SOLIDWORKS 2020 New Products and Features

New Products and Features

The new features in SOLIDWORKS 2020 and enhanced capabilities help designers innovate while increasing productivity. Both new and advanced users can improve their design skills with best practices in using these new tools.

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Deep Dive Videos
Get a detailed look at new features & enhancements to SOLIDWORKS 2020.



See the functionality of some of the new part modeling features in SOLIDWORKS 2020. This video will focus on the new enhancements to mesh BREP bodies as well as the new Decimate mesh tool. This video showcases the new auto repair for missing fillet and chamfer edges/faces. This video also highlights the new features for surfacing to identify failing offset faces and the ability to specify a thicken direction in the thicken tool.

Multiple Contiguous Features In SOLIDWORKS 2020 READ BLOG >>>

In this video we take a look at the new User Interface features and enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2020. We cover the open/save as dialog, customizing options, Feature Tree folders, Material search capabilities, and Feature name translations.

Selection Sets in SOLIDWORKS 2020 READ BLOG >>>

Sketching in SOLIDWORKS 2020 is even easier on touch-enabled devices with versatile features like G3 continuity, a more robust undo feature, and power modify. See how you can get your ideas into SOLIDWORKS even faster with these 2020 enhancements.

Learn one of the best new assembly features found inside of SOLIDWORKS 2020. Making single parts like bellows, springs, and live hinges become flexible. Like making sub-assemblies flexible, a single button checked can allow the correctly modeled part to flex without having to make even a single configuration.

SOLIDWORKS 2020 Assemblies Flexible Parts – New! READ BLOG >>>

See how SOLIDWORKS has enhanced the patterning capabilities found inside SOLIDWORKS 2020. Allowing for patterning components to part hole references that are done on multiple faces. It covers the options used to allow the components to aligned correctly.

Favorite SOLIDWORKS Capabilities: Component Patterns READ BLOG >>>

See the new mating pop-up icons that allow you to do advanced and mechanical mates without having to waste mouse movement by continually opening and traversing the mating property manager menu. In addition, all the options that would also make you dive deep into the mating menu have also been added to the pop-up quick menu.

Large Assembly Design Review Mode: SOLIDWORKS 2020 READ BLOG >>>

See how you can use the new Envelope Publisher feature found inside of SOLIDWORKS 2020. Envelope Publisher allows for new simplified workflows when users want to leverage opening certain parts and sub-assemblies all mixed into one working envelope! New options for external enveloping assembly creation and referencing are also shown.

Blog Large Assembly Design Review Mode

Large Assembly Design Review Mode: SOLIDWORKS 2020

Large Assembly Design Review Mode, when activated, loads models quickly so users can manipulate, measure, and section models to accurately review designs.

Subset of Configurations – save as copy

Subset of Configurations – save as copy

In SOLIDWORKS 2020 you can now save a copy of a part or assembly with only a subset of configurations.

See some of the Key Enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2020; This video explores the improvements to the Sheet Metal Module. Specifically, the Convert to Sheet Metal operation gives you more accurate Relief cuts as well as allowing you to grab all disjointed tabs. These enhancements eliminate added steps after the conversion process.

Streamlined tools in SOLIDWORKS 2020 routing allow for the ability to do more with less clicks. Electrical Routing received the bulk of enhancements. Creating Route connectors is easier, 2D representations can be easily created, and the Routing Library Manager now supports mass properties in Wires and Cables. There are also more options configuring the Flattened Route.

See some of the key new features in SOLIDWORKS 2020; specifically, this video goes over enhancements to SOLIDWORKS Fundamentals for opening and saving files and also added features to 3DInterconnect.

The new SOLIDWORKS environment Structural systems keeps evolving, making large weldments structures even more flexible, intuitive and easier to design. Watch these SOLIDWORKS 2020 enhancements streamline workflow with new End condition options.

SOLIDWORKS 2020 Structure Systems

SOLIDWORKS 2020 Structure Systems for Weldments READ BLOG >>>

SOLIDWORKS 2020 added new performance tools for working with large drawings where we can add dimensions, move and create annotations, move views to different sheets when we don’t even have the part and assembly models loaded (or present).

SOLIDWORKS 2020 Drawing Markups

Creating drawings in SOLIDWORKS 2020 is much more flexible with new tools for standard and custom drawing scales. We also have a new Chain Dimension that lets us stack dimensions easily plus a new alternate position view for parts instead of assemblies.

SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New Alternate Position Views

SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New Chain Dimensions

SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New in Installation

SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New in Installation

In SOLIDWORKS 2020, you can expect many great improvements to multiple areas of the installation experience.

SOLIDWORKS 2020 Markups

SOLIDWORKS 2020 Markups

SOLIDWORKS 2020 markups are more powerful, easier to work with, and are now available without the requirements of certain hardware.

SOLIDWORKS 2020 Toolbox Installation Without Hardware

SOLIDWORKS 2020 Toolbox Installation Without Hardware

With SOLIDWORKS 2020 Toolbox installation, we no longer have to live with little tricks we used to rely on when installing with Admin images.

SOLIDWORKS 2020 Hole Callouts in Section View

SOLIDWORKS 2020 Hole Callouts in Section View

Now in Solidworks 2020 and something designers and engineers have been asking for, for a long time, is the ability to add hole callouts to sections views.

Silhouette Entities What’s New SOLIDWORKS 2020

New in SOLIDWORKS 2020, If only I could have had access to Silhouette Entities at the beginning of my SOLIDWORKS career, I could have saved so much time.

What’s New SOLIDWORKS 2020 – Detailing Mode

With the release of SolidWorks 2020 and the introduction of ‘Detailing Mode’,drafters can use ‘Detailing Mode’ to open large drawings quickly.


SOLIDWORKS 2020 Simulation enhancements expand granular control on study setup. Beam elements now support Thermal conditions, Mesh Quality can now be assigned on individual bodies and Bolt Connectors now provide Distributed Loads for more accurate results. This video will show you how to use these new 2020 features.

Distributed Connectors in SOLIDWORKS Simulation – What’s New 2020

Learn about SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation 2020, and the new time-saving data input features for altitude, fan derating, and formula dependencies.

SOLIDWORKS 2020 Flow Simulation Fan Derating – New! READ BLOG >>>

Specifying Altitude in Flow Simulation

Simulation Evaluator gives the SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020 user access to reports on four aspects of simulation. One, it lets you verify where the simulation results are located on your local hard drive. Two, it allows you to see how much storage space is left on your local hard drive. Three, it calculates the mesh volume of the active simulation and the volume of the original SOLIDWORKS CAD model. Four, it ensures that you have all materials defined for all the components in the simulation study and what the specific material properties of each of the assigned materials in the simulation are.

SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New: The Simulation Evaluator READ BLOG >>>

In 2020, the Free Body Force tool is available not only in linear static analysis but also in nonlinear study types when running analysis on parts or assemblies. Check out the video to learn more about this enhancement and how you can apply it to your nonlinear studies in SOLIDWORKS 2020.

See the new workflow in SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2020. The key new enhancements include additional geometry based boundary conditions, a domains assignment node, and streamlined mesh creation. This will walkthrough the new workflow step by step.

With Structural Professional Engineer you can use your native SOLIDWORKS CAD models within an advanced nonlinear simulation program powered by the world-renown ABAQUS simulation solver. Users get access to large deformation analysis, advanced material models for metals, rubbers and plastics, and accurate contact simulation.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020: Interface Enhancements!

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020: Interface Enhancements!

What’s New SOLIDWORKS 2020 Simulation – Interface Options article that summarizes the enhancements and minor tweaks made.

Electrical Design

In this video, we focus on some of our favorite enhancements to SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2020. This includes new capabilities in the reporting functions and some electrifying enhancements to managing how the reports look and feel. When creating 2D Panel layouts we can now add balloon callouts with the ability to customize the size and shape of the balloons. For users of SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D, we can now assign a linear mass to each wire style. This allows for evaluating the physical weights of not only your wires but full harnesses in SOLIDWORKS. Another favorite is within the User Rights Management. For SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2020 you can create and manage our own groups, allowing you to cater SOLIDWORKS Electrical to your organizational needs.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2020 User Right Manager

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2020 Leader Lines – What’s New

See the newest SOLIDWORKS PCB enhancement, Flex Rigid Boards. In SOLIDWORKS PCB 2020 you can define and control your flexible board regions in either ECAD or MCAD!


Learn about SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2020 and the new enhancements for lighting effects defined by the Illuminating Engineering Society all while better integrating with SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional. Hopefully you’re as excited as we are about these new features.

SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2020 – What’s New READ BLOG >>>

SOLIDWORKS Composer 2020 auto populates pre-saved SOLIDWORKS CAD views, saves as MP4 and outputs various 360 views in SVG and JPEG format. You now have the option to publish a 360 degree view of your model in a series of raster or vector images (JPEG/SVG). This makes it faster than ever to publish images where multiple view angles are needed or when reviewing image options with other stakeholders.

SOLIDWORKS Composer 2020 What’s New

Draft Quality & High Quality Mesh SOLIDWORKS 2020 – New! READ BLOG >>>

Learn about SOLIDWORKS MBD 2020, and the process to quicker capture PMI and share in variety of ways.

Data Management

Learn about the enhancements to the SOLIDWORKS PDM WEB client, functionality such as the Bill of Materials and the History of the document are now available in the WEB 2 client.
Common commands have also been made available to users looking to download or interact with the file can do so in an easy and intuitive way.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Web2 What’s New 2020 READ BLOG >>>

In SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 search enhancements were a major focus. With the 2020 release user are able to access and configure an easy search to find documents inside the vault, this can be configured to look locally or across the entire vault. On top of this logical operators such as AND, OR, & NOT can be used inside both search options. Lastly the search card has received a small but powerful upgrade, search fields can now be configured to search across several variables inside the vault. These enhancements should allow users to find files faster inside their SOLIDWORKS PDM vault.

PDM Search Enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2020 READ BLOG >>>

With SOLIDWORKS 2020 the PDM client had some serious upgrades, these upgrades are performance and operations related to how users interact with the PDM Vault. With the 2020 release users can now restrict the release of parent documents (Assemblies & Drawings). The restriction allows the vault to require child documents to already be released or to be released along side the parent documents. In addition the PDM client has been upgraded for performance, this upgrade changes how PDM loads folders and documents allowing the system to be more responsive especially in environments where the PDM clients have a less than ideal connection to the server.

Introductory look at the new 3DEXPERIENCE PLM Services. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform is a cloud based data management solution allowing companies to work collaboratively while still working remotely. It allows companies to integrate their data management and project management into a single solution. As well as gives companies the functionality they’d expect from a data management system such as revisioning components and setting the maturity of documents from concept to production.

SOLIDWORKS Manage 2020 What’s New Part 1

SOLIDWORKS Manage 2020 What’s New Part 1

SOLIDWORKS Manage 2020 brings with it plenty of new features regarding processes. Here are a few of them detailed out a little more.

SOLIDWORKS Manage 2020 What’s New Part 2

SOLIDWORKS Manage 2020 What’s New Part 2

SOLIDWORKS Manage 2020 enhancements don’t stop with processes. Here are a few more that we have been given with this new release.


Improve communication. Reduce errors and increase product quality. These are just some of the benefits that we will see by utilizing a new feature called Tab Cutting in this Deep Dive look of SOLIDWORKS CAM 2020 as presented by Paul Nishihira. Tab Cutting simplifies core (or drop) material removal during the machining process by allowing the User to create tabs (or micro-joints), which prevents this excess material from tipping or falling and damaging the cutting tool, the machining center or the part itself in just a few mouse clicks.

Improve communication. Reduce errors and increase product quality. These are just some of the benefits that we will see by utilizing new features of Probe Tools and Probe Operations in this Deep Dive look of SOLIDWORKS CAM 2020 as presented by Paul Nishihira. Probe Tools and Probe Operations simplifies in-process inspection by leveraging the Probe Tools library to create operations which verify machined feature positions while the part is still in the machining center. Additionally, creation of a new Work Coordinate System Offset based upon the new location of that machined feature reduces errors when moving onto to your next operation setup.

Other Tools

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Learn about the latest updates to our Creaform product line. Obtain faster and more accurate 3D scans with new and improved hardware. Enhancements to the VX Elements software help you create quick, clean, high quality mesh data.