3D Mechanical Design Software

SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD is available in three incredible packages - SOLIDWORKS PremiumSOLIDWORKS Professional and SOLIDWORKS Standard (see comparison matrix below). These together with related software solutions such as SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium , SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional, SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard, SOLIDWORKS Simulation Flow, SOLIDWORKS PDM Profesional Data Management, SOLIDWORKS Composer, SOLIDWORKS Electrical and SOLIDWORKS Plastics, provides engineers and designers with all of the tools necessary to design better products. 


SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD product comparison.

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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
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