Ease of Use:
SolidWorks' use of user interface consistency, tutorials and community make learning and using the software stress-free.
Part and Assembly Modeling:
Description: Easily create 3D representations of designs from concept to manufacture.
Benefit: Designing and documenting products in 3D is a more natural experience and helps to eliminate errors though virtual prototyping. Designs can be tested with clearance verification, interference detection and a host of other tools to verify the design.
Description: Use standard profiles to easily create designs that are made of standard shapes like tube, angle, and wide flange.
Benefit: Weldments allow the designer to build a structure or a piece of a structural shape quickly; this includes cutlist creation that groups the same sizes and shapes.
Description: Create complex designs that are not possible with the standard feature set.
Benefit: Surface modeling allows the user to create organic designs and offers more options and flexibility than solid feature based modeling.
Description: Sheetmetal tools in Solidworks allow the user to develop flat patterns for sheetmetal designs as well as convert 3D Solids into sheetmetal parts with flat patterns.
Benefit: This tool lets the user see potential problems when creating flat patterns and modify their designs for the best possible solution.
Description: Create molds using a sequence of integrated tools that control the mold creation process.
Benefit: These mold tools allow the user to analyze and correct deficiencies with either SolidWorks or imported models of parts to be molded.
Description: SolidWorks allows users to create drawings using 3D models or the sketching tools.
Benefit: 2D drawings can be created and modified much faster using the 3D representation and because the drawing is linked directly to the model many drafting errors can be eliminated.
Design Reuse and Automation
Description: Tools like Pack and Go and DriveworksXpress can be used to easily use a design again and streamline modification.
Benefit: Design reuse and automation allows the user to eliminate duplicating efforts recreating designs, it also allows them to easily configure their design in a design to order scenario
Animation and Visualization
Description: Use Animation to create simple animations that use interpolation to specify point-to-point motion of parts in assemblies. Visualization can also be used to highlight characteristics of an assembly.
Benefit: See how adding a motor will affect your assemblies' movement. Visualization can highlight aspects like which parts cost the most or weigh the most in the assembly, helping the user to make intelligent design choices.
Description: With the click of a button see where your parts are interfering with each other.
Benefit: This tool allows the user to analyze their design by checking fit; this is a great tool for virtual prototyping.
Collaborate and Share CAD Data
Description: SolidWorks is able to read and save a wide variety of CAD formats as well as being able to be read by free CAD readers like Edrawings.
Benefit: Collaboration tools make information more easily accessible to everyone whether it is the shop or a potential client.
Basic Analysis Tools
Description: The standard version of SolidWorks comes equipped with SimulationXpress a simple easy to use finite element analysis tool (FEA).
Benefit: These tools allow the user to test their design and rapidly make changes to make better designs more quickly.
Design for Manufacturing
Description: DFMXpress is a tool in SolidWorks standard that allows the user to setup manufacturing criteria that the designer can test their design against to see if it is easily manufacturable.
Benefit: Solve manufacturing challenges before they make it to the shop floor.
Description: Automate the insertion of standard parts including fasteners, bearings, gears and more.
Benefit: Reduce time wasted on searching for standard parts for use in your designs. Share standard components in various projects across your entire team.
Design Reuse and Automation
Description: Schedule resource intensive tasks to be run when convenient for you.
Benefit: A hands free tool for processing multiple tasks including file conversion, batch printing, exporting and more.
Design for Cost/Quoting
Description: Continually check your designs against target costs during the design process. Improve efficiency by easily generating accurate repeatable quotes and estimated costs.
Benefit: Fully integrated in SOLIDWORKS giving you quick access to cost estimation tools for both design and manufacturing.
Advanced Photorealistic Rendering (Photoview 360)
Description: Generate high quality, life-like images and animations that can be used to showcase your designs.
Benefit: Increase productivity and accelerate time-to-market by creating powerful, realistic images to help spotlight your company.
CAD Standards Checking
Description: Run your SOLIDWORKS documents through various checks to ensure youíre meeting your company standards.
Benefit: Speed up product development by quickly and easily checking SOLIDWORKS documents against design standards.
SOLIDWORKS File Management
Description: Control revisions and manage CAD projects more effectively with easy to use product data management tools.
Benefits: Easily access content for previously developed or current design files and data in a manageable and secure environment with fast search capabilities
2D and 3D Collaboration
Description: Collaboration tool providing the ability to view both drawings and 3D models in a unique e-mail ready format.
Benefits: Enhance collaboration and accelerate your design process with the ability to view, measure and markup drawings and 3D models.
Automatic Feature Recognition
Description: Convert non-SOLIDWORKS data into practical SOLIDWORKS features for use in parametric design.
Benefits: Save time and increase productivity when working with non-SOLIDWORKS documents by utilizing advanced feature recognition technology.
CAD Productivity Tools
Description: Tools that let you examine documents in detail and Compare geometry, features, properties and more between other models.
Benefit: Reduced time and effort by giving you the tools you need to be more productive when working with multiple design changes and revisions.
Description: A kinematics tool that enables engineers to size motors, determine power consumption, layout linkages, develop cams, understand gear drives, size springs/dampers, and determine how contacting parts behave.
Benefit: Provides a reduction in physical prototyping costs and reduced product development time. Enhances your ability to consider more designs, risk reduction by reporting on how your design reacts to design loads for further analysis and review.
Structural Part and Assembly Analysis
Description: State of the art finite element analysis tool that includes analysis for linear stress, strain, displacement. It includes a comprehensive materials library, and much more.
Benefit: Allows the designer to virtually test designs/concepts of assemblies and welded structures and provides reports based on defined conditions.
Automated Tolerance Stack-Up Analysis (TolAnalyst)
Description: Tool for tolerance stack up of assemblies.
Benefit: Allows the user to verify proper fit and function based on the tolerances in the design. TolAnalyst can help to eliminate time consuming hand calculations.
ECAD/MCAD Collaboration (CircuitWorks)
Description: Circuitworks is a tool that allows for Mechanical and Electrical teams to collaborate on PCB designs.
Benefit: Designers can check for interference between circuit board components and enclosures or other physical devices that may require a design change to the PCB.
Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) for Environmental Impact: SOLIDWORKS Sustainability
Description: Sustainability lets the user create a life cycle assessment no parts and assemblies. The user can compare similar materials to see what kind of impact the design has on the environment.
Benefit: SolidWorks Sustainability gives the designer the tools needed to create a more sustainable product from concept to creation.
Routing of Pipes and Tubes
Description: Mechanical routing piping and tubing is a tool that automates many of the tasks needed when creating piping and tubing systems.
Benefit: This is a purpose built tool allowing for quick creation of pipe and tube routes to have a fully detailed design and eliminate guess work.
Routing of Electrical Cabling and Wiring Harnesses
Description: Electrical routing streamlines the creation of standard cables and wire harnesses some of the features include: reuse standard cable definitions, automatic drawing creation of either a flattened view or an annotated view.
Benefit: This tool makes the process of creating fully detailed documentation much faster with its specialized tools.
Routing of Rectangular and Other Sections
Description: Routing allows the user to use standard shapes to build specialized products for example a rectangular shape can be defined to be used to create HVAC ducts.
Benefit: Routing of user defined shapes gives SolidWorks routing more flexibility and power than ever.
Reverse Engineering (Scanto3D)
Description: Scan to 3D is a tool used to process 3D scans and help the user create surfaces and Solids from sources like meshes and point clouds.
Benefit: Scan to 3D can take some of the work away when trying to create a model of complex surfaces.
Advanced Surface Flattening
Description: Flatten surface is a tool only available in the premium version; the tool enables the flattening of non-planer surfaces.
Benefit: Flatten surface takes flat patterns beyond just sheetmetal parts, giving the designer more flexibly and allowing them to make informed decisions about flat pattern layout.