I’m not one to get excited about point releases, but for a new product like tsElements, I’ll make a very large, symmetrical point poppin’ exception.

TsElements 1.1 is the first update for the new surfacing tool which allows import of.obj and T-Spline Rhino surface files directly into SolidWorks. I swear they’ve mixed magic with mathematics to do what they’re doing. Now they’ve added a few small features and a few bigs ones to bridge the T-Spline/SolidWorks surfacing gap, plus they’re being a model of maintenance support to all the software vnedors pushing out pay-to-play updates. Take a look at this…

  • Symmetry is now preserved when importing .tsm files
  • You can now select import units in T-Splines Options or during import
  • Better handling of units and better feedback when models are too large
  • Import options are remembered between sessions
  • Added Zebra Stripes display button to the T-Splines toolbar
  • Added Box Mode display button to the T-Splines toolbar
  • Better support for UVN triad mode when modifying the surface
  • Selections can now be cleared by pressing the escape key
  • Many bug fixes, speedups and improvements to the T-Splines engine

Also, one other piece of news: we have elected to not charge maintenance with tsElements. When you purchased tsElements you were informed that one year of maintenance came for free with your purchase. We have changed this policy to mirror our T-Splines for Rhino product upgrade policy. You will get free upgrades for all point releases of the product (i.e. tsElements 1.1, 1.2, etc.) but whenever tsElements v2 is released, that will be an optional paid upgrade. Technical support remains free with this product.

Hint, hint to SolidWorks and all the other subscription service hooligans charging for point releases. Way to go T-Splines.

You can view more on the release in the tsElements forum. You can get the latest tsElements for SolidWorks 1.1 version here and you can get a new free trial here.


Josh is founder and editor at SolidSmack.com, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.