Design for Cost, with SOLIDWORKS Costing

Save time and development costs, avoid redesigns, and increase productivity by continuously checking your designs against cost targets with automated manufacturing cost estimation tools fully integrated with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software.


Manufacturing Cost Estimation and Quoting Overview

SOLIDWORKS automatic cost estimation tools are fully integrated with 3D CAD, enabling designers and engineers to continuously check their designs against cost targets. Easily monitor manufacturing costs as you design, thereby, avoiding costly redesigns and production delays later on. Manufacturers can also utilize SOLIDWORKS cost estimation tools to automate their quoting process. Cost estimation and quoting capabilities include:



Automatic Manufacturing Cost Estimation Overview

For the first time, designers can get automatic, real-time estimates of part manufacturing costs for sheet metal and machined parts with SOLIDWORKS Costing, using built-in cost templates that can be customized for your specific operation. Design and manufacturing groups can share knowledge directly through the templates, enabling designers to make more informed product design decisions based on automatic cost estimation.


SOLIDWORKS Costing functionality includes the ability to:

  • Design to a cost target using fast, repeatable data analysis

  • Automatically track costs for both native SOLIDWORKS or non-native imported models as the design develops

  • Automate the quoting process for manufacturing

  • Customize standard cost templates as needed to mirror in-house or outsourced manufacturing environments

  • Update costs automatically with every design change—no extra work required

  • Share manufacturing knowledge directly between design and manufacturing through costing templates

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SOLIDWORKS Costing: Customisable Manufacturing Settings Overview

SOLIDWORKS Costing is ready to use with standard manufacturing templates that can be customised for your company’s specific manufacturing needs. Templates are provided for sheet metal and machined part costing, and the following attributes can be adjusted:

  • Raw material types and costs

  • Manufacturing processes, machines, tooling, and associated costs

  • Direct labor rates for specific machines and processes

  • Company specific manufacturing process information, including feeds, speeds, and setup costs

  • Any custom operations, such as deburring, painting, anodizing, data entry, shipping, etc.

  • Cost of specific SOLIDWORKS Library Features

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Design Optimisation Overview

SOLIDWORKS enables you to immediately evaluate your product design based on cost, function, and environmental impact while you design. You can quickly identify concerns and evaluate alternatives to achieve design optimization. SOLIDWORKS enables you to:

  • Change material choices—Assess overall product cost impact with SOLIDWORKS Costing, test new materials using design analysis, and perform an environmental assessment using SOLIDWORKS Sustainability

  • Change the manufacturing processes for a part (for example, milling vs. water jet cutting) and see the cost and environmental impacts

  • Reduce weight while optimizing performance, and then check the cost and environmental impacts

  • Simulate environmental impacts of your design using SOLIDWORKS Sustainability

  • Perform all refinements and simulation in SOLIDWORKS

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