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What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2021

The Alignex Team on September 24, 2020 at 11:30 AM


It's that time of year again! SOLIDWORKS 2021 is around the corner and we finally have word of what is new to come in this years release. So if you haven't had a chance to see the extensive feature list of what is coming to this year's launch, sit down, grab a cup of coffee and take a look at what you can expect!

Expanded Capabilities and Performance

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 will 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Assembly Performance

Access and work on your assemblies more efficiently with SOLIDWORKS 2021. Dynamically load Lightweight 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.

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.


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 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.

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.


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 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 PDM 2021 lets you explore and document references with the highly-requested Treehouse View for Contains and Where Used. Workflow Icons build in visual recognition and awareness of your processes across the team. Bill of Materials account for more CAD workflows, and everyday PDM operations are faster.


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 hundreds of new materials that have been added in SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2021.


Almost all products are now ELECTRIFIED. So how do electronics connect to mechanical sensors and transducers are with wires, cables, and harnesses? SOLIDWORKS 2021 Electrical 3D Routing is keeping up with ever-challenging tasks by supporting Lines and Splines while Sketching for the creation of complex Routing Path. And don't forget anchoring multiple wires to clips improvement, which will save you lots of time as you tidy up your routes.


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 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 all you to structure your BOM more quickly and accurately. And, sharing designs with outside contractors has never been easier!


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.

Thanks for checking out the Alignex blog! Looking to learn more about SOLIDWORKS 2021? Make sure to sign up for one of our upcoming launch events today!

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