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What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2022?
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What's new in SOLIDWORKS 2022? Only a whole host of new and exciting features! Take a look at our top 10 breakdown of some of the best new features coming in SOLIDWORKS 2022 and explore more resources to make sure you're ready to upgrade and get the most out of SOLIDWORKS.
How can I upgrade to SOLIDWORKS 2022?

SOLIDWORKS 2022 is available to everyone with an active SOLIDWORKS subscription, though it's not necessarily best to rush to upgrade. There are a few things you should consider first to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible. View our upgrade FAQs here.

If you wish to discuss best practices for a SOLIDWORKS upgrade then please contact our support team.

Where can I download SOLIDWORKS 2022?

You can find the latest SOLIDWORKS downloads from within SOLIDWORKS by opening the Help menu and choosing "Check for Updates".

Alternatively you can access our SOLIDWORKS Download page here. This will require you to log into your MySolidSolutions Account.

What's New SOLIDWORKS 2022 - Full Details

Looking to learn everything that's new about SOLIDWORKS 2022, or need to look up a specific new feature?

Check out the SOLIDWORKS online web help pages for the full details on What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2022.

1. Detailing Mode

In SOLIDWORKS 2022, detailing mode replaces quick view and with it, you can now open any drawing regardless of which version of SOLIDWORKS it was saved in. You don’t even need to have the model files on your machine! Detailing mode now functions on a per-drawing basis and introduces two new options to the document properties to allow you to save the model data and standard views for detailing later.

Huge drawings can be opened in seconds with detailing mode, and even directly from assemblies in large design review. In addition to being able to dimension and modify drawing layouts, in detailing mode you can now add hole tables and insert saved standard views from the view palette.

2. Drawings Improvements

2022 brings a range of drawings enhancements to make detailing easier than ever before. A new in-context toolbar for controlling dimensions has been introduced to drawings, this allows you to easily flip between radial, diameter, and linear dimensions of circular geometry, and there's also a brand new toolset for adding geometric tolerances that makes the whole process faster and more intuitive.

Detailed cut lists are now available for all ‘bill of materials’ types, this provides more flexibility and enables you to easily include weldment data in assembly drawings.

Predefined views have been enhanced so that they can now work with the sheet metal flat pattern views, and if you work regularly with sheet metal you'll also be glad to hear bend lines in drawings have been separated from sketches to provide greater control.

3. Hybrid Modelling

In SOLIDWORKS 2022 the new hybrid modelling capabilities enable you to directly alter imported mesh geometry with standard features. This means that you can extrude, cut, and fillet your meshes just as you would a standard part file!

This also makes it straightforward to use meshes for surface modelling and reference planes, as the process no longer requires any add-ins or intermediate bodies.

4. Structure Systems

SOLIDWORKS 2022 sees structure systems get an exciting upgrade as connections can now be designed and positioned intuitively within SOLIDWORKS. These profiles can be modelled and configured to suit your detailing needs and you can build up a library of them for quick access.

There have also been improvements made to secondary member positioning and corner treatment intelligence, while gussets and end caps can now be added to structural system elements, as well as weldments, making the feature more convenient than ever.

5. New Shortcuts

Great new shortcuts have been added to help you work faster than ever this year. Our highlight is the Q key, which allows you to quickly toggle the display of reference geometry such as planes, origins and axes. It even works while creating a feature and the extra control this offers should make it easier to make selections and streamline your overall modelling experience.

SOLIDWORKS 2022 also sees improvements to the shortcut bar that you open with the ‘S’ key. It now features a togglable search bar that helps you find elusive commands and from the search results you can then access them or add them to your shortcut bar or command manager with a simple drag and drop.

6. Configurations Tables

Gone are the days of having to remember to rename and save a table when you want to build different configurations into your models, as configuration tables now automatically generate when new configurations are added to parts and assemblies in SOLIDWORKS 2022!

These tables provide an uncomplicated way of creating and managing configurations, allowing you to toggle components on and off, alter dimensions and create new configurations all in one place.

7. Import/Export

SOLIDWORKS 2022 improves upon the reliability and efficiency of saving IFC file formats for other design tools to utilise and improves the import process of IFC files too. The introduction of selection boxes on import enables you to remove unnecessary data and integrate more effectively with BIM.

Large imports with thousands of bodies should be noticeably quicker in 2022, and there have also been enhancements to 2D file exports. DXFs and DWGs can now be exported directly from part files with colours already assigned to lines, allowing you to get your parts to manufacture faster than ever before.

8. Graphics

SOLIDWORKS 2022 builds on the 3D textures functionality added in 2019 by improving performance when generating complex texture geometry. Not only is it faster at producing results, but the textures are more detailed and refined than previously as well.

Manipulating large models will feel smoother in SOLIDWORKS 2022 as there has been a general improvement to how the graphics engine handles assemblies and large parts with silhouette edges, they're no longer restrained by the CPU and this means you'll see improvements to the frame rate when panning, zooming, and rotating in SOLIDWORKS 2022.

9. Stud Wizard

Studs can now be created from scratch or from existing cylindrical geometry. With a host of different standard thread sizes, the stud wizard is a convenient alternative to the thread feature and it can help reduce file size and complexity for larger fileset.

The stud wizard also brings with it a much needed improvement to the appearance of cosmetic threads, making your designs more visually appealing and clearer to understand.

10. Pack & Go

The already reliable Pack & Go function has seen a couple of handy improvements for SOLIDWORKS 2022. For the first time, parts created by the split or save bodies commands can be selected within the Pack & Go window which saves you having to track down the external references from your file explorer.

A progress bar has also been added to the window to indicate how long the process will take, which is a nice touch when using Pack & Go on larger assemblies.

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?
We recommend you view our blog for a full list of SOLIDWORKS 2022 Upgrade FAQs, but here are a few key points.
  • 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. We recommend contacting our support team for assistance.
  • 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.
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