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What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2017

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SOLIDWORKS PCB
Key Features
Combine the best in PCB design technology with an easy-to-use interface.
User Interface
Key Features
New enhancements to Breadcrumbs, the ability to sort the configuration order, plus lots of other delighters.
Sketch
Key Features
Shaded Sketch contours and Alt key contour selection shortcut make working with sketch geometry even easier.
Modeling Delighters
Key Features
Interpret complex designs with ease using Transparent Section views, more options for Thread Feature and lots more.
Chamfer-Fillet
Key Features
New options for creating simple and complex chamfers, plus the ability to switch chamfers to fillets and vice versa.
Advanced Hole
Key Features
Create complex multi stepped holes in a single feature.
Convert to Bodies
Key Features
Simplify parts while maintaining all assembly and drawing references.
Wrap-Offset Curve
Key Features
Wrap Feature now can be applied to multiple surfaces of any type. Offset curve on any surface.
Sheet Metal
Key Features
Better normal cuts and a new Corner relief where 3 bends meet.
Assembly Delighters
Key Features
Tree Display controls, smarter mate placement, Save assembly as part and references are maintained.
Magnetic Mates
Key Features
Rapidly build layouts by magnetically snapping assets together.
Mate Controller
Key Features
Save Mate Controller positions as configurations for use downstream in assemblies and drawings.
SOLIDWORKS Simulation
Key Features
Stress Hot Spot Diagnostics, Convert Study, Automatic Decisions, and Post Processing Improvements including SIMULATION display.
SOLIDWORKS Flow
Key Features
Efficiently simulate fluid flow, heat transfer and fluid forces.
SOLIDWORKS Plastics
Key Features
More versatility and control with more accurate results to better understand your plastic injection process performance.
3D Interconnect
Key Features
Work with CAD data from a variety of design tools as though they were native SOLIDWORKS files.
SOLIDWORKS Visualize
Key Features
Showcase greater detail, faster and easier, to help you tell an even deeper story of your design work.
SOLIDWORKS Electrical
Key Features
Simplify 2D electrical schematic & PCB creation with SOLIDWORKS Electrical
Routing
Key Features
Improved usability, more control over routes and more use cases for unique manufacturing scenarios.
EDrawings
Key Features
All new import capabilities for both native and neutral CAD formats.
Treehouse
Key Features
Share information easily with others with the new Print option and open assembly structure in MS Excel.
Costing
Key Features
Nested sub-assembly costing, improved multi-line template editing, and integration with My.SOLIDWORKS.com
Drawings
Key Features
Emphasize outline in section views, jagged outlines for detail views, mirror drawing views and many more.
SOLIDWORKS MBD
Key Features
Polar dimension schemes, dimension to reference features, 3D View sorting, 3D PMI compare and many more.
SOLIDWORKS PDM
Key Features
Version overwrite, Database replication, Rollback reference handling and many more.
SOLIDWORKS Inspection
Key Features
Lock Balloons provides more control, and manual ballooning gives greater flexibility when creating Inspection reports.
3D Printing
Key Features
New tools for identifying thin walls and gaps, plus support for .3MF
Options Locking
Key Features
New admin tool to lock SOLIDWORKS system options.
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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