Simplify conceptual design of products and machinery with powerful SOLIDWORKS 3D design tools. SOLIDWORKS conceptual design capabilities enable you work with all types of conceptual design data, including sketches, images, Adobe® Illustrator® files, 3D scan data, and existing 3D and 2D CAD data. That makes your design process faster, saves time and development costs, and increases productivity.

Conceptual Design Overview

SOLIDWORKS conceptual design capabilities enable you to quickly create diverse product designs from simple products to large designs with complex mechanisms, such as packaging machinery. Conceptual design tools include:

  • Assembly Layout Sketches to quickly layout a basic sketch to define locations for components or equipment, and then make later sketch changes to relocate items you’ve designed that are mated to the sketch
  • Mechanism Layout Sketches to define mechanisms using only sketch segments that can be dragged to demonstrate desired mechanism motion
  • Reuse of existing SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD data, and importing 3D and 2D CAD data from other systems
  • Importing image files or scanned paper sketches
  • Auto-Trace functionality for converting and sketching with imported images
  • Powerful surfacing tools to generate organic, stylized shapes for products, enclosures, or packaging
  • ScanTo3D that leverages imported 3D scan data and significantly reduces the time to build complex 3D models from non-digital data (available in SOLIDWORKS Premium)