Dassault Systemes SolidWorks

Version2022(as of 6/14/2022)
PlatformsWindows, Mac, Web
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Rating:3.3  |  29 Votes

Main Features

  • Support for a variety of popular industry formats, such as Autodesk Inventor, IGES, STEP, ProEngineer, and Solid Edge
  • Advanced photorealistic rendering
  • eDrawings Professional collaboration
  • Automated cost estimation
  • Interference Check capability for verifying that parts and assemblies will fit, assemble, and operate correctly

Software Overview

Dassault Systemes SolidWorks is a CAD package used to design and model parts and assemblies. The software is available in Standard, Professional, and Premium editions, with each edition providing more advanced features.

The CAD software specializes in the design of sheet metal, piping and tubing, molds, plastic and cast parts, weldments, and electrical cable harnesses and conduits. SolidWorks supports a variety of popular industry formats, such as Autodesk Inventor, IGES, STEP, ProEngineer, and Solid Edge. The software uses proprietary file formats to store each of the 3 different aspects of a design created with the software:

  1. Part - A 3D representation of a single design component stored in the .SLDPRT file.
  2. Assembly - A 3D arrangement of parts and other assemblies stored in the .SLDASM file.
  3. Drawing - A 2D representation of a part or assembly, which is stored in the .SLDDRW file.

SolidWorks gives you a large variety of tools to help you through the engineering design process. The software's 3D solid modeling enables you to create 3D solid models of any part and assembly, make variations of your designs, directly edit your model by clicking and dragging model geometry, and generate surfacing for any 3D geometry. The software also provides advanced photorealistic rendering, automated cost estimation, and eDrawings Professional collaboration capabilities. And before you go into the production of your design, the software's Interference Check tool lets you verify that your parts and assemblies will fit, assemble, and operate correctly.


SolidWorks is a professional tool used by engineers, and with its large array of capabilities, the software matches up favorably with other professional CAD applications, such as IMSI's TurboCAD and Autodesk's Inventor. Dassault Systemes SolidWorks is a great choice for designing your mechanical drawings, parts, and assemblies.

Primary File Type

sldprt icon.SLDPRTSolidWorks Part

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.SLDPRTSolidWorks Part
.ASMDOTSolidWorks Assembly Template
.EDRWSolidWorks eDrawings File
.PRTDOTSolidWorks Part Template
.SLDASMSolidWorks Assembly
.SLDDRTSolidWorks Drawing Sheet
.SLDDRWSolidWorks Drawing
.SWJSolidWorks Journal File

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.3MF3D Manufacturing File
.AIAdobe Illustrator Artwork
.ASMPro/ENGINEER Assembly File
.ASMSolid Edge Assembly File
.DRWDrawing File
.DWGAutoCAD Drawing
.DXFDrawing Exchange Format File
.EASMeDrawings Assembly File
.HSFHOOPS Stream Format File
.IAMInventor Assembly
.IGSIGES Drawing
.IPTInventor Part
.OBJWavefront 3D Object File
.PRTSolid Edge Part File
.PSDAdobe Photoshop Document
.PSMSolid Edge Sheet Metal File
.STLStereolithography File
.XASPro/ENGINEER Assembly Instance Accelerator File
.XPRPro/ENGINEER Part Instance Accelerator File
Updated 6/14/2022