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Each year, SolidWorks puts out a new version of the software. Some years there are major functionality updates, and other years they focus on stability and ease of use. That being said, the core modeling techniques between all the versions of the software are basically the same. This course will be focusing on the core modeling skills and essential techniques, so not all of the new features will be explored. However, if something is new, I'll make a point to point it out, and show the new functionality. However, in this video, I want to cover some of the major improvements between 2013 and 2014. First off, in 2013, they introduced backwards compatibility which have been the number one request for SolidWorks users for a long time.
So what that means is SolidWorks 2012 service pack five can actually open 2013 files with some compatibility. They also introduce costing, name views, direct equations, and direct entry dimensions. I'll point out a couple here. First off, if I'm looking at this block here, if I go to the extrude one or the sketch, I can open that up and, if I have a dimension here like six, if I double click on that. Instead of having to go to equations, I can actually type it right here, I say equals 2 plus and I can click on one of the other dimensions.
I can overwrite that dimension right into there and now it becomes an equation. Click OK. And notice, I have the yellow equation symbol in front 6.0 and there it is same dimension but now it's driven. So what happens if I double click on this and I change to six. This one actually changes to eight because it's an equation driven dimension. That's really handy. You can always use equations, but now you can actually direct input them on the input bar. In 2014, we got a few extras. Number one is in the mate commands, we can add mates directly from the control bar. When we choose features in the main window They automatically highlight over here in the feature manager.
This can be really handy, to easily find where that feature's created at. We now have lasso selections, we have environments, we have a history folder. When they added the slot mate, they have angular running dimensions, a virtual sharp. We can now use hole wizard slots. And we now have a sheet metal gusset command. So a lot of really great commands that are in SolidWorks 2013 and 2014. They've been added since we last recorded the course in 2012. And definitely it's something to take a look at. You can get the fullest single of the features if you come up to the top, click on Help > What's New.
You can open it in HTML or PDF. With each year, the software gets a little better. However, as you can see from the list of improvements, none of these really affect the core modeling environment. So we will get better. The software will get better. However, the foundation of 3D part design, stays the same, and that is essential.
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