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What is CAD?

CAD stands for computer-aided design and is the use of computer systems to assist in the creation, analysis, modification and optimisation of design. Generally CAD is a much quicker tool than traditional methods of design and can improve the quality and productivity of a project.

It is used in many industries and can be used for 2D and 3D design. SOLIDWORKS offers a full CAD design suite including 3D CAD, electronic design, data management, technical communications and many more. The technology involved in 3D CAD tools has, like most technology over the past ten years, made exciting advances. The SOLIDWORKS approach to developing these tools has to put the designer first. CAD should be about the design process and not the technology. Designers using 3D CAD can enjoy using a seamless and intuitive design environment to express and realise their ideas.

The information in this page will lead you through the portfolio of SOLIDWORKS design products that help designers bring better ideas to market, faster.

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SOLIDWORKS offers three 3D CAD design programs; SOLIDWORKS Premium, Professional and Standard. All of which have a range powerful design capabilities. The CAD package makes up part of the SOLIDWORKS solution which provides designers and engineers with additional tools to simulate and virtually test designs, tools to collaborate and manage all of the data and files associated with a project as well. There are tools to produce intelligent electrical designs for products and software to produce technical drawings for manuals such as training and instruction books which are dynamically linked to the designs so that design changes are reflected in the artwork, thereby reducing project lead times.

You can review these tools by referring to our product matrix.

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Other CAD

As well as 3D design tools, CAD also includes product data management tools, technical communication, sustainability tools and many more in order to increase the productivity of your business and the quality of it’s goods and services. Below is a list of some of the other products that are on offer from the SOLIDWORKS design suite…


SOLIDWORKS Simulation is a fantastic tool that is seamlessly integrated into the design software. This tool instantly raises the quality of your design, saving you money and time by reducing the amount of prototypes…

Data Management

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise Product Data Manager (EPDM) is a software solution for companies (large or small) to formulate, manage and synchronise data across he product development team. From design right through to…

Technical Communication

SOLIDWORKS Composer is an easy-to-use tool that can increase efficiency and productivity within your design team. Composer enables you to clearly explain and present your data using 2D and 3D graphical content…

Sustainability Reports

Today’s global marketplace is increasingly demanding for products that are more environmentally conscious. Your design solution for this is SOLIDWORKS Sustainability which allows you to perform life cycle…

Electrical Design

SOLIDWORKS Electrical  and Electrical 3D simplifies electrical system design with its intelligent design tools, comprehensive parts database – and real-time integration of your 2D schematics and 3D models.

Injection Moulding Tools

SOLIDWORKS Plastics brings injection moulding simulation directly to designers in the plastics world. It works directly on your 3D model, avoiding translation issues.