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What's New in 2019?
Check Out New Features
Explore the new power and performance in SOLIDWORKS 2019 and quickly turn your ideas into finished products. The top enhancements for SOLIDWORKS 2019 provide improvements to existing products and innovative new functionality. Watch our guide to the Top 10 new enhancements below, download the pdf or take your own tour using our brand new virtual walkthrough. For current users we have a What's New Webcast series specifically to help you integrate these enhancements into your workflow.
What's New PDF
2019 Walkthrough
1. Graphical Performance

SOLIDWORKS have been working extremely closely with their hardware partners to deliver greater graphical performance when working with large assemblies. 2019 features better performance for graphics without the need to use the large assembly mode, this improves the speed at which you can pan, zoom and rotate when working with assemblies with a large number of components.

2. Structure System

The new structure system tool allows you to create frame styled geometry even faster than before. Removing the need for complex 3D sketches, this brilliant new tool allows the selection of lines, edges, planes, points and even the intersection of planes to define member positions! Multiple profiles can be used within a single feature and trim Combine this selection process with the added ability to have different profiles within a single feature and I’m sure everyone will agree that this is fantastic improvement for fabrication design.

3. 3D Texture

Modelling 3D textured geometry is time consuming and can often lead to involved surface models which become large and complex. 3D Textures are a brand new way of simplifying the creation of this type of geometry. Rather than having to model every knurl, bump or dimple, 3D Textures map an image file onto the 3D model and allow you to manipulate the position, scale and intensity of the texture.

4. Ai Denoiser

SOLIDWORKS Visualize has seen some great developments over the last year, and a feature introduced at 2018 SP3 is the AI Denoiser. This tool uses artificial intelligence to predict what the final render will look like without having to create hundreds or thousands of render passes. With denoiser enabled, render times can be up to 10x faster, allowing for more rendered images to be created, or even the production of an animation!


5. Large Design Review

Large Design review now features an all new ‘edit mode.’ This mode allows you to add Mates, use magnetic mates and access configurations without the need to fully resolve the model. And what’s more, all of these changes are saved to file for when the model is next opened fully resolved.

6. Mesh Slicing

SOLIDWORKS 2018 added a range of new functionality to help us work with imported mesh data, and this has been further developed in 2019, with the ability to create mesh slices. A mesh slice allows you to automatically create intermediary profiles of a mesh body without the need to manually create planes or sketches. These profiles can then be used to recreate solid or surface geometry. This functionality is ideal for reverse engineering or the design of ergonomic products, such as this handle.

7. Silhouette Defeature

The defeature tool in SOLIDWORKS has been greatly improved in the latest SOLIDWORKS release. The new silhouette option gives the user much more control over how certain shapes are simplified, as well as the ability for the defeatured files to be associated back to the original. These tools allow engineers to easily manage their files complexity and also maintain their IP when sharing data.

8. Bill Of Materials Thumbnails

The SOLIDWORKS Bill of Materials is a powerful piece of functionality that automatically generates a parts list from an assembly. This list can now be saved out into excel with the addition of a thumbnail of each part and sub-assembly required. This allows anyone viewing the Bill of Materials to be a lot better equipped to inter-operate the information in front of them.

9. EDrawings

With eDrawings pro you can now publish your files to a new web based format called web-html, this removes the need to download the eDrawings viewer . This is a much simpler way to collaborate with your suppliers and customers. Additionally eDrawings now has the capability to view, ACIS, Parasolid, JT, NX, and Solid Edge files and all the functionality of eDrawings pro 2018, is now available in eDrawings standard 2019.

10. Touch & Gesture Sketching

2019 adds additional functionality for touch and gesture sketching. Splines, slots and ellipses are now all supported, allowing you to capture the exact design you want when using a touch device. Dimensions sketched on screen are now converted into driving dimensions and at assembly level, mates can now be added and the motion of the assembly can also be dynamically driven.

Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to upgrade to a new version of SOLIDWORKS?
The cost to upgrade SOLIDWORKS to the latest version is included in the subscription cost for the support of the software.

If subscription has lapsed, please contact your regional sales manager for the best option to proceed. If you do not know who your regional sales manager is, please use the enquiry form.
Where can I download the latest version of SOLIDWORKS?
To ensure you have the latest version of SOLIDWORKS installed, you can accesses the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal and download the latest major version and subsequent service packs.
How can I request new functionality for SOLIDWORKS?
SOLIDWORKS new functionality is driven by the users of the software. To have your input you can submit an enhancement request on the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal. It is best to search to see if the enhancement request already exists and if so vote for this enhancement as it adds weighting to the ticket.

Go to SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal -> My Support section -> Enhancement Requests
Can I get a summary of just the new features that are relevant to my team?
Our CAD Management services has a team development section, that is designed to upskill your team ensuring they have the knowledge and skills required to stay at their best. Here we offer a What’s New presentation with a certified application engineer who will deliver bespoke content relevant to your industry.
What are the main technical considerations when updating to a new version?
  • Hardware – Check your computer meets the system requirements.
  • Standardisation – Ensure the whole company is installing the same version and all customised materials are in unique file structure outside the default SOLIDWORKS installation locations.
  • Back up – SOLIDWORKS files are not backwards compatible, so newer files cannot be edited in previous major versions.
  • Download – Have the download/source files downloaded before starting, this will minimise down time. You can perform a full download so the media can be shared regardless of package and add-ins.
  • Standalone – If moving machine, ensure you deactivate the licenses before installing on a new system.
  • SolidNetwork License Manager – Both the individual machine and the license manager on the server need upgrading. Upgrade server first to minimise downtime.
  • SOLIDWORKS PDM – If SOLIDWORKS PDM is being used this needs to be upgraded first.
  • Graphic driver – Once installed it is important to match your graphics driver to the new version of the software for better performance. Check graphics card driver
  • Ask – If you are not sure about any part of the process please Contact Us and we can assist.
Contact Us

If you would like to speak to someone about upgrading, call 01926 333777 or complete the form below and a member of our team will be in touch.
If it is a technical query please use our support team.

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