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Dassault Systèmes introduced SOLIDWORKS 2020, the latest release of its portfolio of 3D design and engineering applications. SOLIDWORKS 2020 features enhancements, new capabilities and workflows that enable more than six million SOLIDWORKS users to accelerate and improve product development, from conceptual design to manufactured products, and create value for their organizations.
SOLIDWORKS 2020 Press Release - VELIZY-VILLACOUBLAY, France - September 18, 2019 Dassault Systèmes' research and development team delivered SOLIDWORKS 2020 in response to thousands of enhancement requests from the SOLIDWORKS community. By seamlessly connecting to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, SOLIDWORKS 2020 also addresses the emerging trends and business needs in the global marketplace that require competitive organizations to seek new levels of collaboration and agility to more quickly and cost-effectively deliver new categories of experiences to their customers.
With SOLIDWORKS 2020's hundreds of new enhancements, users can benefit from an array of choices and opportunities to improve system performance in their daily operations, streamline workflows and extend their design to manufacturing ecosystem from the desktop to the cloud with seamless connection to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
Among the hundreds of new enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2020 are:
- New Detailing mode and graphics acceleration for drawings: The new Detailing mode lets users open their drawing in a matter of seconds while maintaining the ability to add and edit annotations within the drawing. Detailing mode is especially useful if users need to make minor edits to drawings of large assemblies or drawings with many sheets, configurations, or resource-intensive views. - Make Part Flexible is a new capability that allows users to display the same part in different conditions in the same assembly. For example, the same spring exists twice in the same assembly, but in two different conditions - compressed and not compressed. Make Part Flexible is useful in a variety of design applications such as springs, bellows, hinges, o-rings and just about any part that can flex or change condition. - Improvements to SOLIDWORKS PDM, the SOLIDWORKS Electrical connector and a new SOLIDWORKS PCB connector allow for complete electronics design and data management - including the secure storage, indexing and versioning of all user data - while enabling tighter collaboration between ECAD and MCAD teams.
With SOLIDWORKS 2020, and the 3DEXPERIENCE.WORKS portfolio of solutions, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform provides a growing set of cloud-based solutions that work together to help manage every aspect of developing concepts, designing products, and manufacturing and delivering them. Solutions like 3D Sculptor, which includes the xShape (sub division modeling) application, 3D Creator featuring the xDesign (parametric modeling) application, 3D Component Designer (data management), Project Planner, and Structural Professional Engineer (advanced simulation), enable users to reduce friction in their design to manufacturing process.
As announced at SOLIDWORKS World 2019 earlier this year, all these cloud-based solutions will be part of the 3DEXPERIENCE.WORKS portfolio, bringing the power and breadth of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform together with the simplicity and ease-of-use of SOLIDWORKS.
It's October 2019, and that means SOLIDWORKS 2020 is here. On recently, parent company Dassault Systèmes announced the new annual release of its popular CAD platform. Unlike last year's release, which added several new features and tools, SOLIDWORKS 2020 feels less like a new version and more like a bridge to Dassault's 3DEXPERIENCE cloud platform.
So, apart from the new applications in the 3DEXPERIENCE.WORKS portfolio, what's new in SOLIDWORKS 2020 itself? Probably less than you'd hoped, but there are some nice enhancements. The sexiest new feature, in Kelly's opinion, is Make Part Flexible. This new capability allows flexible parts like springs, bellows and hinges to be displayed in multiple variations within an assembly (compressed and uncompressed, for example). Kelly demonstrated the feature with a plastic housing that updates based on the position of its two mates. After he repositioned the mated parts, the plastic housing recalculated its shape and, within a second or two, updated accordingly.
Also new in SOLIDWORKS 2020 is the Detailing mode, which expands on capabilities introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2019 to open large drawings very quickly. With Detailing mode, users can do more than just open the drawings.
"Not only can you open up the drawing, but you can do a whole bunch of things with it. Like add and edit annotations and symbols, add and edit sketch entities, or even print or save as different formats, all without opening the model," said Kelly. Not all operations are available, however-the drawing isn't fully loaded, which is how it is able to open so quickly-but it's a convenient new feature for those who need to make a quick adjustment.
Similarly, SOLIDWORKS 2020 updates the Large Design Review mode that was added in SOLIDWORKS 2019. This mode allows large assemblies to be opened without fully loading every component. In SOLIDWORKS 2020, new editing capabilities have been added.
"Before you go to the drawing, you're building these large assemblies. Customers are depending on that, and they're also depending on doing it quickly," Kelly explained. "And so our customers have pushed us and we're responding with these workflows where you can add, delete and move components and mates, and change configurations-all without having to open up all of the underlying parts and their geometry for that assembly."
SOLIDWORKS 2020 also promises enhancements to electrical design and data management, with improvements to SOLIDWORKS PDM and the SOLIDWORKS Electrical connector, as well as a new SOLIDWORKS PCB connector.
Ultimately, SOLIDWORKS 2020 may underwhelm dedicated users who were hoping for new and improved functionality. While the Detailing mode, Large Design Review improvements, and new Make Part Flexible feature will certainly be welcome, it's clear that the main focus of SOLIDWORKS 2020 is to redirect focus to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
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System Requirements: These requirements apply to all SOLIDWORKS products except where noted. Use this information to ensure you are always working with a SOLIDWORKS-supported and optimized system for hardware, operating system and Microsoft products. specific information.
Processor: 3.3 GHz or higher clock speed Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit, Windows 8.1, 64-bit, Windows 7 SP1, 64-bit (End of Life: SW2020 SP5) Memory: 32GB (16GB minimum), PDM Contributor or Viewer: 8 GB or more, ECC RAM recommended Hard Drive: Solid State Drive (SSD), maintaining at least 20GB free space Graphics Card: - NVIDIA Quadro P600 (entry level), P1000/2000 (mid-range) or P4000 (high-end) - AMD Radeon Pro WX 3100 (entry level), WX 4100 (mid-range) or WX 5100 (high-end) Internet Connection: High speed broadband connection for downloading service packs