Smarter Manufacturing for a New Age of Product Development

Taking an integrated approach to get your products from design to manufacturing is one of the simplest ways you can accelerate the product development process.

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Smart Manufacturing

An Integrated Approach for Design to Manufacturing

Smarter Manufacturing for a New Age of Product Development

For years, companies have survived with a separation between their design and manufacturing departments, both by organization, and by the tools they use. Now, with more competition and a need to output products faster, with greater, more predictable quality and at lower costs, companies need to streamline their design to manufacturing workflows to reduce errors and waste.

Taking an integrated approach to get your products from design to manufacturing is one of the simplest ways you can accelerate the product development process. You can easily move from concept design to manufactured parts quickly because your teams can work together concurrently, without having to port data from one system to another.

One of the biggest challenges facing manufacturers today is time. Whether it’s managing it, losing it, or spending too much of it, time is a constant source of concern. A large percentage of these problems are related to communication.

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Design Anything with Best-in-Class Solutions

Great Products Start with Great Design

Innovation, quality, and performance are essential to a great design. To create great products, you need the right design tools. Your design tools should be flexible enough to support creative thinking, yet powerful enough to handle the complexity of today’s products, and to provide manufacturing with everything they need to develop the finished product.

More than four million designers, engineers, managers, and manufacturers around the world, use SOLIDWORKS design tools to help drive smarter, faster, and easier product development. SOLIDWORKS 2018 enables designers and engineering teams to work faster than ever before.

Design Improvements in SOLIDWORKS 2018

New features. New capabilities. Check out the latest features and improvements in SOLIDWORKS 2018 to discover how you can design solid models faster and more efficiently than ever before. Watch the videos below to see SOLIDWORKS design tools in action.


Make quick and easy design changes across your entire electrical project with several new global project options, and powerful enhancements to the terminal strip editor.

Work with mesh data more like surface and body geometry. Create surfaces directly from mesh to quickly convert 3D mesh geometry into native SOLIDWORKS surfaces.

A new tool automates the creation of tab and slot features, minimizing your need to build costly welding fixtures.

Discover how SOLIDWORKS 2018 delivers productivity improvements to the everyday tasks of assembly design.

Capture design ideas even faster using a Windows touch-enabled device, by free hand sketching with your finger, pen, or stylus directly in a sketch.

3D Interconnect now supports a greater variety of formats including neutral files such as JT, STEP, IGES, and ACIS. Other enhancements include support for reference geometry such as planes and axis, as well as custom properties from other CAD applications.

New capabilities in SOLIDWORKS MBD help you capture manufacturing information within the 3D model to speed up the design to manufacture process.

Take a look at how SOLIDWORKS 2018 aids day-to-day productivity with a series of enhancements focused 100 percent on you.

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Verify Function and Manufacturability

Virtual Validation

Great design starts with someone asking ‘What if?' SOLIDWORKS Simulation tools allow you to test ideas in a virtual environment, gaining insight into potential performance and durability. Understanding how your designs will perform in the real-world before ‘cutting metal’ will save time and money on costly physical prototypes, while improving product performance and quality.

Validating in an Integrated Design-to-Manufacturing Ecosystem

The design for manufacturability functions in SOLIDWORKS provides automated checks to find potential problems, avoid redesign costs, and prevent delays. Parts will assemble as intended and perform as designed, without surprises.

New Simulation features in SOLIDWORKS 2018

SOLIDWORKS Simulation enables design teams to work together concurrently, evolving the design while validating any changes, and reusing previous analysis information, speeding up the complete design cycle. The SOLIDWORKS model is the center of your design process, and also holds all your analysis set up and results. Any changes made to your design can be quickly and easily re-calculated ensuring product performance and reliability. New features include:

  • SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018
  • Topology Optimization

From part stress and factor of safety to problems with non-linear materials and vibration, learn how to stay competitive in today’s world by better understanding design performance.

Topology Study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional lets you focus on validating the design function. Based on real-life use, desired goals, constraints, and even manufacturing consideration, Topology Study provides results to guide your decisions on component form, regardless of the manufacturing process you choose.

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Manage Your Data and Processes

Take Control of Data Management

With the explosion of electronic data created today, companies are faced with the daunting task of finding, organizing, and controlling access to this important information. SOLIDWORKS Data Management solutions can take control of a company’s data to enhance collaboration and innovation. When design data is under control, managing projects and design changes is substantially improved, and so is the way teams manage and collaborate on product development.

New Data Management Tools in SOLIDWORKS 2018

New Data Management features included with SOLIDWORKS 2018 help you gain a greater level of control over your data. Watch the video below to see the latest additions in action.


New enhancements to SOLIDWORKS PDM include bi-directional communication between PDM and the revision tables. Design branching and merging improves the process of handling various design change scenarios such as engineering change requests, and working with external vendors.

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Streamline and Automate Manufacturing

Integrated Design to Manufacturing

There’s more to an integrated design-to-manufacturing process than just time and cost savings. An integrated platform means that design and manufacturing data can be exchanged easily, with fewer errors. Any changes to the design are propagated across the platform, ensuring everyone is working with the most up-to-date data. All of this gives manufacturing teams visibility into their work and enables them to provide input up front.


The new integrated CAM solution from SOLIDWORKS empowers your design and engineering teams to work in a more streamlined and efficient way. Manufacturing engineers can program tool paths directly on the SOLIDWORKS model. Product engineers can evaluate designs earlier in the process to avoid unexpected costs and delays. Powered by the industry-leading technology of CAMWorks®, SOLIDWORKS CAM is a fully integrated, rules-based technology that allows you to integrate design and manufacturing processes in one application. This connects design and manufacturing teams directly through a common software tool and a common 3D model.

Ring Brothers leveraged SOLIDWORKS to accelerate innovative, unique automotive components and assemblies to support its custom muscle-car restorations and associated catalog parts business

New Manufacturing Tools in SOLIDWORKS 2018

SOLIDWORKS CAM is only one of the hundreds of new tools and capabilities available in SOLIDWORKS 2018. Check out the videos below to learn more about all the new enhancements to manufacturing tools.

  • Introducing SOLIDWORKS CAM
  • Tolerance Based Machining

Rules Based machining and Automatic Feature Recognition result in easy-to-learn, yet fast and powerful CAM.

Generate CNC programs directly from GD&T information applied to the 3D model, driven by pre-defined rules that match your manufacturing best practices.

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Make Sure It’s Right

Making it Just Right

SOLIDWORKS Inspection software automates the creation of ballooned inspection drawings and sheets for First Article Inspection (FAI) and in-process inspections. Save time and virtually eliminate errors by leveraging your existing 2D and 3D legacy data.

Shop Floor and Customer-Facing Content

Once you use SOLIDWORKS Inspection to make sure you can manufacture your product, SOLIDWORKS provides tools to quickly and easily create the content you need, including photo-quality images and animations, content for user manuals and assembly instructions, as well as other interactive and immersive 3D experiences. With the SOLIDWORKS integrated design-through-manufacturing solution, you can start creating these materials and demand for your product, before it even exists.

Inspection Tools in SOLIDWORKS 2018

New Inspection features can save you time. Check out the video below to see the software in action.


Leverage the power of Model-Based Definition by generating first article inspection reports directly from dimensions and annotations applied directly to 3D parts and assemblies.


See how SOLIDWORKS delivers powerful tools to ensure your great designs get built. Try SOLIDWORKS online today!

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