SOLIDWORKS 2021 provides the breadth of tools to tackle the most complex problems, and the depth to finish critical detail work. New features help you improve your product development process to get your innovative products into production faster.
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SOLIDWORKS 2021 delivers many important enhancements that help you speed up and improve your product development process – from conceptual design through manufactured products:
Intuitive 3D design and product development solutions from SOLIDWORKS let you conceptualize, create, validate, communicate, manage, and transform your innovative ideas into great product designs.
Dramatically improve the way you develop and manufacture products. As the foundation for the entire SOLIDWORKS suite of product development solutions, SOLIDWORKS CAD packages cover design, simulation, cost estimation, manufacturability checks, CAM, sustainable design, and data management.
By providing best-in-class, tightly integrated tools for every area of product development and management, SOLIDWORKS enables enterprises to speed each stage of the development cycle by allowing all disciplines to work concurrently, starting with concepts all the way through to manufacturing.
SOLIDWORKS Simulation is a comprehensive structural analysis solution fully embedded within SOLIDWORKS that can be used by designers and analysts alike to enable companies to get their products to market faster and with less cost without sacrificing quality or performance.
SOLIDWORKS Simulation is a portfolio of structural analysis solutions using the Finite Element Analysis (FEA) method to predict a product’s real world physical behavior by virtually testing CAD models. The portfolio delivers linear, non-linear static and dynamic analysis solutions divided into three products: Simulation Standard, Simulation Professional, and Simulation Premium, each of which adds easy-to-use capabilities to solve ever more challenging problems.
SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation is a general-purpose fluid flow and heat transfer simulation tool integrated with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD. Capable of simulating both low-speed and supersonic flows, this powerful 3D design simulation tool enables true concurrent engineering and brings the critical impact of fluid flow analysis and heat transfer into the hands of every designer. In addition to SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, designers can simulate the effects of fans and rotating components on the fluid flow and well as component heating and cooling.
Predict and avoid manufacturing defects in plastic part and injection mold designs, eliminating costly rework, improving part quality, and decreasing time to market.
SOLIDWORKS Plastics offers Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) simulation tools that predict how melted plastic flows during the injection molding process—the manufacturing method used to produce more than 80% of all plastics products. The ability to predict how the plastic will flow allows the prediction of manufacturing-related defects. By being able to predict these defects, users can change mold geometry, processing conditions, or the plastic material used to minimize potential defects, thus saving energy, natural resources, time, and money.
SOLIDWORKS PDM is a mainstream data management system that stores and organizes engineering CAD data and other documents in a central vault that has a relational database
to manage all the information about the files and references, users and group permissions, electronic workflow processes and more. SOLIDWORKS PDM is built into Windows Explorer
so users work in a familiar environment but with much more information and control.
SOLIDWORKS PDM uses an organized local cache where files are automatically retrieved from the central file server (Archive Server) and placed in the user’s local cache on their hard drive. This vastly increases performance over opening and saving files on network shared folders. If a file needs to be edited, the user will check out the file which gives them rights access to it. After editing is complete, the file is copied back to the Archive Server via the check-in process. The check-in process automatically creates a new version of the file.
SOLIDWORKS Composer gives you the tools to design and produce technical communication deliverables in parallel with product development—so your documentation keeps up with your design changes and is ready with your product. The intuitive SOLIDWORKS Composer interface enables you to create highly detailed 2D and 3D graphics with precise control to highlight areas of interest and focus on specific components. You can easily output 3D interactive animations to create a realistic 3D environment for interactive training or compelling marketing presentations.