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3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS is a desktop SOLIDWORKS you can use anywhere.

Login to the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform from the web on any PC to download and launch a full SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD installation that saves and manages your CAD data in the cloud, with integrated PLM functionality so that you can easily collaborate with other 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS users.

No fixed licenses, no database servers, no VPNs, just efficient design and engineering from anywhere.

  • Create parts, assemblies, and 2D drawings with intuitive tools.

  • Use specialized tools for sheet metal, routing, surfacing, and more.

  • Design with cost, manufacturability, and functional assembly in mind.

  • Ensure successful designs with simulation.

  • Create photorealistic renderings for early feedback and marketing.

  • Reverse engineer from scan to solid geometry.

  • Includes 3DEXPERIENCE CLOUD PDM to store and manage CAD data in the cloud, securely accessible from anywhere.

  • Easily collaborate with team members on a single cloud data source.

  • Work from any internet-connected PC with web login licensing.

Which 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS package is right for you?



A powerful 3D design solution for rapid creation of parts, assemblies, and 2D drawings with minimal training. Application-specific tools for sheet metal, weldments, surfacing, mold tool and die make it easy to realize your design intent.

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For maximum productivity, includes everything in SOLIDWORKS Standard, plus data management, photorealistic rendering, and a sophisticated components and parts library. Efficiency and innovation increase with the solution that is used by millions of designers.

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A no-compromise solution for the engineer who wants it all. Combines SOLIDWORKS Professional's capabilities with powerful simulation and design validation tools, as well as advanced wire and pipe routing functionality. You will get designs right the first time with the SOLIDWORKS flagship offering.

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3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Features Standard Professional Premium
SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD Standard Professional Premium

Create sophisticated part and assembly designs quickly and efficiently with SOLIDWORKS 3D design software. Powerful, easy-to-use design capabilities combined with a range of tools for drawing creation, design analysis, cost estimation, rendering, animation, and file management create an intuitive system for developing innovative products that make you more productive, lowers costs, and accelerates your time-to-market.

Part and Assembly Modeling Standard Professional Premium

Handle all aspects of your part and assembly modeling with the SOLIDWORKS 3D design system for transforming ideas and concepts into virtual 3D models. For conceptual design, create 3D designs quickly using imported images, simple sketches, or scanned 3D data, and then add more details as the design evolves. Assembly structure planning lets you quickly lay out your design assembly structure and then export to SOLIDWORKS for automatically creating CAD files. Direct model editing lets you manipulate and modify 3D geometry working directly on 3D CAD models.

2D Drawings Standard Professional Premium

Create production-ready 2D drawings that are always current and clearly communicate how your design should be manufactured and assembled. SOLIDWORKS associativity links a 2D drawing directly with a 3D solid model so updates to the 3D model can be automatically reflected in the 2D drawing. SOLIDWORKS accelerates your design process, saving time and development costs while increasing productivity.

Design and Reuse Automation Standard Professional Premium

Leverage existing engineering data to create new designs and speed up new product development. With SOLIDWORKS, a range of tools helps you reuse existing 3D CAD models and 2D drawings, which accelerates your design process, saves time and development costs, and increases productivity. SOLIDWORKS search, automation, and configuration tools simplify the reuse of existing design data to create new designs.

Interference Check Standard Professional Premium

Before going into production, verify that your parts and assemblies will fit, assemble, and operate correctly with SOLIDWORKS Interference Check. Fully integrated with CAD, you can use Interference Check in 2D and 3D while you design to accelerate your product development process, and analyze tolerances to assess manufacturability.

Design for Manufacturing (DFM) Standard Professional Premium

To ensure your product can be manufactured, SOLIDWORKS provides 3D tools for reviewing your design early in the development process. It is much easier and less costly to correct issues found during the design stage than correcting them during manufacturing planning or after your design is in production.

Productivity Tools Standard Professional Premium

SOLIDWORKS has a variety of tools designed to make you more productive, including capabilities for design analysis, comparison, checking, and reporting.

Advanced CAD File Import/Export and Interconnect Standard Professional Premium

SOLIDWORKS provides more than 30 translators to convert incoming CAD data into SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD format or to export SOLIDWORKS data to other CAD products. 3D Interconnect opens most major CAD formats directly in SOLIDWORKS with no need to convert or save the data as a SOLIDWORKS file.

Xtended Reality (XR) Exporter Standard Professional Premium

Export CAD for AR, VR, and web viewing while retaining appearance, motion studies, display states, etc.

Design for Cost (SOLIDWORKS Costing) Professional Premium

SOLIDWORKS automatic cost estimation tools are fully integrated with 3D CAD, enabling you to continuously check your designs against cost targets. Easily monitor manufacturing costs as you design, thereby avoiding costly redesigns and production delays. Manufacturers can also use SOLIDWORKS cost estimation tools to automate quoting processes.

CAD Standards Checking (Design Checker) Professional Premium

Establish design standards and check drawings (or models) with SOLIDWORKS to create uniform designs and documentation. Use SOLIDWORKS to establish design standards, and then check drawings (or models) against them as you design to ensure consistent and complete drawing outputs.

Automated Tolerance Stack-Up Analysis (TolAnalyst) Professional Premium

The TolAnalyst tolerance analysis tool automatically checks the effects of tolerances on parts and assemblies to ensure consistent fit of components and to verify tolerancing schemes before a product goes into production. The tolerance analysis can be rerun if a dimensioning or tolerancing change is made, enabling you to get to an optimized tolerancing scheme.

Advanced Photorealistic Rendering (SOLIDWORKS Visualize) Professional Premium

SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard lets you create compelling visual content of your 3D designs with ease and flexibility. By utilizing photo-quality content early in the design process, useful early feedback can be received so you can make more informed design decisions.

Reverse Engineering (ScanTo3D) Professional Premium

With reverse engineering, you can recreate designs based on ones that already exist, accelerating product development, reducing risk, saving time, and increasing productivity. Use the ScanTo3D capability to import, edit, evaluate, and create solid geometry from scanned point cloud and mesh data.

Time-based Motion Analysis Premium

Evaluate how your product will perform and move throughout its operational cycle with motion analysis using SOLIDWORKS Simulation. Visualize your product moving as it would in the real world, measure the forces and loads on your design, and use the data to correctly size motors and create the best mechanism for ensuring product performance, quality, and safety.

Linear Static Analysis for Parts and Assemblies Premium

Linear stress analysis using SOLIDWORKS Simulation can be a regular part of your design process, reducing the need for costly prototypes, eliminating rework and delays, and saving time and development costs. Linear stress analysis calculates the stresses and deformations of geometry. SOLIDWORKS Simulation uses Finite Element Analysis (FEA) methods to discretize design components into solid, shell, or beam elements and uses linear stress analysis to determine the response of parts and assemblies.

Pipe and Tube Routing Premium

Use the wide range of tools in SOLIDWORKS Premium to simplify the design and documentation of piping and tubing for a wide range of systems and applications, including machinery, skid systems, and process plant piping.

Electrical Cable and Wiring Harness Routing Premium

SOLIDWORKS Premium includes design tools that build a path of pipes, tubes, or electrical cables for assemblies. Routing creates a special type of subassembly that builds a path of pipes, tubes, or electrical cables between components.

Advanced Surface Flattening Premium

Many products are manufactured by forming a flat material, such as sheet metal stock, into complex shapes. SOLIDWORKS advanced surface flattening functionality provides control and flexibility for flattening these complex surfaces.

Rectangular and Other Selection Routing Premium

SOLIDWORKS Routing can be used to route rectangular and round sections that include ducting, cable trays, conveyors, material handling chutes, and other systems.

On-Cloud Parametric Modeling Standard Professional Premium

Create 3D models with a seamlessly interoperative, intuitive parametric modeler.

On-Cloud Subdivision Modeling Professional Premium

Create organic shapes quickly and easily with a seamlessly interoperative, intuitive subdivision modeler.

On-Cloud PDM Standard Professional Premium

Store, share, access and manage the latest product design information from a centralized, secure location.

On-Cloud PLM Standard Professional Premium

Manage the lifecycle of any type of content (CAD files, simulations, documentation, etc.) Track issues, changes and routes, and reduce conflicting edits from multiple contributors with revision control.

On-Cloud Collaboration Standard Professional Premium

Collaborate in real time using configurable dashboards, social communities, Kanban-style task management, activity streams, persistent chat, and video calls. Easily search, visualize, explore, and mark up SOLIDWORKS and other files directly in your browser.

On-Cloud Governance Standard Professional Premium

Monitor and manage licenses and users from a single administrative dashboard, lowering administrative overhead. Easily stay up-to-date and benefit from the latest enhancements.

Training and Support Standard Professional Premium

Get up to speed fast using online training content, a vibrant community, and support from CATI.

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In many industries 3D CAD software has become the de facto product design tool, but how do you determine which CAD solution is right for you?

Nine Criteria for Choosing a 3D CAD System

The white paper will outline the criteria you should consider, including:

  • Information flow through the supply chain—can you share CAD data with customers, suppliers and manufacturing?
  • A rich variety of applications—do the tools allow you to design, test, machine, estimate cost, inspection and beyond?
  • Tools that meet your needs today and in the future—does the system support new technologies or ways of working?
  • Technical support and training—a relationship is more than a sale; does the vendor provide training or have a robust user community?
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SOLIDWORKS provides powerful tools, but without the right know-how, the full potential of these tools cannot be attained.  CATI provides our customers with comprehensive SOLIDWORKS training in both beginning and advanced topics.

Instruction by our certified trainers is available throughout the year at our nationwide campuses.  We focus on small class sizes that afford you the individual attention you need to learn and thrive.


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SOLIDWORKS Subscription

The SOLIDWORKS Subscription Service Program gives you immediate access to a number of items that will improve your CAD experience, expertise, and return on investment:

  • Live, local tech support with CATI
  • Software upgrades and new releases
  • Free access to SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard and SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard (for SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium subscribers)
  • Free CSWA and CSWP SOLIDWORKS Certification Exams
  • Access to MySolidWorks eLearning
  • SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal for info repository, enhancement requests, and beta access

Learn more in our SOLIDWORKS Subscription datasheet.

CATI Is Your SOLIDWORKS Success Plan

As North America’s first SOLIDWORKS partner, no one is more qualified to build and support your product development process.  We believe everyone should have access to our curated portfolio of transformative engineering and manufacturing technologies.

By listening to and working with you, we will find the right solution for you at the right time, with an implementation and growth plan to support your business ambitions.

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We’re ready to help figure out the right product development solution plan for you. Contact us today to get started with a quote, a free trial, a demo, or just ask questions.

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