SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – VDA Balloons

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 brings several great enhancements to help you effectively get your drawings done. One of those enhancements is the ability to tag inspection points according to VDA requirements. If you are not familiar, you must not be big into the German automotive industry; that is where VDA balloons are frequently used! If you are, or even if you are not and you need them, you are in luck. They work just like any other balloon or note leaders. Before […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Silhouette Defeature Configurations

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Silhouette Defeature is a capability that was introduced into SOLIDWORKS in 2019. This capability creates a simplified part from the silhouette outlines of components and bodies. Silhouette Defeature can be used at the top assembly level to quickly simplify any top-level assembly. Two main reasons to use Silhouette Defeature: -Improve Assembly performance -Hide proprietary design data So why are we looking at a capability created in 2019?? Because now in 2021, the defeatured version of a part or assembly can […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Simulation-Copy Tabular Results

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Simulation has become an invaluable tool for SOLIDWORKS users since 1995 when COSMOSworks became a SOLIDWORKS gold partner. Since then the product has evolved into what we know today as SOLIDWORKS Simulation. For people who do not use SIMULATION a lot, it has a certain majesty; the colorful plots and neat animations give a sense of technological wonder. However, pretty colors and videos only go so far for an engineer. Eventually, we need hard data. SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 has introduced […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – User Interface Enhancements

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 includes many changes to the user interface with an overall goal to ensure that designers and engineers get as much screen real estate as possible and can access their commands as quickly as possible. The most important update first: in SOLIDWORKS 2021, “Auto-rotate view normal to sketch plane on sketch creation and sketch edit” is set to “On” by default! No more hunting for a setting on a fresh install or where that new sketch is. The most […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Inspection

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection is great application to use for your quality control teams inspection documentation needs. With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2021 you now have better ways to leverage your inspection template file default locations, more customizable grids, the ability to open SOLIDWORKS parts with 3D annotations, and lastly you have better VDA balloon control in your ballooned drawings. SOLIDWORKS Inspection Add-In: In SOLIDWORKS 2021 you can now go into your System Options and map your Inspection Project and Report templates […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Simulation Improved Bonded Formulation

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Simulation has introduced several new enhancements this year for SOLIDWORKS 2021. One of these enhancements gets a name change and additional functionality. Formerly known as a Bonded Contact, the new and improved Bonded Interaction makes setting up your model quicker than ever before. Bonded Interaction Enhancements The new Bonded Interaction improves the accuracy and simplifies the setup of Static, Frequency, and Buckling analysis. All new algorithms for 2021 mesh bodies independently and allow for Bonded Interaction improvement. Let’s look at […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Circular Reference Check in Performance Evaluation

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SolidWorks’ Performance Evaluation has always been an incredibly helpful tool to find out which features and components are taking up the most rebuild time. In SOLIDWORKS 2021, this feature gets even better! Performance Evaluation will now check for circular references in your SOLIDWORKS part or assembly. If you are not familiar with circular references, the short definition is “an infinite loop of references that eventually points back to the original reference.” A simplified example of this in SOLIDWORKS can be laid […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – New Mate UI (tabs) & Defaults for Slot Mate Options

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SOLIDWORKS performs a ‘clean-up’ with respect to the Assembly Mates Property Manager for 2021. Prior to the New Release, the Property Manager consisted of several expandable groupings for each Mate Type as well as other Mate Options. A single click of the downward facing arrow to the right of each Mate Type would activate options for Standard, Advanced, or Mechanical Mates. While Expanding one of these selections would automatically collapse another, i.e. only one viewable Mate Type at a time, […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Plastics Multi-Material Overmolding Enhancements

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 brings many changes and enhancements to our injection molding analysis work.  I recommend you start with a blog written by my colleague, Drew Buchanan, SOLIDWORKS Plastics – Redesigned PlasticsManager Tree.  Like the SOLIDWORKS Plastics user interface, the process for performing multi-material injection overmolding has been revamped in SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2021.  Let’s take a look at comparing the old and the new process for setting up a multi-material overmolding SOLIDWORKS Plastics study. Multi-material overmolding analysis requires a license of […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Visualize Displacement Mapping

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Visualize keeps getting better and better every year, and SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2021 now includes a new type of texture mapping that will allow you to create even more stunning renderings! Displacement! This type of texture uses a height map to create sub-polygon detail for any appearance. SOLIDWORKS 2019 saw an enhancement that uses the same height map images using the 3D Texture Feature, but now you can render your models without needing to create a mesh model in SOLIDWORKS first! […]

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