SOLIDWORKS on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform delivers a new design experience focused on enabling our users to create innovative products in a connected and truly collaborative environment. SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Design and SOLIDWORKS Industrial Design solutions help you easily develop, review, and select mechanical and stylized concepts before committing to detailed design and manufacturing.

Make Conceptual Design Your Business Advantage

Innovate in an instinctive, powerful modeling environment that gives you the freedom to design the way you want.

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:

CONCEPTUAL Rapidly create and evolve your concepts the way you want without design barriers, and automatically capture your ideas to use anytime in the future.

INSTINCTIVE Design the way you think with agile, instinctive design tools in a structureless modeling environment with direct editing.

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

CONNECTED Enhance collaboration with automatically saved design iterations to keep data safe, up-to-date, and accessible anytime, anywhere.

Sketch Motion

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.

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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.

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2D to 3D Motion

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

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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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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.

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Direct Edit

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

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Deformable 3D Geometry

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

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Project Communities

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

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Integrated SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual Community Site

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

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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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3DInstant Messaging

Connect instantly to collaborate with other SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual users through chat, screen capture, and on-screen annotation.

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Secure Online Collaborative Spaces

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

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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.

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SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer delivers a flexible, innovative conceptual design environment. It’s complementary to SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software, so you can focus on quickly solving design challenges; develop, verify, and present your concept; and then easily transition to building part and assembly structures. Continuous file saving keeps design files current, safe, and secure. And with your data accessed via the cloud, development teams can communicate from anywhere, anytime to easily innovate and collaborate.

SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer Capabilities include:

Sketch Motion

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

Deformable 3D Geometry

Get instant performance verification with realistic 3D components that behave as they would in the real world

Mechanism Synthesis

Define a partially dimensioned layout of your mechanism and how it will be positioned at discrete steps, and SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Design will calculate the undefined dimensions.

Additional Capabilities:

  • Single Modeling Environment
  • Concept Management
  • SOCIAL/Collaborative
  • Cloud/Connected
  • Mechanism Design
  • Synthesis + 2D to 3D Motion
  • Direct Editing
  • Predictive Computing



SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer simplifies the process of conceptual design and helps you make it a business advantage. The task of the industrial designer is to create shapes and forms that will resonate with the user of the product and create an emotional response. These shapes are then used, or re-created, in another design package to add the mechanical and or electrical product information to finish the product design. It is this marriage of industrial and mechanical design that causes headaches within the design process. Data incompatibility and extensive rework slow the product development process, raise direct and indirect project costs, and reduce overall design efficiency.

SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer and the 3DEXPERIENCE platform break down these design-process barriers by

  • Delivering an instinctive, easy-to-use design tool
  • Enabling engineers and designers to create complex shapes as quickly and easily as simple prismatic shapes
  • Harnessing the collective intelligence of your whole design team, customers, and supply chain to capture ideas, leverage existing designs, collaborate, and quickly get feedback • Storing safe, secure, intelligent data that can be accessed anywhere at anytime

SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer Capabilities include:

Intuitive Freehand Sketching

Allows you to capture your design ideas directly in a 3D environment.

Simplified Design Evolution

Quickly moves your concept from sketches to complex 3D geometry, helping accelerate time-to-market.

Realistic Rendering

Enables you to produce stunning images to help convey exactly how the finished product will look.

Additional Capabilities:

  • Single Modeling Environment
  • Concept Management
  • SOCIAL/Collaborative
  • Cloud/Connected
  • Concept Sketching
  • Integrated Freeform and Parametric Surface/Solid Modeling
  • Direct Editing
  • Predictive Computing
  • Rendering

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.


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


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


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

Customer Case Study


Karl Schmidt

Polyrack testimonial

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