SOLIDWORKS® Premium is a comprehensive 3D design solution that adds to the capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Professional with powerful simulation, motion, and design validation tools, advanced wire and pipe routing functionality, reverse engineering capabilities, and much more.

Users can test product performance against real life motion and forces with our rich simulation capabilities. Ensure manufacturability and resolve complex assembly issues early in the design process with tolerance stack-up analysis tools. Quickly incorporate printed circuit board data into your 3D model, and create and document layouts for electrical wiring, piping, and tubing with the extended toolsets of SOLIDWORKS. You can also work with 3D scanned data in SOLIDWORKS Premium. Experience all the benefits of a complete 3D design solution with SOLIDWORKS Premium.

  • The Premium suite has broader FEA capability, allowing you to do static, stress and motion analysis on assemblies, as well as parts.  Solidworks Premium also has a routing feature for tooling and harnessing; CircuitWorks to create enclosures for circuit boards; Tol  Analyst to determine sizing allowances; and an easy interface with eCAD if you also do electrical design, point cloud import, or PC
    board design.

SOLIDWORKS Premium solutions include Features in SOLIDWORKS Professional and:

SOLIDWORKS Motion uses assembly mates, part contacts, and a robust physics-based solver to accurately determine the physical dynamic movements of an assembly under load to verify that you have met your design goals throughout the operating cycle.
Calculate stresses, deformations, and factor of safety of geometry under loads to intuitively identify areas prone to failure or over-dimensioned areas. You can also evaluate design changes to enhance quality and performance.
SOLIDWORKS includes TolAnalyst™ tolerance analysis tool that automatically checks the effects of tolerances on parts and assemblies to ensure consistent fit of components and to verify tolerancing schemes before the product goes into production. The tolerance analysis can be rerun instantly if a dimensioning or tolerancing change is made, enabling you to get to an optimized tolerancing scheme more quickly.

Quickly and easily check dimensions and tolerances using SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software to assess the manufacturability of your design long before reaching production. Check parts and assembly tolerances during design, accelerating the design process, saving time and development costs, and increasing productivity.

TolAnalyst provides automated tolerance analysis studies to:

  • Assess min/max tolerances
  • Perform root-sum-squared (RSS) tolerance analysis
  • List contributing features and tolerances categorized by percent impact

Make changes to dimension and tolerancing schemes, and instantly run an updated tolerance analysis to see the impact of your changes.

SOLIDWORKS® Electrical streamlines collaborative design between mechanical and electrical teams. Multiple users can work on the same project simultaneously in a real-time environment, speeding product development. Collaboration capability is standard in all SOLIDWORKS Electrical packages.

Elements include:

  • Real-time, bidirectional synchronization between schematic (2D) and 3D model data
  • Real-time multi-user environment
  • Multi-user/project management
    • Multi-project
    • Multi-location
Accelerate the development process and save time by designing piping and tubing in 3D during system design withSOLIDWORKS Premium. By integrating piping and tubing during the design process, designers can help ensure efficient assembly, operation, and serviceability, avoiding rework, delays, and extra cost.

Piping and Tubing Design Overview

Use the wide range of tools in SOLIDWORKS Premium to simplify design and documentation of piping and tubing for a wide range of systems and applications, including machinery, skid systems, and process plant piping. With SOLIDWORKS Premium, designers can:

  • Create piping system designs with butt welded, socket welded, threaded, and other connections
  • Create flexible or rigid tubing lines
  • Automate placement of supports and hangers for all lines
  • Generate bend tables for tube routes to support manufacturing
  • Calculate cut lengths for all pipe and tube runs
  • Auto-route pipe/tube paths through the design that can be easily edited according to assembly and service needs
  • Ensure minimum bend radii in flexible tube systems
  • Output PCF files for use with ISOGEN® piping software
  • Export tubing/piping bend tables to CNC benders
  • Automatically generate piping/tubing manufacturing drawings from your 3D models
  • Import logical connection information design from SOLIDWORKS Solution Partner products
  • Automatically create bill of material (BOM), cut lists, bend tables, and other manufacturing documentation
  • Access a CAD library of piping and tubing components
  • Use the Routing Library Manager (RLM) wizard to guide creation of custom piping/tubing components
Generate and document 3D electrical route paths, and complete the BOM for your design
Facilitate reverse engineering that can speed up your design process, save time and development costs, and accelerate your time-to-market by converting scanned data of physical products into SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD geometry.

ScanTo3D Overview

ScanTo3D reduces the time required to build complex 3D models of real-world items, such as sculpted objects, and anatomical items. 3D data such as point clouds and mesh (which is attained from laser scanners and other devices) can be imported, parsed, manipulated, modified, and ultimately turned into 3D solids and surfaces. ScanTo3D functionality includes the ability to:

  • Convert imported 3D scan data to a SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD model
  • Create either a surface or a mesh
  • Utilize Wizards for mesh, curve, and surface
  • Apply texture data to your mesh from imported texture files
  • Use the Deviation Analysis tool to inspect for and display deviations between the mesh and other entities created by referencing the mesh
  • Refine imported mesh and then convert to SOLIDWORKS 3D solid part
  • Import point cloud data
  • Export scanned data in multiple formats: *.xyz, *.wrl, *.stl, *.3ds, *.obj
Often products like leather goods, sports equipment, footwear, and products made from composite materials, like carbon fiber and fiberglass, have complex shapes, but are manufactured from materials that start out as flat stock, such as cow hides, nylon, cloth, and flat composite sheet. Therefore, it is necessary to accurately determine or estimate the size and shape of the surfaces in their flattened state in order to be able to cut the material from the flat sheet.

Automated, Interactive Surface and Curve Flattening and Data Export

SOLIDWORKS has always provided the ability to automatically flatten certain types of geometry. The SOLIDWORKS Flat Pattern feature for sheet metal parts provides automated flattening per sheet metal K-Factor and Bend Tables. However, when geometry is more complex, such as with nonanalytic surfaces, more control is often required to determine how the surface should be flattened.

SOLIDWORKS advanced surface flattening functionality provides control and flexibility to easily flatten these more complex surfaces. You can:

  • Automatically flatten the surface and interrogate an interactive deformation plot (mesh) to graphically view stretch and compression concentrations that can occur when flattening some surfaces with high curvature
  • Relieve material stresses due to flattening by creating relief cuts; Relief can be created by selecting sketches, sketch entities, and part edges, or by creating split lines or cuts for relief of stresses in these areas
  • Select “control edges” to guide the flattening process to maintain length and shape of specific edges, which is particularly helpful for more highly contoured surfaces
  • Sketch curves on surfaces and then flatten the surfaces and the curves together
  • Export flattened surface outlines or patterns for material cutting in a variety of export formats

SOLIDWORKS Routing users can route rectangular and round sections to meet their design needs. Equipment designers, product designers, machine designers, facility designers and others all need rectangular section routing to complete their designs that include ducting, cable trays, conveyors, material handling chutes, and many other systems.

SOLIDWORKS Routing let’s you:

  • Generate and run rectangular (or other non-round) route sections using the same familiar SOLIDWORKS Routing user interface
  • Select from various standard route and sub-route types such as Ducting/Trunking, Cable Tray, and Ribbon Cable
  • Leverage the ‘User Defined’ route type for HVAC, Conveyors, space planning, etc.
  • Leverage initial Design Libraries for building additional libraries of rectangular sections
  • Automatically insert rectangular elbows and other fitting as you sketch your route paths
  • Automatically update the BOM for your route, including all fittings and sections, as you design