SOLIDWORKS 2018: How Great Designs Get Built

SOLIDWORKS 2018 is an exciting release that has been designed to address customer needs, including:

  • New innovations to address the flexibility, changing, and evolving nature of product design
  • Additional tools to empower multifaceted engineers
  • Unique features to connect the entire enterprise of small to medium-sized businesses; and
  • Advanced solutions to meet the needs of the entire product lifecycle.

With the many innovations in SOLIDWORKS 2018, companies can accelerate time to market and their innovation processes while reducing product developments costs. As SOLIDWORKS users have come to expect, more than 90 percent of 400+ projects in the release (50 percent in CAD) are customer-driven. I want to thank all of the users who shared their deep insights with our product design team and helped us deliver another fantastic release. I also want to thank the thousands of users who participated in the Beta testing process (online as well as on premise); your feedback is invaluable and has helped make SOLIDWORKS 2018 a best-in-class release.

SOLIDWORKS 2018 lets users automate the creation of tab and slot features used for self-fixturing of parts for welding.


At SOLIDWORKS we believe in giving our customers choices – for example, the choice between perpetual or term license – and with SOLIDWORKS 2018, you can choose between a Machine License or an Online License with flexibility to move between the two. Online licensing is the perfect choice for home use and for the multi-faceted engineer who is mobile, perhaps moving between Engineering and the Manufacturing floor.

SOLIDWORKS 2018 empowers engineers and their entire organization to leverage and participate in building intellectual property. In the design-to-manufacturing process it enables Smart Manufacturing – engineering data with or without 3D PMI to flow beautifully to Manufacturing (SOLIDWORKS CAM), Inspection, Data Management, Simulation (Topology Optimization), Marketing (Visualization) and fosters collaboration among stakeholders. With Distributed Data Management, small to medium-sized enterprises can implement Project Management, ECO/ECN, BOM management with dash-boarding and reports. The ease of use and implementation is very similar to SOLIDWORKS PDM.

SOLIDWORKS CAM allows you to integrate design and manufacturing processes under one system to evaluate designs earlier in the process to avoid unexpected costs and delays in finishing products on time.


Mechatronics is inevitable in many product designs – with Mechanical, Electrical, and Electronic integration with IoT. SOLIDWORKS is the best design tool to enable the design of connected things. SOLIDWORKS 2018 delivers best-in-class design tools for Connected Objects with several partner solutions that enable IOT with analytics.

SOLIDWORKS 2018 also brings several new, disruptive technologies to market – SOLIDWORKS CAM is now included with SOLIDWORKS Standard, Professional, and Premium subscription. Likewise, best-in-class topology optimization is included with Simulation Professional and Premium subscriptions. There are many innovations in core SOLIDWORKS with 3DInterconnect, Combined Mesh and solid modeling, Tab and Slot design, modeling with touch, and more. SOLIDWORKS Manage is a disruptive distributed data management solution for small to medium businesses that have decided not to implement PLM.

Automatically optimize the shape of a design based on weight, function, and manufacturing criteria using the new simulation Topology Study.


Please join us in the coming months at local reseller events  for a deep dive into SOLIDWORKS 2018 to see all of the new innovations that I have mentioned above, and more. I am confident that this release will enable you and your organization to scale into next-generation engineering processes, accelerate innovation, and expand your horizons while bringing efficiencies and collaboration features to your product development process while delivering amazing products.

Kishore Boyalakuntla

Kishore Boyalakuntla

Kishore is the SOLIDWORKS Brand UX leader and and the Product Portfolio Management Senior Director.
Kishore Boyalakuntla

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