SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP1 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

Early Visibility (EV) Online Replaces Download and Install

Beginning with SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP1 EV, you no longer need to download and install Early Visibility Service Packs. EV downloads are replaced with EV online, which is available to all subscription customers from MySolidWorks.

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 File Explorer.

End of Life Announcements - Microsoft Products

For current information about SOLIDWORKS active products and End of Life products, see SOLIDWORKS and SW PDM 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.

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.

System and Graphics Requirements

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

For optimum graphics performance and stability, see SOLIDWORKS Hardware Certification.

To use SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 with SQL Server® 2014 or SQL Server® 2014 Express, you must install Service Pack 3 or later. To upgrade your SQL Server 2014 or SQL Server 2014 Express installation to SP3, download the service pack here.

Installation

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.

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

Loading Reference Geometry in Large Design Review

When you edit an assembly in Large Design Review mode, reference geometry loads only for:
  • Top-level assembly and the immediate child components.
  • Mates in lower-level child components where a top-level assembly mate references the reference geometry in the child component.

To load reference geometry for lower-level child components, right-click the component and click Load Reference Geometry. After you load the reference geometry, Load Reference Geometry is no longer available for the component.

For example, you mate the right plane for a child component in a subassembly to the right plane in the top-level assembly. For the child component, only the reference geometry for the right plane loads the next time you open the assembly for editing in Large Design Review mode.

For lower-level child components mated to the origin in the top-level assembly, reference geometry loads for the origin and the front plane.

Documentation

What's New SOLIDWORKS 2020

Corrections and Clarifications:

  • Power Modify Tool (Sketching chapter): You can use the Power Modify tool only with a touch device. On the touch device, you can use the tool with pen sketch mode, your finger, or a mouse. The tool is not available on nontouch devices.

Service Pack 1.0

There are no items for this service pack.

SOLIDWORKS CAM

There are no items specific to SOLIDWORKS CAM at this time.

SOLIDWORKS Composer

There are no items specific to SOLIDWORKS Composer at this time.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical

System and Graphics Requirements

To use SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2020 with SQL Server® 2014 or SQL Server® 2014 Express, you must install Service Pack 3 or later. To upgrade your SQL Server 2014 or SQL Server 2014 Express installation to SP3, download the service pack here.

Functionality

Anonymous Data Collection

To improve product usability and performance, the SOLIDWORKS Electrical software collects metadata and metrics about the software usage. The process is transparent and entirely anonymous.

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

Localized Documentation

Help in English is up to date.

Help is now available in Turkish.

Help in Chinese-simplified, French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Russian has the same content as SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation 2019 SP2 help, even though the titles indicate SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation 2020.

SOLIDWORKS Inspection

There are no items specific to SOLIDWORKS Inspection at this time.

SOLIDWORKS PCB

There are no items specific to SOLIDWORKS PCB at this time.

SOLIDWORKS Plastics

Documentation

The SOLIDWORKS Plastics tutorials PDF is available only in English.

SOLIDWORKS Visualize

System and Graphics Requirements

For SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2020 to work properly with GPU support, your graphics driver needs to meet these requirements:
  • For RTX-enabled Turing cards (Turing™ TU10x), a minimum driver version of 430.86 is required to support the RT cores.
  • For all other NVIDIA GPUs, a minimum driver version of 419.69 is required.
    NVIDIA driver support for some older mobile Kepler GPUs is ending soon. See End of Driver Support for Quadro Kepler-series Notebook Products.

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.

Functionality

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

A new option, Allow denoiser from pass, in Tools > Options > 3D Viewport > Denoiser, lets you specify at what pass your scene starts using the Denoiser.

Service Pack 1.0

Functionality

  • Improved the integration of SOLIDWORKS PDM to use default dialogs and workflows, and to be more consistent to other integrations.
  • Fixed an issue with bump maps on curved surfaces that led to unwanted faceting effects in Accurate and Fast render modes.
  • Fixed several problems and usability issues with the animation timeline.
  • Made several improvements to the integration of AMD ProRender.
  • Fixed the automatic update of textures (in appearance, backplate, background, and decal), which did not recognize file changes in certain situations.
  • Fixed a problem with online and evaluation licensing for Queue.
  • Resolved an issue where some SOLIDWORKS parts and assemblies failed to import to SOLIDWORKS Visualize.