SOLIDWORKS is a Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Computer-aided Engineering (CAE) and solid modeling application and runs on Microsoft windows. It’s a 2D and 3D tool that lets users create, publish, simulate, and manage large data. Solid work is published by Dassault Systems and comes with an intuitive and integrated 3D design environment that covers all aspects of product development, helping in maximizing your design and productivity.
Some ERP products offer direct, albeit limited, integration with SOLIDWORKS . CADTALK has deep integration unlike any other application to transform the engineering bill of material from SOLIDWORKS to manufacturing bills of material inside many popular ERP applications. Not only can CADTALK transform the bill of materials, it also generates the manufacturing routing with labor operations, manufacturing cycle times, item or stock code creation and updates from CAD to ERP, and more.
Different organizational sectors use SOLIDWORKS , from manufacturing, engineering, electrical, aerospace and defense, and much more. SolidWorks helps innovators and designers get products into production faster with a design ecosystem that supports design performance, solving complex problems, and paying attention to details.
Dassault markets other versions of the CAD systems, which are eDrawings and DraftSight. eDrawing is a collaboration tool, while Draftsight is a 2D CAD system.
SOLIDWORKS comes with a 2D and 3D sketch options. Building a model usually starts with a 2D sketch and progresses to 3D. Sketches in SOLIDWORKS consist of geometry such as lines, arcs, points, conics. Dimensions would be added to the sketch to define the size and location of the geometry. SolidWorks has developed add-ins over the years to enhance the product such as 3DVIA Composer, PhotoWorks, and 3D experience.
PhotoWorks is a 3D photorealistic rendering engine. 3DVIA Composer is a content creation software for technical illustration and documentation while 3DEXPERIENCE is an add-in that allows users to download 3D part from an online catalog. SOLIDWORKS comes with advanced technological tools and workflows that allow for the improvement and collaboration of designs. They enable immersive, interactive experiences during design and engineering. SOLIDWORKS provides excellent design flexibility to rapidly make changes to a model with its enhanced large design review capability. Engineers and designers can use SOLIDWORKS to improve on designs, collaborative, sell designs more effectively and train users on how to assemble and interact with their products. It also boosts confidence in design throughout the product development process.
- Large design review flexibility
- Extended reality to experience designs
- Team collaboration and management of large data sets
- Facilitates detail work in engineering designs
- Provides extended reality which is a new application for publishing CAD scene data
- Allows teams to communicate outside of the design community
- Comes with digital capabilities to solve complex design challenges
- Improves performance view manipulation to scale with higher-end graphics hardware
- SolidWorks supports design to manufacturing process seamlessly.
History of SOLIDWORKS
John Hirschtick founded SOLIDWORKS in 1993 and headquartered in Massachusetts. Its design goals were ease of use, affordability, collaboration, and rapid designs. The first version was released in November 1995, and Dassault systems acquired the company in 1997.
SOLIDWORKS is rated as one of the most popular Computer-aided software in the word. It has sold over 3.5 million licenses to individuals and corporations worldwide. Dassault says it’s used by more than two million engineers and designers at more than 165,000 companies (and growing).