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: 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: Schedule resource intensive tasks to be run when convenient for you and use tools like Pack and Go to easily use a design again and streamline modification.
Benefit: A hands free tool for processing multiple tasks including file conversion, batch printing, exporting and more. It allows the user to eliminate duplicating efforts when recreating designs while configuring their design in a design to order scenario.
Collaborate and Share CAD Data
Description: SolidWorks can 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.
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.
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.
CAM Programming (SOLIDWORKS CAM)
Description: SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard powered by CAMWorks® is an integrated 2.5-axis milling programming solution.
Benefit: By utilizing the emerging technologies of Model-Based Definition (MBD) and Knowledge-Based Machining (KBM), SOLIDWORKS CAM can rapidly transform your Design-to-Manufacturing process by improving communication, reducing errors, reducing cycle times, and increasing your product quality.
*SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard included with active subscription of SOLIDWORKS Standard, Professional or Premium.
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.
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.
Advanced CAD File Import/Export and 3D Interconnect
Descriptions: Over 30 translators are provided to convert incoming CAD data into SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD format or to export SOLIDWORKS data to other CAD products.
Benefit: Import and export CAD data seamlessly while 3D Interconnect opens most major CAD formats directly in SOLIDWORKS with no need to convert or save the data as a SOLIDWORKS file.
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 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.
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.
CAD Standards Checking
Description: Run your SOLIDWORKS documents through various checks to ensure you’re meeting your company standards.
Benefit: Speed up product development by quickly and easily checking SOLIDWORKS documents against design standards.
Collaboration with eDrawings Professional
Description: Use eDrawings® software to increase collaboration, accelerate your design process, and increase productivity by viewing SOLIDWORKS 3D models and 2D drawings in an email-ready format.
Benefit: eDrawings Professional allows users to quickly and accurately view, measure, and mark-up designs which improves communication between designers, manufacturers, and customers.
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.
Advanced Photorealistic Rendering (SOLIDWORKS Visualize)
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.
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
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.
Time-based Motion Analysis
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.
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.
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 sheet metal parts, giving the designer more flexibly and allowing them to make informed decisions about flat pattern layout.
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.