“By saving time during the early stages of development, we need fewer steps. Prototyping occurs much earlier, and we need fewer prototypes. SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Design lets us find the most suitable path for a design and reach production more quickly, which helps us shorten time-to-market.”

Bernd Knab 
Development Manager @ Polyrack Tech Group 

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SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer (SWCD) 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.

You can capture ideas digitally, quickly create 2D and 3D concept models, get feedback from internal and external stakeholders, and easily manage multiple concepts before committing engineering time for further development.

SWCD works with Platform Contributor to easily save and manage your information in a safe, secure environment. It is complementary to SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, allowing you to validate your concepts in SWCD, then transition the model to SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD to complete the detailed designs and documentation.

Sketch Motion
Evaluate your concepts for fit and function with early stage concept validation using trace paths, area sweeps, and alerts to help ensure you always move forward with the best design.

Deformable 3D Geometry
Get instant performance verification with realistic 3D components that behave as they would in the real world.

Mechanism Synthesis
Define a partially dimensioned layout of your mechanism and how it will be positioned at discrete steps, and SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Design will calculate the undefined dimensions.

Additional Capabilities:

Single Modeling Environment
Concept Management
Mechanism Design
Synthesis + 2D to 3D Motion
Direct Editing
Predictive Computing