What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2016

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User Interface
Key Features
New User Interface and immediate access to features at your fingertips.
Sketch
Key Features
Immediate access to midpoints, Instant 2D, Flip offset for existing sketch offsets, select internal loops and others.
Thread Feature
Key Features
Model accurate threads in one quick and easy to use command.
Sweep
Key Features
Automatic swept circular profiles and bi-directional sweeps.
Patterns
Key Features
Linear patterns now support more direction inputs. Variable pattern tables support for negative values and Excel support.
Consumer Product Design
Key Features
B-Spline support, new Trim Surface preview options, Curvature Continuous for all fillets, and Intersect tool enhancements.
Sheet Metal
Key Features
Improved suppprt for cuts in swept flanges. Edge flanges extend beyond attachment edge.
Weldments
Key Features
Structural member list improvements. Materials now transfer from library profiles.
Flatten Surface
Key Features
Support for internal cutouts, additional 3D curves and Relief Cuts.
SOLIDWORKS Simulation
Key Features
Improved mesh quality and insight, advanced restraint control and model diagnostics.
SOLIDWORKS Plastics
Key Features
Improve 3D Injection Simulation and report generation.
SOLIDWORKS Flow
Key Features
Faster solutions with more control
SOLIDWORKS PDM
Key Features
Introduction of SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard, Set Revision, Sortable column support, Move/Rename Warning.
SOLIDWORKS Electrical
Key Features
New User Interface, enhanced Formula Manager, Nodal Indicators, PCB/CircuitWorks Integration, DraftSight Add-in, and others.
SOLIDWORKS Routing
Key Features
Automatic duct creation, route wires through ducting and flexible cable support.
Mate Controller
Key Features
A new tool for positioning and animating assembly motion.
Costing
Key Features
Support for assembly cost roll-up, rules based costing and cost by sheet size.
eDrawings
Key Features
Multiple view tabs. Rotate about mouse pointer. Support for assembly 3D Views and welding information.
PhotoView 360
Key Features
Scene Illumination Proof Sheets and Motion Blur.
3D Printing
Key Features
Automatic scaling and orientation. Preview of support areas and striation lines.
Drawings
Key Features
Support for flag notes. Rearrange stacked balloons. Auto drawing border and Performance Evaluation tool.
MBD
Key Features
Introduction of DimXpert for assemblies. Support for multi sheet PDFs with better graphics.
SOLIDWORKS Inspection
Key Features
Optical Character Recognition, Horizontal reports, export to quality systems.
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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