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 assembliesí movement. Visualization can highlight aspect like which part cost the most or weighs 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.