SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer

A flexible, intuitive, powerful modeling environment


SOLIDWORKS® Conceptual Designer (SWCD) makes early concept design simple. Its instinctive workflow and user interaction make building virtual prototypes with realistic behaviors quick and easy. Sketch out component shapes, add springs, motors, and gravity, and watch as SWCD validates your ideas in real time on screen.

What is SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer?

SOLIDWORKS® Conceptual Designer is the concept design tool for the rapid creation, manipulation, and modification of designs for mechanical components. Its single modeling environment makes concept design flexible and instinctive in a broad-based collaborative framework that helps accelerate design and reduce costs.

The perfect concept design tool

Innovative design tools that augment existing CAD solutions for engineers creating conceptual mechanical designs.

  • Rapidly capture ideas digitally
  • Quickly create 2D and 3D concept models
  • Receive timely feedback from internal and external stakeholders
  • Collaborate and manage data on the cloud

Multiple design concepts can be easily managed and evaluated before committing engineering time for further development.

SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer Capabilities

Simplify and Amplify your conceptual design process


CAPTURE Design Ideas

You can easily capture ideas and design iterations with amazing flexibility directly in a digital model without pre-planning product structure:

Capture Design Ideas
Benefits of integrated design
  • Single modeling environment merges the benefits of design history, parametrics, and direct editing so you can develop concepts the way you want—top down, bottom up, layout sketch, or master model—to quickly develop ideas and win more business
  • Direct editing easily transforms both native and imported geometry without limits, reducing remodeling time and focusing you on innovation.
  • Predictive lifelike behavior helps confirm mechanical operation and shows how your model reacts in the real world so you can identify problems and resolve them while you design.
  • Evolve your design from layout sketches and 3D geometry to separate parts and assemblies without being constrained by product structures while respecting defined design intent.

SOLIDWORKS Conceptual combines the benefits of feature-based and history-free modeling in a unique way for a highly flexible, interactive workflow. You can eliminate wasted design time because you never have to start over or drastically rework designs to make an underlying change.

DEVELOP Analyze & Test

SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer helps confirm mechanical operation while you design and can alert you if design goals are violated. You can quickly generate ideas, try variations, and optimize mechanical operation.

Mechanical Analysis
Benefits of Conceptual Analysis
  • Automatic background simulation and real-time analysis during design confirm model operations.
  • Rapidly evolve 2D concepts into detailed 3D concept designs with automatic mapping of sketch relations into assembly mates and motion drivers.
  • Define design goals and receive automatic alerts if designs fall outside of specified parameters.
  • Motion simulation, structural analysis, and rapid prototyping capabilities enable designers to evaluate more design concepts in less time.

With SOLIDWORKS Conceptual, designers can conduct quick design simulation and performance assessments, as well as export the data to produce physical prototypes, inside a single modeling environment.

COLLABORATE on the Cloud

SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer brings natural collaboration to your conceptual design process. Product knowledge, use cases, and design ideas reside with a wide array of geographically dispersed stakeholders — from your design team to suppliers and customers. There’s no need to go away from the design concept to attend meetings or solicit input and feedback.

Collaborate on the cloud
Benefits of the cloud
  • Access the collective intelligence of the whole team to drive towards the best design solution
  • Collaborate internally and externally with suppliers and customers in an open innovation process
  • Engage stakeholders at any point in the design process by posting concepts to their private communities
  • Collect stakeholder concept reviews and feedback using simple and familiar web tools

With SOLIDWORKS Conceptual, designers can conduct quick design simulation and performance assessments, as well as export the data to produce physical prototypes, inside a single modeling environment.


SIMPLIFY Your Design Process

Use social innovation and collaboration for better design

SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer simplifies the process of conceptual design and helps you make it a business advantage. Typically, mechanical conceptual design consumes almost one-third of project time, with an average of six design iterations.

With 98 percent of companies collaborating on conceptual design, the potential impact on your time-to-market and cost is clear, and transparent data management and communication are critical. What do you need to make conceptual design work efficiently?

Why choose Conceptual Designer

  • 31% of project time is spent on conceptual design
  • Three out of four engineers regularly participate in conceptual design
  • A typical project averages six conceptual and four design iterations
  • 98% of companies collaborate during conceptual design

Top 3 Benefits of Conceptual Designer

  1. A flexible, innovative conceptual design process.
  2. Complementary to SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software, so you can focus on quickly solving design challenges.
  3. With your data accessed via the cloud, development teams can easily communicate and collaborate.

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform provides a Safe, Social, Connected, Informed and Structured environment for team leaders, project managers and other professionals who want to manage data on the cloud and collaborate without constraints.

Safe: Customer controlled access. Transparent cloud backup. Encrypted communication protocols. Data always safe—no overwrite, no loss of data.

Social: Integrated structured and unstructured collaboration tools enabling social innovation. Collaborate on product design or engage with your stakeholders early in product development.

Connected: Every user always connected to a single, common database. Access data anywhere, anytime, on any device. Review and markup models.

Informed: Choose from the widget library, Create and share Dashboards. Get the latest information about your product development. Always have access to your latest data.

Structured: Zero overhead data management - store and manage data across collaborative spaces, share information in communities. Find indexed data faster by using tags, custom search, etc.


“Since acquiring SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Design, we’ve been able to cut initial design development from two weeks to two days.”

— Bernd Knab, Development Manager, POLYRACK

"SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer has not only enabled us to more efficiently and completely create machine concepts, share our ideas, and discuss solution options with our customers, it has also allowed us to more easily bring initial concepts into SOLIDWORKS CAD software and more quickly introduce innovations to market.”
— Thorsten Rettich, Managing Director

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Technical Support

With SOLIDWORKS Subscription Service, you have access to extensive help from our SOLIDWORKS experts. Which will enhance your software investment and guide you through development challenges.

  • Live Technical Support from our certified support team.
  • Remote Support to solve your technical issue right on your machine.
  • Regular Communication of software updates and technical tips and tricks.

Upgrades & Resources

Enjoy the latest version of your software and direct access to a comprehensive library of drawings, parts, assemblies, and features contributed by users around the globe.

  • Automatic Upgrades to the most Up-to-date Version of your SOLIDWORKS software.
  • FREE access to the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal for Macros, Documentation, and the ability to submit Enhancement Requests.
  • Full access to the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base for Articles, Tech Tips, and Best Practices.

Online Training & Certification

A MySolidWorks online account is included with your subscription service where you can get answers, stay current, and sharpen your design skills with online training:

  • MySolidWorks Standard Account includes 600+ online tutorial videos.
  • FREE access to SOLIDWORKS testing and certification to help you become a Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA) or Professional (CSWP).

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