SolidWorks Standard

SolidWorks Standard 3D modelling software is the core design tool you need to cut design time, reduce production costs, and increase innovation. The software features a complete range of 3D design tools, a highly intuitive user interface, and the best customer support in the CAD industry - making it the premier design tool of choice for 3D professionals worldwide.


Not only can you create parametric parts, assemblies, and production level drawings, you have all the needed tools to generate complex surfaces, sheet metal flat patterns, and structural weldments. SolidWorks Standard also includes wizards to automate designs, perform strength tests, and determine the environmental impact of components. Discover increased design productivity with SolidWorks Standard.



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SolidWorks Standard solutions include:


>> SolidWorks 3D CAD

SolidWorks 3D CAD Overview

One of the most important considerations in evaluating a 3D CAD system is how quickly new users can get up-to-speed and begin doing productive work. Extra time means extra cost, which cuts into your profit.


With SolidWorks, users learn fast, and work fast. Our extensive feature set, intuitive, easy-to-use design experience, and broad range of customization options saves design time on every project. And whether you design every day or only occasionally, that means better productivity as your 3D CAD tools work for you — not against you.


SolidWorks’ worldwide community brings passion and knowledge to design. When questions arise, you’ll have quick access to people and resources to gain the knowledge and support you need.

>> Part and Assembly Modeling

With SolidWorks, you get an intuitive 3D CAD system that combines ease-of-use with powerful modeling capabilities that can handle your most complex design projects. SolidWorks accelerates your design, saving time and development costs, and making you more productive.


SolidWorks capabilities include:

  • 3D solid modeling–turn ideas and concepts into virtual 3D models

  • Conceptual design–begin 3D designs quickly using imported images, simple sketches, or scanned 3D data, and then add more details as the design evolves

  • Direct Model Editing–manipulate and modify 3D geometry working directly on the 3D CAD model

  • Large assembly design–performance tools to handle even your biggest and most complex products and systems

  • Advanced surface design–generate complex organic shapes, including curve continuous (C2) surfaces

  • Sheet metal design–create sheet metal parts that can be easily manufactured

  • Weldments–quickly develop structural supports, frames, brackets, and bases

  • Plastic Part design–create plastic parts that can be easily molded

  • CAD Productivity Tools–special capabilities that help you work faster

  • Reverse engineering–work from 3D scan data generated from existing designs to speed new product creations

  • Mold design–generate molds and tooling to produce plastic, cast, and forged parts

  • Piping and tubing design–complete your design by adding hydraulic, pneumatic, and other systems

  • Electrical cable harness and conduit design–include necessary control, power, and other electrical systems in your design

>> 2D Drawings

Use SolidWorks 3D CAD to quickly create production-ready 2D drawings that are always current, and clearly communicate how your design should be manufactured and assembled. SolidWorks associativity links a 2D drawing directly with a 3D solid model, so updates to the 3D model can be automatically reflected in the 2D drawing. SolidWorks accelerates your design process, saving time and development costs while increasing productivity.


With traditional 2D CAD, drawings are often out of date and/or drawing views do not accurately reflect the design, leading to expensive manufacturing errors that slow down product delivery. Without an automated update system, all drawing views must be updated manually whenever a design change occurs. This becomes an even bigger problem when a component or assembly exists in many different assemblies or at many different levels of the same assembly, because it requires that all the drawing views containing the modified components be updated.


SolidWorks drawing capabilities include:

  • Automatic Drawing View creation and update—Drag and drop the 3D model onto a drawing for automatic generation of drawing views with automatic update of changes to the 3D model

  • CAD Dimensioning, Tolerancing and Annotations—SolidWorks includes standard ANSI, ISO, GD&T, and other dimensioning methods

  • Bill of Materials (BOM)—Automatically generate parts lists and cut lists to track material needs

  • CAD Standards checking (Design Checker)—Compare your drawings to company standards to ensure consistency using the SolidWorks Design Checker tool

  • Revision control—Control drawing revisions and graphically compare drawings to identify differences

>> Design Reuse and Automation

Design Reuse and Automation Overview

New products are often variations of existing products, with current designs tweaked or reconfigured to meet a new customer’s need or requirement. At other times, major sections of one or several designs need to be reused in other designs.


SolidWorks search, automation, and configuration tools simplify the reuse of existing design data to create new designs. Designers and engineers can find and configure design data and documentation quickly to create new designs, which reduces product development time so they can put their focus on developing innovative new products rather than manipulating a CAD system.


SolidWorks design reuse and automation tools include:

  • CAD Search—Find items quickly in complex designs

  • Design automation—Streamline creation of similar parts

  • Parts and Assembly Configuration—Generate simple, complex, or similar versions of your design

>> Animation and Visualization

3D Animations and Photorealistic Renderings Overview

Moving from 2D to a 3D CAD system improves how your ideas and concepts are communicated inside and outside your company. It’s simply easier to understand a design when you see it in 3D, as opposed to a static 2D drawing. Potential customers and internal company decision makers want a virtual experience with a design that is as close to the “real life” experience as possible.


People want to see the design in action, moving and performing the tasks it is designed to do. They want to see the 3D model as they would the real life product, with its specific colors and materials—even the environment or setting of their choosing, be it sitting on a picnic table on a sunny day or on a coffee table in a lamp-lit living room. They also want to interact with, maneuver around, and even go through the design to gain perspectives impossible to capture in 2D.


The ability to experience the design as it would be in “real-life” helps win more business by providing a more engaging way to present proposals. It helps guide critical internal decisions earlier in the design phase, without a need for building costly physical prototypes. And it’s a faster, more cost-effective way to get feedback and confirmation from potential customers and buyers, ensuring you are making the right product decisions.


SolidWorks visualization capabilities enable you to quickly and easily create powerful images and animations to clearly communicate your design intent:

  • PhotoView 360—Create life-like photorealistic images and animations quickly, without being a graphics expert

  • Walk-through/Fly-through—Take a virtual tour of your design or record a video to help explain it to others

  • CAD Animation—Demonstrate your design’s basic operation by applying motion, gravity, and component contact or by manually moving components. Then, record and save a video

>> Collaborate and Share CAD Data

Product Collaboration Overview

SolidWorks product collaboration tools help members of your design team work closely with other project stakeholders. SolidWorks software also provides ways to protect your designs before sharing them beyond your organization and to manage project data and control design revisions.


SolidWorks product collaboration tools include:

  • Large Design Review—Quickly open, navigate, walk-through, measure, section, and create snapshot views with comments of massive assemblies to clearly communicate the design to your team

  • eDrawings® file viewing—Simultaneously review 2D drawing and 3D model data together using compact, email-friendly file viewing that supports SolidWorks, DWG™, and numerous other CAD formats, with multiple design views including rotate, zoom, measure, mark-up, section, and virtual disassembly

  • Defeature: Protect your intellectual property —Use SolidWorks Defeature technology to hide selected aspects of your design before sharing models

  • SolidWorks file management —Use Workgroup PDM to manage project data with secure file vaulting, automated revision control, and user/group access control. For more advanced PDM capabilities (like multiple sites, product release workflow control, and access by large numbers of users), see SolidWorks Enterprise PDM.

>> Interference Check

Interference Check Overview

Component interference, misaligned and mismatched holes and fasteners, and incorrect tolerancing of manufactured parts are the main causes of high rework and scrap costs on the assembly floor. When using only a 2D CAD tool, it is very difficult to uncover these issues before going into manufacturing.


SolidWorks tools help you verify your designs will fit, assemble, and operate correctly before you make any parts. Interference checking finds issues early in design, giving you more time to make less costly fixes. SolidWorks interference checking capabilities include:

  • 2D and 3D Collision detection—Check that all your parts fit and can move as intended before building any prototypes

  • Hole misalignment and thread mismatch checks—Ensure that all mating parts, mounting holes, and fasteners align and that threads match in assembly design

  • Tolerance analysis—Assess manufacturability beginning with dimensions and tolerances long before getting to production

>> Basic Analysis Tools

Design Analysis Overview

SolidWorks integrates easy-to-use analysis tools with design to verify operation and performance during product development. SolidWorks design analysis increases product innovation by reducing risk in design, significantly reduces the number of physical prototypes needed, and helps lower material and other costs.


Design analysis and simulation functionality provided with all SolidWorks 3D CAD packages provide:

  • Basic Structural Analysis —Perform basic linear part-level structural analysis of forces and pressures with fixed restraints; outputs for stress, factor of safety (FOS), resultant displacement, plus animation of results and eDrawings® output

  • Basic Motion—Make your designs move, taking into account simple contacts between parts, as well as gravity

  • Assembly Motion—Calculate the movement of your assembly based upon the applied SolidWorks mates and motors. Can capture and edit motion key frames and can save as animation.

  • Basic Flow Analysis —Perform basic air (standard atmosphere) or water flow analysis for assemblies with single inlet and single outlet; outputs for velocities and pressures, plus animated results showing flow lines and color plots

  • Basic Environmental Impact Analysis —Quantify the environmental impact of your design, and optimize material selection, part geometry, and sourcing


SolidWorks Premium software package provides extended analysis tools with SolidWorks Simulation, including:

  • Structural Analysis —Carry out structural simulation on parts and assemblies with finite element analysis (FEA) and determine impact of material selection. Take into account variable forces and pressures, full restraint sets (sliders and pins, etc.), connectors (springs, bolts, spot welds), bolt check to help determine the correct number and size of fasteners, results (complete control over definition of results), contacts, materials model (linear, isotropic, orthotropic). For assemblies, easily identify areas prone to failure and evaluate design changes to enhance product quality.

  • Motion Analysis —Perform physics-based kinematic and dynamic analysis, using existing SolidWorks mates together with motion features such as forces springs and dampers to calculate true motion behavior. Determine part and/or assembly displacements, velocities, and accelerations. Calculate forces and torques at the part connections, which can be used in a subsequent structural analysis. Show results as an animation or a graph. Selecting a point on the design allows creation of a trace path that can be used in subsequent design processes. Check the kinematics and dynamics of your product design throughout the operating cycle.


SolidWorks Professional and SolidWorks Premium software packages provide functionality for manufacturing cost analysis and tolerance stack-up:

  • Cost Estimation and Quoting—Automatically generate cost estimates of part manufacturing costs to evaluate your design as it develops

  • Tolerance Stack-up Analysis—SolidWorks TolAnalyst™ automatically checks the effects of tolerances on parts and assemblies


For more design and performance analysis with structural, thermal, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) capabilities, see advanced SolidWorks Simulation Premium, SolidWorks Simulation Professional, and SolidWorks Flow Simulation solutions.

>> Design for Manufacturing

Design for Manufacturability Overview

To ensure your product can be manufactured, SolidWorks provides 3D tools to review your design early in the development process. It is much easier and less costly to correct issues found during the design stage than correcting them during manufacturing planning, or after your design is in production. SolidWorks capabilities to check for manufacturability include:

  • DFMXpress —Compare your design to standardized manufacturing rules to assess if your design can be produced

  • Compare parts and drawings for changes —Automatically compare designs to instantly understand differences

  • CAD Check for Parts and Tooling —Quickly understand if your parts can be easily removed from mold, cast, or form tooling

  • Sheet metal bending and flat pattern —Easily assess if your sheet metal parts can be developed from flat stock






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