SolidWorks 2012 3D design software includes many new tools. For example, one function helps users create better-looking and more-accurate drawings by highlighting changed dimensions and showing previous values. A sequential balloon-ordering capability, along with “magnetic” lines, makes it easy to position and align balloons. In addition, SolidWorks Sustainability’s new user interface helps users accurately model products using “what-if” scenarios and custom materials. Version 2012 also lets users quickly open and review massive assemblies, or individual components, using walkthroughs, sectioning, and measuring, without the need for a high-powered computer or special file preparation. A “feature freeze” function eliminates unwanted feature rebuilds and an equation editor lets users quickly create equations. Additionally, a design-costing tool automates calculating manufacturing costs for sheet metal and machined parts. Users can also design sheet metal parts from scratch or convert existing 3D parts to sheet metal.
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