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What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2018

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Innovative New User Experience
Key Features
Faster, more intuitive ways to interact with SOLIDWORKS.
More Powerful SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect
Key Features
Work seamlessly with more file types and incorporate design changes dramatically faster.
Cloud Connected SOLIDWORKS
Key Features
The power of desktop with the convenience of the cloud.
Work Directly with Mesh Data
Key Features
Work directly with mesh data with no need to convert to surfaces
Sheet Metal Features that Improve Manufacturability
Key Features
Innovative new features improve sheet metal manufacturing processes.
Enhanced Drawing Capabilities
Key Features
Comprehensive capabilities for high-quality engineering drawings.
Enhanced Design Communication with EDrawings
Key Features
Simpler, faster, and secure design communication with eDrawings.
Fully Immersive Experience with SOLIDWORKS Visualize
Key Features
Immerse yourself into any 3D scene and experience exploring and reviewing your design at 1:1 scale, including animations.
Assembly Performance Improvements
Key Features
Much more flexibility designing assemblies.
Part Features that Streamline Manufacturing
Key Features
Speed downstream operations by automatically including more information needed for manufacturing.
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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