SolidWorks World 2010 (Day 2) – Direct Modeling

We were not allowed to take video. I guess probably because the keynote speakers prohibit it. So I will need to make do with the following pictures to explain the direct modeling that SolidWorks has been working on. I think it is freaking awesome!!

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The orange rectangle you see is a mouse window select. Basically the user intends to widen the model and has selected the components to widen by doing a window select.

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And now he just drags one of the arrow of the gizmo with the mouse and the entire model is modified. Since the part is symmetric the other side is moved as well. My guess is that features and their underlying sketches and parameters are modified in real time. Like I said, freaking awesome.

I intend to find out more about the innards of this technology. If I manage to find out, you will be the first to know.

  • Is this just more advanced selection for Instant3D, or real direct history-free editing? Is anything added to the tree?

    Anxious to hear more Deelip!

  • I really could not make out much sitting in the audience. I am trying to get a hold of the video from SolidWorks PR. But don't count on it.

  • kevinquigley

    Whatever the case – looks like a finger up to Autodesk with the orange rectangle selection 🙂

  • The interesting thing about it was that there were multiple components included in the selection AND multiple components that were “changing” when the arrow was dragged outward.

    You couldn't really tell what was going on in the background which is much like some of the other DE technology when it was first shown, we probably won't know those kind of details until later.

  • Agree. It almost looked like some gimmick. Whatever this is, I wanna play.