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SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD Desktop
Our flagship product, SOLIDWORKS® 3D CAD, commonly known as SOLIDWORKS Desktop or just SOLIDWORKS, is the foundation on which our two hybrid cloud offers:
- SOLIDWORKS plus Collaborative Roles
- 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS
Who is SOLIDWORKS Desktop for?
- Need robust, industry-leading 3D CAD functionality
- Require on-premise data management
- Have physical proximity without the need to collaborate in real time during the product development process
Our SOLIDWORKS Desktop packages
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!
|Functions and features||SOLIDWORKS Desktop||3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS|
|Part & Assembly modelling||✓||✓|
|Cloud-based data management||–||✓|
Functions and features
|Functions and features||SOLIDWORKS Standard||SOLIDWORKS Professional||SOLIDWORKS Premium|
|SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD||✓||✓||✓|
|Part and Assembly Modeling||✓||✓||✓|
|Design Reuse and Automation||✓||✓||✓|
|Collaborate and share CAD data||✓||✓||✓|
|First Pass Analysis Tools||✓||✓||✓|
|Design for Manufacturing (DFM)||✓||✓||✓|
|Advanced CAD File Import/Export and 3D Interconnect||✓||✓||✓|
|Xtended Reality (XR) Exporter||✓||✓||✓|
|CAD Libraries (SOLIDWORKS Toolbox)||–||✓||✓|
|Design for Cost (SOLIDWORKS Costing)||–||✓||✓|
|ECAD/MCAD Collaboration (CircuitWorks)||–||✓||✓|
|CAD Standards Checking (Design Checker)||–||✓||✓|
|Collaboration with eDrawings Professional||–||✓||✓|
|Automated Tolerance Stack-Up Analysis (TolAnalyst)||–||✓||✓|
|Advanced Photorealistic Rendering (SOLIDWORKS Visualize)||–||✓||✓|
|SOLIDWORKS File Management||–||✓||✓|
|Reverse Engineering (ScanTo3D)||–||✓||✓|
|Time-based Motion Analysis||–||–||✓|
|Linear Static Analysis for Parts and Assemblies||–||–||✓|
|Pipe and Tube Routing||–||–||✓|
|Electrical Cable and Wiring Harness Routing||–||–||✓|
|Advanced Surface Flattening||–||–||✓|
|Rectangular and Other Section Routing||–||–||✓|
“I love using SOLIDWORKS because I can start bringing my ideas to life the moment I open the software.
It’s so easy to turn my thoughts into a concrete sketch, and I’m always amazed by how quickly I can create complex designs with this powerful tool!”
Peter Ulrik Kann, Quantum Machines
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.
Important Information about SOLIDWORKS Business Model Changes Coming in July 2023
Dassault Systèmes has announced that there will be changes in their business models starting from July 1st 2023.
- New SOLIDWORKS Perpetual Licenses: All new purchases of CAD license Subscriptions will automatically include SOLIDWORKS Cloud Services.
- All new SOLIDWORKS Perpetual licenses require two years of initial subscription with Cloud Services at the time of purchase.
- The subscription with Cloud Services will experience an uplift in price to a fraction of the cost of the value included.
- New SOLIDWORKS Term Licenses: All new SOLIDWORKS CAD TERM licenses will automatically include SOLIDWORKS Cloud Services.
- Term licensing will experience an uplift in price to a fraction of the cost of the value included.
- Existing Subscription: It does not affect your current SOLIDWORKS CAD licenses on subscription and the price will not change. However, you will have the flexibility to upgrade to a Subscription with Cloud Services for a nominal fee.
Read about the changes and how they will affect different licenses here: Important Information about SOLIDWORKS Business Model Changes Coming in July 2023
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 I rent SOLIDWORKS?
Which SOLIDWORKS design solution is the right for my business?
Every company is unique and faces different challenges when trying to find the perfect design tool.
As customer needs and expectations evolve, Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS is offering more varied, cloud-focused product development solutions.
Get the full overview of SOLIDWORKS Design Tools here – Download whitepaper
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
Our SOLIDWORKS options
This is the CAD workhorse of many companies worldwide. Being a well-proven tool in daily use among many thousands of big and small companies, SOLIDWORKS is one of the most popular CAD packages there and has held that position for more than two decades.
Connect CAD with the cloud:
3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS is a locally installed version of SOLIDWORKS which is connected to the cloud. Get the power of the desktop SOLIDWORKS combined with the freedom of the cloud.
It is licensed with a named user licensing, so the user will have access to the license on any workstation he or she is logged into. Read more.
SOLIDWORKS Cloud Offer
Design on the cloud:
On the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, there is a selection of CAD tools that run in your web browser without the need for installation.
They let you create, edit, and manage feature-based parametric 3D CAD content without any need for installation and upgrade.
Deciding on the right 3D CAD solution for your company is not an easy task. It can be a jungle to navigate between the offers and which concrete tools you need, that can help you accelerate innovation and strengthen the product development process.
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Want to test before you invest? Contact us to see what our powerful solution can do for you.
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