements for working on touch-enabled devices. There’s now a wealth of innovative new productivity enhancement that lets you take advantage of the latest cutting-edge hardware technology. 3D CAD modeling on a touch screen PC such as a Microsoft Surface or a Windows 10 PC is now even better. Currently, more entity types are supported when sketching with a pen or stylus, dimensions can be created by writing directly on screen and the intuitive touch-optimized environment supports even more everyday design workflows.
Designing in Touch Screen Devices
When working on any Windows touch-enabled device you can use a Microsoft surface dial to pan, zoom and rotate your model. It’s easy, just place the dial directly on the screen and press and hold. The tools appear graphically at your fingertips. The dial keeps you completely in touch with your design by providing an exciting and immersive way for interacting with SOLIDWORKS using touch mode. It was on full display this year at SOLIDWORKS World 2019 and it is a fantastic way to model.
Whether you're designing complex shapes or simple mechanical parts, SOLIDWORKS gesture sketching provides an innovative approach to capturing design ideas in no time at all. Now, in SOLIDWORKS 2019 your hand-sketched shapes can be automatically converted into splines. No matter how artistically challenged you are, SOLIDWORKS understands your gestures and can automatically convert your sketched shapes. The resulting shape can be modified just like any other, making it even easier to achieve any shape you desire. Not just a tool for the industrial designer, gesture sketching provides a quick and easy way to create prismatic designs.
Other Touch Screen Features
In addition to lines, arcs and circles, hand-drawn slot shapes are now recognized and converted into slot sketch entities, enabling you to utilize this exciting new approach to model creation no matter the geometry. It’s truly a unique approach to capturing design intent. What’s more, dimensions can now be created in an instant by writing directly on the screen. Select or sketch an entity and write the value and SOLIDWORKS will detect and interpret your handwriting, converting it into a fully associative driving dimension. Adding sketch dimensions is now quicker and easier than ever.
SOLIDWORKS provides an intuitive touch-optimized environment that supports typical everyday design workflows. Using touch interaction, you can quickly and easily assemble parts using smart mates. Simply tap the desired face of each part on screen and the components automatically snap into position. As you work, the software interprets your touch inputs and gestures intuitively switching model behavior based on your selection.
SOLIDWORKS 2019 offers many different and innovative new capabilities for capturing rapid-fire design ideas. Whether you’re in the office or on the go, it’s never been easier to model in SOLIDWORKS with the much-improved support for touch screen computers.
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