In every major release of SOLIDWORKS, there will be countless enhancements and hundreds of pages of release notes. There will always be some key new features and improvements that take the spotlight, but often it’s the little changes that can make a big difference in your workflow and user experience. So, here are a few of the lesser known “hidden gems” that were introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2020.
Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2020 Page 1
July 31, 2020
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 31, 2020
Mixed mesh quality could be the most impactful addition to the Simulation toolset in many years. It enables you to specify areas of your model where you need accuracy and areas where you can save time. In other words, you can have accuracy and time savings all in one simulation. This is possible because you can use both high-quality and draft-quality elements in the same model. This is a game changer for simulation, you no longer have to decide between what you want to draft or high-quality elements because you can have both.
January 24, 2020
The structure system tool was introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2019. It was one of our favorite enhancements last year, because it enabled users to create weldments by using easy geometry like planes and axes, without the hassle of a 3D sketch. Now in SOLIDWORKS 2020, it got some added features that make it an extremely useful tool for anyone designing weldment structures.
January 17, 2020
It has been described as the holy grail of spline continuity. Maybe that’s an overstatement, but many designers have been waiting a very long time for the ability to add G3 continuity to line segments. Now with SOLIDWORKS 2020, you can create accurate Class-A surfaces with the G3 connection. A G3 connection describes the intersection of two curves. The G3 relation at this point forms the smoothest transition between the line segments; it’s a must-have for anyone creating class-A surfaces..
January 10, 2020
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.