Create a single digital model that can be used in every stage of production, bridging the gaps between conceptual design, engineering, mechanical design, electrical controls design, and manufacturing teams.



Digital Prototyping gives manufacturers the ability to virtually explore a complete product before it is built—so they can design, visualize, and simulate products from the conceptual design phase through the manufacturing phase of the product development process.

More and more companies are using 3D Printing technology for rapid prototyping, low volume production or manufacturing. With 3D Printing you can easily cut traditional prototyping and tooling costs. You can create physical 3D models quickly, easily and affordably. Learn why you should consider using 3D Printing technology as a part of your product development process.



  • Boost design efficiency and innovation by visualizing and simulating the real-world performance of a design.
  • Break down existing design and manufacturing limitations.
  • Ability to produce parts and concept models to make early decisions.


  1. Best-in-class manufacturers who use digital prototyping build half the number of physical prototypes.
  2. Save time and money by reducing the number of physical prototypes.
  3. Get to the market faster and drive grater innovation than competitors

Evolve the way you think about your product design process

The SOLIDWORKS solution for Digital Prototyping enables your manufacturing workgroups to develop a single digital model, created in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, that can be used in every stage of production—bridging the gaps that usually exist between conceptual design, engineering, and manufacturing teams.

Best-in-class Conseptual design

Capture ideas digitally—from initial sketches to 3D concept models using SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Designer.

Integrated 2D and 3D mechanical and electrical

Move beyond 3D and develop complete digital prototypes of products with SOLIDWORKS software. You can design, visualize, and simulate products digitally. The model serves as a digital prototype that is refined and used to validate design functions, helping to reduce reliance on physical prototypes and minimize manufacturing costs.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical software passes electrical design intent information for cables and conductors directly to SOLIDWORKS, adding valuable electrical controls design data to the digital prototype. The smooth integration between SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD and SOLIDWORKS Electrical helps your electrical and mechanical teams work collaboratively and efficiently on 2D and 3D mechatronic product designs.


SOLIDWORKS Simulation software delivers the best integrated simulation tools in the industry. Tightly integrated tools for calculations, stress, deflection and motion simulation make it possible for engineers to help optimize and validate a digital prototype before the product is built. To help validate and optimize designs before manufacturing, you can use the broad range of finite element analysis (FEA) and simulation tools.


You can produce accurate and highly realistic visualizations of digital prototypes created in SOLIDWORKS. You can create rendering and animated visualizations of digital prototypes. These stunningly realistic product visualizations can be used for sales and marketing long before production begins.

Data management

PLM Group Data Management tools allow design workgroups to manage and track all the design components for a digital prototype, helping you better reuse design data, manage the release and change process, and promote early collaboration with manufacturing teams and clients.You can easily manage the Digital Prototyping process by helping users reduce time organizing files, avoid costly mistakes, and more efficiently release and revise designs.


Companies increasingly use Digital Prototyping to understand sustainability factors in new product designs, and to help meet customer requirements for sustainable products and processes. Digital Prototyping can also help companies reduce the carbon footprint of their products. Evaluate environmental impacts and design sustainable products you can use SOLIDWORKS Sustainability software.