3D CAD tools have been around for a couple decades now, but old-school techniques are alive and well when it comes to conceptual design. With SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual, there is finally a proper tool for capturing quickly evolving designs and collaborating with multiple team members in the important stages of conceptual design.
So, why is SOLIDWORKS focusing on mechanical conceptual design? Well, in a typical design process there are many teams involved in producing the final product. Many processes can run in parallel, but certain activities – such as building prototypes, testing those prototypes, and creating technical communication deliverables – need to wait until the detailed design is finished.
One area that is often overlooked in the complete, end-to-end process is the conceptual design stage, where ideas are created and discarded in rapid succession, and many people are involved. By using SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual up front in the design process to capture and test numerous concepts quickly, the entire design process is compressed even further.