Modeling in 3D with SolidWorks

SolidWorks helps you move through the design cycle smarter. We live in a 3D world, so by designing in a 3D environment, your team can create real solutions faster, more accurately, and more creatively.


    • In SolidWorks, you can not only create solid models, but also import, create, and manipulate surfaces; view models in wireframe mode; and generate 2D drawings from the 3D solid models. ScanTo3D tools, available in SolidWorks Premium, import mesh and point cloud data from which you can create surfaces and solid models.


    • In SolidWorks, drawings are the 2D documents that you create from 3D part or assembly models. The tools that are considered drawing tools in 2D CAD programs are sketching tools in SolidWorks. When developing models in SolidWorks, you sketch geometric entities (such as rectangles and circles) as the basis for solid features (such as extrusions, revolves, and cuts). You can sketch entities approximately, then dimension the entities exactly.


    • SolidWorks gives the three basic file types their own extensions to facilitate finding and filtering files based on content. From an active document, you can open related files as follows:


      • Open a drawing from its associated part or assembly document
      • Open a part or assembly document from a drawing view
      • Open a part from the component in its assembly document

typically; you begin in a part document, creating a part. When you have several parts, you can assemble them in an assembly document. You can create drawings from both parts and assemblies.


    • Design intent is how your model behaves when dimensions are modifi ed. An example of design intent is how you create and dimension a hole in a block. The hole can be a certain distance from a corner or edge, or it can be in the middle of the face, for example. If the size of the block or the hole changes, the part rebuilds correctly if the design intent has been considered in the defi nition. SolidWorks captures the intent of a design, including relations, parameters, and model behavior. You can draw lines approximately, and later dimension them exactly. You can also change the sketch and feature dimensions at any time and rebuild the part. In the following example, one hole is fi xed, one is driven by an equation, and the other two are mirrored. As the size of the hinge changes, the holes remain properly spaced along the length and width.


Modeling in 3D helps you stay organized and in touch with the real world you’re designing for. With SolidWorks, increased speed and accuracy free your design team to be more creative, so you can design products smarter, faster, and better.