New products are often variations of existing products, with current designs tweaked or reconfigured to meet a new customer’s need or requirement. At other times, major sections of one or several designs need to be reused in other designs.

SOLIDWORKS search, automation, and configuration tools simplify the reuse of existing design data to create new designs. Designers and engineers can find and configure design data and documentation quickly to create new designs, which reduces product development time so they can put their focus on developing innovative new products rather than manipulating a CAD system.

SOLIDWORKS design reuse and automation tools include:

  • CAD Search—Find items quickly in complex designs
  • Design automation—Streamline creation of similar parts
  • Parts and Assembly Configuration—Generate simple, complex, or similar versions of your design