What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2021?

New capabilities and enhancements to the SOLIDWORKS 2021 portfolio of solutions will help you maximize the productivity of your design and manufacturing resources, while empowering you to deliver innovative products faster. 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.

SOLIDWORKS 2021 enhances the capabilities and workflows you use every day for design, documentation, data management, validation, and documentation. 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 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Tackle more challenges and accelerate innovation together with SOLIDWORKS 2021 and 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS.

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.

SOLIDWORKS 2021 - 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!


SOLIDWORKS CAM 2021 gives the manufacturing floor more automation with expanded stock options, enhanced drill operations, and control over where you’re managing posts. Watch how SOLIDWORKS CAM enables seamless design to manufacturing, powering your everyday milling and turning.

SOLIDWORKS 2021 - Routing

Almost all products are now electrified. So how do electronics connect to mechanical sensors and transducers to wires, cables, and harnesses? SOLIDWORKS 2021 Electrical 3D Routing is keeping up with ever-challenging tasks by supporting Lines and Splines for the creation of complex Routing Paths. And the ability to anchor multiple wires to clips will save you lots of time as you tidy up your routes.

SOLIDWORKS 2021 - Electrical

SOLIDWORKS 2021 Electrical Schematic new Terminal Types Manager allows us to define what wire terminals to use with a specific terminal strip for greater control and design accuracy. Entire terminal strips can be directly documented and managed. Separate Routing Assemblies of Cables will simplify and speed up the development process by choosing what to route and at what time.

SOLIDWORKS 2021 - Model Based Definition

SOLIDWORKS MBD 2021 extends the ability to organize product and manufacturing data (PMI) by adding the ability to add datum target symbols to your DimXpert dimension scheme, and including bend tables in 3D PDf’s.

SOLIDWORKS 2021 - Assembly Productivity Tools

New Productivity tools for Assemblies in SOLIDWORKS 2021 give you better control over your assembly designs. These include a new streamlined Mate Property Manager, new spacing options for Chain Patterns and synchronization options for patterned Component Configurations. In addition, there have been improvements made mate alignment control and new options for Slot Mate defaults including the ability to lock the rotation of Slot Mates.

SOLIDWORKS 2021 - Detailing Mode and Drawing Delighters

Detailing Mode Enhancements – Introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2020, Detailing Mode for Drawings has been enhanced to support for creation of Detail, Break and Crop views. Hole callouts are now supported in Detailing Mode, content and characteristics for existing notes can be now be modified, and existing dimensions can be fully edited including tolerance values and arrow type. Additional enhancements to drawings include the addition of the Quick Relations toolbar for sketch entities and transparent dimension preview when placing dimensions to make picking additional items easier.

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.

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.

SOLIDWORKS 2021 Enhancement - More details

Designers face a never-ending stream of challenges. Today’s products are larger and more complex than ever before. Development costs have risen and project deadlines have shortened. And remote work, the new normal for many, disrupts collaboration by teams used to working closely together. Nevertheless, organizations expect designers to maintain or improve their productivity. Designers must be able to open, navigate, and work with enormous assemblies. They must seamlessly document their designs and then share, view, and collaborate with anyone, anywhere, anytime. The 2021 release of SOLIDWORKS addresses these challenges and many more. This document outlines its new functionality and explains its performance benefits for designers.

Large Assembly Performance

Today’s assemblies are bigger and more complex. They contain an increasing number of traditional mechanical parts and electronic control units housing circuit boards that sit on hundreds of electrical components. Their routed systems, which may feature piping and harness systems, are also increasingly complicated.Building on previous releases, SOLIDWORKS 2021 continues to focus on large assembly performance and flexibility. Its new capabilities enable new workflows that streamline design productivity.Some assembly improvements are all about speed:• Improved performance for occlusion culling and silhouette edge,• Faster toggling between configurations, • Improved performance in Open, Save, and Close of assemblies, and• Faster file saving to SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault.
Other assembly improvements enhance the design experience:• Detection and reporting of circular references help improve rebuild times,• Interference-detection reports can be exported, with images, to Microsoft Excel spreadsheets,• Lightweight components can, if the user wishes, automatically resolve when a Feature Tree node is expanded,• Defeatured models can now be saved as configurations, allowing faster toggling between full and simplified versions, and • Chain patterns use distance along the path, or linear distance, for pattern spacing, making modeling of chain drive systems more realistic and more accurate.Other enhancements to assemblies include user interface improvements:• In the Mates Property Manager, the Standard, Mechanical, and Advanced mate types are now on separate tabs,• When flipping the alignment of a mate, the edited mate flips,• A default constraint type can be specified and the rotation for slot mates can be locked, and• Synchronizing configuration of patterned components to the seed will block changes to the configuration of patterned instances.

Large Assembly Drawing Performance

Creating drawings for a large, complex design can be as challenging as creating the assembly. Designers must create clear, concise documentation, which often means they must include fine details to avoid confusion associated with oversimplified drawing views. They need a way to capture the details without reducing performance.The solution is the use of Detailing mode, first introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2020. Detailing mode allows users to quickly open and detail large drawings. They save significant time because model data is not loaded, yet users may add and edit annotations and drawing views within the drawing. SOLIDWORKS 2021 refines Detailing mode.SOLIDWORKS 2021 extends the capabilities of Detailing mode by introducing several productivity-enhancing capabilities to enable new workflows, including the following:• Users can add hole callouts for holes created by the Hole Wizard, Advanced Hole, Hole, Extruded Cut, Swept Cut, and Revolved Cut features.• For existing dimensions and annotations, the user can now–Edit dimension tolerance values,–Edit dimension characteristics, such as line type and arrow type,–Add and remove dimensions in sets of chain and baseline dimensions, and–Edit annotation note characteristics and content.• Users can create and modify Break, Crop, and Detail views and add dimensions and annotations