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SolidWorks Labs extends technology offerings

07 January 2008

SolidWorks Labs, the technology sandbox for curious SolidWorks 3D CAD software users, has more than doubled the number of free experimental software offerings since its February 2007 launch.

SolidWorks Labs (http://labs.solidworks.com) has welcomed nearly 100,000 visitors coming to experience, assess, and critique the emerging technologies offered by SolidWorks Corporation’s research and development division. SolidWorks Labs initially went online with four mini-applications. In the ensuing year, it has more than doubled the offerings.

“The more applications, services, and widgets Labs introduces, the more time I wish I could spend there experimenting,” said senior mechanical design engineer Ricky Jordan of Dynetics. “It’s intriguing to see where 3D CAD software - or 3D in general - might possibly go. CB Model Pro, for example, has great potential for conceptual design, and ZoomIn can literally immerse your audience in your 3D model.”

New offerings include:

- A SolidWorks Labs Gallery (http://labs.solidworks.com/Gallery/) to showcase the finest creations generated by SolidWorks Labs visitors using the modelling and rendering tools on the site.

- iPhone support for Drawings Now, the online sharing service for engineering drawings. Users can use their Apple mobile devices to locate, zoom, and pan engineering drawings with their fingertips.

- CB Model Pro, a 3D modelling program that lets anyone, CAD user or not, develop 3D graphical models by simply virtually squeezing, pulling, flattening organic shapes. It acts like digital clay.

- A Showcase Widget that lets users create slideshows of their SolidWorks designs simply by pointing to a folder of designs.

- A WatchIt Widget that lets users keep track of which files are changing on a system, drive, or folder. Call it mini-PDM for everyone.

- SolidWorks Island in Second Life, the 3D virtual world, offering opportunities for learning, entertainment, networking, collaboration, virtual surfing, virtual Formula 1 racing, and events like simulcast real-world robotics competitions.

- An Improved ZoomIn interface, layout, and materials selection, enabling users to immerse themselves and their audience in even more dynamic presentations of SolidWorks models. For example, users can now set designs on virtual plant floors or in virtual kitchens.


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