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Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2020: Detailing Mode

By Stephen Petrock on January 10, 2020

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Detailing mode for drawings is one of the most anticipated and useful enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2020. Think of it as a large design review, but instead of being for assemblies, it’s for drawings. It’s a much-needed performance boost to 2D drawings. Now with SOLIDWORKS 2020, you can take your drawing performance to the next level with detailing mode, which enables you to open massive drawings in seconds regardless of their size and complexity. The model does not get loaded, but the drawing views are intact, so there is no loss of detail. In this blog article, we take a look at this top feature in SOLIDWORKS 2020.
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The Value of the Detailing Mode

SOLIDWORKS drawings in detailing modeDetailing mode is a “mode” that can be used to open your drawings in seconds. You can select it from the drop-down menu in the open dialog box shown in the image. Unlike fully resolved, where all the model data is loaded, only the minimum necessary data is loaded to make the drawing useful. Detailing mode is perfect for quickly opening drawings for minor edits or design reviews. Individual sheets load in an instant, and the drawing can even be printed. To communicate with external collaborators, you can print the drawing or you can save it in a variety of formats such as DWG, JPEG or even PDF.

But it doesn’t stop there; a lot of editing capabilities are available in the detailing mode, such as making changes to annotations or dimensions. Notes can be added to the drawing or dragged from a library of company notes, and annotations added in the detailing mode can also be edited. At any time, you can switch to the resolved version of the drawing for more in-depth edits.

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Watch the video below for full details on this feature. You’ll see why detailing mode for drawings is one of the most anticipated and useful enhancements to the latest release of SOLIDWORKS. 


Do you want to learn more about the SOLIDWORKS 2020 enhancements and updates? See our entire blog series for complete details and videos.