Top Ten SOLIDWORKS Design-to-Manufacturing Enhancements

Dassault Systèmes has launched <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS® 2021, the latest release of its portfolio of 3D design and manufacturing applications. SOLIDWORKS 2021 includes performance enhancements and expanded functionalities that improve workflows for design, documentation, data management, validation, and manufacturing. Users can also expand their capabilities by connecting to the 3DEXPERIENCE® WORKS portfolio to tackle more challenges, from design to manufacturing, and enable cloud-based computing and collaboration.

Let’s take a quick look at some of the enhancements you’ll see in <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS 2021. And please remember, these are just a few of the hundreds of new enhancements in <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS 2021.

Drawing Detailing Mode Improvements

Introduced in <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS 2020, Detailing Mode for Drawings has been enhanced to support for creation of Detail, Break, and Crop views. In addition, hole callouts are now supported in Detailing Mode. Content and characteristics for existing notes can now be modified, and existing dimensions can be fully edited, including tolerance values and arrow type.

Assembly Modeling Enhancements

Access and work on your assemblies more efficiently with <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS 2021. Now you can dynamically load Lightweight Components and receive warnings about Circular References.

Combine these time-saving enhancements with new graphics improvements that take better advantage of your GPU, and you will be spending more time designing and less time waiting.

Also, there’s great new functionality that lets do more with defeatured models.   When you use the Silhouette method for defeaturing, you can create a configuration from the defeatured model. This allows you to quickly toggle between your fully detailed and defeatured designs at any time.

User Experience Improvements

<span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS has long been known for its intuitive and customizable user interface. Once again, we listened to what you had to say about improvements you’d like to see, and <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS 2021 comes packed with enhancements that improve your design experience.

An improved color picker can reference external applications, such as a web browser, to allow you to select a color for appearances. Simply click the eye dropper on the desired color and you’re done.

When it comes to customization of you design environment, a command search capability within the Customize dialog makes it much easier to customize toolbars by helping locate the command you are looking for faster.

You can now use a system option to show translated features names in the FeatureManager design tree such as cut, boss and fillet.  A new collapsible Command Manager gives you more space to work, as well as semi-transparent dimensions that make it easy to select entities on dimension creation.

And, you can use Redo for more than 60 features and commands in parts. Previously, Redo was only available in sketches.

Improved Electrical Design

Enjoy greater flexibility for electrical design. You can use splines and arcs to define the routing path in 3D. If you use splines in the sketch to define the routing path, it is modeled by splines.

There are now more options to manage wires in the project. You can draw lines without wires; remove the wire when you disconnect it from a symbol; and merge the wires when you delete a connected symbol. Plus, you can now use multiple wires or cables to pass through and arrange through

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