SolidWorks is a 3D CAD program. Manufacturer, the software company Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.. , A subsidiary of the French Dassault Systèmes.

  • 3.2.1 SolidWorks Student Design Kit
  • 3.2.2 SolidWorks Education Edition
  • 3.2.3 SolidWorks Student Edition

Company Key

  • Founded: December 1993
  • Headquarters: Waltham, Massachusetts
  • Development sites in Los Angeles ( USA), Cambridge (England), Hägersten (Sweden ) and India
  • 1997 Dassault Systèmes S. A. ( Velizy Villacoublay, France) taken

CAD program

SolidWorks is a CAD software that can be generated with the parametric models, assemblies and drawings. Typically, the way of working with relations (the alignment of elements to each other) and the dimensions are ( by aligning values). A modularization into individual steps ( Features ) guarantees processing of previous steps at any time. This results in parts which are used in assembly, and are then discharged to the drawings. The three work areas can also be accessed from the other areas, each dimension can be controlled via equations and tables.

The program interface is Ribbon -like and structured thematically, for example, welding, sheet metal and cast designs. Additional applications such as rendering and simulation functions can be added when needed.

In the advantageous embodiment SolidWorks Standard simple FEM and fluid and animations are already there.

SolidWorks uses Parasolid core of the UGS license. Since SolidWorks touches on the Parasolid kernel and the two products CATIA and SolidWorks pose as a competitor currently no interchange of functions takes place. While SolidWorks is designed for small and medium-sized mechanical engineering, CATIA has its focus more in the area of OEM process chain, product design and more generally by the suppliers of the automotive, aviation and aerospace industry.

The DWG Editor is since 2011 no longer part of SolidWorks. Instead, the 2D editing program is free DraftSight is available that provides a DWG interface.

SolidWorks is used by the manufacturer of more than 2.1 million designers and developers worldwide.


Commercial products

  • SolidWorks Standard
  • SolidWorks Professional
  • SolidWorks Premium
  • SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual
  • SolidWorks Simulation Professional
  • SolidWorks Simulation Premium
  • SolidWorks Inspection
  • SolidWorks Professional Plastics
  • SolidWorks Premium Plastics
  • SolidWorks Advanced Plastics
  • SolidWorks Flow Simulation
  • SolidWorks Electrical schematic/3D/Professional
  • SolidWorks Enterprise PDM
  • SolidWorks Composer
  • SolidWorks Sustainability

SolidWorks Standard

The SolidWorks core product integrates tools for 3D CAD design, assemblies, drawings, sheet metal, weldments and surface modeling. Files can be imported from various other 2D and 3D programs. Included in the package is also SolidWorks Simulation Xpress, an element analysis program for beginners.

SolidWorks Professional

The SolidWorks Professional package consists of SolidWorks Standard, and many add-in programs, including:

  • SolidWorks Animator
  • Design Checker
  • SolidWorks eDrawings Professional
  • Feature Works
  • SolidWorks Workgroup PDM
  • PhotoView 360
  • Task Scheduler
  • Toolbox
  • Utilities
  • 3D Instant Website
  • SolidWorks Costing

SolidWorks Premium

The SolidWorks Premium package consists of SolidWorks Standard and Professional add-ins as well as the following elements:

  • SolidWorks Simulation
  • SolidWorks Motion
  • Routing
  • ScanTo3D
  • TolAnalyst
  • Circuit Works

Educational Products

  • SolidWorks Student Design Kit
  • SolidWorks Education Edition
  • SolidWorks Student Edition

SolidWorks Student Design Kit

The SolidWorks Student Design Kit is a trial version of SolidWorks Education Edition with reduced functionality.

SolidWorks Education Edition

The SolidWorks Education Edition is a licensed version of SolidWorks for students. The package includes, among other things, the SolidWorks Premium software and Simulation Xpress design validation.

SolidWorks Student Edition

The SolidWorks Student Edition can be used by students outside of the classroom. This edition is available with or without SolidWorks Simulation Xpress and contains the default SolidWorks eDrawings software as well.

Areas of application

SolidWorks is designed for mechanical design in small and medium-sized enterprises and is used in mechanical engineering, tool making, sheet metal processing, industrial and consumer goods design, shipbuilding, medical engineering and plant construction.

Literature and training materials

  • Gerhard Engelken: 3D design with SolidWorks. 1st edition. Carl Hanser Verlag, Munich 2006, ISBN 978-3-446-40282-9 (210 pages CD).
  • Harald Vogel: Designing with SolidWorks. 5th edition. Carl Hanser Verlag, Munich 2012, ISBN 978-3-446-43076-1 (403 pages DVD).
  • Ralph Stelzer, Wolfgang Steger: SolidWorks: Basics of modeling and programming. 1st edition. Pearson Education, Inc., Munich 2009, ISBN 978-3-8273-7367-0 (336 pages).
  • Michael Schabacker, Sándor Vajna (ed.): SolidWorks - short and sweet: Basics for beginners. 1st edition. Vieweg Teubner Verlag, Wiesbaden 2009, ISBN 978-3-8348-0314-6 (150 pages).
  • Volker Krämer: Practical Guide for simulations in SolidWorks 2010 Carl Hanser Verlag, Munich 2010, ISBN 3-446-42165-3 (312 pages DVD)..
  • Hans -J. Engelke: SolidWorks 2012 Part 1 sketches, models and components. 1st edition. Books on Demand, Norderstedt 2011, ISBN 978-3-8448-1014-1 (480 pages).
  • Hans -J. Engelke: SolidWorks 2012 Part 2 components, assemblies, mechanical movements. 1st edition. Books on Demand, Norderstedt 2012, ISBN 978-3-8482-1018-3 (520 pages).