SW2021

SOLIDWORKS 2021 enhancements, tech tips, and best practices

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 Performance Improvements

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 Performance

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 has improved performance of file-based operations such as Add Files, Check-In, Destroy and other operations related to workflows. Improved system performance will help you quickly add, check-in, open, and change state of files with large reference structure. The Add Files operation is…

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Multiple Configurations in a SOLIDWORKS Composer File

SOLIDWORKS Composer Configurations

In SOLIDWORKS Composer 2020 it was really time-consuming when we had to work with SOLIDWORKS parts and assemblies that have multiple configurations. When we exported the parts and assemblies from SOLIDWORKS to a .SMG file (composer file), we were only allowed to export one configuration…

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How to Exclude a Manufacturer Part from a SOLIDWORKS Electrical BOM

SOLIDWORKS Electrical BOM Exclude

Now in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2021, you can use the “Exclude from bill of materials” property in the Manufacturer part properties dialog box to show or hide components in a BOM. In previous releases there was not a simple option to exclude manufacturer parts from the…

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SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021 Delete Empty Groups at Import

SOLIDWORKS Composer Delete Empty Groups

Ever imported models into SOLIDWORKS Composer only to find that some of the assembly structure is empty?  You might then be tempted to go through the assembly tree and manually delete those empty groups.  Fortunately, this cleanup just got easier! A new enhancement in 2021…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 Enhanced Blended Curvature-Based Mesher

SOLIDWORKS Simulation provides three different types of meshers.  The Standard and Curvature-Based meshers have been available for a long time.  The Blended Curvature-Based mesher was introduced in Simulation 2016 with improved algorithms that can assist where the other two meshers may fail. SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021…

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 now includes Accelerated Zoom!

SOLIDWORKS Accelerated Zoom

I was tired of how much zooming I had to do with the mouse wheel in SOLIDWORKS… Several scrolls of the wheel just to zoom in or out as far as needed, and then repeating that process again and again…..long modeling sessions when working in…

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Datum Targets now available in SOLIDWORKS MBD 2021

SOLIDWORKS MBD Datum Targets

In SOLIDWORKS MBD 2021, Datum Targets are now available. Previously only Datums were available,  but now in MBD 2021, Datum Targets can be added to a Datum. The Datum Target command is available from the MBD Dimensions tab but is greyed out if no Datums…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 File Explorer Enhancements & Keyboard Shortcuts

One of the best features of SOLIDWORKS PDM has been the integration with Windows Explorer. New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021, the ribbon control of Microsoft® Windows® File Explorer is available in SOLIDWORKS PDM File Explorer along with new keyboard shortcuts: The file list and the search…

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Collapsible CommandManager

SOLIDWORKS 2021 Collapsible CommandManager

The SOLIDWORKS CommandManager is undoubtedly a well-designed interface for finding what tools you need in SOLIDWORKS, and is now collapsible in SOLIDWORKS 2021. After learning where SOLIDWORKS tools are, and also how to access them by shortcuts such as the “S” key, which also activates…

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