The most comprehensive package. Includes all the functionality of Standard and Professional with the added benefits of the extra functions exclusive to the Premium package.

SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD Premium - The power user’s choice

SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD Premium seamlessly integrates powerful design tools including industry-leading part, assembly and drawing capabilities with built-in simulation, rendering, animation, communication, cost estimation and product data management.

Every feature included in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD Premium helps you get your work done faster and more easily than ever before. With innovative capabilities, SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD Premium guides you smoothly through the phases of product creation (design, validate, collaborate, build) to achieve a more productive 3D design experience.

Put simply, 3D CAD doesn’t get better than this.

Video: Why you should upgrade to SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD Premium.

Powerful and complete

Powerful and complete

Complex shapes, large assemblies, sheetmetal. SOLIDWORKS Premium does it all.

Get productive

Get productive

With industry leading UI and workflow, you can concentrate on the design – not the software.

Stay organised

Stay organised

Premium also includes Libraries, rendering, data management & simulation.

Simulation adds more insight to your design process.

Define your materials

Choose from an extensive material database and customisable to include your own particular materials.

Add your loads

Simply add your loads – which can also be imported from thermal, flow and motion simulation studies to perform multi physics analysis.

Let Simulation do the work

To produce results – allowing you to converge on the right design solution much quicker than before.

Simulate real-world movement of assemblies.

Kinematic analysis

Kinematic studies show how your design moves due to forces and motions/drivers applied to your assembly. The results are the assembly range of motion and determining part displacements, velocities, and accelerations.

Dynamic motion analysis

SOLIDWORKS Motion simulation can calculate the effect of forces, springs, dampers, gravity and contact between components and bushings.

Reuse results in structural studies

Once the assembly motion has been calculated, the motion-induced loads (accelerations and joint forces) can easily be exported to a structural analysis study.


Simplified piping and tubing

Use the wide range of tools in SOLIDWORKS Premium to simplify design and documentation of piping and tubing for a wide range of systems

Automate tasks and save time

Helps to automate the complex routed system design tasks, including tube, pipe, electrical cable, wire and wire harness

Efficient workflow

Designers can help ensure efficient assembly, operation and serviceability avoiding rework, delays and extra cost

Even more advanced features to drive innovation.

Advanced surface flattening

Advanced surface flattening functionality provides precise control and flexibility to easily flatten complex surfaces like leather footwear, carbon fibre and fibreglass to name a few.

Tolerance Analysis

Quickly and easily check dimensions and tolerances using SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software to assess the manufacturability of your design long before reaching production. Check parts and assembly tolerances during design, accelerating the design process, saving time and development costs, and increasing productivity.

SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard now included in SOLIDWORKS Premium*

SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard is created for anyone who needs to create professional photo-quality images, animations, and other 3D content in the fastest and easiest way possible.

SOLIDWORKS Visualise is hardware agnostic, which means designers, engineers, and content creators who use SOLIDWORKS or other CAD creation tools (such as Rhino®, Autodesk Alias®, 3dsMax®) for product, architectural, yacht, mechanical, and other designs can produce an enhanced 3D decision making experience in a fast, easy, and fun way.

* Active subscription required.

Visualize animation courtesy of customer, D Cube Design Ltd

SOLIDWORKS CAM also included in SOLIDWORKS Premium*

SOLIDWORKS CAM is an add-on to all versions of SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD that lets you prepare your designs for manufacturing much earlier in the development cycle. In fact, manufacturing tasks that traditionally had to wait until completion of your design can now be performed concurrently with your design process.

* Active SOLIDWORKS subscription required.

Which package is right for you?

It depends on what type of products you design, what type of functionality you need and the skills and experience you already have.

Use this SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD product matrix to compare features.

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
  • 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
+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
+Environmental impact lifecycle assessment
  • SOLIDWORKS Sustainability
+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
+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
+Routing: Rectangular sections & more
  • Generate & run rectangular (or other non-round) route sections
  • Automatically insert rectangular elbows & other fittings
+Advanced surface flattening
  • Easily flatten complex surfaces
  • Automatically flatten surfaces & interrogate interactive deformation plots
  • Automatically update the BOM for your route as you design
+Assembly level cost roll up
  • Calculate total cost of assembly by calculating the cost of all parts, hardware & other purchased components

Undecided? Take a closer look at Standard and Premium.

SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software delivers powerful design functionality with an intuitive easy-to-use user interface to speed up your design process allowing you to be instantly more productive.

Subject your designs to “real world” stresses and strains. SOLIDWORKS Simulation is seamlessly integrated into the design software. Raise quality whilst reducing prototypes and testing costs.