SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020: Interface Enhancements!

Article by Shaun Bentley on Oct 18, 2019

There are a few enhancements and tweaks that either didn’t make it into the What’s New guide or might be placed in a section that you may have missed.  This article will show the somewhat obscure changes in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020 Enhancements

solidworks simulation 2020 stress plot

You can now set your stress plots to average stresses at mid-side nodes per plot after running the study.

solidworks simulation 2020 material database

A search bar was added to the material database so you can find your materials faster.

solidworks simulation 2020 simulation tree

solidworks simulation 2020 interface enhancements

You can hide excluded components and collapse tree items to clean up your simulation tree.

solidworks simulation 2020 multiple licenses

If you have a network license with multiple versions of SOLIDWORKS Simulation, you can now select which specific license you’d like to pull without having to shuffle license orders.

solidworks simulation 2020 interface system options

Some new results folder checks were added to warn users when they are running simulations over a network, on an external drive, low on disk space, and finally to check for negative jacobians.

Default Options Tweaks

If you’ve ever customized your SOLIDWORKS Simulation Default Options, you will want to watch out for these new tweaks as well!

solidworks simulation 2020 interface default options contacts

SOLIDWORKS has added a new heading to the Default options called “Contact”.  Now you can toggle compatible meshes for new studies.  As of the beta release of 2020, this toggle is set to “off” by default.

solidworks simulation 2020 interface mesh

Set the default check for number of jacobian points to 16 points instead of 4.

solidworks simulation 2020 default options plot color charting

Color charts now default to 10 colors instead of 12 so you’ll have cleaner increments.

solidworks simulation 2020 general system options

Bumped up the default color plot fonts a pinch to make the text a bit easier to read.  This used to be 8 point.

Interested in learning more about what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2020, check out our collection of  videos   here .


About Shaun Bentley

Shaun Bentley is passionate about applied mathematics and engineering, which led him to pursue and understand real world applications of FEA, CFD, kinematics, dynamics, and 3D & 2D modeling. He teaches many simulation classes to both new and advanced users attending training at GoEngineer. Since 2006, Shaun has been working with simulation tools to solve real world engineering problems. With every new project, he seeks to find ways to push simulation to its uppermost limits, even going so far as to write bespoke code and macros. He has passed the Michigan FE exam and mentors or consults for virtually any industry that uses SOLIDWORKS, especially automotive and automated tools. He is a speed 3D modeling champion and one of the first Certified SOLIDWORKS Experts in Simulation in the world.

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