SolidWorks 3D CAD Overview
SolidWorks 3D CAD solutions enable you and your team to quickly transform new ideas into great products. Its intuitive interface and powerful design capabilities drive smarter, faster product development that powers your company's success. Easy-to-use yet powerful toolsets, clear communication of design information, virtual prototyping, and quick generation of manufacturing-ready drawings and data give you the distinct advantage in a competitive market. Discover all the advantages of SolidWorks 3D CAD.
The Best Interface You'll Ever Use
With SolidWorks 3D CAD solutions, you can become productive on day one. The intuitive interface is easy to learn and easy to use. In-context menus present the right command at the right time. Commonly used tools simply appear when needed.
Designed to make you instantly productive, you can customize the software so you can work even faster. Personalize it to fit your experience and specialty, taking your productivity to the next level. Wizards, experts, and diagnostic tools take the complexity out of CAD, and powerful modeling tools easily create the complex forms you need for today's most competitive products.
2D and 3D sketching intelligence is the backbone of 3D modeling. Sketches must update predictably throughout the design process. SolidWorks software's easy-to-understand sketch relationships let you capture your design intent directly in the 3D CAD model, so when you make a change, everything updates automatically the way you intend. If conflicts arise, SolidWorks SketchXpert evaluates the sketch relationships and automatically troubleshoots any issues.
Other intelligent sketching tools and libraries let you lay out common design elements and fully understand the motion of mechanisms. This additional intelligence ensures that models rebuild correctly during design changes, eliminating rework and saving time and money.
SolidWorks software's powerful modeling lets you to easily produce sophisticated and aesthetically pleasing forms that differentiate your product in today's competitive market.
From simple prismatic geometry to the most complex shapes, the software is always fast and efficient, automating repetitive tasks that slow design and development. SolidWorks 3D CAD speeds design, letting you easily copy, mirror and pattern geometry, and quickly create a limitless number of design variations from a single model.
Complex Assemblies Done Right
Creating designs, especially large designs, can be difficult in a 2D drawing-only environment. As the design gets more complex, it becomes difficult to visualize and understand the interactions and fitment of components in your assembly. SolidWorks 3D solution simplifies assembly design. You assemble components the way you would in the real world. With unmatched visualization capability, you can view, rotate and even fly-through your design for more clarity. You can move your assembly to see how it will operate in real life, and check interferences, clearances, and alignment throughout the full range of motion.
SolidWorks tools help you jumpstart your design with intelligent libraries of reusable parts and a library of intelligent fasteners that know how to assemble themselves automatically into your design. Powerful search capabilities help you locate potentially reusable designs, and integrated access to web-based catalogs of suppliers' 3D parts, such as air cylinders, motors and valves, simplifies finding needed components.
Powerful Visualization Tools
The true beauty of modeling with SolidWorks 3D CAD is the ability to visualize and demonstrate how a product will operate. Not only can you design more efficiently, you can collaborate more effectively. You can show how your design works and how it should be assembled, simplifying communications between your design teams, manufacturing, field service, and others outside of the engineering group.
With powerful visualization and collaboration tools, you can create brochure-ready product renderings selecting from a range of options for materials, textures, and backdrops. Unlike traditional rendering tools, SolidWorks PhotoView360 requires no photographic experience and renders dynamically, achieving high-quality results faster than traditional rendering tools. You can even create and capture animations of your design to share with suppliers and customers.
Effective Collaboration Tools
SolidWorks eDrawings Viewer lets you share your 3D models, drawings, animations, and simulations via email, no CAD software required. You get seamless enterprise-wide collaboration and faster product development. And since models can be embedded into documents, it's never been easier to transform 3D design data into compelling product presentations.
Unrivaled Drawing Creation
Your drawings are an important part of how you communicate with your manufacturers, and SolidWorks software provides the tools to create comprehensive drawings of your design. Your 2D drawing is automatically linked with your 3D model. When the 3D model is modified, the 2D drawing can be updated automatically, ensuring that your drawing views are up to date and the drawing to scale.
Creating and placing any views can be done with just a few mouse clicks. Intelligent toolsets automatically dimension components to ensure your designs have the necessary manufacturing information. Standard templates and automated drawing checks streamline common design checking tasks. The program automates the creation of bills of material (BOMs), balloons, and annotations and includes expert tools for dimensioning and tolerancing. Now you can spend more time on design and less on drawing cleanup.
Scalability & Performance
SolidWorks software's unique toolset helps you deal with any size assembly and eliminates the frustrating bottlenecks—like slow design processing speed--that occur when working with complex assemblies. You have full control over which components are loaded and unloaded from memory, and many processes are run in the background, taking advantage of idle CPU time that occurs between operations.
While it supports a wide range of computing platforms, the software can also fully utilize 64-bit computing for optimum performance. And SolidWorks supports multicore and multiprocessor operations, keeping your design teams working while the system operates behind the scenes.
Seamless integration between CAD and simulation lets you test each design change, investigating the impact on product performance under real-world conditions. SolidWorks Simulation is intuitive enough for the casual user, yet powerful enough to deliver advanced analysis. Using simulation throughout the design process identifies problems early, when they are least expensive to address.
SolidWorks 3D CAD solution offers unique capabilities that automatically check your work, reduce human error, and eliminate design bottlenecks. It automates the process of checking your drawings against corporate standards. Visual tools compare drawings and models, and highlight differences between versions of a design. You can compare drawings for discrepancies and search for reusable designs. Tools are even provided to check your designs for manufacturability, warning you when geometry is found that may be expensive or impossible to manufacture.
SolidWorks software's automatic Costing tool generates estimates of part manufacturing costs that adjust whenever you modify your design. You can easily track costs to ensure your projects stay on target to meet profit goals. Designers can make faster, repeatable, and more informed design decisions based on cost, and change their designs to lower manufacturing cost. Manufacturers can automate their quoting process. The Costing tool's cost templates are customizable, enabling you to enter your specific manufacturing costs and data, such as material, labor, machine speed and feeds, and setup costs.