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.

SOLIDWORKS conceptual design capabilities enable you to quickly create diverse product designs from simple products to large designs with complex mechanisms, such as packaging machinery. Conceptual design tools include:


  • Assembly Layout Sketches to quickly layout a basic sketch to define locations for components or equipment, and then make later sketch changes to relocate items you’ve designed that are mated to the sketch
  • Mechanism Layout Sketches to define mechanisms using only sketch segments that can be dragged to demonstrate desired mechanism motion
  • Reuse of existing SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD data, and importing 3D and 2D CAD data from other systems
  • Importing image files or scanned paper sketches