Communicate and collaborate using 3D design data

What is eDrawings?

eDrawings is a viewing and publishing application for sharing and archiving 2D and 3D product design data

Collaborate more effectively with everyone involved in your product development by using eDrawings software, the first email-enabled communication tool that dramatically eases sharing of product design information.

Fast, reliable, and convenient, eDrawings files supply accurate representations of 3D models and 2D drawings created with the most widely used CAD systems on the market. Offering unique capabilities like point-and-click animations that make it easy for anyone  to interpret and understand 2D and 3D design data.

Eliminate Communication Barriers

eDrawings eliminates the communication barriers that designers and engineers deal with daily. eDrawings gives you and your extended design team the tools necessary to visualize, interpret and collaborate with 2D and 3D product design data.

  • Share product design with review-enabled eDrawings that enable an unlimited number of recipients to provide feedback and collaborate on your product design data
  • Create highly compressed 2D and 3D eDrawings files that are viewable with the free eDrawings Viewer
  • Eliminate errors due to misinterpretation of data
  • Examine internal details of your parts and assemblies with dynamic cross sectioning
  • Manage, track and merge comments from different team members
  • Provide anyone access to design data with self-extracting eDrawings
  • Protect sensitive data by selective disabling measurement or password protect the SOLIDWORKS eDrawing
Overview Demo

Get to know eDrawings

eDrawings Capabilities

Embrace AR & VR design reviews and customer interactions with eDrawings Professional. Accelerate the entire design process throughout your entire supply chain.

Save In Many File Formats

Enables easy communication for rapid prototyping and presentation purposes by saving model files in STL, TIFF, JPEG, or BMP formats.


Create, edit, and save reviews by redlining 2D or 3D data and adding written comments.


Measure geometry in part, assembly, and drawing files when dimensions are omitted from an eDrawings file. To protect sensitive design data, simply disable the measurement feature.

Password Protection

Password-protect your eDrawings files, encouraging users to more fully share design data.

View & Save Configurations

View SOLIDWORKS configurations, multiple design variations of a part or assembly model displayed within a single document. Choose which configurations will be stored in the SOLIDWORKS eDrawing.

Share and View SOLIDWORKS Motion Manager Output

View animations created with SOLIDWORKS Motion Manager and observe in real time how moving parts interact as true solids.

View Mass Properties

View physical attributes of mechanical parts, such as weight and volume.

Drawing Layout

Create layouts by selecting drawing views and dragging and dropping them into the layout.

Ultra Compact Files

Reduce bandwidth requirements more than 95% by publishing and emailing eDrawings files instead of CAD files.

Augmented Reality

By placing a marker, an eDrawings mobile user can open their model in AR mode to ‘see’ the design in the real world.

Dynamic Cross Sectioning

Visualize designs more effectively by moving a dynamic cross-sectioning plane through parts and assemblies to see design details typically hidden from view.

Move Components and Explode Views

Understand assembly structure more quickly – simply drag and drop components with your cursor to view an exploded assembly. Return components to their normal position by double-clicking on the component.

Point-and-Click Animation

Quickly interpret and understand any SOLIDWORKS drawing by dynamically viewing the 3D model as it automatically rotates through each drawing view

View Design Analysis Results

In SOLIDWORKS Simulation, all plots are output to a single eDrawings file for viewing simulation results.


Hyperlinking views is supported in drawing files. Section line and detail circle annotations in drawing files hyperlink to the associated section or detail view. When the pointer is moved over a section line or detail circle, the annotation for the related view is highlighted.

"Evolve Design Solutions appreciates the excellent customer service, product knowledge and technical support provided by TriMech, our SOLIDWORKS Value Added Reseller (VAR).”

Aldo Balatti
Principal, Evolve Design Solutions

“Our engineering processes are well defined and well documented. I can tell new customers with confidence that we’re delivering on milestones because we’re tracking our performance on speed and quality every day.”

Ray Minator
Owner, Inertia Engineering + Design

eDrawings Features

eDrawings enables anyone to view native 2D drawings for design reviews and collaboration

View CAD Files in AR/VR

The Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) capabilities of eDrawings extends its use into virtual product evaluations by design teams and customers.

VR capabilities are available in windows desktop professional and AR/VR capabilities are available in mobile versions of eDrawings.

Viewing your designs in AR or VR takes your design reviews to the next level, allowing you to view your designs and concepts in the context of the real world.

Share with your Supply chain

eDrawings enables companies to share product information with suppliers and external contractors while protecting your IP.

Providing unambiguous information ensures that suppliers can give the best quote without the need for changes later in the process, which results in additional costs and possible delays in manufacturing.

The rapid pace of product development means that companies can no longer afford to wait until all project stakeholders are in one location to gain project approval. eDrawings enables teams to share, collaborate and mark up designs where ever they are.

Publish HTML5 3D models

eDrawings enables users to publish models in an HTML 5 file, which can then be opened in any compatible browser. Models can be shared and viewed without the need for software installation.

eDrawings is a lightweight file format that can contain 3D models and or 2D drawings. This file can be created directly from SOLIDWORKS or by the use of eDrawing Publisher from Autodesk Inventor®, Pro/ENGINEER® CATIA® V5, SIEMENS NX®, Solid Edge®, PTC CREO software and SketchUp®.


eDrawings Packages

Three packages to choose from

eDrawings Professional

Accelerate the design to manufacturing process with eDrawings Professional. From using Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) capabilities to sending a 3D model to a supplier for quoting or enabling the shop floor eDrawings Professional empowers companies and leverages the power for 3D design.

eDrawings Viewer

For anyone involved in the product development process eDrawings Viewer enables you to communicate, share and collaborate in a easily shareable lightweight file without having to worry about design software compatibility.

eDrawings Publisher

eDrawing Publisher supports the creation of eDrawings from SOLIDWORKS®, Autodesk Inventor®, Pro/ENGINEER® CATIA® V5, SIEMENS NX®, Solid Edge®, PTC CREO software and SketchUp®. In addition to CAD solutions, eDrawings RapidFire Lite supports the creation of eDrawings from IGES and STEP neutral file formats.

eDrawings Matrix

Compare the different versions of eDrawings software

DesktopMobileDesktopMobileDesktop only
Ultra Compact Files
Drawing Layout
3D Pointer
Point-and-Click Animation
View Design Analysis Results
Save In Many File Formats
Markup Tool
Measure Tool
Dynamic Cross Sectioning
Move Components and Explode Views
View Configurations
Play SOLIDWORKS Animations
Augmented Reality
Rich eDrawings API
View Mass Properties

eDrawings Benefits

Easy to use software which will adapt to your business process

View designs on mobile

Available on iOS and Android, eDrawings mobile enables anyone to view native 2D drawings for design reviews and collaboration wherever or whenever they are. With its lightweight file format eDrawings is ideal for sharing and using mobile solutions outside the office.

Open/View DWG and DXF files

With its lightweight file format and rich tool set, eDrawings Viewer is the ideal tool for your supply chain to use during the quoting process. Using eDrawings to view and interrogate the design data minimizes any possible confusion and the need for multiple emails to clarify design requirements which slow down the quoting process.

Publish IP Secure Design Information

Your designs are valuable. With eDrawings you can create a lightweight secure file that enables collaboration without divulging critical company IP.

Supplier, Customer and Design Team Collaboration

Collaborate and communicate product design information and intent with clarity and precision. Reduce errors and miscommunication with eDrawings.

Looking for a Cloud Alternative?

3DEXPERIENCE Works provides a Safe, Social, Connected, Informed and Structured alternative to eDrawings for team leaders, project managers and other professionals who want to manage data on the cloud and collaborate without constraints.

Safe: Customer controlled access. Transparent cloud backup. Encrypted communication protocols. Data always safe-no overwrite, no loss of data.

Social: Integrated structured and unstructured collaboration tools enabling social innovation. Collaborate on product design or engage with your stakeholders early in product development.

Connected: Every user always connected to a single, common database. Access data anywhere, anytime, on any device. Review and markup models.

Informed: Choose from the widget library, Create and share Dashboards. Get the latest information about your product development. Always have access to your latest data.

Structured: Zero overhead data management - store and manage data across collaborative spaces, share information in communities. Find indexed data faster by using tags, custom search, etc.