3 Things You MUST Know About SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer


1. It’s all about industrial design.

The industrial design process is very different from the traditional mechanical design process.  Industrial design is all about form, mechanical design is all about function.  Great products merge these two disciplines without compromising them.

SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer is all about enabling our customers to develop innovative industrial design quickly and easily. Industrial designers are tasked to create multiple shapes and concepts that evoke an emotional response in a matter of hours, so the tools they need to create, render and share have to be intuitive, flexible and  accessible 24/7 from anywhere in the world.

With SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer you have a full suite of industrial design tools. From rapidly capturing your ideas with concept sketching, to fleshing out a concept in 3D using freeform bodies through to quick photo realistic rendering, SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer delivers all the tools an industrial designer requires in one package.



2. The cloud accelerates the design process.

SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer is more than just CAD software, it uses online tools, ‘the cloud’ and services to accelerate the design process.  These online tools deliver transparent data management, online collaborative spaces and project communities.

With SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer “transparent” means that the design data management is “invisible” to the user—operating in the background ensuring the design is safe and secure.  With the data stored on the cloud, as opposed to a shared network drive, the data can easily be accessed 24hrs a day from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.

Collaboration with SOLIDWORKS 3DEXPERIENCE solutions comes in two flavours, co-design collaboration and community co-review.  Co-design is enabled through online collaborative spaces where the project design data is stored.  This data is accessible to the whole design team, not just SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer users, via secure invitation.  Co-review occurs through sharing design data and collaborating on a design project.  By setting up an online community, design team leaders users can invite colleagues, suppliers and customers to comment upon the designs and guide the project at anytime from anywhere.



The cloud enables SOLIDWORKS users to collaborate when they want, where they want and with whom they want, 24/7.  Designs no longer have to wait for everyone to be in the office to move forward, the cloud accelerates design.

Currently the ‘cloud’ is hosted on the Dassault Systèmes cloud infrastructure. Hosting on a private cloud behind your company’s firewall is not possible with this release, but may be in the future.

3. It’s complementary to your existing SOLIDWORKS products

No design happens in a vacuum, outside influences constrain a design’s shape and form.  For you these constraints maybe the environment the product has to work in, or it might be an existing set of CAD geometry you have to work around.

As you would expect coming from SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer is aimed at complementing your existing designs and workflows.  Using SOLIDWORKS data inside of SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer is easy and vice versa. Take a look at the video below to see how they work together



SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer is targeted at design professionals and teams who are tasked with creating products with organic or freeform shapes.  The requirements and workflows for industrial design are different to those requirements for mechanical design, and the tools inside of SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer reflect that. SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer enables designers to rapidly create, innovate, and collaborate their ideas while complementing the existing SOLIDWORKS toolset.

Read more about the capabilities in SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer in the white paper, “Increase Innovation and Improve Industrial Design with SOLIDWORKS Industrial Design Software.”


Stephen Endersby

Stephen Endersby

Product Manager at SolidWorks
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