What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2021

Accelerate innovation, speed up and improve your product development process with many important enhancements.


SOLIDWORKS 2021 Enhancements

SOLIDWORKS 2021 enhances the capabilities and workflows you use every day for design, documentation, data management, and validation. SOLIDWORKS 2021 delivers the performance you demand so you can get your work done faster. You can also expand your capabilities and collaboration by connecting to the  3D EXPERIENCE platform. Tackle more challenges and accelerate innovation together with SOLIDWORKS 2021 and  3D EXPERIENCE WORKS.


With  3D EXPERIENCE WORKS your product development process can happen anywhere. You can solve more complex design challenges. You can accelerate innovation together. Connect your SOLIDWORKS to the power of the  3D EXPERIENCE platform.

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 is a feature-rich solution that introduces advanced assembly and drawing capabilities as well as many more improvements. It provides a vast array of capabilities, including faster and more robust simulation, improved electrical routing, and streamlined data management.  

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New Features for SOLIDWORKS 2021

What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2021
SOLIDWORKS 2021 - User Experience
SOLIDWORKS is known for its intuitive and customizable user interface. In SOLIDWORKS 2021 the user experience gets even better with enhancements that make you more productive and allows you to focus on your designs.
What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2021
SOLIDWORKS 2021 - Parts
Parts – In SOLIDWORKS 2021, Sheet metal edge flanges can now be created along non-linear edges. A new color picker is available to help precisely define Appearances. Extended support for colors and appearances for 3MF export and import. Equations can now be evaluated in Custom Properties, Weldment and Sheet Metal Cut List Properties. New trims for Weldments and a new manipulator for selecting pierce points in Structure Systems. 
What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2021
SOLIDWORKS 2021 - Assembly Performance
Access and work on your assemblies more efficiently with SOLIDWORKS 2021. Dynamically load Lightwieght Components, find Circular References and create Defeatured assemblies as Configurations. 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. 
What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2021
SOLIDWORKS 2021 - Drawing Performance
Drawing Performance - Zoom and pan performance for massive drawings has improved significantly resulting in a more consistent and predictable experience when navigating a drawing. 
What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2021
SOLIDWORKS 2021 - eDrawings
eDrawings excels at allowing you to share your 3D concepts while protecting your intellectual property. eDrawings 2021 gives you more options to make communicating your ideas easier than ever. 
What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2021
SOLIDWORKS 2021 - Visualize
SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2021 brings even tighter integration with the CAD model by supporting configurations saved in the CAD part or assembly. Visualize also offers enhanced support for displacement maps, making complex appearances textures more lifelike than ever. Visualize Professional 2021 offers a new camera 'toon' filter to give an artist, conceptual sketched effect. Section views now support colored capping options, giving even more freedom with creating detailed part and assembly renderings. 
What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2021
SOLIDWORKS 2021 - Composer
New in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021 is additional support for configurations to be loaded into the composer project upon import, along with removing any empty groups during the import process for easy cleanup. The overall load times have seen a performance improvement as well. In the past, invisible actors have been difficult to recall, now with Composer 2021, these actors will actively highlight. Users will also notice the cleaner, more modern user interface when working in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021. 
What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2021
SOLIDWORKS 2021 - Simulation
SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 simplifies pre-processing contact and meshing activities by introducing faster contact calculation, contact stabilization, automatic geometry correction, efficient and more robust meshing, and improved mesh diagnostics. Get to solving your simulation studies faster and smarter with SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021. 
What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2021
SOLIDWORKS 2021 - Flow Simulation
The volume of fluid method (VOF) used to simulate flows with a freely moving interface between two immiscible fluids is enhanced in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation 2021, enabling you to include rotating regions and solve mixing simulations more accurately. For post processing activities, discover multiple improvements with plots that will reduce plot creation and modification time so you can publish and share meaningful results faster. 
What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2021
SOLIDWORKS 2021 - Plastics
SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2021 enables you to define domain based material definitions. You can also use the new Sketch based baffle and bubblers, and you can now fully define your plastic injection studies, without the need create a mesh, significantly reducing the amount of time to create, modify and share this information. In addition, you can now set up over-molding injection studies and leverage 100s of new materials that have been added in SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2021.  
What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2021
SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 lets you explore and document references with the highly-requested Treehouse View for Contains and Where Used. Workflow Icons build in visual recognition and awareness of your processes across the team. Bill of Materials account for more CAD workflows, and everyday PDM operations are faster.  
What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2021
SOLIDWORKS 2021 - Manage
SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021 increases your design management efficiency and collaboration like never before. New Project Management tools allow you to visualize and plan your design tasks with ease. Powerful new Bill of Material editing tools allow to structure your BOM more quickly and accurately. And, sharing designs with outside contractors has never been easier! 

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