Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2021: Detailing Mode

By Stephen Petrock on

SOLIDWORKS 2021 Top 11 Features Detailing

SOLIDWORKS 2021 is all about performance. It is a common thread woven throughout all aspects of the user experience from parts, assemblies, drawings and more. In this article, let’s take a look at the biggest performance gains for drawings thanks to some changes to the software architecture and extensions to detailing mode.

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Save Time with Detailing Mode

Detailing mode was new last year. It was a huge hit when introduced with SOLIDWORKS 2020. Detailing mode was a way to open massive drawings in seconds. Think of it like design review mode for large assemblies or sports mode for your car. Detailing mode offers a limited set of tools to use, but that’s okay because the name of the game here is performance. You can open your largest drawings in seconds. To get started just pick the option to open the drawing in detailing mode. And check it out. In seconds we have this massive drawing open and ready to view.

SOLIDWORKS 2021 Detailing Mode

SOLIDWORKS 2021 Detailing Mode Fast and Crisp Drawings

However, the biggest performance gains for drawings in SOLDIWROKS 2021 comes not from a new feature, but from the software coding itself. This comes from the system option for enhanced graphics performance. For SOLIDWORKS 2021 the enhanced graphics performance option has been extended to not only work for 3D modeling but for drawing too. This transferred the graphics burden to the graphics card resulting in high performance graphics. Just by upgrading you will see epic performance improvements with your drawings.

SOLIDWORKS 2021 Detailing Mode Enhanced Graphics

To see this in action, take a look at the video below which shows a side-by-side comparison of the same drawing in SOLIDWORKS 2020 and 2021. You’ll see that panning, zooming, and manipulating your drawings in SOLDIWROKS 2021 is lighting fast and deliciously crisp.


Do you want to learn more about the SOLIDWORKS 2021 enhancements and updates? See our entire blog series for complete details and videos.