Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks wants to make your designs realistic and do it quickly. A subsidiary of France's
, SolidWorks develops 3-D design software that helps mechanical engineers speed up product development, translate designs into 3-D models, and communicate product ideas to customers and collaborators. The company's solid modeling suite includes features for animation, analyzing designs, and publishing 3-D designs on the Web. Its global client base includes customers from a wide variety of industries. In addition to its core 3-D mechanical design software, the company offers software suites that include communication, collaboration, productivity, and product data management (PDM) tools.
The company has facilities in the US and Canada. It sells its products worldwide.
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SolidWorks' products serve the industrial, medical, scientific, consumer, educational, technology, and transportation markets. Its clients have included
. The company is also entrenched in the global education market, with installations in thousands of institutions.
SolidWorks' 3DS Professional channel is an indirect, multi-product channel focused on the volume market. It is composed of a network of resellers and distributors. Sales through this channel represented 20% of the company's total annual revenue in fiscal 2013.
In 2013 the company reported $555 million in revenue, a 37% increase compared to the previous fiscal year.
The increase came mostly from periodic licenses, maintenance, and other software-related revenues.
SolidWorks enabled its users to communicate with each through MySolidWorks, a community that provides easy access to any SolidWorks content. MySolidWorks lets users tap into the knowledge and experience of the unit's users and resellers. And to address growing demand for environmentally conscious designs, SolidWorks has developed an application, SolidWorks Sustainability, that helps designers forecast the environmental impact of new products throughout the life cycle, from raw materials used in manufacturing to product obsolescence.
Founded in 1993, SolidWorks was acquired by Dassault Systems in 1997.