What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2021 Part 3: Data Management & eDrawings

Session presented by Scott Ellery, CSWE, Javelin

See the latest enhancements for SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management (PDM) and eDrawings 2021 with Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert Scott Ellery:

Featured in this SOLIDWORKS Data Management What’s New Session:

Scott Ellery highlights the latest features in SOLIDWORKS PDM, Manage and eDrawings 2021:

  • eDrawings 2021 excels at allowing you to share your 3D concepts while protecting your intellectual property. eDrawings 2021 gives you more options to make communicating your ideas easier than ever.
    • You can now view Custom and Configuration specific properties right inside the eDrawings viewer. Commands like measure have been significantly improved as well. Finding the center-to-center distance of two circular or cylindrical objects has always been available but now, with eDrawings 2021, you can choose to view the minimum and maximum distances.
    • You can also measure the normal distance between planar and cylindrical faces. Sharing your 3D designs without the requirement to install the free eDrawings viewer is easy, just save as Web HTML.
    • Also new in 2021 is the ability to move and rotate bodies making it easy to interrogate large projects without having to dig through an assembly tree.
  • SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 provides seamless product development workflows and easily extend them with new tools as your business needs evolve:
    • Explore and document references with the highly-requested Treehouse View for Contains and Where Used. Workflow Icons build in visual recognition and awareness of your processes across the team. Bill of Materials account for more CAD workflows, and everyday PDM operations are faster.
    • SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 introduces expanded configurability and increased performance to help you manage your team’s file-based processes and deliverables better than ever.
    • One of the best features of SOLIDWORKS PDM has long been the integration with Windows Explorer.  In 2021, support for the latest Windows 10 elements like the Ribbon interface, is even better.
    • While icons are visually appealing, ‘Details’ is where the power of PDM reveals itself. Columns define specific sets of visible properties for users as they work in ‘Details’ view. In PDM 2021, you can customize columns even further, in more places, AND provide choices with Multiple Column Sets.
  • DS have added many new enhancements to SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021. The latest release provides new ways to manage your projects, edit your Bills of Material, and interact with suppliers, increasing your design management efficiency and collaboration like never before:
    • You can share files from SOLIDWORKS Manage with anyone, even if they do not have SOLIDWORKS Manage installed. To share a file, right-click and select Share. You can then edit settings for each shared file from the File Sharing tab in both the desktop and the Plenary web client interface.
    • SOLIDWORKS Manage offers more capabilities for managing and exporting Bills of Material.
    • Managing multiple projects is common for most project managers. New for Manage 2021 is the ability to create project lists. Lists can be created to meet individual needs or defined by an admin and shared globally. Project lists provide easy visibility to powerful resource management tools like scheduling, capacity planning, and load charts, helping you make informed decisions about project start dates.
    • SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021 provides new ways to visualize project tasks. Out of the box task dashboards are accessible directly from the project and provide clear visibility to project task burn down as well as status and priority.

Scott Ellery, CSWE, Javelin

Scott Ellery is a CSWE and an avid contributor to the SOLIDWORKS Community. He is a ten time SOLIDWORKS World/3DEXPERIENCE World Presenter and contributes regularly to SWUGN meetings organized by four different user groups in Canada, Scott has worked with many CAD Software packages for over a decade in a multitude of different industries including Steel Fabrication, Injection Molding and Sheetmetal. With a background in Mechanical Engineering Technology and Design, Scott enjoys pushing SOLIDWORKS to it's limits and teaching users to be as fast and efficient with SOLIDWORKS as humanly possible.

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