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Advanced Design Automation using DriveWorks Solo/Pro

Case Study – Fitzroy Yachts, New Zealand


Design and fabricate aluminum luxury sailing yachts.


  • Difficulty designing complex mechanisms within the cramped confines of the yacht.
  • Reduce development cycle through improved visualisation of designs.
  • Difficulty determining engineering requirements of load bearing components.


  • Reduce labour costs by 20%.
  • Ability to design and test mechanisms without the need for a prototype.
  • Increased ability to communicate design solutions to customers.
  • Access to a pool of skilled designers.


New in SolidWorks 2012: Sheet Metal Enhancements

SolidWorks Premium 2012 gives you new tools and more control to handle the unique challenges of sheet metal design. You can design from scratch or convert your 3D model to sheet metal. Designs can be automatically flattened and documented for manufacturing, with export to CNC and manufacturing equipment. Enhancements include:

  • Improved form and punch tools enable simple drag-and-drop insertion
  • New options for flange position and flange edge give you more design flexibility
  • Precise control of edge flanges, including up-to-vertex end conditions, speed up design

Want to see more? Just visit the SolidWorks 2012 website to learn about the rest of the updates for our 20th release.


New in SolidWorks 2012: Improved response time

In SolidWorks Enterprise PDM 2012, system performance has been improved for users working with large data sets and users working remotely with Copy Tree and template-created documents.

In previous versions of Enterprise PDM, long delays or system stoppages could occur when users worked with large data sets with many parent/child relationships. Affected functions included viewing the information on the Contains tab in Windows Explorer or in a CAD add-in when the Archive refresh rate is set at a low value, for example, five seconds.

When creating new documents from remote replicated sites with high latency connections to the SQL Server, it now takes less time for users in remote offices to create new documents using templates and the Copy Tree tool. Combining the queries that save card variables has made the creation of documents from templates as much as three times faster. Improved query methods have optimized WAN traffic for the Copy Tree operation, making the new response time up to ten times faster.

Want to learn more? Just visit the SolidWorks 2012 website to learn about the rest of the updates for our 20th release.

Steve Jobs 1955 – 2011

Like many other people, I’ve been a bit sad, if not depressed, since I learned of Steve’s passing.  It’s kind of weird, right?  I’ve never met him, exchanged an email with him, or even seen him from afar at some tech event.  Yet I can’t help but feel the void created when someone close to you is gone.  So how did Steve get this close to so many of us?

I’m a product guy who spends a great deal of my time thinking about how products should serve users in ways they really care about.  I also probably spend more time than most thinking about how a user’s emotions are a part of the overall user experience.   But I’ve always been inspired and in total awe of Steve, the true master of product.

Steve seemed to be tenacious about ensuring we all consistently and completely experienced his products in a way that was emotionally powerful.  Of course the products performed very well and met all functional expectations, but his products were much more than that.

Every product helped you feel like the person you aspired to be.  People that use Apple products feel like they are cool, hip, smart, creative, and stylish.  Steve and company made sure that everything related to those products made you feel that way.  The television commercials, the Apple Store, website, and even the boxes the products came in.  Everything we experienced said, “you’re part of our cool Apple family”.

Steve had a reputation for being a tough and intimidating person to work for.  I can’t help but see this as “tough love”.  He seemed to do everything in his power to give us the best products and experience possible.  We were worth nothing less.

Thank you Steve, you will be missed!




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