SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD

Powerful & Intuitive 3D Design Software

Trusted by millions of design engineers worldwide SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD is one of the most powerful and intuitive 3D CAD systems on the market and is currently used by over three million engineers and designers at more than 250,000 companies worldwide. The user base ranges from individuals to large corporations, and covers a very wide cross-section of manufacturing market segments.

SOLIDWORKS is a solid modeller, and utilises a parametric feature-based approach to create models and assemblies, capturing the design intent of the creator of the part being worked on.

SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD comes in three packages - Standard, Professional and Premium. Our Product Comparison Matrix shows the different feature sets across the three. Although there are many factors involved, our expert team will be pleased to look at which main functionalities you need and whether upgrading is needed to streamline your design processes.
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SOLIDWORKS Standard has a fully functional suite of core 3D design capabilities, allowing the rapid creation of parts, assemblies and 2D drawings, whilst at the same time giving you access to all the tools you’ll need to generate complex surfaces, sheet metal flat patterns and structural welded assemblies. SOLIDWORKS Standard also includes some basic FEA capability to perform static and stress analysis on parts as well as looking at the environmental impact of components.

Key Features

Animation

When you need to be able to communicate your design to its best advantage there's no better way than by video and SOLIDWORKS has the tools to help you animate your design to show its fit, function and assembly. Explode your assembly, move components where you want to, rotate and slide them, all without being an expert in animation.

 

SOLIDWORKS Standard - Animation

Collaborative Tools - 3D Content Central

3D Content Central is an online community for finding and downloading free 3D and 2D CAD models all contributed by SOLIDWORKS users, as well as supplier-certified parts, assemblies and more.
SOLIDWORKS Standard - Collaborative Tools, 3D Content Central

Basic FEA - SimulationXpress

SOLIDWORKS SimulationXpress provides the ability to do basic stress analysis on individual parts including determining effects of force or pressure and to generate reports documenting those results. Included in SOLIDWORKS Standard and Professional software packages it is easy to upgrade to advanced SOLIDWORKS Simulation packages when testing full assemblies is a requirement.

SOLIDWORKS Standard - SimulationXpress

Design Automation - DriveWorksXpress

A rules-based, design automation software, DriveWorksXpress allows you to generate multitude variations of a model, capturing and re-using design knowledge that saves time and money, whilst at the same time minimising errors.

SOLIDWORKS Standard - DriveWorksXpress
SOLIDWORKS Professional has all the power of SOLIDWORKS Standard but adds further capabilities such as libraries of standard parts and fasteners, manufacturing costs estimating tools and utilities to search for errors to increase productivity, ensure greater accuracy and help you to communicate design information more effectively. Integrated file management tools allow you to store project information securely and track all design changes as they’re made, further eliminating errors and increasing design productivity.

Key Features

Extensive CAD libraries

The SOLIDWORKS Toolbox contains over one million pre-built, standard machine components including screws, nuts, washers and pins all of which are easily accessible to locate, download and save, saving time on re-creating commonly used CAD data.

SOLIDWORKS Professional - Extensive CAD Libraries

SOLIDWORKS Costings

Monitor manufacturing costs as you design with SOLIDWORKS costing estimation tools which are fully integrated within the 3D CAD software. Avoid costly redesigns and production delays and use the tools to automate your quoting process ensuring you’re ahead of the competition in quoting for subcontracted work.

SOLIDWORKS Professional - Costings

PhotoView 360

Enhance your presentations and proposals using high quality life-like 3D models showing how the product will appear in real life, using specific colours and materials in the correct environment. PhotoView 360 allows you to create photorealistic renderings and animations from within the 3D CAD model, saving time, increasing productivity and accelerating time to market.

SOLIDWORKS Professional - PhotoView 360

Design Checker

The Design Checker within SOLIDWORKS enables you to establish design standards and check and validate your drawings  and models against these, ensuring designs are consistent and complete.

SOLIDWORKS Professional - Design Checker

eDrawings Professional

eDrawings Professional enables designers to share product data and coordinate design reviews. It allows you to view, section, explode, comment, measure and mark up both 3D models and 2D drawings in a variety of formats.

 


SOLIDWORKS Professional - eDrawings Professional
SOLIDWORKS Premium is the complete design system adding greater capabilities to SOLIDWORKS Professional. It incorporates advanced FEA simulation capabilities, allowing static, stress and motion analyses to be performed, alongside a routing feature for tooling and harnessing, including support for rectangular ducting and cable trays. CircuitWorks enables you to create enclosures for circuit boards and Automated Tolerance Stack-Up Analyst (Tol Analyst) determines sizing allowances.

Key Features

Simulation

SOLIDWORKS Premium contains a range of simulation capabilities to enable designers to quickly and efficiently validate the quality, performance and safety of their designs whilst they create them. Analysis types include linear static stress analysis for parts and assemblies, and motion analysis, measuring the forces and loads on your design as it moves as if in the real world.

SOLIDWORKS Professional - Simulation

Routing

Save time and rework costs by integrating routing of electrical wiring, harnessing, cabling and conduit assemblies within your 3D product designs. Tools cover the needs of a wealth of products using sensors, control systems and other systems that need wiring and cabling.

SOLIDWORKS Premium - Routing

CircuitWorks

Integrate ECAD with MCAD seamlessly by sharing data using the CircuitWorks tool within SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD. Share, compare, update and track electrical design data so engineers in both teams can resolve integration problems more quickly.

TolAnalyst

Ensure consistent component fit and verify tolerancing schemes using TolAnalyst, the analysis tool that automatically checks the effects of tolerances on parts and assemblies before your product goes into production, accelerating the design process and saving you time, development costs and increasing productivity.

SOLIDWORKS Premium - ToIAnalyst

3D CAD Matrix

SOLIDWORKS Premium

SOLIDWORKS Professional

SOLIDWORKS Standard

The premier package for CAD professionals

Maximize your design productivity

Get started in 3D CAD design

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Ease of Use

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Part and Assembly Modeling

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2D Drawings

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Design Reuse and Automation

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Animation and Visualization

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Interference Check

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Collaborate and Share CAD Data

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Advanced CAD File Import

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Basic Analysis Tools

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Productivity Tools

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Design for Manufacturing

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard

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CAD Libraries

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Automatic Task Scheduling and Batch Processing

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Design for Cost & Cost Estimation

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ECAD/MCAD Collaboration (CircuitWorks™)

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Advanced Photorealistic Rendering (PhotoView 360)

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CAD Standards Checking

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Automated Tolerance Stack-Up Analysis (TolAnalyst)

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SOLIDWORKS File Management

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Reverse Engineering (ScanTo3D)

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eDrawings® Professional

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Motion Analysis

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Structural Part and Assembly Analysis

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Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) for Environmental Impact: SOLIDWORKS Sustainability

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Routing of Pipes and Tubes

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Routing of Electrical Cabling and Wiring Harnesses

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Routing of Rectangular and Other Sections

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Advanced Surface Flattening

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Assembly Level Cost Roll Up

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Webcasts Our technical team have put together a variety of pre-recorded short webcasts intended to give you an overview of particular features, functions and benefits within the software, either at a product level or within a particular industry sector. We’re adding to these on a frequent basis so check back regularly to see what’s new. Webinars If you like a more interactive demonstration where you can ask questions of the presenter, but don’t have the time to physically attend one of our demonstrations then why not register for one of our weekly webinars. A full schedule is maintained here on the website. Why not register with us to be kept up to date on new webinars added to the schedule. Request a trial We know that when making a purchase decision for a key piece of software of this kind you need to know that it’s going to be the right choice for the company. To ensure you’re making the right choice we offer a free trial of SOLIDWORKS for a limited period. Complete the form to register and one of our team will call you shortly to arrange your free trial. Request a demo Want to find out more about just how SOLIDWORKS or one of its partner products is right for your company’s needs then why not book a demonstration with us. Many of our technical team have industry experience that means they understand exactly what you need to achieve when using the software. Book a demo with us today. Attend a local event Like to hear what your peers think about SOLIDWORKS or hear how they are using it to resolve any issues they have? Or do you simply want to come along to see the software in action, have the chance to ask questions and hear what others are asking. Take a look at our event schedule to find one in your area. We’re constantly adding to this so check back regularly.
SOLIDWORKS Standard has a fully functional suite of core 3D design capabilities, allowing the rapid creation of parts, assemblies and 2D drawings, whilst at the same time giving you access to all the tools you’ll need to generate complex surfaces, sheet metal flat patterns and structural welded assemblies. SOLIDWORKS Standard also includes some basic FEA capability to perform static and stress analysis on parts as well as looking at the environmental impact of components.

Features

  • Animation

    When you need to be able to communicate your design to its best advantage there's no better way than by video and SOLIDWORKS has the tools to help you animate your design to show its fit, function and assembly. Explode your assembly, move components where you want to, rotate and slide them, all without being an expert in animation.

     

  • Collaborative Tools - 3D Content Central

    3D Content Central is an online community for finding and downloading free 3D and 2D CAD models all contributed by SOLIDWORKS users, as well as supplier-certified parts, assemblies and more.
  • Basic FEA - SimulationXpress

    SOLIDWORKS SimulationXpress provides the ability to do basic stress analysis on individual parts including determining effects of force or pressure and to generate reports documenting those results. Included in SOLIDWORKS Standard and Professional software packages it is easy to upgrade to advanced SOLIDWORKS Simulation packages when testing full assemblies is a requirement.

  • Design Automation - DriveWorksXpress

    A rules-based, design automation software, DriveWorksXpress allows you to generate multitude variations of a model, capturing and re-using design knowledge that saves time and money, whilst at the same time minimising errors.

SOLIDWORKS Professional has all the power of SOLIDWORKS Standard but adds further capabilities such as libraries of standard parts and fasteners, manufacturing costs estimating tools and utilities to search for errors to increase productivity, ensure greater accuracy and help you to communicate design information more effectively. Integrated file management tools allow you to store project information securely and track all design changes as they’re made, further eliminating errors and increasing design productivity.

Features

  • Extensive CAD libraries

    The SOLIDWORKS Toolbox contains over one million pre-built, standard machine components including screws, nuts, washers and pins all of which are easily accessible to locate, download and save, saving time on re-creating commonly used CAD data.

  • SOLIDWORKS Costings

    Monitor manufacturing costs as you design with SOLIDWORKS costing estimation tools which are fully integrated within the 3D CAD software. Avoid costly redesigns and production delays and use the tools to automate your quoting process ensuring you’re ahead of the competition in quoting for subcontracted work.

  • PhotoView 360

    Enhance your presentations and proposals using high quality life-like 3D models showing how the product will appear in real life, using specific colours and materials in the correct environment. PhotoView 360 allows you to create photorealistic renderings and animations from within the 3D CAD model, saving time, increasing productivity and accelerating time to market.

  • Design Checker

    The Design Checker within SOLIDWORKS enables you to establish design standards and check and validate your drawings  and models against these, ensuring designs are consistent and complete.

  • eDrawings Professional

    eDrawings Professional enables designers to share product data and coordinate design reviews. It allows you to view, section, explode, comment, measure and mark up both 3D models and 2D drawings in a variety of formats.

     

SOLIDWORKS Premium is the complete design system adding greater capabilities to SOLIDWORKS Professional. It incorporates advanced FEA simulation capabilities, allowing static, stress and motion analyses to be performed, alongside a routing feature for tooling and harnessing, including support for rectangular ducting and cable trays. CircuitWorks enables you to create enclosures for circuit boards and Automated Tolerance Stack-Up Analyst (Tol Analyst) determines sizing allowances.

Features

  • Simulation

    SOLIDWORKS Premium contains a range of simulation capabilities to enable designers to quickly and efficiently validate the quality, performance and safety of their designs whilst they create them. Analysis types include linear static stress analysis for parts and assemblies, and motion analysis, measuring the forces and loads on your design as it moves as if in the real world.

  • Routing

    Save time and rework costs by integrating routing of electrical wiring, harnessing, cabling and conduit assemblies within your 3D product designs. Tools cover the needs of a wealth of products using sensors, control systems and other systems that need wiring and cabling.

  • CircuitWorks

    Integrate ECAD with MCAD seamlessly by sharing data using the CircuitWorks tool within SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD. Share, compare, update and track electrical design data so engineers in both teams can resolve integration problems more quickly.

  • TolAnalyst

    Ensure consistent component fit and verify tolerancing schemes using TolAnalyst, the analysis tool that automatically checks the effects of tolerances on parts and assemblies before your product goes into production, accelerating the design process and saving you time, development costs and increasing productivity.

3D CAD Matrix

SOLIDWORKS Premium

SOLIDWORKS Professional

SOLIDWORKS Standard

The premier package for CAD professionals

Maximize your design productivity

Get started in 3D CAD design

expand

Ease of Use

check box check box check box
expand

Part and Assembly Modeling

check box check box check box
expand

2D Drawings

check box check box check box
expand

Design Reuse and Automation

check box check box check box
expand

Animation and Visualization

check box check box check box
expand

Interference Check

check box check box check box
expand

Collaborate and Share CAD Data

check box check box check box
expand

Advanced CAD File Import

check box check box check box
expand

Basic Analysis Tools

check box check box check box
expand

Productivity Tools

check box check box check box
expand

Design for Manufacturing

check box check box check box
expand

SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard

check box check box
expand

CAD Libraries

check box check box
expand

Automatic Task Scheduling and Batch Processing

check box check box
expand

Design for Cost & Cost Estimation

check box check box
expand

ECAD/MCAD Collaboration (CircuitWorks™)

check box check box
expand

Advanced Photorealistic Rendering (PhotoView 360)

check box check box
expand

CAD Standards Checking

check box check box
expand

Automated Tolerance Stack-Up Analysis (TolAnalyst)

check box check box
expand

SOLIDWORKS File Management

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Reverse Engineering (ScanTo3D)

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eDrawings® Professional

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Motion Analysis

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Structural Part and Assembly Analysis

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Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) for Environmental Impact: SOLIDWORKS Sustainability

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Routing of Pipes and Tubes

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expand

Routing of Electrical Cabling and Wiring Harnesses

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expand

Routing of Rectangular and Other Sections

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expand

Advanced Surface Flattening

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expand

Assembly Level Cost Roll Up

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Webcasts Our technical team have put together a variety of pre-recorded short webcasts intended to give you an overview of particular features, functions and benefits within the software, either at a product level or within a particular industry sector. We’re adding to these on a frequent basis so check back regularly to see what’s new. Webinars If you like a more interactive demonstration where you can ask questions of the presenter, but don’t have the time to physically attend one of our demonstrations then why not register for one of our weekly webinars. A full schedule is maintained here on the website. Why not register with us to be kept up to date on new webinars added to the schedule. Request a trial We know that when making a purchase decision for a key piece of software of this kind you need to know that it’s going to be the right choice for the company. To ensure you’re making the right choice we offer a free trial of SOLIDWORKS for a limited period. Complete the form to register and one of our team will call you shortly to arrange your free trial. Request a demo Want to find out more about just how SOLIDWORKS or one of its partner products is right for your company’s needs then why not book a demonstration with us. Many of our technical team have industry experience that means they understand exactly what you need to achieve when using the software. Book a demo with us today. Attend a local event Like to hear what your peers think about SOLIDWORKS or hear how they are using it to resolve any issues they have? Or do you simply want to come along to see the software in action, have the chance to ask questions and hear what others are asking. Take a look at our event schedule to find one in your area. We’re constantly adding to this so check back regularly.