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    SOLIDWORKS, Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2021

    Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2021: Color Picker

    January 25, 2021

    With every major release of SOLIDWORKS there’s enhancements both big and small. More often than not, it seems that the best enhancements aren’t epic new tools but rather welcomed improvements to core functionality. This is especially true with SOLIDWORKS 2021. Some of the most outstanding advancements come in the form of what we call modeling delighters – little software upgrades that amount to epic workflow gains.

    SOLIDWORKS, Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2021

    Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2021: Command Manager

    January 18, 2021

    With SOLIDWORKS 2021 we welcome countless enhancements and additions to the SOLIDWORKS Software Suite. Some have an obvious impact on how you use SOLIDWORKS, whereas others are a bit more subtle. One such enhancement for SOLIDWORKS 2021 is the collapsible command manager (CommandManager) option. This seemingly small tweak to the user interface is truly a change made for the power-users and encourages others to use SOLIDWORKS more efficiently.

    SOLIDWORKS, Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2021

    Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2021: R&D Performance

    January 11, 2021

    The best enhancement to SOLIDWORKS in the 2021 version is not a shiny new tool or flashy function you might use a half-dozen times. It is an overhauled foundation of the entire software for improved quality and performance. SOLIDWORKS 2021 is the result of years of R&D investments making this the best version of SOLIDWORKS we’ve ever seen. The 2021 version includes many great additions to the tools and features, but quality and performance make up 60% of the efforts for developing this update and it shows.

    SOLIDWORKS, Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2021

    New Blog Series: Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2021

    January 4, 2021

    With a new year, comes an all new SOLIDWORKS update. As has been the yearly tradition, each new release of SOLIDWORKS provides new innovative enhancements and features with every upgrade of the software. And to continue our yearly tradition here at TriMech, we came up with our top 11 in SOLIDWORKS 2021. Hand-selected by our Application Engineers which we plan to detail in a new video-blog series. 

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

    I'll Take My Interface Dark, Please

    June 29, 2020

    Dark or light? No, we’re not talking coffee here. We’re talking about the SOLIDWORKS UI. For years now, there’s been the option to change the color of the interface as well as the icons. This functionality was introduced to SOLIDWORKS 2016. Before we talk about a light or dark interface let’s first talk about the icons.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2020

    Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2020: Surface Offset

    March 27, 2020

    With every release of SOLIDWORKS, we see the addition of hundreds of new features and enhancements – both big and small. It’s not always the incredible new feature or tool that makes the most significant impact on our daily design experience; sometimes it’s the little improvements that have the biggest impact. SOLIDWORKS 2020 has enhanced the surfacing capabilities, and although it’s a small improvement – it’s one of my personal favorites.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2020

    Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2020: Fillet Repair

    March 20, 2020

    When creating a model in SOLIDWORKS, changes are bound to happen. A key to this is creating a robust model. You’ll know if your model is sturdy if you try to make design changes and it does not show any failures or does not break. With SOLIDWORKS 2020, there is a new feature to help your models adjust to changes so you can spend less time troubleshooting and more time modeling.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2020

    Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2020: Envelope Publisher

    March 13, 2020

    When you’re creating a design in SOLIDWORKS, it can get very complicated quickly. Going from 1, 10 or even 1,000 parts in an assembly can happen in the blink of an eye. Working on complex assemblies with multiple systems and collaborating between many designers can be a challenge, especially when work needs to reference other sub-assemblies. Now, with SOLIDWORKS 2020, you can use the new Envelope Publisher tool to make dealing with complex, large assemblies easy.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2020

    Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2020: Flexible Rigid Components

    March 6, 2020

    Rigid flexible components are one of the most talked-about additions to SOLIDWORKS 2020. With this feature, you can visualize the movement of your design like never before. Things like springs, living hinges, cables and bellows come to life.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2020

    Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2020: Direct Editing of Mesh Bodies

    February 28, 2020

    Recently we have seen STL and mesh files make their way into mainstream modeling workflows. As a result, in every release for the past few years, SOLIDWORKS has been making it easier to work with imported mesh and graphical geometry. Now, with SOLIDWORKS 2020 it’s even better.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D Printing, Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2020

    Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2020: 3D Printing

    February 21, 2020

    With the design cycle getting shorter each day, having a physical prototype in your hand is more important than ever. SOLIDWORKS 2020 makes it easier to go from design to prototype with the latest enhancements to 3D printing. From visualizing your model, preparing it to be printed and finding a vendor, SOLIDWORKS 2020 gives you some great tools to be able to fully adopt and implement 3D printing to your workflow. It’s all found in the file menu, by clicking File > Print3Ddirectly in the software.

    SOLIDWORKS, Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2020

    Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2020: More Redo

    February 7, 2020

    Undo and Redo are core functionalities we use without a second thought. It’s part of the reason we can model without a care in the world, right? We can always undo whatever potential mistake we might make. Even the most basic, fundamental and core functions can be improved. In SOLIDWORKS 2020, Undo and Redo have been improved, but you might not have noticed yet if you haven’t really needed it.