Quickly create, manipulate, and modify mechanical designs.

SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer (SWCD) provides complementary design tools that augment existing CAD solutions for engineers creating conceptual mechanical designs. Multiple design concepts can be easily managed and evaluated before committing engineering time for further development.

Meet the experts

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Jeff Setzer

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SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer's single modeling environment makes concept design flexible and intuitive in a broad-based collaborative framework that helps accelerate design and reduce costs.

Capture ideas digitally, quickly create 2D and 3D concept models, get feedback from internal and external stakeholders, and easily manage multiple concepts before committing engineering time for further development.

SWCD works with Platform Contributor to easily save and manage your information in a safe, secure environment. It is complementary to SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, allowing you to validate your concepts in SWCD, then transition the model to SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD to complete the detailed designs and documentation.

Capabilities Include:

Sketch Motion
Evaluate your concepts for fit and function with early stage concept validation using trace paths, area sweeps, and alerts to help ensure you always move forward with the best design.

Deformable 3D Geometry
Get instant performance verification with realistic 3D components that behave as they would in the real world.

Mechanism Synthesis
Define a partially dimensioned layout of your mechanism and how it will be positioned at discrete steps; SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Design will calculate the undefined dimensions.

Additional Capabilities:

  • Single modeling environment
  • Concept management
  • SOCIAL/collaborative
  • Cloud/connected
  • Mechanism design
  • Synthesis + 2D to 3D motion
  • Direct editing
  • Predictive computing

Download SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer Data Sheet