3D Design Solutions

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. With innovative capabilities, SOLIDWORKS Premium moves you smoothly through the phases of product creation (Design, Validate, Collaborate, Build) to achieve a more productive 3D design experience.



SOLIDWORKS Premium 2017 gives you powerful, easy-to-use functionality that automates tasks, streamlines workflows, and helps you quickly define and validate the form, fit, and function of your design. Part of the SOLIDWORKS product development solution—covering design, simulation, sustainability, technical communication, and data management—SOLIDWORKS Premium empowers innovative design with specific tools that help you work more efficiently so you can make better design decisions.


SOLIDWORKS software combines ease of use with broad customization to help new users learn fast and experienced users work faster. Companies of all sizes can use SOLIDWORKS Premium to bring their product vision to life.

Designed to help make you instantly productive, the intuitive SOLIDWORKS user interface (UI) is easy to learn and use. The UI reduces CAD overhead so you need fewer “picks and clicks” and have easier access to commands with in-context menus, toolbar commands organized by design function, and automated Command Search to get to any command instantly. And an extensive set of tutorials and support documentation helps you progress at a rapid pace.

Easy customization enables you to dramatically increase design productivity. You can customize toolbars, in-context menus, hotkeys, and environment settings. Mouse gestures provide quick access to commands, and you can automatically perform design functions through Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and batch processing.

Intelligent design and detailing help improve user productivity by automatically detecting and resolving modeling and detailing challenges that could typically frustrate new users or be considered tedious and time-consuming by experienced users.

“Innovation has helped us gain a commanding share of our market and SOLIDWORKS software is one of the tools that helps us to innovate freely.” – Kai Birger Olsen, Engineering Director, Ramboll Offshore Wind

Advance your ideas from concept to market with increased modeling flexibility.
Part and assembly modeling

SOLIDWORKS Premium allows you to design products for a broad range of industries and applications.

3D solid modeling: create and edit 3D part and assembly models, and create 2D drawings that automatically update with design changes

Conceptual design: create layout sketches; apply motors and forces to check mechanism performance; import images and scans to use as a reference for creating 3D geometry

Large assembly design capabilities: create and manage extremely large designs, working in either detailed or simplified modes

Advanced surfacing: create and edit complex solid and surface geometry, including stylish C2 surface

Sheet metal: design from scratch or convert your 3D part to sheet metal; includes automatic flattening of sheet metal parts with bend length compensation

Weldments: quickly design welded structures composed of structural members, plates, and gussets; includes a library of predefined structural shapes

Mold design: design molded parts and the tooling to create them, including core and cavity, draft, automated parting surfaces, and mold base components

Piping/tubing design: generate and document 3D mechanical systems, including pipe/tube paths, pipe spools, pipe slope, and a complete Bill of Materials (BOM)

Electrical cable/harness and conduit design: generate and document 3D electrical route paths, and complete the BOM for your design

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Design reuse and automation
Leverage existing design work.

SOLIDWORKS Search: search for any file—on your computer, network, SOLIDWORKS PDM system, or the internet

SOLIDWORKS Treehouse: create, organize, and reuse assembly tree diagrams as a starting point for new designs

Design automation: automate repetitive design tasks— including part, assembly, and drawing generation

SOLIDWORKS Toolbox: has over one million components and other items to add to your assemblies; includes automated assembly of fasteners

Online components: reduce design time by using 2D and 3D catalog components provided by suppliers

solidworks designAnimations and photorealistic renderings
Clearly communicate your design intent with powerful visuals.

Advanced rendering: create photorealistic images, animations, immersive content, and more with SOLIDWORKS Visualize

Walk-through/fly-through animations: take a virtual walkthrough of your design or record a video

Assembly animation: demonstrate your design’s basic operations by applying motion, gravity, and component contact, or by manually moving components; record and save a video

2D drawings
Quickly create production-ready 2D drawings.

Automatic Drawing View creation: drag and drop the 3D model into a drawing to automatically create a view

Automatic Drawing View updates: drawing views update automatically with 3D model changes

Dimensioning and Tolerancing: automated creation and placement of dimensions and tolerances

Bills of Materials (BOM): automated BOMs with balloon note callouts and cut lists that update with model changes; includes output BOMs to Microsoft® Excel®

Annotations: ability to create all necessary symbols, notes, hole callouts, and tables

Standards checking: automatically compare your drawings to company standards to ensure consistency

Drawing control: graphically compare drawings to understand differences and control revisions.



Ensure your ideas will perform as designed with innovative simulation tools fully integrated inside SOLIDWORKS CAD to help you solve complex problems during design. Take the risk out of innovation and reduce the number of physical prototypes, thereby saving money and reducing the time to product completion.

Time-based Motion

SOLIDWORKS Motion uses assembly mates, part contacts, and a robust physics-based solver to accurately determine the physical dynamic movements of an assembly under load to verify that you have met your design goals throughout the operating cycle.

Linear Static Simulation

Calculate stresses, deformations, and Factors of Safety (FOS) of geometry under loads to intuitively identify areas prone to failure or over-dimensioned areas. You can also evaluate design changes to enhance quality and performance.

To learn more about our advanced simulation capabilities, visit www.solidworks.com/simulation.

SOLIDWORKS Sustainability

SOLIDWORKS Sustainability, included with SOLIDWORKS Premium, enables you to assess the environmental impact of the entire design, optimize material selection and part geometry, and assess product energy consumption.


SOLIDWORKS FloXpress provides initial air and water flow simulation and reporting.

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Bridge the gap with design, fast-track your design to manufacture, and streamline your product development process.

Design for Cost (DFC) and automated quoting

Automatic cost estimation: estimate part and assembly manufacturing costs automatically

Customizable manufacturing settings: customize cost estimation to match your specific manufacturing environment

Design for Manufacturability (DFM)

DFMXpress: automatically check the manufacturability of your designs

Compare parts and drawings for changes: use part and drawing comparison tools to graphically show differences between two versions of a part or drawing

Draft, undercut, and wall thickness checks: automatically check for draft, undercut, and wall thickness issues in molded, cast, and forged parts and tooling

Detect interferences

Automatic collision, interference, and hole alignment checks: check for interferences, collisions, clearances, and hole misalignments between components

Tolerance stack-up analysis: automatically check the effects of tolerances on parts and assemblies

Electrical manufacturing

Harness pin board: automatically flatten wire harnesses to generate pin board drawings and wire cut lists for electrical manufacturing

Pipe/tube systems manufacturing

Export: CNC pipe bend data, spool data, BOM, and PCF for ISOGEN®

Import: generate route specifications from Piping and Instrumentation Diagram/Drawing (P&ID) files


“The SOLIDWORKS Costing tool gives us a competitive advantage in terms of turning around accurate proposals. The information provided by the Costing application is very accurate, so we use it as the basis of all for our manufacturing proposals.” – Managing Director P. Chandramouli, Domotech Appliances

Other data output for manufacturing

Sheet metal flat pattern: automatically flatten sheet metal design with bend compensation

Flatten non-developable surfaces: flatten surfaces that require material to be stretched or compressed

3D printing/rapid prototyping: print directly to 3D printers supporting 3MF and AMF, output STL, and other file formats for rapid prototyping

2D manufacturing data: automatically export CNC-ready DXF and DWG file information directly from SOLIDWORKS 3D models

Streamline production prep: automatic output of hole charts, weld tables, cut lists, and punch tool data

3D CAM partner integration: automatically update NC toolpaths directly inside SOLIDWORKS without the need for data translation using Certified Gold Partner CAM products



Share CAD data with others and collaborate across multiple disciplines in your organization and with customers and vendors. Mechatronic design processes, concurrent design on one platform, and streamlined electrical/mechanical design help you quickly and easily finalize product designs.

Data exchange

Import/export: convert CAD data into a format that meets your needs, including IFC file import/export to interact with AEC design software

Existing 2D DWG data: maintain designs using SOLIDWORKS 2D CAD tools

Automatic Feature Recognition: automatically convert non-SOLIDWORKS CAD data into easily modifiable SOLIDWORKS models

ECAD-MCAD data exchange: use CircuitWorks™ to provide two-way data exchange between mechanical and electrical designers

Import scanned data: convert scanned data into SOLIDWORKS CAD geometry to facilitate reverse engineering

Collaboration tools

Large Design Review: walk through, measure, section, and create snapshot views with comments on massive assemblies

eDrawings® Viewer: view and mark up SOLIDWORKS files using an email-friendly file format; supports SOLIDWORKS CAD, DWG, and numerous other CAD formats; supported on mobile devices

Protect your intellectual property: use Defeature to hide and protect selected aspects of your design before sharing models

SOLIDWORKS Visualize: design and market products faster and more effectively by turning  imagination into reality through impactful content and experiences

SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management (PDM)

Manage your data: manage your design data with automatic revision control, data security, and access control

Find your data: search components for use in new designs, and find and leverage existing designs for re-use


SOLIDWORKS software provides an intuitive 3D development environment that helps maximize the productivity of your design and engineering resources to create better products faster and more cost-effectively. See the full range of SOLIDWORKS software for design, simulation, technical communication, and data management at www.solidworks.com/products2017.

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SOLIDWORKS Premium 2017 features built-in translators that let you exchange CAD data created in a wide variety of software applications and file formats.


3D XML / ACIS / Autodesk 3D Studio Max (3DS) / Autodesk Inventor Assembly / Autodesk Inventor Part / CADKEY / CATIA (optional) / CATIA Graphics / DWG / DXF / eDrawings / HCG / Hoops HSF / Mechanical Desktop / Parasolid / Pro-Engineer-Creo Assembly / Pro-Engineer-Creo-Part / Rhino / SLDXML / Solid Edge Assembly / Solid Edge Part / Unigraphics NX


IDF / IFC (4.0 and 2×3) / IGES / PADS / ProStep EDMD / STEP AP203-214 / VDAFS / VRML


Mesh Files / Point Cloud




Adobe Illustrator / Adobe Photoshop / JPG / Microsoft XAML / PDF (2D and 3D) / PNG / TIFF





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