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Here is a list of enhancements that have been made to the SolidWorks 2012 Help through recent service pack updates.  

 

Motion Analysis

 

Layout Sketch Block Motion

 

Suppose you are running a Motion Analysis type of motion study on a layout sketches model of an assembly. You can set the mass properties for the sketch blocks that represent your mechanism.

 

Learn more here:

 

http://help.solidworks.com/2012/English/solidworks/motionstudies/t_sketchblocks_setting_mass_properties_in_layout_sketch_blocks.htm

 

Torsional Springs and Dampers

 

Learn how to create torsional springs or dampers in motion studies.

 

http://help.solidworks.com/2012/English/solidworks/motionstudies/t_springs_dampers_torsional_creating.htm

 

Motion Study Plot Types

Learn details about all of the types of motion study results you can create.

 

http://help.solidworks.com/2012/English/solidworks/motionstudies/c_plots.htm

 

Photoview 360

 

Caustic Analysis

You can control the display of caustics in your PhotoView 360 Renderings by adjusting the Caustic Amount and Caustic Quality in PhotoView Options.  Higher values for Caustic Amount increase the visible area and intensity of the caustics. Higher values for Caustic Quality increase the visual quality of the caustics. Learn more from these help topics.

 

http://help.solidworks.com/2012/English/solidworks/sldworks/t_Creating_Direct_Caustic_Effects.htm

 

and

 

http://help.solidworks.com/2012/English/solidworks/sldworks/c_caustics.htm

 

Rendering

You can adjust Gamma in the Final Render window to change the brightness of the midtones in your output image, while preserving extreme whites and blacks. Check out this example in the help.

 


http://help.solidworks.com/2012/English/SolidWorks/sldworks/c_gamma_adjustment_example.htm

 

Mates and Assemblies

Do you want to learn how to copy mates when you copy components in an assembly? Check out this example demonstrating the Copy with Mates command.

 

http://help.solidworks.com/2012/english/SolidWorks/sldworks/t_Example_Copying_with_Mates.htm

 

 

Parting Line Surfaces

 

Want to learn how to adjust parting line surfaces? You can use the manual mode to display handles that you can manipulate to adjust the parting surface.

 

http://help.solidworks.com/2012/English/solidworks/sldworks/c_partingsurface_manual_advanced_mode_parting_surface.htm

 

Saving Layers to .DXF/.DWG Files

 

Learn how to preserve SolidWorks drawing layers when saving drawings as .dxf or .dwg files.

 

http://help.solidworks.com/2012/English/solidworks/sldworks/t_dxfdwgpreserving_solidworks_layers_onexport.htm

 

Exploded Views - Adding Explode Lines

 

You can check these examples demonstrating adding route lines and jog lines to exploded views.

 

http://help.solidworks.com/2012/english/solidworks/sldworks/t_Example_Adding_a_Route_Line.htm

 

and

 

http://help.solidworks.com/2012/english/SolidWorks/sldworks/t_Example_Adding_a_Jog_Line.htm