This easy to use software enables you to design everything from the simplest to the most complex parts, assemblies and drawings with industry leading 3D CAD features.

The standard package that is everything but standard.

SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software is used by millions of design professionals throughout the world to create everything from the most simple to the most complex products in just about every industry you can think of.

SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD Standard provides an industry-leading set of tools that enable you to quickly design robust parts, assemblies and drawings. Why waste your time and money creating multiple physical prototypes? Test your designs for real-world use and review your creations onscreen before you move to the manufacturing stage.

Ultimately, SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD helps you to get your products to market faster, reduces your manufacturing costs and improves product quality across a wide range of industries.

SOLIDWORKS is the total solution – Watch the video!

Powerful and complete

Powerful and complete

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

Easy to use

Easy to use

The intuitive UI lets you concentrate
on your design – not the software.

Industry standard

Industry standard

SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD is used by over 3 million people worldwide!

Model your parts accurately in 3D with SOLIDWORKS.

Solid Modeling

SOLIDWORKS creates a solid model – Sketch a shape and then create a solid part. It is like creating the physical part and you automatically know its volume and mass properties.


Intelligence is built into your model using features that help you understand how the model was created. This makes it so easy to change you can create the right design first time.

Fast geometry creation

SOLIDWORKS helps you to create complex geometry very quickly and easily. Suddenly, your ideas are translated into real models ready to manufacture – saving you lots of time.

Intelligent 3D product assembly creation.

Concurrent assembly modelling

Model your parts in the context of the finished assembly, which means that you can test for clash detection. Now you can correct any errors prior to manufacturing, saving time and money.

Assembly mates

Build intelligence into your solid model and see how the product performs, by understanding how all the parts interact together. No need to build a prototype and you know the design will work first time.

Assembly structure

Building your SOLIDWORKS models automatically creates an assembly structure – meaning that Parts lists and Bills of materials are automatically produced and kept up to date.

Automatically create detailed 2D drawings.

Easily create detailed drawings

The 3D model is easily positioned on your company drawing format, allowing you to choose the right view orientation quickly and easily. This helps to ensure no mistakes are made in manufacture, saving time and money.

Always up to date

A change to the model is automatically updated in the drawing, which means there is not time lost with design modifications and no place for errors to be made.

Meet drawing standards

With rich functionality for dimensioning and tolerancing, you can be sure your drawings are consistent with the right company standards.

The perfect tool for sheet metal design.

Design and unfold

Design and unfold sheet metal parts, with a full range of flanges, tabs, corner treatment, ripped edges, hems and joggles.

Part flattening

Automatically flatten parts to generate flat patterns for manufacturing with bend compensation.


Convert SOLIDWORKS or imported CAD models, create original parts, or design around a group of parts.

Design and create complex shapes with ease.

As complicated as you like!

Quickly and easily build complex shapes to take your consumer product design to the next level. Take a look at the rubber sole design here, for example.

Rich set of features.

Lofts, Sweeps, B-splines, rounding, C2 continuity, hybrid or surface modelling. Whatever you need to do, SOLIDWORKS has a flexible tool to achieve it.

Modify to your heart's content.

Make adjustments to your complex designs without worrying about associated geometry. It updates automatically, letting you concentrate on your design.

SOLIDWORKS CAM now included in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD Standard*

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 Professional 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.