What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2016: Collaboration Enhancements

SOLIDWORKS 2016 Validation Enhancements


New Mate Controller simplifies manipulation of assemblies with moving components, even those with many degrees of freedom, creating multiple solutions. Similar to a game controller, the new Mate Controller is an easy, intuitive way to create and animate complicated assembly motion.

  • Maintain precise control of the position for various components
  • Create as many positions as required to simulate how the mechanism will work
  • Temporarily unlock mates so components can be visually positioned from the graphics area
  • Communicate complex motion by easily calculating intermediate movements between positions



Downstream visualization of information is critical to engineering. eDrawings® improves collaboration and communication of designs throughout product development.

  • Consistently measure with eDrawings to automatically use the same units as in the original document
  • Quickly and easily navigate between documents with multiple view tabs
  • Support all assembly annotations and 3D Views created in SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition (MBD)
  • Visualize exploded states with animated viewing: manually explode or un-explode
  • View component descriptions in the Components pane to easily understand an assembly
  • More accurately view models with improved manipulation: “Zoomed in” – rotation is about the mouse pointer; “Zoomed out” – rotation is about center of the model rather than center of the scene

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