The SOLIDWORKS® application is mechanical design automation software that takes advantage of the familiar Microsoft® Windows® graphical user interface.

This easy-to-learn tool makes it possible for mechanical designers to quickly sketch ideas, experiment with features and dimensions, and produce models and detailed drawings.

The 3DEXPERIENCE Platform enables SOLIDWORKS users to store and manage data in the cloud and to work collaboratively with stakeholders to innovate and develop new products.

This section discusses some basic concepts and terminology used throughout the software.