Leverage the value of legacy data with the FeatureWorks Add-in for SOLIDWORKS.

FeatureWorks, included with SOLIDWORKS StandardSOLIDWORKS Professional and SOLIDWORKS Premium bundles, makes it easy to share data between different CAD systems. The first parametric feature recognition software for SOLIDWORKS CAD software users, enabling more productive import of 3D models into SOLIDWORKS from other CAD systems..

When importing files into SOLIDWORKS, FeatureWorks applies intelligence to static geometric data, recognizes it, and then readies it for use in SOLIDWORKS. Fine-tuning imported designs is simple with the functionality of SOLIDWORKS. Imported features like holes, cuts, and chamfers are fully editable, associative, and parametric. You can even create new features at any time.

FeatureWorks Features & Benefits

FeatureWorks captures all imported data and recognizes features from files produced by standard translators such as STEP, IGES®, SAT (ACIS®), VDA-FS, and Parasolid® files. Ideal for geometrically regular parts, able to recognize all these features:

  • Extrusion features such as bosses and cuts of the following sketch entities: lines, circles, and circular arcs
  • Revolved features that are conical or cylindrical
  • Any standard hole types, such as simple, tapered, and counterbored
  • Sheet metal features including miter flange, edge flange, sketch and bend, and base features
  • Random sketch patterns of features on a plane
  • Shell features such as uniform wall and shell inward only
  • Ribs and draft features
  • Constant and variable-radius fillets
  • Applied features such as chamfers and fillets
  • Multibody part construction

Feature Recognition Methods

Choose automatic or interactive methods. FeatureWorks provides both automatic and interactive feature recognition capabilities. Automatic feature recognition requires no user intervention. The interactive method provides a dialog that lets you control or specify the design intent easily by selecting and clicking on a face or the edges of a cut or boss. The model checker indicates any changes to underlying imported geometry before and after feature recognition. You can perform automatic recognition before or after interactive recognition. All feature recognition steps can be automated using the SOLIDWORKS API (Application Programming Interface).

Easy setup, easy use, fully integrated with SOLIDWORKS software. You can access all the controls for FeatureWorks from the SOLIDWORKS menu bar. The FeatureManager® design tree in SOLIDWORKS software automatically keeps track of features recognized by FeatureWorks, so the entire design process stays consistent and intuitive. FeatureWorks provides the same Windows® look-and-feel that has made SOLIDWORKS the easiest to learn and use 3D CAD software available.

Included with:


The FeatureWorks Add-in is part of the SOLIDWORKS Premium software bundle from Javelin.

SOLIDWORKS Premium software gives you powerful, easy-to-use functionality that automates tasks, streamlines workflows, and helps you quickly define and validate the form, fit, and function of your design. Part of the SOLIDWORKS product development solution.

Includes tools for design, simulation, sustainability, communication and data management—SOLIDWORKS Premium empowers innovative design with specific tools that help you work more efficiently so you can make better design decisions.

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