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Explore what's new in SOLIDWORKS 2021!

Coloring sketches can be useful for communicating ideas to your team members and increase visibility with layout sketches. For this reason, SOLIDWORKS provides a way to quickly change the color of any sketch from default grey. Sketch Color can be found in the right-click menu of the FeatureManager Design Tree. For this example, I will color vertical structural member sketches in my weldment a different color than horizontal member sketches.


Many SOLIDWORKS users are familiar with cosmetic threads. Cosmetic threads are the go-to method for representing and documenting threaded holes and fasteners without needing to schematically represent the physical thread. Schematic representation dramatically increases the draw on graphics hardware resources. As an often-used feature, any changes in how it works are important.


By default, when performing a transition on a file with references in SOLIDWORKS PDM, the children will be selected to go through the transition at the same time. The user can deselect any files to be excluded from the transition by manually clicking the child references or by using CRTL-A. Some prefer all files be selected by default, others prefer to select the files manually to only transition files that they want to. The default setting can be changed so that child references are deselected.

3D Printing Apr 29, 2021

On April 28th, 2021, Additive Manufacturing industry pioneer, Stratasys, unveiled three exciting new 3D Printers focused on manufacturing and production applications. These three new systems move 3D printing far beyond its traditional roles in prototyping and development into the realm of high-quality, higher-volume, und-use part production. 



Geomagic for SOLIDWORKS is a reverse engineering software and add-in that allows CAD users to efficiently import and work with scan data, large STL files, or other mesh-based models directly in the SOLIDWORKS environment. Once the add-in is enabled, Geomagic for SOLIDWORKS appears as a tab in the CommandManager for SLDPRT files.


A hybrid method of computational fluid dynamics analysis was used to enhance the design of a medical device to improve its ability to maintain a stable microclimate around a patient, but also to reduce both the computational efforts and the time required to obtain these results.

This study was part of the Virtual Optimization Pasta production process (OPAV) research project, which resulted in a simulation model that could be used by industrial pasta manufacturers to help them improve the quality and production process of their pasta.

There are times when we need to know exactly what the last version of a file for SOLIDWORKS was saved in. This isn't easily found unless you know how to set it up. In this SOLIDWORKS tutorial, we'll show you how.  This process will help ensure that files are opened and saved in the correct release to prevent file version issues. Generally, this is used in a multi-year version setup. 



SOLIDWORKS PDM Permissions are adjusted within the PDM Administration Tool. To access this tool, the PDM client must be installed on the computer. You will navigate to the start menu and type in “Administration”. After launching the Administration Tool, select the Vault in which you want to manage permissions and log in. You will need to log in with an account that has adequate permissions to make changes, such as “admin”. 

Explore what's new in SOLIDWORKS 2021!