Using SOLIDWORKS for Plant Layout Design

Article by Sam Sharkawi updated May 12, 2017


SOLIDWORKS Plant Layout design is a breeze! Whether it’s a simple building layout or a more complex multi-building layout, SOLIDWORKS 2017 large assembly tools can help:

  • Easily organize equipment and space with new Magnetic Mates.
  • Publish parts and assemblies as assets with appropriate connection points for easy drag and drop mating.
  • Reposition models easily by un-snapping and re-snapping to new locations according to design needs.
  • Create super lightweight model version or Speedpak configuration, including published references.

Take a look at the SOLIDWORKS 2017 demonstration video below to learn more:

Plant Design Layouts

Whether you need layouts for proposals, photo renderings or even just mapping, SOLIDWORKS is capable of doing all that and more, lets take a look at an example of a plant layout:



The details on this plant layout are crisp, clear and very nicely illustrated. An accurate representation of what is on site and how everything is connected.


Also take a look at the routing from building to building. SOLIDWORKS Premium includes SOLIDWORKS Routing to help with the creation of piping systems as well as electrical wiring and harnesses.



After setting up a layout, SOLIDWORKS has a feature called 3D Walk Through / Fly Through. Create a camera and take a walk through the plant for a presentation or for inspection purposes. An example of a walk through from inside one of the buildings:

With the extensive list of SOLIDWORKS features and capabilities, plant layouts can be easily created by specifying the location of  machinery, buildings, and routed systems.


Take designing and managing plant layouts a step further with PlantWorks from Javelin:

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Sam Sharkawi

Sam has been working with 3D CAD software for over 5 years, and is always looking to solve complex design problems. Sam has trained a number of designers on using Solidworks and has applied it to their specific industry.