SOLIDWORKS Resources

For product specs on SOLIDWORKS software, view our Datasheets. If you are wondering how 3D CAD software can benefit your business or you have concerns about the implementation of this technology, be sure to check out our Whitepapers. To see how our customers have leveraged the capabilities of SOLIDWORKS, go to the Case Studies section.

Datasheets

SOLIDWORKS Premium 2017 Datasheet

SOLIDWORKS Premium 2017 Datasheet  

SOLIDWORKS® Premium seamlessly integrates powerful design tools—including industry leading 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 2018 What's New

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What's New  

SOLIDWORKS 2018 helps you speed through your designs with powerful new functionality, significant performance boosts, and an enhanced user experience.

Whitepapers

SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD Manager's Guide

SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD Manager's Guide  

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.

Best Practices for Data Migration Success with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD

Best Practices for Data Migration Success with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD  

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?

Designing Better Products with SOLIDWORKS Premium

Designing Better Products with SOLIDWORKS Premium  

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.

Recharge Electronics and High-Tech Product Development With SOLIDWORKS Software

Recharge Electronics and High-Tech Product Development With SOLIDWORKS Software  

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.

Using Design Automation to Reduce Costs, Increase Profitability with SOLIDWORKS

Using Design Automation to Reduce Costs, Increase Profitability with SOLIDWORKS  

By implementing design automation, engineer-to-order manufacturers can complete days of custom engineering in just minutes. Design automation also expedites and simplifies the creation of SOLIDWORKS software models, drawings, quote documents, manufacturing data—virtually any requirement of the custom sales process.

SOLIDWORKS Software Swift Technology

SOLIDWORKS Software Swift Technology  

While most designers understand how powerful the capabilities of 3D CAD software can be, many of these same users may have felt they were forced to spend a significant amount of time mastering the system to recognize the inherent benefits. SWIFT™ is just one of the things that lets any SOLIDWORKS software user realize the benefits of 3D CAD without having to learn complicated techniques. In other words, SWIFT lets you focus less on the CAD tool and more on your design.

Squeeze Time and Money Out of Production Using Design for Manufacturability with SOLIDWORKS

Squeeze Time and Money Out of Production Using Design for Manufacturability with SOLIDWORKS  

Product design does not occur in a vacuum and has a significant impact on manufacturing. In fact, 3D design carries even greater potential for streamlining production processes, especially when you take advantage of Design for Manufacturability tools and applications. With these technologies, you can avoid the manufacturing delays, cost overruns, and shop-floor retrofits that work against your company’s success and competitive position.

Proven Strategies to Fuel Your Design Team with SOLIDWORKS

Proven Strategies to Fuel Your Design Team with SOLIDWORKS  

Continuous improvement separates great companies from mediocre ones. Innovative products, efficient manufacturing, and an energized staff are attributes of a company constantly looking at itself and asking, “How can we do this better?”

Bridging the Worlds of SOLIDWORKS 2D and 3D CAD Design

Bridging the Worlds of SOLIDWORKS 2D and 3D CAD Design  

As manufacturers rapidly transition from 2D to 3D CAD in today’s digital world, designers are demanding 3D to enhance their designs and improve communication. From websites to rapid prototyping, customers, designers, and engineers now depend on the latest 3D modeling tools. In this paper, we highlight the advantages of designing with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software as well as explaining how to leverage your existing 2D CAD data once you have decided to go 3D.

Efficient SOLIDWORKS Design for the Oil and Gas Industry

Efficient SOLIDWORKS Design for the Oil and Gas Industry  

SOLIDWORKS® CAD software provides a complete 3D product development solution for meeting the demands of today’s rapidly evolving oil and gas industry.

Case Studies

JL Marine Systems, Inc. - SOLIDWORKS Case Study

JL Marine Systems, Inc. - SOLIDWORKS Case Study  

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.

National Optical Astronomy Observatory - SOLIDWORKS Case Study

National Optical Astronomy Observatory - SOLIDWORKS Case Study  

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.

Terrafugia, Inc. - SOLIDWORKS Case Study

Terrafugia, Inc. - SOLIDWORKS Case Study  

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 SOLIDWORKS Case Study

CamelBak SOLIDWORKS Case Study  

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.

Highway1 SOLIDWORKS Case Study

Highway1 SOLIDWORKS Case Study  

To achieve its mission of helping start-ups accelerate the development of innovative hardware ideas along the road to manufacturing commercially viable products, Highway1 chose to make SOLIDWORKS design and engineering tools available to participating start-ups.

Wabtec SOLIDWORKS Case Study

Wabtec SOLIDWORKS Case Study  

For Wabtec Passenger Transit, making the trains run on time requires the efficient development of safe, reliable braking equipment and coupler systems. Wabtec designs and manufactures pneumatic, electronic, and mechanical devices— such as braking systems, controllers, current collectors, and couplers—for the worldwide transit industry.

Orange County Choppers SOLIDWORKS Case Study

Orange County Choppers SOLIDWORKS Case Study  

Orange County Choppers relies on SOLIDWORKS Premium software to efficiently respond to the onslaught of orders that accompany the popularity of its “American Chopper” television show.

Knapheide SOLIDWORKS Case Study

Knapheide SOLIDWORKS Case Study  

Knapheide Manufacturing can respond more efficiently to requests for customized products with SOLIDWORKS software sheet-metal design and configurations capabilities.

Taylor-Deal Aviation SOLIWORKS Case Study

Taylor-Deal Aviation SOLIWORKS Case Study  

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM enables Taylor-Deal Aviation to accelerate development of its modifications for VIP aircraft through improved management of project design data.

BAE Systems SOLIDWORKS Case Study

BAE Systems SOLIDWORKS Case Study  

Whether developing a safety system for CH-47 helicopters or new satellite communications for C-130 military transports, BAE Systems-Crestview uses SOLIDWORKS software to quickly deliver systems to the field.

NTE-SENER SOLIDWORKS Case Study

NTE-SENER SOLIDWORKS Case Study  

NTE-SENER used SOLIDWORKS design software to develop the Muscle Atrophy Research and Exercise System (MARES), which astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) use to offset the debilitating effects of zero gravity on muscle mass.

Fender Musical Instruments SOLIDWORKS Case Study

Fender Musical Instruments SOLIDWORKS Case Study  

Rocking the world of guitar manufacturing with SOLIDWORKS software. SOLIDWORKS software has enabled Fender to save time, increase throughput, and achieve more consistent quality.

Weldon Technologies SOLIDWORKS Case Study

Weldon Technologies SOLIDWORKS Case Study  

Delivering configurable warning lights with SOLIDWORKS software. Weldon Technologies leveraged configurations in SOLIDWORKS software to develop a new family of designer warning lights from a single design.

SOLIDWORKS ClearVision Case Study

SOLIDWORKS ClearVision Case Study  

When Fred Friedfeld founded ClearVision in 1949, his goal was to create a great experience for independent eyecare professionals by providing high quality products and exceptional service. Today, David Friedfeld, Fred’s son, continues his father’s focus on quality and service, and ClearVision Optical has grown to become an award-winning leader in the optical industry, designing and distributing eyewear and sunwear for top brands, such as BCBGMAXAZRIA®, BluTech®, Ellen Tracy®, IZOD®, Jessica McClintock®, Op®, Revo®, and Steve Madden®.

Infographics

Ride to Success – How 3D Helps a Bicycle Company Win

Ride to Success – How 3D Helps a Bicycle Company Win  

When a bike company creates a new product, there are many factors in play, such as attention to detail, product safety, and timely delivery. Take a look at the infographic to see how it would look in 2D vs. 3D. On the right, the 2D design process is demonstrated. On the left, you will see the same process but delivered using 3D tools. 

Find out just how important 3D design is in delivering a quality product in an expedited timeframe. With 3D, engineers have time to add innovations such as stylized ergonomic parts which make the bike sleeker and make for a faster ride. Don’t miss the opportunity to enhance your designs with 3D, while you may not be building a bike, we would suggest that your product may benefit from 3D. There are so many advantages to using SOLIDWORKS 3D as your go-to-design tool of choice.