SOLIDWORKS 2019 SP4 Release Notes

You can view the most recent Release Notes here.

For a list of fixed SPRs, click here.

Refer to What's New, available from the Help menu, for descriptions of new functionality.

End of Life Announcements - SOLIDWORKS Products

SOLIDWORKS Explorer

SOLIDWORKS 2019 SP5 is the last release to support SOLIDWORKS Explorer as a stand-alone application. The supported functions such as Pack and Go, Rename, Replace, and Move are available in file shortcut menus in Windows Explorer.

DVD Distribution Media

Beginning with SOLIDWORKS 2020, DVD distribution media is provided only on request. Contact your Reseller for more information.

SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Product

SOLIDWORKS 2018 and later do not include the SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM product.

It is replaced by the SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard product.

Publish to 3DVIA.com

SOLIDWORKS 2016 was the last release to support publishing models to 3DVIA.com.

End of Life Announcements - Microsoft Products

For current information about SOLIDWORKS active products and End of Life products, see SOLIDWORKS System Requirements. For Microsoft Operating System Lifecycle information, see Microsoft’s Windows lifecycle fact sheet.

Microsoft Windows 7 SP1, 64-Bit Operating System

SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP5 is the last release to support the Windows® 7 Operating System. SOLIDWORKS 2021 products will not install on Windows 7.

Microsoft Windows 7 mainstream support ended January 13, 2015. By exception, SOLIDWORKS 2018-2020 support is extending into Microsoft’s Extended Support period, which ends on January 14, 2020.
SOLIDWORKS Version SOLIDWORKS Support Microsoft Extended Support SOLIDWORKS Lifecycle Start SOLIDWORKS Lifecycle End
SW 2018 Yes Yes Oct 2017 Dec 2019
SW 2019 Yes * Partial

(15 months)

Oct 2018 Dec 2020
SW 2020 Yes * Partial

(3 months)

Oct 2019 Dec 2021
SW 2021 No/Install blocked No Oct 2020 Dec 2022
* A SOLIDWORKS fix that is dependent on a Microsoft Windows 7 fix cannot be provided during the latter part of the SOLIDWORKS Lifecycle.

Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-Bit Operating System

SOLIDWORKS 2018 SP5 is the last release to support the Windows® 8.1 64-bit operating system. SOLIDWORKS 2019 products will not install on Windows 8.1.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Operating System

SOLIDWORKS 2019 SP5 is the last release to support the Windows Server® 2012 R2 operating system. SOLIDWORKS 2020 products will not install on Windows Server 2012 R2.

Windows Server 2012 Operating System

SOLIDWORKS 2018 SP5 is the last release to support the Windows Server® 2012 operating system. SOLIDWORKS 2019 products will not install on Windows Server 2012.

Windows Server 2008 R2, SP1 Operating System

SOLIDWORKS 2017 is the last release to support the Windows Server® 2008 R2, SP1 operating system. SOLIDWORKS 2018 products will not install on Windows Server 2008 R2, SP1.

Microsoft Excel 2013 and Word 2013

SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP5 is the last release to support Microsoft® Excel 2013 and Word 2013.

Microsoft Excel 2010 and Word 2010

SOLIDWORKS 2018 SP5 is the last release to support Microsoft® Excel 2010 and Word 2010.

Microsoft SQL Server 2012

SOLIDWORKS 2019 SP5 is the last release to support SQL Server® 2012.

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2

SOLIDWORKS 2017 SP5 is the last release to support SQL Server® 2008 R2.

System and Graphics Requirements

To ensure successful installation and optimum performance, see SOLIDWORKS System Requirements.

For optimum graphics performance and stability, see Graphics Card Drivers.

Installation

Distribution Media

Two zip files corresponding to the SOLIDWORKS media distribution (all products) for SOLIDWORKS 2019 SP4 are provided for subscription customers. See the Downloads page in the Support area of the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal.

DVD Distribution Media

Beginning with SOLIDWORKS 2020, DVD distribution media is provided only on request. Contact your Reseller for more information.

Antivirus Software

Some antivirus software prevents proper installation of SOLIDWORKS. For additional information, see Antivirus Products.

SOLIDWORKS Manage Full Web Client

The full web client for SOLIDWORKS Manage is not included in the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager. To obtain the required installation files, contact your SOLIDWORKS Value Added Reseller (VAR).

Modifying SOLIDWORKS PDM Server Installations

To modify an installation of SOLIDWORKS PDM Server and its components, use Programs and Features from the Windows Control Panel. You cannot modify the installation with SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager (SLDIM), even if that is what you used to install SOLIDWORKS PDM Server.

Technical Alerts

Windows 10 Fonts Missing

Some fonts that shipped in prior versions of Windows have moved into optional features in Windows 10. When upgrading to Windows 10, these fonts may not be installed on your system. If you find that a SOLIDWORKS document uses a font that is no longer installed on your computer, refer to Microsoft Knowledge base article 3083806.

Missing Non-English Characters When Exporting Text to PDF Files

When you save a drawing document as a PDF file, and the drawing contains non-English (non-ASCII) characters, the appropriate fonts must be available to render the characters. If the specified font is not installed on your computer or does not support Unicode character glyphs, then the Arial Unicode MS font is used. If the Arial Unicode MS font is also missing, then the characters fail to render. The Arial Unicode MS font is not provided with Microsoft® Office® 2016 software. (See Windows 10 Fonts Missing, above.) Workaround: To install the Arial Unicode MS font, install both Microsoft® Office® Professional Plus 2013 (minimal installation with only International Options enabled) and Microsoft® Office® (2016 or later).

Microsoft Office Documents Embedded in SOLIDWORKS Documents

Recommendation: Use the 64-bit version of Microsoft Office. If you are embedding Microsoft Office 32-bit OLE objects in your SOLIDWORKS documents, refer to Microsoft Knowledge base article 983396 to fix OLE objects displaying as an icon.

Functionality

Compatibility with SOLIDWORKS PDM Products

Starting with SOLIDWORKS PDM 2017, the service pack for SOLIDWORKS PDM client can be different from the service pack for SOLIDWORKS PDM Server if they are the same major version.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2018 supports SOLIDWORKS 2018, 2017, and 2016. SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard 2018 supports SOLIDWORKS 2018 only. The combination of a newer version of SOLIDWORKS and an older version of SOLIDWORKS PDM is not supported.

Documentation

There are no documentation-specific items at this time.

Service Pack 4.0

There are no specific items for this service pack.

Service Pack 3.0

Windows Server 2019 Operating System

SOLIDWORKS 2019 supports Windows Server® 2019 operating system.

Service Pack 2.0

Microsoft Office 2019

SOLIDWORKS 2019 now supports Microsoft® Office® 2019.

Service Pack 1.0

Costing Task Pane for Sheet Metal

The help topic Evaluating the Cost of a Sheet Metal Part with the Material Weight Option has been updated to remove the step for selecting Local or MySolidWorks. The link to the MySolidWorks website was removed from the Costing Task Pane for sheet metal in SW2017 SP04.

SOLIDWORKS Composer

Localization

SOLIDWORKS Composer is now available in all SOLIDWORKS supported languages.

SOLIDWORKS PCB

Functionality

Refer to What's New for descriptions of new functionality.

Updates not yet included in What's New SOLIDWORKS 2019:

  • Color outputs from schematic and layout designs

Service Pack 4.0

The Help > About dialogs display the current release as Version 2019.3.0 (build 16), which is unchanged from the 2019 SP3 release.

Service Pack 3.0

Localization

SOLIDWORKS PCB Help is now available in Japanese language.

Functionality

  • New functionality in SOLIDWORKS PCB and SOLIDWORKS PCB Connector lets you push (collaborate) PCB layout designs with duplicate pad designators to SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD via the collaboration panel.
  • When the FIPS AlgorithmPolicy registry key is enabled, PCB components (3D bodies) now can collaborate through PCB Connector / Collaboration panel.
  • PCB Services sharing permissions no longer prevent collaboration between SOLIDWORKS PCB and SOLIDWORKS CAD.

Service Pack 2.0

Functionality

  • The software no longer stops unexpectedly when pulling the design after the PCB Connector performs a push operation on a non-English operating system (Polish, French, Turkish).
  • On German OS computers:
    • The AVBackup tool no longer fails to restore data (ERROR MESSAGE: NETWORK SERVICE...).
    • The SOLIDWORKS PCB Add-in error The parameter value must be greater than zero. Parameter name: pixelWidth, which occurred if the PCB Connector had performed a push operation, has been corrected.
  • In the project select dialog:
    • When opening a managed project in SOLIDWORKS CAD, pressing Enter now opens the selected managed project instead of jumping to the next project.
    • In SOLIDWORKS CAD, you can now double-click a managed project to open it.
  • The SOLIDWORKS PCB connector licensing options have been updated under Help and in the SOLIDWORKS PCB connector panel in Altium Designer 19.0.5.
  • Collaboration preview now displays hole changes correctly in SOLIDWORKS PCB Connector when a hole is pushed from SOLIDWORKS CAD or SOLIDWORKS SW PCB.
  • The notches of the board outline no longer cause a shift in the PCB decal after collaboration in SOLIDWORKS CAD.

SOLIDWORKS Plastics

Service Pack 3.0

Updates to the Plastics Material Library

  • Added 16 new HDPE and LDPE grades from material supplier Chevron Phillips Chemical.
  • Added 13 new PA, PA6, PA610, PA612, PA66, and PPS grades from material supplier RadiciGroup Performance Polymers.
  • Removed 13 obsolete grades from material supplier EMS-GRIVORY.

Plastics Material Supplier-provided Catalogs on the 3D ContentCentral Website

  • You can search for plastics material databases provided by global material suppliers on the 3D ContentCentral website. In the Search field of the 3D ContentCentral home page, enter Thermoplastic Material.
  • You can download material data files (*.bin) for individual material grades, and add them to the User-defined Database for your analyses.

Create Body from Deformed Shape

  • After running a warpage analysis, you can export the deformed shape as a SOLIDWORKS part body. In the PlasticsManager, under Results, right-click Warp Results, and click Create Body from Deformed Shape.

Enhanced Solid Mesh (Auto) Procedure

  • The Solid Mesh (Auto) procedure is enhanced with the creation of hybrid meshes for models with single parts. If the hybrid mesh creation fails, the Solid Mesh (Auto) procedure reverts to creating a marching hexahedral mesh.

Flow, Pack, and Cool Analyses Enhancements

  • For the Shell and Solid mesh procedures, the Flow & Pack analyses can account for variable specific heat (C) (function of temperature) and thermal conductivity (k) material data. These material data are available for the selected material.
  • Improved pressure calculations in the pure cooling phase to more accurately predict the pressure decay.
  • A new turbulence (k-ω) model calculates the flow of coolant in the cooling circuits and improves the accuracy of Cool simulations.

New Tutorials

  • Seven new tutorials covering a range of SOLIDWORKS Plastics workflows are available as PDF files. From the SOLIDWORKS Plastics CommandManager, click Settings and Help > Tutorials.

SOLIDWORKS Visualize

System and Graphics Requirements

To ensure successful installation and optimum performance, see Prerequisites and System Requirements.

For a comparison of render performance across different NVIDIA graphics cards, see SOLIDWORKS Visualize Benchmarks.

SOLIDWORKS Visualize no longer supports NVIDIA Fermi™ cards for GPU acceleration.

Functionality

Refer to What's New, available from the Home Screen, for descriptions of new functionality.

Known Limitations

Preview render mode does not currently support MDL Materials, so they are displayed in pink instead.

Service Pack 4.0

Functionality

  • Fixed an issue where output files were being deleted at completion of animation render output.
  • Fixed an issue where final render output could be black when the viewport was displaying correctly.
  • Fixed some cases where SOLIDWORKS motion studies imported with components moving out of sync.
  • Fixed an issue with decals and monitor file, where multiple copies of the same decal would previously not display on update.
  • Improved cleanup of temp data when projects are closed.

Service Pack 3.0

Functionality

  • Fixed an issue where some temporary files were not being cleaned up.
  • Improved the stability and performance of the auto-recover functionality.

Service Pack 2.0

Functionality

  • Integrated an updated version of the Denoiser leading to significant improvements in handling very noisy images.
  • Addressed a problem that led to disturbing tessellation artifacts on smooth surfaces with Accurate render mode.
  • Improved the display and scaling behavior in the preview render tab of images currently being rendered.
  • Improved the status messages in the preview render tab for several output modes.
  • Improved stability and performance of the customizable keyboard shortcuts.
  • Removed unnecessary and confusing input controls for milliseconds from the Output Tools dialog.
  • Fixed several problems with vehicle setup in the context of physics simulation.
  • Added support for reading image files that are stored within SOLIDWORKS models as textures, decals, and scenes.
  • Added support to save and restore the Blend Texture flag for Appearances of type PBR Material.
  • Increased the range of the flake size of the Metallic Paint Appearance.
  • Fixed a problem with importing previously saved Visualize project files containing Video Decals.
  • Fixed a problem with importing previously saved Visualize project files containing MDL Appearances.
  • Addressed several instabilities in the context of Video Decals.
  • Made several improvements to the performance of Auto-Recover and automatic saving.

Service Pack 1.0

Functionality

  • Completion of localization for several strings that were newly introduced with 2019 (for example, Keyboard Shortcuts and Physics).
  • Fixed several defects in the context of video decals.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented HDR Light Studio from starting up correctly.
  • Fixed Undo/Redo when using manipulators.
  • SOLIDWORKS component visibility is now maintained when importing an assembly with Appearance part grouping mode.
  • Added icon to indicate partial visibility. A group is considered to be partially visible if one or more of its children are hidden.
  • Physics Simulation:
    • Added the ability to modify physics properties for multiple objects at a time.
    • Improved the default driving behavior (steering, acceleration, breaking, and traction) for vehicle simulations.
    • Several small workflow improvements for physics vehicle setup.
    • New physics overlay icons in model tree.