What’s New in the SOLIDWORKS Solution Portfolio

New capabilities and enhancements to the SOLIDWORKS® portfolio of solutions will help you maximize the productivity of your design and manufacturing resources, while empowering you to deliver innovative products faster.



You Asked, We Delivered

Every year, our users submit thousands of enhancement requests for our solution portfolio. We review all user requests, prioritize the ones we will work on and release enhancements with our annual major release in September as well as service packs throughout the year. The SOLIDWORKS 2020 release delivers improved performance, streamlined workflows and support for a connected design ecosystem in the cloud. Our Design-to-Manufacturing solution, a suite of seamlessly integrated software tools, enable you to go from concept to manufactured product faster, all in the native SOLIDWORKS environment. Check out some of our new capabilities highlighted below.



Improved Performance

Speed up the design of large assemblies and design validation with performance improvements in drawings, assemblies and simulation. Open large drawings instantly with the new Detailing mode while still being able to add and edit drawing annotations. Improve your design speed with the new Envelope Publisher by including components from a top-level assembly as envelopes in a subassembly. Run your simulations faster with a hybrid mesh that contains both draft and high-quality elements.



Streamlined Workflows

Enhancements in design, simulation, and manufacturing enable simplified workflows so you can shorten your time to market, improve product quality and reduce manufacturing costs. Save design time and ensure an accurate bill of materials with Make Part Flexible. Select multiple silhouette edges faster with the new Silhouette Entities tool in Sketch. Let Simulation Evaluator check your simulation study to determine if the setup is optimal for a successful simulation.



Connected Design Ecosystem in the Cloud

Extend SOLIDWORKS to the cloud through a seamless connection with the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform and its growing set of solutions for every aspect of product development. Manage product data, projects and lifecycle directly from SOLIDWORKS desktop with 3D Component Designer and Project Planner. Easily create organically shaped models with 3D Sculptor, our new subdivision-modeling solution which includes the xShape app. Quickly set up custom dashboards, play 3D models, and securely share data— all in the cloud, with Business Innovation.



New Features for SOLIDWORKS 2020



SOLIDWORKS SIMULATION 2020 adds a new tool called SIMULATION Evaluator that provides users a single location to verify and update or re-attach simulation results, check simulation study setup, verify materials and mesh. This single location provides feedback needed to move forward with confidence. Additionally, several User Interface enhancements in SOLIDWORKS SIMULATION 2020 make it easier to navigate the study setup, letting you get your study ready quickly. Also new, studies that are no longer needed or corrupt can be deleted without loading, saving significant time on large, non-linear or dynamic studies.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS Manage 2020 - Project Management Enhancements

Project Management with SOLIDWORKS Manage enables you to tightly integrate with project resources and deliverables. With the 2020 release, you can import projects as XML from tools like Microsoft Project. You can now visualize your project in popular formats like Load Charts, PERT Charts and Network Diagrams. The new Capacity Planning tool automatically calculates available time from your resources as well as the demand from your projects.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS Manage 2020 - Task Templates

Task creation and delegation is easier than ever with SOLIDWORKS Manage 2020. You can now create task templates to predefine the subject, priority, time allocated, assignee, task details and notes of your repeatable activities. Use task templates to quickly create and assign your next task.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS Manage 2020 - Process Management Enhancements.

Related files like contains and where used can easily be added to a process in SOLIDWORKS Manage. With SOLIDWORKS Manage 2020, the related records can be added at once even if they are stored in different objects like libraries, bill of materials, PDM, and more. Special objects like risks, project issues and product requirements can also be added to a process so that their disposition can be automated. SOLIDWORKS Manage 2020 introduces child processes so that selected records can follow a unique path through the same process. The parent-child relationship is captures so you can easily find the related processes.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS Manage 2020 - Outlook and PDM Integration

Aggregating data and information from a variety of sources is made easy with SOLIDWORKS Manage 2020 by introducing integration with Microsoft Outlook and expanded integration with SOLIDWORKS PDM. Emails can now be saved directly in SOLIDWORKS Manage so that they can be referenced in the future without searching. When working in SOLIDWORKS PDM, emails and all the other information captured in SOLIDWORKS Manage are now accessible in the Manage tab in your File Explorer Vault View.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS Manage 2020 - Dashboard Viewer and Plenary Web Client

Keep yourself and your team up to date with constantly changing information by using SOLIDWORKS Manage 2020. The new dedicated Dashboard Viewer can run on community monitors to display relevant information so that everyone is current with your company activities and performance. The Plenary Web Client with SOLIDWORKS Manage 2020 now has the Home and Projects modules in addition to expanded capabilities with SOLIDWORKS PDM so you can do more work remotely or on the go using your internet browser.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS SIMULATION 2020 - Distributed Coupling

Distributed Coupling in SOLIDWORKS SIMULATION. Bolt and pin connectors are widely used in design. Analysis of components that are connected with this method now have a new option in SOLIDWORKS SIMULATION 2020. Leveraging technology from SIMULIA, the load distribution between components through these connector types can be calculated using a more refined, distributed coupling option. This option provides more accurate stress distribution through the connector, eliminating stress concentrations at bolt and nut heads. Ultimately, more accurate stress results can be obtained in the simulation. Additionally SOLIDWORKS SIMULATION 2020 now supports mixing both draft and high quality elements in a single mesh. This can dramatically improve the speed of simulation studies and provide accurate results where desired.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2020 - Mass Properties

New in SOLIDWORKS 2020, include mass properties for wires, cables, coverings, and partial coverings. The linear mass can be defined either through SOLIDWORKS Electrical or SOLIDWORKS Routing. SOLIDWORKS 2020 makes it easy to see how wires and cables will affect the center of mass and moment of inertia of an assembly.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2020 - Envelope Publisher

New in SOLIDWORKS 2020, Envelope Publisher makes top-down design simple. Envelopes, a tool for making reference components, are no longer limited to components within the same assembly. Now, components can be selected from other subassemblies and included as envelopes in the destination assembly. Work collaboratively in large assemblies with the new Envelope Publisher.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2020 - Assembly Patterns

Assembly patterns provide an efficient way to add multiple copies of components to your SOLIDWORKS Assemblies. New in SOLIDWORKS 2020, Pattern Driven Component Patterns are more intelligent, Linear and Circular Patterns are more versatile and Mirror Components are more robust.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2020 - Geometry Based Conditions

SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2020 streamlines and simplifies the process in setting up you plastic injection mold simulations by allowing you to reference the 3D geometry without the need for meshing. This saves time and provides dynamic updates as the 3D models change.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2020 - 3D Interconnect

3D Interconnect allows you to reference neutral and native cad files directly from other CAD applications. SOLIDWORKS 2020 introduces a streamlined workflow enabling you to simply drag and drop those neutral and native files from Windows Explorer into your SOLIDWORKS Assemblies like any other SOLIDWORKS Component.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 – Performance

The increased performance of SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 makes your day-to-day use faster than ever before. You no longer have to wait for file contents and their details to load to browse to a subfolder. PDM tabs load data in the background as well. Overall system efficiency is improved. This includes the PDM Add-In for SOLIDWORKS CAD.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 – Workflows

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 introduces Child Reference State Conditions for Workflows. For example, you can prevent documents from being approved that use files that are obsolete or going under a change. This helps automate your processes to ensure the correct data gets released.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 – Search

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 introduces Quick Search to make it fast and easy to find your files. Use Control+F on your keyboard and start typing. Suggested searches are provided based on your history and what you have started to type in the search field. Quick Search and fields in traditional search cards now support multiple variables to help simplify your search experience.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2020 – Drawings

Powerful new productivity enhancements that make documenting your designs even faster. Watch this video and to see how to rapidly change sheet scale, a new Chain dimension and Alternate Position Views for parts.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2020 - User Rights

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2020 introduces custom user rights profiles that offer more granular control for administrators.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS SIMULATION 2020 - Free Body Forces in NL Studies

Free Body Forces in SOLIDWORKS SIMULATION 2020. SOLIDWORKS SIMULATION 2020 adds the ability to calculate free body forces at every time step for both non-linear static and dynamic studies.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2020 - Leader Lines

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2020 introduces leader lines for text and balloons to add schematic annotations with ease.


Probing Operations in SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional 2020. Manufacturing of critical features requires resetting the coordinate system to machine these features. Probing operations are required to accomplish this and now included in SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional saving time in your toolpath generation setup versus manually adding these operations after post processing.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2020 - CAM Tab Cutting

Tab Cutting in SOLIDWORKS CAM 2020. Manufacturing operations need to have larger pieces of scrap to remain attached to the finished product. Tab Cutting in SOLIDWORKS CAM 2020 includes these operations saving time in your toolpath setup and generation versus manually adding these operations after post processing.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS MBD 2020 - Annotation Folders

Annotation Folders - SOLIDWORKS MBD 2020 helps companies define and organize product and manufacturing data, or PMI, including 3D model data, and publish to industry-standard file formats. This video demonstrates how individual annotations are now listed in folders under each annotation view to help visualize the relationship between annotations and the view on which it was assigned.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2020 – Reports

SOLIDWORKS Electrical continues to improve reports every release. In SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2020, report customization now includes row height in addition to text height. With a single click, add row numbers to reports with ease.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2020 - Surface Offset

A common technique for advanced surfacing modeling is using the Surface Offset command. Prior to SOLIDWORKS 2020, if the surfaces selected for offset could not be offset the desired amount, the feature would fail and no geometry would be created. In SOLIDWORKS 2020, the command gives users the option to SEE and REMOVE any surfaces that cannot be offset, building the remaining geometry.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2020 - Detailing Mode

With the new Detailing Mode in SOLIDWORKS 2020 productivity is enhanced by allowing users to open in seconds, drawings containing large assemblies, lots of sheets, many configurations or resource intensive views. Watch this video to see many of the tasks that can be completed in SOLIDWORKS Detailing Mode.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 - Web2

Web2 with SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 introduces expanded functionality for accessing your data from a web browser on your computer, phone or any device with an internet connection. You can now audit file history and access the Bill of Materials (native SOLIDWORKS BOM, weldment, and computed). When you want to download files, a new Download with References is available to automatically include additional files like drawings, simulation and more.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2020 – Sketching

Sketching enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2020 include improved workflows when using touch-enabled devices, smoother transitions with G3 Continuity, and significant improvements to the "Redo" functionality.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2020 – Markup

Markup enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2020 include its own toolbar and CommandManager tab, improved hover previews, exporting to PDF, JPEG and TIFF formats, support for 2D Drawings, and the ability to create markups with a mouse - no need for a touch screen device.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2020 - Decimation and Body Compare

Mesh enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2020 include the ability to simplify complex mesh data using the new Mesh Decimation tool, creating accurate solid bodies with planes and axis generated using mesh facets, improvements to facet selection with the new Tangency Select tool, and visually inspecting the idealized geometry against the original mesh using Body Compare.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2020 - Direct Mesh Editing

Mesh enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2020 improve the ability to directly edit BREP Mesh formats like STL by introducing new tools like Fillet, Chamfer, Mutual Trim, Knit Surfaces, Delete Hole, Delete & Fill, and more.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2020 - 3D Printing

3D Printing enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2020 include a searchable database of 3D Printers with envelope information, generating 2D slice data from high quality solid geometry rather than a tessellated file and the ability to save this information to the 3MF format. We also take a brief look at the 3D Experience Marketplace Make where you can quickly outsource the manufacturing or prototype of any SOLIDWORKS part - right inside the SOLIDWORKS interface.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2020

SOLIDWORKS Composer 2020 can now import all the exploded views and their steps from the SOLIDWORKS CAD model. These views can be reused for a variety of purposes including animations. Animations can now be saved as MKV, MP4 and FLV in addition to AVI. Lastly, A series of raster and vector images can be rapidly published using the new 360 degree capture.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2020 - Flexible Components

Make any part dynamic with the new Make Part Flexible tool in SOLIDWORKS 2020. Remap external references of parts with ease without creating additional configurations or part files. This optimizes your data management and efficiency visualizing and validating assemblies with motion. Bill of Materials recognize the multiple instances of Flexible Parts as a common part. Drawing references are also maintained without impacting the geometry shown in the drawing.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2020 - eDrawings VR

Virtual Reality in eDrawings Professional enables users to explore their designs at a one-to-one scale using a VR headset. Fully released in 2020 with higher visual quality, including transparency, Full Scene Anti-aliasing and Ambient Occlusion, which gives your model a more realistic appearance.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2020 - Assembly Mates

The Quick Mates toolbar provides a means to rapidly assemble components directly from the graphics area. Watch this video to see how SOLIDWORKS 2020 extends this popular tool, by adding the Slot and Width mates with their position constraints, and Limit Mates.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2020 - Structure System

Structure system was introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2019, and provides a more flexible method to create welded structures with or without the use of complex 3D Sketches to define all members. Watch this video to review some of the capabilities of Structure System and look at several of the enhancements for SOLIDWORKS 2020.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2020 - Fillet Repair

Design features are always changing, size, shape, even how they are configured at the assembly level. These changes can cause other features, like Fillets, to fail. SOLIDWORKS 2020 can automatically repair these missing references for you, saving you time in re-selecting the references or re-creating the feature.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2020 - Streamlined Workflows Overview

Omax Corporation ensures their customers can easily utilize their equipment to get the best use out of their investment. Like Omax SOLIDWORKS 2020 delivers new ways for you to get the most out your time spent within SOLIDWORKS products. Watch the video to learn more about Streamlined Workflows in SOLIDWORKS 2020

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2020 - A Connected Design to Manufacturing Ecosystem

Omax Corporation stays ahead of the competition by leveraging all of the design tools at their disposal. Watch and learn to see how SOLIDWORKS 2020 offers new ways for companies to take advantage of a connected ecosystem of products.

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