SOLIDWORKS 3D Design Product Matrix

The table below details the feature differences between SOLIDWORKS products



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SOLIDWORKS Professional

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Ease of Use


Learn Fast: In-Context and Toolbar Menus, Command Search, Built-In Tutorials, Searchable Help Documentation

Work Fast: Hot Keys, Customizable Commands, APIs

Sketch and UI Support for Touch Compatible Devices

Get Help Fast: Local and Worldwide Support Services

Part and Assembly Modelling


3D Solid Modelling

Conceptual Design

Assembly Structure Planning: SOLIDWORKS Treehouse

Direct Model Geometry Modification

Large Assembly Design

Advanced Surface Design

Sheet Metal Design


Plastic Part Design

Mold Design

2D Drawings


Automatic Drawing View Creation

Automatic Drawing View Updates

Drafting Standards: ANSI, ISO, DIN, JIS, BSI, GOST, GB

Manual and Automated Dimensioning and Tolerancing

Annotations and Symbols

Automatic Bill of Materials (BOM), Exploded Views, Balloon Notes

Hole Tables, Weld Tables, Pipe Bend Tables, Cut Lists

Sheet Metal Bend Notes

Automated Creation of Radial/Cylindrical Exploded Views

Design Reuse and Automation


Find Your Data (SOLIDWORKS Search)

Design Automation (DriveWorksXpress)

Part and Assembly Configurations

Reuse 2D and 3D CAD Data

3D CAD Models from Suppliers (

Animation and Visualisation


Move Assembly by Dragging Components

Move Assembly with Motors

CAD Videos

Basic CAD Rendering (RealView)

3D Walk Through/Fly Through

Interference Check


Collision and Interference Detection

Hole Alignment and Thread Checks

Collaborate and Share CAD Data


3D Interconnect for Associative Import of 3D Models

Read Printed Circuit Board Data as 3D Parts (IDF)

Import/Export Over 30 CAD Formats

Print directly to 3D printers: AMF and 3MF formats

MCAD to AEC: Prepare and export to AEC applications

3D Models for CAD/CAM Integration with CAM Partners

View eDrawings® Files

3D Dimensioning and Tolerancing (Model Based Definition)

2D DXF®/DWG® Data

Maintain and Update Existing 2D Drawings – edit and view DWG® files in DraftSight

2D to 3D CAD Conversion Tools

Convert 3D Solid Parts to Sheet Metal

Intellectual Property Protection (Defeature)

Design Review Markup and Viewing (Large Design Review)

Advanced CAD File Import

Interactive Feature Recognition and Conversion

Automatic Feature Recognition and Conversion

Basic Analysis Tools


Part Environmental Impact Analysis

Part Structural Analysis

Basic Flow Analysis

Productivity Tools      

Power Selection Tools

Symmetry Check

Copy Feature Info into Other Features (Feature Paint)

Find and Replace in Drawing


Design for Manufacturing


Thickness Analysis

Geometry Check for CAM

Compare Parts and Drawings for Changes

Rules-based Manufacturability Checks (DFMXpress)

Draft and Undercut Analysis

Sheet Metal Checks and Flat Pattern

 SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard


 Must be on Active Subscription


CAD Libraries


Over One Million Standard Fasteners and Components (Toolbox)


Beam, Bearing, and Cam Design Wizard


Automatic Assembly of Fasteners and Components


Automatic Task Scheduling and Batch Processing


Design for Cost & Cost Estimation


Compare Manufacturing Costs


Automated Manufacturing Cost Estimation


Customizable Manufacturing Settings


Output Cost Report


ECAD/MCAD Collaboration (CircuitWorks™)      

Import/Export of Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Designs


Automatic Electrical Component Assembly


Two-Way Data Exchange: ECAD to MCAD - MCAD to ECAD


IDF, ProStep (IDX) or PADS (*.ASC)


PCB Outlines, Keep-Out Areas, Maximum Heights


Filter Display for Clarification


Compare Board Designs for Differences


Design Change Notes


Advanced Photorealistic Rendering (PhotoView 360)


Photo Quality Images and Animations


Control Camera View, Lighting, Materials, Textures


Automated Tolerance Stack-Up Analysis (TolAnalyst)


 Worst Case and RSS Maximum/Minimum


  Identify Highest Contributing Tolerances


  Automatic Update of Analysis when Design Changes



CAD Standards Checking


Verify Designs against Company Standards


Automatically Correct Non-Conforming Issues


Customize Design Check Rules


SOLIDWORKS File Management


User and Group Access Rights


File Vaulting


Secure Check-in and Check-out


Automated Revision Control


 Reverse Engineering (ScanTo3D) 


 Import, Edit, Evaluate, and Create Solid Geometry from Point Cloud and Mesh Data


 Import Adobe® Illustrator® Files


 Import Image Files and Convert Raster to Vector Data



eDrawings® Professional


Create and Publish eDrawings Files


Allow Measurement in eDrawings Files


Enable Markup of eDrawings Files


Exploded Views Support for eDrawings Files


View Assembly Animations


Password Protect Intellectual Property


Motion Analysis


Kinematic and Dynamic Analysis


Inputs: Forces, Springs, Dampers, Gravity, Contact, Bushings


Outputs: Displacement, Velocities, Accelerations, Body Loads, Joint Forces


View/Publish Animations, Graphs, Reports


Structural Part and Assembly Analysis


Inputs: Variable Forces/Pressures, Full Restraint Sets, Connectors, Gravity, Contact, Materials


Outputs: Factor of Safety, Stress, Displacement, Strain


View/Publish Animations, Graphs, Reports


Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) for Environmental Impact: SOLIDWORKS Sustainability


Routing of Pipes and Tubes


Create Detailed Piping Systems


Create Flexible or Rigid Tubing Lines


Customizable Library of Piping Components


Automatic Assembly of Hangers and Supports


Output Tube Bend Data for Manufacturing


Cut Length Calculations Automated for BOM


Automatic Routing Option for Pipes and Tubes


Minimum Bend Radius Check for Tubes


Output of PCF files for ISOGEN® piping software


Routing of Electrical Cabling and Wiring Harnesses


Create Detailed Electrical Cable and Wiring Harnesses


Run Rigid or Flexible Electrical Conduit Segments




Ribbon Cable


Wire Lengths Automatically Calculated


Automated Harness Flattening for Manufacturing


BOM and Wire Cut Lists


Automatic Routing Using Imported "From-To" Connection Data


Mounting Hardware, Splices, Connectors, Insulation, Looms, Heat-Shrink Tubing, Cable Ties


Routing of Rectangular and Other Sections


Advanced Surface Flattening


Assembly Level Cost Roll Up    


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