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What you need to know about moving to SOLIDWORKS

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1 SOLIDWORKS at a glance

Many of our customers have made the decision to move from a different 3D CAD system to SOLIDWORKS. Here are the main factors which have influenced their decisions:

  • To improve business processes with a fully integrated design platform
  • To have a partner that supports their daily operations and helps them stay competitive
  • A large SOLIDWORKS User Community makes it easy to find new skilled engineers, utilize resources, and to find and reuse components to use in their designs.

SOLIDWORKS is part of Dassault Systèmes, a worldwide leader in 3D solutions that help engineers and designers to succeed through innovation. The software deliver an intuitive experience in product design, simulation, publishing and data management.

What our customers say about the move:


"We should have introduced SOLIDWORKS several years ago, but we feared the transition. The fear has turned out to be unfounded, because in SOLIDWORKS we have our own custom automated importing processes and now we use engineering data from earlier CAD systems as well. We’ve got huge time savings compared to our old software solution, and made a big leap in minimizing risks of errors." - Mikk Noorkõiv, R&D Engineer, Cleveron

3 The Switch

Whenever possible, choose a 3D CAD system that is popular in your industry and within your supplier community. This choice will eliminate the need to translate files from one system to another when communicating with your vendors and suppliers. Translation takes time and sometimes introduces errors in the daily communication.

When helping our customers with their strategic move to SOLIDWORKS, we have learned that the common priorities for most of our customers are the same. We call it ”The Switch

icon_switchSwitch priorities:

  1. How should Legacy Data be handled? How much, if any, should be converted? What has proven successful for other companies? Data Migration from your existing CAD systems requires tactical thinking and sound planning
  2. Migration tools
  3. Re-training CAD Users
  4. Factors of success

A successful switch moves from general to specific, starting with an analysis of your organizations needs, and proceeding to detailed project plans. Start early, start focused, and enjoy the benefits of your new and more effective design- and engineering environment.

5 Training

We have experienced that most 3D CAD users moving from a different CAD system already have a lot of the necessary knowledge to succeed with SOLIDWORKS. This is why we recommend that we tailor-make a training plan based on your needs.

This will focus on the subjects relevant to your product and industry, as well as give your experienced CAD users exactly what they need to know, without repeating what they already know.


We also have a wide variety of predefined trainings held reguarly throughout the year in our offices, see them all in our Training Magazine

Basic Part Modeling
Thin Walled Parts
Repairing Parts
Assembly Modeling
Multi body Solids
Large Assembly Considerations
Top-Down Assembly Modeling
Drawing Sheets and Views
Assembly Drawing Views
BOMs and Design Tables

 Example of a custom 5-day "SOLIDWORKS for 3D professionals" class

6 Success factors

To make the transition into a new system as successful as possible we have some guidelines. There are different strategies how to implement a new system and we have experienced this with different results. We can help you make this transition as easy as possible, but here are some guidelines:

Make it a priority instead of mandatory

Mandatory policies can lead to irritation and dissatisfaction. “If you have more than three priorities, you have none”. Don’t expect people to change several major things at once. Give people time to switch without too many distractions. Give each department the freedom to decide how to adapt this prioritization.

Make It Easier (By hiring someone else to do the hard work)

There are many tasks that vendors like PLM Group can do faster and with less expense than your project engineers; like creating templates, installing server software or managing licenses.

Focus on changing your own processes and let PLM Group take care of all the work needed behind the scenes to make it run. After all, PLM Group have been doing that for twenty years.

We will help you to:

  • Manage the projecteducation_help
  • Select the best strategy moving into a new system
  • Define a transition program consisting of:
    • Piloting
    • Testing
    • Implementation
    • Training

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CSO, PLM Group