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What Is SolidWorks Premium?

SolidWorks Premium seamlessly integrates powerful design tools-including industry-leading part, assembly, and drawing capabilities with built in simulation, rendering, animation, product data management and cost estimation. SolidWorks will help you get work done faster and easier than before, using innovative phases of product creation to achieve a more productive 3D design experience.

Who Uses SolidWorks Premium?

On-premise and cloud-based manufacturing design platform that allows individuals and enterprises of all sizes to create and collaborate 2D drafts, 3D designs, CAD models, animations and more.

SolidWorks Premium Software - Weldments Tool - Included in all SOLIDWORKS licences. Speed up the process of designing welded structures using the weldment tool. Complete with libraries of pre-defined structural shapes.
SolidWorks Premium Software - Automated Bill of Materials (BoM), customisable templates and intelligently linked assets inside SOLIDWORKS. Meaning if a part or assembly is changed, all associated drawings and assets are updated simultaneously.
SolidWorks Premium Software - eDrawings - included in every SOLIDWORKS Premium and Professional licence. Generate accurate representations of 2D and 3D product designs that anyone can view, mark up, and measure.  eDrawings Professional contains additional functionality such as AR & VR
SolidWorks Premium Software - Static Simulation - included in every SOLIDWORKS Premium licence. Run linear stress analysis (FEA) directly from your SOLIDWORKS CAD model resulting in fewer costly prototypes, reduced rework and delays and greater time and cost efficiency.
SolidWorks Premium Software - SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard - included in every SOLIDWORKS Premium and Professional licence. Powerful rendering tool that produces compelling visual content from the existing CAD data with unparalleled ease and flexibility.

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Reviews of SolidWorks Premium

Average score

Overall
4.6
Ease of Use
4.2
Customer Service
4.2
Features
4.6
Value for Money
4.1

Reviews by company size (employees)

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  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001
Md Sazzad
Md Sazzad
Founder in Bangladesh
Verified LinkedIn User
Writing & Editing, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Solidworks-Best Design tool for Mechanical Engineer

5.0 2 years ago

Comments: I use Solidworks for a lot of purposes, such as designing 3D models for objects, creating 2D drawing, and even doing surface design work with sheets of metal.

Pros:

Solidworks is one of the top design tools for mechanical engineers, providing them with functionality and features that allow them to create and redesign their designs easily and efficiently. As a Mechanical Engineer, I am using this software since 2016 and it is saving me a lot of time. It provides me with all the necessary tools to quickly create 3D parts and products that are ready for production. There are many advantages to designing in Solidworks, one is that it is easier to design 3D models than Autocad. Within a short time, I can build detailed dimensions directly into SolidWorks. With the new dimensioning toolbar in SolidWorks 2020, I can now quickly and easily create accuracy and precision in my designs. There are a variety of different ways to see Solidworks, giving you the flexibility you need. Some views may work better for certain tasks while others provide a more detailed look at your project in general. Being able to navigate through designs has also been made incredibly easy by the design tree on Solidworks. It even provides a way to deal with any problems that may arise from changes or edits.

Cons:

Solidworks should have an advanced rendering system to make it easier to render 3D models. Often, solidworks software is unable to handle large assemblies while on a low configuration.

Shubham
Shubham
Operations and Training Manager in India
Verified LinkedIn User
Design, 201–500 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Phenomenal CAD tool for futuristic renderings

5.0 3 years ago

Comments: We're creating Robots and industrial solutions for our clients. Some models require kinematic links and joints in order to show the motion in a robot. Therefore, with the help of software, we're almost doing 60% of our company's work on the software and it;s generating 70% of revenue using this.

Pros:

Solidworks is the most versatile CAD tool, that doesn't require much training in order to learn and create the components. I have been a regular user since my internship days. Was in the R&D department, creating components varying in size from minute to big. and with Solidworks, the life of designers is very easy; thanks to its numerous features that help creating animations in a real-time frame.

Cons:

I haven't found any major fault which I don't like except one thing. In order to design really amazing and realistic components, you require a versatile system with a dedicated RAM and Graphics Card. As such companies are releasing their software every single year; so it become difficult for manufacturing companies to cope up with their software eligibility criteria. Rest everything is the best I have found so far in the software

Verified Reviewer
Verified LinkedIn User
Design, 11–50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

My first learnt 3D software

5.0 last week New

Pros:

It's nice to create and build 3D model, especially if the product is going to be produced, it can easily be evaluated within manufacturing phase and perspective.

Cons:

For mesh and curve 3D models, it's quite hard and requires other software to integrate with.

Verified Reviewer
Verified LinkedIn User
Aviation & Aerospace, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Industry standard software; headaches must also be industry standard

3.0 3 years ago

Comments: SolidWorks can be both the solution to and cause of many problems in my day-to-day engineering work. If the developers spent more of the thousands and thousands of dollars charged annually per seat on fixing existing issues and improving stability, rather than cramming in new features, maybe this software would be worth hanging onto. We are looking at switching to CAD package built with modern needs in mind (eg Siemens NX). This is a great software to learn CAD basics with, however, in part because there are lots of guides and tutorials online due to its popularity. Currently, we couldn't live without it, but we sure wish we could and will be hopefully moving to a different software package in the near future.

Pros:

SolidWorks is a very powerful software for mechanical design. While FEA in Premium can be limited, it's very helpful for performing basic statics analysis of a component. If you take the time to set up component, weldment, fastener etc libraries and tweak several hidden settings, you can do a lot of complicated designs and large assemblies, then generate drawings and BOMs all in one software package. -Hole wizard and similar tools are extremely useful -FEA is helpful for validating designs -Reference and parameter-driven components (when they work) within assemblies allows flexible and complex designs -Convenient tools like sheet metal, weldments/structural members etc make industrial design easier

Cons:

Unfortunately, SolidWorks' strength is also its weakness. Over the years it has become extremely bloated with features and truly needs to be rebuilt from the ground up. -Unstable. Crashes at least once a day unexpectedly and with little to no warning, with no hope of recovery, even on hardware built specifically for running SW. -Unreliable and finicky at times, settings/references/converted entities/mates are notorious for somehow spontaneously changing or breaking between sessions. -Solving mates, especially in large assemblies, can be extremely slow. Eg. adding and mating fasteners to an assembly with hundreds of parts is a nightmare. -Drawings are convoluted and performance hurts with large assemblies. Chock full of features but hard to use. -No great built-in way to create/export clean BOMs from assemblies without putting in a lot of work. -SINGLE CORE? IN 2021?? COME ON! Not all operations have to be limited to one thread!

Bertin
Sr. PCB Design Engineer in Mexico
Consumer Electronics, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Easy to use

5.0 3 months ago

Comments: I like the tool a lot, but I'd really like it to be a bit faster and not so restrictive when it comes to assemblies or modify parts within an assembly from an imported file (STEP or PARASOLID).

Pros:

How easy it was to start using it. The tutorials for Beginners are very straight forward and I was able to start working with it almost right away.

Cons:

Sometimes it takes a bit too long to perform some commands and the assemblies can be a little tricky.