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SOLIDWORKS 2017 3D CAD software helps you speed through your designs with powerful new functionality, significant performance boosts, and an enhanced user experience.
SOLIDWORKS 3D Software Overview
Powerful, easy-to-use SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software solutions enable your company to speed up product development, reduce manufacturing costs and improve product quality and reliability across a wide range of industries and applications. Intuitive product development tools give you the capabilities to create, validate, communicate, and manage your product designs and rapidly bring your products to market.
Accelerate Your DesignsUse 3D Modeling to accelerate your design, increase productivity, and reduce cost with 3D solid modeling with lifelike visualization and virtual testing before manufacturing.
Easy & Cost-EffectiveFast and low-cost. Create a wide range of sheet metal part designs using a wide range of flexible tools to meet your specific needs.
Goodbye Spreadsheet DeliriumEasily generate cut lists and bills of materials to streamline design and manufacturing of welded structures, frames, and bases.
Prompt PlasticsQuickly develop plastic parts designs that meet your requirements for aesthetics, product performance, and manufacturability.
Effortless Wire DesignEasily add wire/cable/harness/conduit systems for your design, including path planning and complete BOMs.
Quick CAD ConversionEasily convert CAD data into a format that meets your design requirements.
SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD Capabilities
Part & Assembly ModelingFlexible 3D modeling tools cover the full range of design tasks such as:
- 3D Solid Modeling
- Conceptual Design
- Geometry Modification
- Assembly Planning
- Large Assembly Design
- Advanced Surface Design
- Sheet Metal Design
- Plastic Part Design
- Mold Design
2D DrawingsCreate production-ready 2D drawings using the following features:
- Automatic Drawing View
- Drafting Standards
- Dimensioning & Tolerancing
- Annotations & Symbols
- Exploded Views
- Balloon Notes
- Hole, Weld & Pipe Bend Tables
- Cut Lists
- Sheet Metal Bend Notes
Animation & VisualizationCreate powerful images and animations using the following features:
- Drag Components
- Move with Motors
- CAD Videos
- Basic Rendering
- 3D Walk/Fly Through
Design Reuse & AutomationFind and leverage existing engineering data using the following features:
- SOLIDWORKS Search
- Part/Assembly Config
- Reuse CAD Data
- CAD Models from Suppliers
Basic Analysis ToolsCreate your design with fully integrated simulation and analysis tools such as:
- Impact Analysis
- Structural Analysis
- Flow Analysis
- Power Selection
- Symmetry Check
- Copy Feature Info
- Feature Paint
- Find/Replace Drawing
Design for ManufacturingCheck your designs against cost targets with tools such as:
- Thickness Analysis
- Geometry Check (CAM)
- Compare Parts/Drawings
- Manufacturability Check (DFMXpress)
- Draft/Undercut Analysis
- Sheet Metal Checks
- Flat Pattern
Collaborate & ShareShare your designs, manage design files, and work closely with your team and other stakeholders with tools such as:
- 3D Interconnect
- Read PCB as 3D Parts (IFC)
- Import/Export CAD Formats
- Print to 3D
- MCAD to AEC
- CAM Integration
- View eDrawings Files
- Model-Based Definition (MBD)
- 2D DXF/DWG Data
- Edit/View DWG Files
- Conversion Tools
- Convert to Sheet Metal
- Large Design Review
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SOLIDWORKS® Premium seamlessly integrates powerful design tools—including industryleading part, assembly, and drawing capabilities with built-in simulation, cost estimation, rendering, animation, and product data management—to help you get your work done faster and easier than ever before.
SOLIDWORKS 2017 helps you speed through your designs with powerful new functionality, significant performance boosts, and an enhanced user experience.
This 3D guide is designed for people who need to implement 3D CAD throughout their company. You may be a CAD manager, a designer, or an engineer who believes that your company can benefit from 3D—or you may be an IT person who has just received a mandate to evaluate 3D software. Whatever your title may be, part of your job is to get your company up and running on 3D CAD software.
Although switching to 3D CAD software dramatically improves business performance, the investment raises questions about how to handle legacy data. How much, if any, should be converted to 3D models? When do you convert it? Which data do you convert? How can you avoid errors? What has proven successful for other companies?
SOLIDWORKS Premium CAD software provides the advanced capabilities you need to design better products—from design, automation, and simulation to validation, collaboration, and data management—all in one comprehensive package.
The increasingly rapid pace of technology development creates many challenges for manufacturers. To succeed in this competitive environment, developing innovative products more quickly, more cost-effectively, and at higher levels of quality has become more important than ever. With integrated SOLIDWORKS software solutions, you can refine, consolidate, and improve your development processes—and deliver new technology applications and innovative electronic products faster than the competition.
With SOLIDWORKS design, analysis, product data management, and technical communications solutions, JL Marine Systems has taken development of the Power-Pole shallow water anchor to a whole new level. See how they shortened design cycles by 40 to 50 percent, cut prototyping costs by 50 to 60 percent and reduced design change time from three days to five hours.
The National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) designs and builds sophisticated instrumentation—cameras, imagers, spectrographs, and optics packages—to support its observatories and to provide the best ground-based telescopes for astronomical research.
Established in 2006 by award-winning, MIT-trained aeronautical engineers and MBAs, Terrafugia has combined the experience of passionate pilots, the ingenuity of skilled engineers, and the advent of new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations to create the Transition® Roadable Aircraft , a personal airplane that converts into an automobile.
CamelBak leveraged SOLIDWORKS design and simulation solutions to expand its product line into the bottled, filtration, and military hydration markets, and is implementing the SOLIDWORKS PDM system to maintain and extend its position as the leading hydration brand.