Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio Standard and Academic Editions have the ability to import Collada models that have been exported from SolidWorks. These models can be used in the Visual Simulation Environment and can contain physics entities such as joints. This provides a good way to design robots and other objects for the simulator.
The Collada Update improves compatibility with the Collada format. A new service is also provided in the update that allows you to easily manipulate joints in Collada models when they are run in the simulator via a Windows Forms interface.
The Collada Update is available for download now.