SOLIDWORKS 3D Design

Millions of designers are using SOLIDWORKS to bring their products to market faster, reduce manufacturing costs and to improve product quality across a wide range of industries.

There’s a reason it’s the world’s number one 3D CAD software.

SOLIDWORKS was first released in 1995 and has grown to become the world’s most popular professional 3D mechanical design software with over 3 million licenses sold to date. Millions of design professionals across a broad range of industries trust SOLIDWORKS every day.

  • SOLIDWORKS is the most powerful and complete 3D Design software for Mechanical designers
  • SOLIDWORKS is easy to use, fun to learn and quick to get up to speed – generating a fast return on your investment
  • SOLIDWORKS has an amazing community of users who inspire and help to drive new functionality of future releases

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Easy to use and learn

The intuitive, yet advanced user interface helps you get up to speed quickly and easily. It's fun to use too!

Simple or complex

Easily create simple and complex geometry and use functionality to create product assemblies.

2D drawings

Easily create 2D drawings from your 3D models, that automatically update if changes are made.

Design reuse

Easily find existing 3D models and create new products by reusing them in your designs – saving time.

Animation and rendering

Create compelling photo realistic images and animations of your ideas before manufacture.

Check interference

Check all your holes line up and nothing else clashes – avoid errors before you manufacture.

Design testing

Simulate if your design will serve its purposes by testing whilst the design is still virtual.

Welded fabrications

Create welded fabrications with ease, add welding annotation and automatically create accurate cutting lists that update as changes are made.

Sheet metal parts

For designing and unfolding simple or complex sheet metal parts – with full range of flanges, tabs, corner treatments, ripped edges, hems and joggles.

SOLIDWORKS is available in three incredible software packages.

SOLIDWORKS Standard is the foundation stone for all SOLIDWORKS Products, allowing you to create simple or complex parts – assemble and test to make sure the design is right before committing to manufacture – and share your design information efficiently with other people.

SOLIDWORKS Professional extends the functionality of SOLIDWORKS Standard – with additional functionality such as data management tools, automated cost estimation as well as photorealistic rendering and a sophisticated components library.

SOLIDWORKS Premium is the ultimate 3D CAD solution, building upon the capabilities contained within Standard and Professional, Premium adds powerful Finite Element analysis tools (Simulation), functionality for piping, wire harnesses & advanced surface flattening tools.

But which one is right for you? Watch the video.

SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD product comparison.

 

Product feature SOLIDWORKS StandardStand. SOLIDWORKS ProfessionalProf. SOLIDWORKS Premium Prem.
+Ease of use
  • Easy to learn, Intuitive interface
  • Hot Keys, customisable commands, APIs
  • Sketch & UI support for compatible touch devices
  • Advanced online help
Yes Yes Yes
+Part & Assembly modelling
  • 3D solid modelling
  • Conceptual design
  • Assembly structure planning (SOLIDWORKS Treehouse)
  • Direct model geometry modification
  • Large assembly design
  • Advanced surface design
  • Sheet metal design
  • Weldments
  • Plastic part design
  • Mould design
Yes Yes Yes
+2D Drawings
  • Automatic drawing view creation
  • Automatic drawing view updates
  • Drafting standards: ANSI, ISO, DIN, BSI
  • Manual and automated dimensions and tolerancing
  • Annotations and symbols
  • Automatic bill of materials
  • Automatic exploded views & balloon notes
  • Sheet metal bend notes
  • Automated creation of radial/cylindrical exploded views
Yes Yes Yes
+Design reuse & automation
  • Find your data (SOLIDWORKS Search)
  • Design automation (DriveWorksXpress)
  • Part & assembly configurations
  • Reuse 2D & 3D CAD data
  • 3D CAD models from suppliers (3DContentCentral)
Yes Yes Yes
+Animation & Visualisation
  • Move assemblies by dragging components
  • Move assemblies with motors
  • CAD videos
  • Basic CAD rendering (RealView)
  • 3D walk/fly through
Yes Yes Yes
+Interference check
  • Collision & interference detection
  • Hole alignment & thread checks
Yes Yes Yes
+Collaborate & share CAD data
  • 3D interconnect for associative import of 3D models
  • Read PCB data as 3D parts
  • Import/export over 30 CAD formats
  • Print directly to 3D printers (AMF/3MF)
  • MCAD to AEC: Prepare & export to AEC applications
  • 3D models for CAD/CAM integration with CAM partners
  • View eDrawings files
  • 3D dimensioning & tolerancing (MDB)
  • 2D DXF/DWG data
  • Maintain/update existing 2D drawings - edit/view DWG files in DraftSight
  • 2D to 3D CAD conversion tools
  • Convert 3D solid parts to sheet metal
  • Intellectual property protection (defeature)
  • Design review markup & viewing (Large design review)
Yes Yes Yes
+Advanced CAD file import
  • Interactive feature recognition and conversion
  • Automatic feature recognition and conversion
Yes Yes Yes
+Basic analysis tools
  • Part environmental impact analysis
  • Part structural analysis
  • Basic flow analysis
Yes Yes Yes
+Productivity tools
  • Power selection tools
  • Symmetry check
  • Copy feature info into other features (Feature Paint)
  • Find & replace in drawing
Yes Yes Yes
+Design for manufacturing
  • Thickness analysis
  • Geometry check for CAM
  • Compare parts & drawings for changes
  • Rules-based manufacturability checks (DFMXpress)
  • Draft & undercut analysis
  • Sheet metal checks & flat pattern
Yes Yes Yes
+SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard*
  • Quickly program individual milled parts and configurations
  • Knowledge-Based Machining
  • Tolerance-Based Machining
  • *Active subscription required
Yes Yes Yes
+SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard*
  • Generate photorealistic renderings, animations and other 3D content
  • *Active subscription required
Yes Yes
+CAD libraries
  • Over 1M standard fasteners & components
  • Beam, bearing & CAM design wizard
  • Automatic assembly of fastners & components
Yes Yes
+Auto task schedules & batch processing
  • Automated manufacturing estimation
  • Compare manufacturing costs
  • Cost reports
Yes Yes
+Design for cost & cost estimation
  • Compare manufacturing costs
  • Automated manufacturing cost estimation
  • Customisable manufacturing settings
  • Output cost report
Yes Yes
+ECAD/MCAD collaboration (CircuitWorks)
  • Import/export of PCB designs
  • Automatic electrical component assembly
  • 2 way data exchange: ECAD-MCAD / MCAD-ECAD
  • IDF, ProStep (IDX) or PADS (*.ASC)
  • PCB outlines, keep-out areas, maximum heights
  • Filter display for clarification
  • Compare board designs for differences
  • Design change notes
Yes Yes
+Photoview 360
  • Photo quality images and animations
  • Control camera view, lighting, materials & textures
Yes Yes
+CAD standards checking
  • Verify designs against company standards
  • Auto-correct non-conforming issues
  • Customise design check rules
Yes Yes
+Automated tolerence stack-up analysis
  • Worst case & RSS max/min
  • Identify highest contributing tolerances
  • Auto-update analysis when design changes
Yes Yes
+File management
  • User & group access rights
  • File vaulting
  • Secure check in/out
  • Automated revision control
Yes Yes
+Reverse engineering (ScanTo3D)
  • Import, edit, evaluate & create solid geometry from point cloud & mesh data
  • Import Adobe Illustrator files
  • Import image files and convert raster to vector data
Yes Yes
+eDrawings Professional
  • Create & publish eDrawings files
  • Allow measurement in eDrawings files
  • Enable markup of eDrawings files
  • Exploded view support for eDrawings files
  • View assembly animations
  • Password protect intellectual property
Yes Yes
+Motion analysis
  • Kinematic and dynamic analysis
  • Inputs: Forces, springs, dampers, gravity
  • Outputs: Displacement, velocities, accelerations, body loads, joint forces
  • View/publish animations, graphs & reports
Yes
+Structural part & assembly analysis
  • Inputs: Variable forces/pressures, full restraint sets, connectors, gravity, contact, materials
  • Outputs: Factor of safety, stress, displacement, strain
  • View/publish animations, graphs, reports
Yes
+Environmental impact lifecycle assessment
  • SOLIDWORKS Sustainability
Yes
+Routing: Pipes and tubes
  • Create detailed piping systems
  • Create flexible or rigid tubes
  • Piping component libraries
  • Automatic assembly of hangers & supports
  • Output of tube bend data for manufacturing
  • Auto cut length calculations for BOM
  • Automatic routing options
  • Minimum bend radius check for tubes
  • Output of PCF files for ISOGEN software
Yes
+Routing: Electrical cabling/wiring harness
  • Detailed electrical cable & wiring harness
  • Rigid or flexible conduit segments
  • Conduit
  • Ribbon cable
  • Automatic wire length calculation
  • Auto harness flattening for manufacturing
  • BOM and wire cut lists
  • Auto routing using imported "From-To" connection data
  • Mounting hardware, splices, connectors, insulation, looms, heat shrink tubing, cable ties
Yes
+Routing: Rectangular sections & more
  • Generate & run rectangular (or other non-round) route sections
  • Automatically insert rectangular elbows & other fittings
Yes
+Advanced surface flattening
  • Easily flatten complex surfaces
  • Automatically flatten surfaces & interrogate interactive deformation plots
  • Automatically update the BOM for your route as you design
Yes
+Assembly level cost roll up
  • Calculate total cost of assembly by calculating the cost of all parts, hardware & other purchased components
Yes

SOLIDWORKS software, training and support from Innova Systems.

Established in 2002 and supporting over a thousand small to medium sized companies, our award winning team understand the commercial realities of designing new products and the challenges of bringing them to market on time, within budget and at the right price.

Our passion is to provide you with a true partnership built on delivering expert guidance and exceptional training to get you upto speed as quickly as possible. All of our Technical Engineers have real-world design experience using SOLIDWORKS software. It is this knowledge and experience that can help you make the transition from using older 2D or 3D design systems and using SOLIDWORKS very swiftly.

When you deal with Innova Systems, you will soon find that we are very responsive and we have a very personal approach to helping you. We will work hard to become a natural extension of your business.

Suppliers of SOLIDWORKS to over a thousand happy customers in a broad range of industries.

“I really enjoy the sketching process in SOLIDWORKS, it just feels a lot more natural than AutoCAD did. With AutoCAD, I always had to enter exact dimensions, but with SOLIDWORKS you just put down the line and go – much better for maintaining your creative flow.”

Martyn Eliff, Delta Systems.

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.

Helpdesk

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.

Training

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.

Hardware

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.

Implementation

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