SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD
SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD is a powerful and easy-to-use design software. It includes functionalities that shorten your development time and get your product to market faster, with reduced costs and higher quality.
Speed up your design process
SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software delivers powerful design functionality with an intuitive user interface to empower your design process and make you instantly productive.
It’s a complete design solution, which provides your product design team with professional tools for mechanical design, verification, simulation, data management and communication.
Why SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD?
There are plenty of reasons. Here are three important benefits:
- Reduced costs with shorter development processes
- User-friendly interface that lets your team become more productive
- Scalable packages depending on your needs
SOLIDWORKS Standard provides all the tools you need for mechanical CAD in 3D with incredible performance and ease-of-use. Create fully detailed parts, assemblies and production-level drawings and access all the tools required to generate complex surfaces, sheet metal flat patterns, and structural welded assemblies.
SOLIDWORKS Professional gives you all the power of SOLIDWORKS Standard with additional capabilities. Increase design productivity with data management tools, advanced photorealistic rendering, parts library, automated cost estimation, 3D design and design inspection.
SOLIDWORKS Premium combines the capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Professional with powerful simulation, motion, and design validation tools, advanced wire and pipe routing functionality, reverse engineering capabilities, and much more.
The next generation of SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD is ready to deliver an array of enhanced user experiences, ranging from simplified installation and licensing to additional perks such as cloud storage for your files. Learn more about this option now!
SOLIDWORKS in the cloud
3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS is a solution that enables real-time collaboration with other stakeholders, cloud storage including revision management, and quick access to additional productivity tools in a digital ecosystem – all based in the cloud!
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Functions and features
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|Collaboration with eDrawings Professional||–||✓||✓|
|Automated Tolerance Stack-Up Analysis (TolAnalyst)||–||✓||✓|
|Advanced Photorealistic Rendering (SOLIDWORKS Visualize)||–||✓||✓|
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|Reverse Engineering (ScanTo3D)||–||✓||✓|
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|Pipe and Tube Routing||–||–||✓|
|Electrical Cable and Wiring Harness Routing||–||–||✓|
|Advanced Surface Flattening||–||–||✓|
|Rectangular and Other Section Routing||–||–||✓|
“I was using SOLIDWORKS at university so it was natural for me to also use it at Baser. I contacted PLM Group to find out if there was any kind of solution where we could use SOLIDWORKS for free. They offered us an entrepreneurial license, which was perfect.”
Frequently asked questions
To make an informed choice about SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, you need all the relevant information. Here are the answers to the questions we are asked most frequently.
Can I get SOLIDWORKS for free?
Unfortunately, a SOLIDWORKS license is not free. The software comes in 3 different packages Standard, Professional and Premium, which all have various functionalities and prices. Learn more above or contact us.
However, Dassault Systèmes offers the software to students for education. If your school or university already has SOLIDWORKS Education, the student access is automatically available for you as student. Your professor will provide a license code granting you instant access. If not, please contact us, and we will help you gain access. Researchers, who meet requirements are also eligible for attractive discounts.
Start-ups that meet certain requirements can obtain access to SOLIDWORKS for free for the first year to help you to get started.
SOLIDWORKS also offers network licenses to eligible incubators, who help start-ups. This provides them with the best tools to work with from the beginning of their journey.
Finally, if you are interested in investing in SOLIDWORKS, but want to test the capabilities of the software first, our free trials may be a great option for you.
Contact us to learn more about your options.
Can you rent SOLIDWORKS?
When you need SOLIDWORKS for a short term project, term license could be the best option for you.
Term licenses offer flexible deployment of SOLIDWORKS licenses, which could be useful for start-ups, contractors, consultants, who will gain full access to excellent tools with maximum flexibility at a low cost. You also have the option to mix term and perpetual licenses.
Read more about options for renting SOLIDWORKS.
How do I learn how to use SOLIDWORKS?
Although SOLIDWORKS is one of the most intuitive CAD solutions on the market, its immense capability can be challenging to take advantage of.
We offer an extensive range of trainings, where you and your company can obtain all the skills you need and keep them up to date. With an active subscription, you will also gain unlimited support from our certified local SOLIDWORKS experts.
What are the hardware requirements for SOLIDWORKS?
We recommend that you combine a CPU clock speed of at least 3,3 GHz with 32 GB RAM and an SSD. Dassault Systèmes has official recommendations for which GPU is qualified to use with SOLIDWORKS – visit SOLIDWORKS website.
Read more about the things to consider when choosing hardware for SOLIDWORKS.
Using a workstation, which adheres to these recommendations will give you a smooth experience with SOLIDWORKS software products.
Where can I purchase SOLIDWORKS?
You can only purchase SOLIDWORKS through a certified reseller like PLM Group. The SOLIDWORKS Software offering is a comprehensive solution for all your design needs, and it may be challenging to decipher, which tools you need. Our experts can help you find the perfect solutions for your needs – contact us
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