SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer – Getting Started

Getting Started with  SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer

Make Conceptual Design Your Business Advantage

Innovate in an instinctive, powerful modeling environment that gives you the freedom to design the way you want.  Then use the powerful, easy-to-use simulation and verification capabilities of SIMULIA® Structural Validation to evaluate and select the best concept while you design.


Four Key Elements of Mechanical Conceptual Design

Innovative conceptual design is the core of any successful product. SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual, powered by Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, gives you an instinctive, powerful modeling environment focused on the four key elements of conceptual design:


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Rapidly create and evolve your concepts the way you want without design barriers, and automatically capture your ideas to use anytime in the future. Remove design constraints, confirm performance, and put your ideas directly into a digital model.

Sketch Motion
Evaluate your concepts for fit and function with early stage concept validation using trace paths, area sweeps, and alerts to ensure you always move forward with the best design.

Predictive Computing
Focus on innovation and new ideas as design data are continuously calculated in the background to give immediate feedback and help you converge on your final concept.

2D to 3D Motion
Evolve 2D concepts into detailed 3D concept designs with automatic mapping of sketch relations into assembly mates and motion drivers.

Concept Archives
Automatically capture and retain each of your concepts as they are developed so you never lose a valuable idea and can easily retrieve and work with any concept version.

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Design the way you think with agile, instinctive design tools in a structureless modeling environment with direct editing. Quickly capture your ideas digitally as you create and modify design concepts.

Single Modeling Environment
Think, create, and design the way you want – top down, bottom up, layout sketch, master model – without needing to pre-plan product structure.

Direct Edit
Direct edit tools combine the benefits of parametric and history-free modeling in a unique way.

Deformable 3D Geometry
Get instant performance verification with lifelike 3D components that behave like they would in the real world.

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Use familiar social collaboration tools in an interactive environment to harness the collective intelligence of your company, customers, and vendors. Capture the collective intelligence of your entire community.

Project Communities
Assemble the complete design story in one location capturing design requirements, concepts, and decisions from all key stakeholders.

Integrated SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer Community Site
Access all design community features from one location with SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer – add posts, screenshots, 3D models, and review and reply to comments and discussions.

Access from Anywhere, Anytime
Communities are available to any designated user, at any time, on any device through standard web tools.

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Enhance collaboration with automatically saved design iterations to keep data safe, up-to-date, and accessible anytime, anywhere. Bring natural collaboration to your conceptual design process.

3DInstant Messaging
Connect instantly to collaborate with other SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer users through chat, screen capture, and on-screen annotation.

Secure Online Collaborative Spaces
Define access permission only for those who need to work on or review your designs in secure data storage areas.

Real-time Concurrent Design
Work together on the same assembly design simultaneously, with automatic locking and real-time updates to ensure work is never overwritten.


Product Design Simulation

Maximize Product Performance and Quality
Find the best concept with powerful, easy-to-use analysis of structural performance in virtual real-world environments to test your product concepts before detailed design.

Good structural performance, such as strength and stiffness, are at the heart of any robust, successful product. SIMULIA® Structural Validation, powered by Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, delivers simulation power for every designer to evaluate and validate concept designs and drive product performance beyond customer expectations.

Quickly identify product weaknesses, eliminate costly over-design, and develop highly accurate solutions with Structural Validation tools that automatically assume nonlinear behavior.

Evaluate a single part, multiple components, and complete assemblies with easy analysis setup.

Speed up design with world-class simulation technology and rapidly iterate your concepts based on real world performance calculations

Access information from anywhere, at any time with connection to a single, common database through the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform and project community