Powerful Tools for Complex Products – Visualize, then Realize with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD tools

In the first chapter of our series of eBooks on Integrating Design and Manufacturing with SOLIDWORKS, we discussed the advantages offered by adopting an integrated design and manufacturing solution. These advantages include a seamless transition from design to manufacturing and fewer errors and miscommunications resulting from translation errors. Miscommunications often occur between teams because the disparate tools each team uses don’t speak a common language. An integrated design and manufacturing process can translate to boosted productivity, reduced costs, and higher-quality products. In Chapter 2 of this eBook series you’ll learn why:

  • SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD is the perfect solution for all your modeling needs whether large or small, simple or complex.

Effective product design involves a wide range of tasks that demand flexibility in your software. 3D solid modeling offers several advantages over traditional 2D design, but you want 3D CAD tools that you can use every day while being powerful enough to handle all the aspects of your design process.

  • SOLIDWORKS 2D Drawing functionality enables the fast and easy creation of production-ready manufacturing drawings.

Quickly create production-ready 2D drawings that are always current, and clearly communicate how your design should be manufactured and assembled. SOLIDWORKS associativity links a 2D drawing directly with a 3D solid model, so updates to the 3D model can be automatically reflected in the 2D drawing.


  • SOLIDWORKD Model-Based Definition (MBD) supports of drawingless manufacturing.

SOLIDWORKS MBD is an integrated drawingless manufacturing solution for SOLIDWORKS. It helps companies define, organize, and publish 3D Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) including 3D model data in industry-standard file formats, such as 3D PDF and eDrawings. Unlike traditional 2D drawings, SOLIDWORKS MBD guides the manufacturing process directly in 3D, which helps streamline production, cut cycle time, reduce errors, and support industry standards such as Military-Standard-31000A, ASME Y14.41, ISO 16792, and DIN ISO 16792.

  • CAD Data Import, Export, Repair, and Collaboration Tools allow you to import, reuse and share data no matter where it came from, or where it is going.

Share designs, manage design files, and work closely with your team and other stakeholders while protecting proprietary data with the multiple tools and applications in SOLIDWORKS, saving time, reducing development costs, increasing productivity, and accelerating time to market.


Be sure to download Chapter 2 of 5 of this exciting new eBook series, which will demonstrate how design and manufacturing integration can be done easily with SOLIDWORKS CAD software.


Next up: Design for Manufacturability

Don’t miss the next release of our series of Integrated Design and Manufacturing eBooks out on Monday March 21st. Learn how SOLIDWORKS solutions can help you determine the manufacturability of your products—while you’re still designing them.
The next eBook will cover SOLIDWORKS Solutions for:

  • Costing
  • Plastic part design
  • Sheet metal
  • Weldments
  • Advanced sheet metal flattening
Alyson Savelle

Alyson Savelle

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Alyson Savelle
Alyson Savelle