AutoCAD is a great CAD program but many people are turning to more modern, user-friendly 3D modelling CAD programs such as SolidWorks. There are a number of reasons you may be looking to convert CAD programs. You may have bought out or merged with another company which uses a different CAD program or you might just be upgrading from your existing CAD software due to the many benefits associated with 3D design.

If you’re considering converting from AutoCAD (or any other 2D drafting program) to SolidWorks there are a couple of things you need to consider.

Are you going to leave existing 2D or 3D CAD files in their current format and only create any new designs in SolidWorks? This might seem like the easiest way forward but there are a number of downsides to doing it this way. a) You will still need to keep your old software package for opening/converting drawings which will mean you will need to keep paying the yearly licence fee and b) You will need to have staff trained in using both the old software and SolidWorks.

OR… are you going to convert all (or most) of your existing drawings to SolidWorks? This might seem like a very resource intensive task but spending some time and resources up-front could save you a lot of time and headaches down the track. If you’re converting to SolidWorks to help create product marketing material, increase sales and impress clients, you will want as many of your existing designs modelled in SolidWorks as soon as you can.

The first thing to do is ascertain which of your existing drawings or designs are likely to be needed in the future. Most of your existing drawings might not be used anymore so there is no need to convert them to SolidWorks (unless you want to of course). Once you have identified the existing 2D or 3D CAD files needing recreation it’s time to begin the process of converting them to SolidWorks. There are a number of shortcuts for doing this built into SolidWorks that can be used to speed up the process (depending on the existing file type) but it is by no means a “click and convert” operation. Most files will need to be recreated from scratch using existing drawings. can cost effectively handle this labour intensive, tedious task on your behalf freeing up your valuable resources to focus on the more important projects.

If you have already set up your drafting standards, drawing templates and profiles in SolidWorks we can use them while recreating your files so that the new files we create seamlessly merge into your system. If however you have not set up these standards, templates and profiles we can help with that too.