Aerospace and Defence

Find out how SOLIDWORKS has helped companies in the Aerospace and defence industries design faster, smarter and stay ahead of the competition.

SOLIDWORKS in the Aerospace and Defence industries.

The challenge:

Time is money, so you need to make sure your processes are running as efficiently as possible. You need your designs to be right, first time and you need to reduce your time to market. Most of all, you need to be sure your great design ideas translate into the final product.

The solution:

SOLIDWORKS has been implemented by a large number of companies within the Aerospace and Defence technology industries, who benefit from the advanced capabilities of this software and also the extensive support offered as part of the Innova Systems customer package. Whatever the size of the company, SOLIDWORKS increases sales, improves product quality and design and lowers manufacturing costs.

Gilo Industries use SOLIDWORKS for aviation design

Faster, smarter design

SOLIDWORKS is very easy to use in a creative environment. You can quickly turn ideas into functioning products. This results in a much faster delivery of innovative technology.

Software you can trust

Advanced power and analytical tools enable you to further a design to its maximum potential. SOLIDWORKS is stable, obtainable and never stops you from doing what you want to do.

Simulation for success

SOLIDWORKS Simulation helps you predict what might happen to a component when placed under stresses like elevated temperature or weight, allowing fuss-free modifications.

Complex design? No problem

SOLIDWORKS allows you to design complex geometry and large amounts of data into your product. You can be sure your design software will keep up with you when working with complex or large designs.

Validate & communicate

Visualise and explore entire products from any angle or cross-section. Counter any problems associated with heights, collisions and interferences before they occur. Use eDrawings to share designs over email with third parties - even if they don’t use SOLIDWORKS.

It's easy!

After a five day training course with our award-winning technical team, you’ll be up and running and ready to start being more productive with SOLIDWORKS.

Customer success story: Defence

This customer (name withheld for security reasons)  designs and manufactures weapon mounting systems, sight mounting systems and vehicle mounting systems for machine guns and medium calibre weapons. Their products cover the full spectrum: from gun mounting systems for ancillaries and accessories, to vehicle mounting systems that encompass bulletproof shields, turrets and ballistic-proof hatches.

SOLIDWORKS success story: Astrobiotic

Astrobotic Technology flies hardware systems into space for companies, governments, and universities. By accommodating multiple customers on a single flight, Astrobotic offers unprecedented flexibility at an industry-defining low price.

Originally spun out of Carnegie Mellon University in 2007 by William “Red” Whittaker to compete for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, Astrobotic is pioneering affordable planetary access that promises to spark a new era of exploration, science, tourism, resource utilization, and mining. Astrobotic is based in Pittsburgh’s Strip District.

Learn how the world’s first privately owned lunar spacecraft is pioneering affordable missions to the moon

Customer success story: Armtrac

On the outskirts of Cambridge, in the sleepy village of Burwell lies Armtrac Ltd, a company that designs and manufactures heavily-armoured mechanical de-mining machinery. Their products are used all over the world in areas contaminated with landmines and other explosives. You’ll come across Armtrac machinery on de-mining operations in Mozambique, Kosovo, Northern Iraq, Lebanon and even in the UK where their products are used to clear MOD firing ranges.

Mirror Image Aerospace choose SOLIDWORKS for success

Mirror Image Aerospace cut more than a year from their development cycle while reducing their tooling costs by tens of thousands of dollars. They took advantage of advanced surfacing capabilities to design complex surfaces for fuselage, support legs, and wings and improved their photo-realistic rendering capabilities.

“We chose SOLIDWORKS CAD software for its ability to design complex surfaces for the fuselage, support legs, and wings. We also enjoyed the software’s stability, the breadth of the Solution Partner Program, and the number of local companies and universities that use SOLIDWORKS.”

Kent Crookston, CEO, Mirror Image Aerospace

SOLIDWORKS success story: Zodiac Aerospace

Zodiac Aerospace is a world leader in the development of aerospace equipment and systems for commercial, regional, and business aircraft, as well as helicopters and space equipment. With 100 locations and more than 30,000 employees, the company develops and manufactures state-of-the-art solutions to improve onboard comfort and living conditions, as well as high-technology systems that boost aircraft performance and enhance flight safety. Zodiac Aerospace assists airlines and aircraft manufacturers worldwide with meeting the complex challenges of today’s aviation industry.

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How to choose?

How to choose?

Nine criteria for choosing a 3D CAD system

Design and testing

Design and testing

3D Design and physical testing with SOLIDWORKS

Data management

Data management

Improving data management through CAD integrated workflows

Proven strategies

Proven strategies

Strategies to power your design team with SOLIDWORKS

Suppliers of SOLIDWORKS to over 2,000 happy customers in a broad range of industries.

What you can expect when you partner with us.

Product support

From the best team in the business – recognised by SOLIDWORKS for having the best customer support in Northern Europe. You’re in safe hands and will be well looked after.


When you call, you’ll get straight through to a Technical Engineer, skilled in SOLIDWORKS and ready and willing to help you with the most simple or the most complex problem.

Software Upgrades

Your annual subscription keeps you connected with our support team. You’ll also be entitled to the latest version of SOLIDWORKS. Staying current means staying productive.


Our Engineers will help you transition from older 2D/3D CAD systems, or even teach you if you are new to 3D Design. Our knowledge and experience really makes a difference.


We can recomend the right hardware to purchase. This vital component underpins your investment in SOLIDWORKS, so it is really important you get the right advice.


Our experience can help you ensure the right implementation plan is defined for your team, ensuring your design and data management needs are met with a rapid return on investment.

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