SOLIDWORKS 2021 Design Enhancements “Live” and in Action

SOLIDWORKS 2021 became available for download in October. This release includes performance enhancements and expanded functionalities that improve workflows for design, documentation, data management, validation, and manufacturing.

Below is a video preview of many of the top design enhancements in 2021. Simply click the link to see your favorite enhancements in action.

Detailing Mode for Drawings

Detailing Mode is the fastest way to open and detail drawings. It is especially effective when working with drawings of large assemblies or when dealing with large multi-sheet drawings. In SOLIDWORKS 2021, many enhancements have been in the areas of detailing and view creation.

Assembly Performance

SOLIDWORKS 2021 delivers improvements to assemblies in both performance and function. Check out the new capabilities and improved functionality.

Assembly Productivity Tools

As you spend time working on assemblies in SOLIDWORKS 2021, you will find more streamlined tools to help you assemble, pattern, and analyze your assemblies.

Improved User Experience

With every release of SOLIDWORKS, we strive to improve your design experience. Check out these new capabilities, which originate directly from your enhancement requests.

Drawing Performance

See a side by side comparison of SOLIDWORKS 2020 compared to SOLIDWORKS 2021—it is a validation of the work we are doing regarding increased performance.


SOLIDWORKS 2021 introduces many enhancements to extend the already robust capabilities when working with parts including sheet metal, 3MF support, and new capabilities for weldments.


As a CAD designer, you’ve always required the most powerful workstations on the market. But with more of us working remotely than ever before, you may need a more flexible environment. Your investment in SOLIDWORKS lays the foundation to work from the cloud by leveraging 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS.


3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS is the SOLIDWORKS desktop software you know, plus the 3DEXPERIENCE cloud capabilities that help keep you productive and connected regardless of location. And the platform keeps all your data in synch automatically.

Wait! There’s More

Please check out these other great videos as well, covering other significant enhancements made in SOLIDWORKS 2021!

Model-Based Definition



SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation









To learn more or ask questions or get a demo of SOLIDWORKS 2021, contact your local reseller. Also, check out What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2021, including videos and descriptions, at

Craig Therrien

Craig Therrien

Craig Therrien is a 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS Senior Portfolio Manager with over 30 years of CAD and industry experience - engineer, consultant, CAD product manager, CAD company co-founder. Currently, serving as Senior Product Manager for SOLIDWORKS and 3D Mold Creator. Craig has a B.S.M.E. from WPI and is a Graduate of General Electric's Manufacturing Development Program.