SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD Professional

All the power and benefits of SOLIDWORKS 3D Design Standard, plus additional capabilities to increase productivity, ensure accuracy and to help you communicate your design information more effectively.

Take it to the next level with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD Professional.

SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD Professional includes libraries of standard parts and fasteners, tools to automatically estimate manufacturing costs and help convert imported geometry, and utilities that search designs for errors.

Realistically render your designs with PhotoView 360 and Visualize software and then share them with others using eDrawings Professional.

SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD Professional also gives you integrated file management tools that securely store all project information and track all design changes. Streamline your design process and increase design productivity with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD Professional.

Video: Why you should upgrade to SOLIDWORKS Professional.

Powerful and complete

Powerful and complete

SOLIDWORKS 3D Design software
gets the job done.

Get productive

Get productive

With additional features like
toolbox, task scheduler and costing.

Stay organised

Stay organised

PDM Standard is included for
improved file management.

Product data management with PDM Standard.

Safe and secure

Efficiently manage all your SOLIDWORKS design data in the secure vault powered by SQL Server Express

Efficient data retrieval

Fast search and retrieval of information


Ensure all design data is up to date and available to the right people at the right time

Effectively communicate your designs with non-CAD users.


Create incredibly lifelike, photorealistic images for marketing campaigns and more using SOLIDWORKS Visualize. With easy mode, you don’t even need to be a designer to create stunning images.


Used by engineers looking to get a quick approximation of what the product will look like pre-production. Cut down on prototypes and save money.

eDrawings Professional

Save and share your SOLIDWORKS models using eDrawings Professional. It runs on mobile and desktop devices and fully interactive designs can even be shared via email!

Get the parts you need in the SOLIDWORKS Toolbox.

More than 1 million parts

Get access to a huge library of standard components, such as nuts, bolts, bearings, circlips etc. Automatically select and assemble.

Support for various industry standards

SOLIDWORKS Toolbox supports all major standards such as ISO, DIN, BSI and ANSI. What’s more, you can define your own corporate standards.

Smart components

All toolbox parts can be placed directly into your designs. SOLIDWORKS automatically selects the right part for the job with the correct dimension requirements.

Productivity tools that inspire innovation.

Design checker

Makes it easy to make sure your drawings conform to company standards.

Task scheduler

Automate commonly used design processes to save you time to do what really matters – creating innovative products.

Reverse engineering

Import, edit, evaluate and create solid geometry from scanned point cloud and mesh data

Tolerance analysis

TolAnalyst checks the effects of tolerances on parts and assemblies to ensure consistent fit of components and verifies tolerancing schemes

Electrical CAD to Mechanical CAD Interchange with CircuitWorks.

Always up to date

Enables users to share, compare, update and track electrical design data so users can more quickly resolve electrical-mechanical integration problems


Import/export of PCB data – Two-way data exchange (ECAD-MCAD)

Accurate design information

Specify PCB outlines, keep out areas, maximum heights and compare board designs. Make sure your design is ready to be passed on to an electrical designer

Stay on budget with SOLIDWORKS costing features.

Reduce costs while you design

Get real-time total and itemised costs and adjust your product accordingly. Take control of final costs while you design.

Cost determination

Determine the true cost of your product designs before you start production. Simply set up the conditions, such as processing operations, materials and final manufacturing and SOLIDWORKS Costing does the rest!

Report creation

Automatically create company standard costing reports for your jobs. This can then be shared with the rest of your organisation for review.

SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard now included in SOLIDWORKS Professional*

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 SOLIDWORKS subscription required.

Visualize animation courtesy of customer, D Cube Design Ltd

SOLIDWORKS CAM also included in SOLIDWORKS Professional*

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.