If you have a leather jacket that says SOLIDWORKS on one side and Class A Surfacing on the other, you are a TOTAL BADASS. You also know about Power Surfacing for SolidWorks. Well, nPower Software tightened its belt a notch and released an update this week. Even though we’re not exactly sure which version it is–4… or 4.1 or X (update: officially it’s version 4.1), it’s packed with all sorts of goodies.

Power Surfacing for SolidWorks

So, with Power Surfacing for SOLIDWORKS there are five major features and a slew of additional updates. IntegrityWare President, David Gill, says, “This new version is packed with impressive new patent pending functionality to improve workflows for industrial design and reverse engineering.” 

Here’s a breakdown.

  • Assemblies – full support for create and edit in assembly mode
  • Macro feature – auto-updating,  multi-body Power Bodies
  • Conversion options – auto trim & sew, large mesh support
  • Surface create workflow – new paradigm for creating SubDs
  • G2 constraints – curvature continuity across features

Other features include partial edge loop selection, offset constraints, copy  Power Surface body on move, Edge chamfer, draw on plane, Fill face, SubD checker and way more. Check out all the features here.

Here’s what the G2 Constraint capability brings.. Gheeee!!


Power Surfacing RE for SolidWorks

Also in the release, and if you’re a SOLIDWORKS user who needs to work with scanned/converted meshes, there are updates for Power Surfacing RE.

Here’s a breakdown:

  • Shrink wrap – more flexibility in editing the mesh (formerly called interpolation)
  • Quad wrap – automatically wrap a SubD or Power Surfacing mesh  to retopologize it.
  • Smart fill –  automatically fills in an area (with a quad mesh), while constraining reference mesh.
  • Edit reference mesh – edit a subset of the reference mesh utilizing the SubD tools.
  • Accelerated face painting – faster face painting tool allows quad-painting on reference mesh

You can see more details on Power Surfacing RE features here. Here’s what the new Paint faces features looks like.

Power Surfacing for SOLIDWORKS

Power Surfacing costs $1,495 and Power Surfacing RE costs $2495. Both of the SOLIDWORKS surfacing add-ons can be purchased at the nPower online store. Be quick about it though because both go up in price on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 to $1995 and $3995, respectively.

So, don’t be worried what version it is or that IntegrityWare hasn’t updated the copyright on their webpage in a few years, they’ve been hard at work on adding new features. Just make sure you request that ‘Power Surfacing PRO’ patch to add to your leather jacket.


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.