SOLIDWORKS 2021 Install Guide – Part 2 Installing or Upgrading the SolidNetwork License Manager (SNL)

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If you are running the network version of SOLIDWORKS, every new version requires the license manager to be upgraded. The newest version that the clients are using will be the version that the SNL manger will need to be upgraded to. The license manager is backwards compatible with all older version of SOLIDWORKS along with PDM licenses. The update is straight forward and takes little time to accomplish. There are a few things to watch out for. The first step […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Best New Features

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The new release of SOLIDWORKS 2021 is now available and the Computer Aided Technology Tech Team is excited for this release and all the new features! Mid-September, we started documenting the best new features of SOLIDWORKS 2021 from Part, Assembly, and Drawing features to the new features in the SOLIDWORKS portfolio including: SIMULATION, SOLIDWORKS Electrical, SOLIDWORKS CAM and the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. In addition to the new software tools, the Hardware technical team covered many new 3D Printing and 3D Scanning tools. We […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Plastics Material Library Updates

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SOLIDWORKS Plastics has introduced several new enhancements this year for 2021. Year over Year SOLIDWORKS Plastics has been adapted to behave more like SOLIDWORKS Simulation including familiar workflows and interface. This year has marked the apex of these changes making the interface different than before but familiar at the same time. This blog will be covering the Material Database changes to Plastics, but you can read about the additional changes in the blogs listed below. Plastics Redesigned Manager Tree Plastics […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Composer Display Enhancements

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SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021 introduces new settings which give users more display options within the Composer environment. We now have document level control over displaying hidden edges for both Highlighting and Selecting geometry actors. Let’s take a look at these new settings and how they’ll help us while using SOLIDWORKS Composer These new settings are in: File, Properties, Document Properties or Default Document Properties and Selection. We can individually control the visibility and the intensity with the slider, for static selection […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Plastics Tutorial Validating Injection Molding Process

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A question that my colleagues and I are often asked is ‘how accurate are the results from <insert simulation product name here>?’.  You might think that is an easy answer.  In some instances, it absolutely is.  To me, the better question is ‘if I set up my study/project correctly, can I trust the results’.  That gets to the heart of the matter when it comes to analysis.  If we are going to design better products by utilizing analysis tools, the […]

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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 – 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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