Get up to speed quickly with SOLIDWORKS and unlock the benefits of this powerful design solution for rapid creation of parts and assembly files for 3D Printers.

SOLIDWORKS® 3D CAD software delivers powerful design functionality with an intuitive user interface to speed your design process and allow you to generate 3D models for printing.

SolidWorks CAD Software
Conceptual Design

Begin 3D designs quickly using imported images, simple sketches, or scanned 3D data

Collaborate and Share 3D Files

Share your designs, manage 3D files, and work closely with your team and other stakeholders

Visualize your 3D Files

Lifelike visualization and virtual testing before 3D Printing and manufacture.

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Intuitive UI

An intuitive user interface that puts functions where you need them

Create 3D Models

Flexible 3D modeling tools cover the full range of design tasks to quickly develop your product concepts.

Communicate your Design

Create production-ready 2D drawings that communicate how your design should be manufactured and assembled.

Interference Check

Verify components can be assembled properly before going into production.

Design Analysis

Verify operation and performance while creating your design with fully integrated simulation and analysis tools.

Designed for your Industry

Suited for small or large enterprises in any manufacturing/design industry

Fast Return On Investment

Highly reliable software will allow you design your products faster

Training & Support

Javelin provides the training and support you need to create your CAD models effectively with a 3D Printer

Installation & Service

We can install your software remotely and set it up for optimum performance and to suit your design requirements.

The CAD to STL Process

After designing a model in SOLIDWORKS you can save the design as an STL file. An STL file renders surfaces in the CAD design as a mesh of triangles. The number and size of the triangles determine how accurately curved surfaces are printed. You control the number and size of the triangles by setting the following parameters when you create the STL file from the CAD design:

Chordal Tolerance / Deviation

The maximum distance between the surface of the original design and the tessellated surface of the STL triangle.

Angle Control

The angular deviation allowed between adjacent triangles. This setting enables you to increase tessellation, necessary for surfaces with small radii. (The smaller the radii, the more triangles are needed).

STL File Format

You usually have the option to save STL files in either binary or ASCII format. Binary files are smaller (by a factor of 6!), so this format is usually preferred. However, ASCII files can be visually read and checked.

STL Geometry Check

Model designs containing holes and gaps adversely affect the quality of the printed model. Therefore, you should perform a geometry check of the STL files before continuing. Thirdparty software for this purpose attempts to fix the geometry of problematic files.

Export an STL Model


  1. File > Save As
  2. Set Save As Type to STL
  3. Options > Fine > OK
  4. Save
  5. STL settings: How to change STL settings
  6. File > Save As
  7. STL > Options
  8. For a smoother STL file, change the Resolution to Custom
  9. Change the deviation to 0.0005in (0.01 mm)
  10. Change the angle to 5 (Smaller deviations and angles will produce a smoother file, but the file size will get larger)

Customer Success Story

Southmedic OxyArm designed with SolidWorks

Designing a Revolutionary Oxygen Delivery system with SOLIDWORKS CAD Software

Using SOLIDWORKS software, Southmedic developed the OxyArm Predictable Oxygen Delivery System, the first "open" oxygen delivery system on the market.

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SolidWorks Part Design

SOLIDWORKS Ensures Your Designs Work Seamlessly For Manufacturing

SOLIDWORKS Standard integrates seamlessly with the latest manufacturing platforms—including 3D Printers and a wide variety of CAM software. Now you can generate design data in any format with confidence.

Plus, when you make a design change, SOLIDWORKS automatically updates all your data — including the bill of materials (BOM) for the manufacturer — to avoid mistakes and keep your project on schedule.

Highly Intuitive User Interface with the Best Customer Support in the industry

SOLIDWORKS® 3D modeling software is the core design tool you need to cut design time, reduce production costs, and increase innovation. The software features a complete range of 3D design tools, a highly intuitive user interface, and the best customer support in the CAD industry — making it the premier design tool of choice for 3D professionals worldwide.

SolidWorks Sheet Metal Part
SolidWorks Simulation

Verify operation and performance while creating your design

SOLIDWORKS integrates easy-to-use analysis tools with design to verify operation and performance during product development. SOLIDWORKS design analysis increases product innovation by reducing risk in design, significantly reduces the number of physical prototypes needed, and helps lower material and other costs.